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post #11 of 18 Old 11-21-2013, 11:29 AM
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Ive never had kids but I just want to say one thing- you can be "induced" in other ways if needed. my sister has had a baby and was not medically induced, but my mom (a physical therapist) used pressure points to help induce early due to how tiny my sister was and how big the baby was getting. Two days after starting this, she started going into labor around 4am and had her baby around 9am.
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amp23: Thank you very much for your input, I have thought about using the pressure points methods to induce before we get to where we will need to be medically induced... I think most massage therapists and Chiropractors can do some of that for me, can't they?
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Yes they should know the points and be able to do it. What my mom used was electric stem- it was like a ball point pen that sends electric impulses. She uses it for all kinda of things, but happened to use it on my sister to help induce her 2 weeks early. I would definitely look into something like this before medicinally inducing.
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I was induced by just breaking the waters for my 2nd DD. Also, if you've been physically active the whole time it will be much easier for you. You'd be amazed at the couch potato moms who have their "horror stories" of their labor bc they have no muscle. Even if you've given up riding, we are all athletic to some degree as horseman, and it DOES make a difference.
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I am 37 weeks pregnant today and I went today for a check up with my OBGYN. At this point I am basically just going in for cervical checks - no dilation yet, so she's still needing her time to bake =). But today, my Dr brought up the topic of induction... Now, my husband and I took a birthing class and in that class they showed us all the statistics and such about induction and how the chances of all kinds of complications, including having to have a csection, rise by astonishing numbers. Before going to that class, I already had known that I wanted to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth and after the class it just made me more sure that going unmedicated was the right way for us. So, when my OB brought this up today it scared the begeebies out of me and basically my thoughts were "I'm only 37 weeks, why are we talking about this right now?". So he basically explained to me about how he doesnt want me to go past 41 weeks and all the spill about how the placenta stops being as productive and why its not safe to go much past that. But, I have been pretty active on another website where a lot of people can talk specifically about issues with pregnancy and so I've heard a lot of stories about how the drugs used to induce labor cause the contractions to be soooo much more intense and that most women cave and get an epi after being induced and THAT scares me! My OB wants us to schedule an induction at least 2 weeks in advance as a "precautionary" measure... =(

So my question is: Have any of you momma's out there been induced and given birth naturally unmedicated? Does anyone have any tips for inducing naturally? (And no, I don't think castor oil is a natural or healthy way to induce, it only causes dehydration and bad cases of the diarrhea)...
Your ob/gyn is right about placenta etc. and that you may want (or even have to) look into this option IF you need it. With that being said my dr didn't even bring that up to me until I was several days past due.

And yes, when I passed the due date I tried long walks, pressure points, walking up and down the stairs (that was a case for me through the whole pregnancy anyway: 4th floor every morning with laptop, lunch bag, and other junk ), all those non-invasive methods that people claim to induce the labor. Nah, didn't work for a sec for me.

So to make long story short at week passed due I failed the non-invasive tests (failed at dr's office as well as in hospital), and induction was the only option (unless I want to risk stillbirth). Well... It's not all that horrible and scary as you may be read, the only difference with natural birth (as I was told) is that contractions are stronger and longer.

So the bottom line - 1) I don't believe you can induce non-invasive. And 2) IF you have to induce - just DO it. In the end the healthy (and alive!) baby is the most important thing.

P.S. And please, do NOT panic before hand. You still have at least 3 weeks to go. Sometime it starts when you don't expect it at all... Good luck!
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I was induced with 2 of my children - once for my own health reasons and the second because I'd gone beyond my due date and the scan was picking up some potential concerns.
With my first baby I was glad to have as much pain relief as I could because I'd been ill throughout and was already weak but he was still delivered without forceps or any other intervention which I think without the help to get me through a long labour I wouldn't have found the strength to do
With the next induced labour the baby (son no. 3) was born so fast I didn't even have time to use any pain meds
With my fourth baby I went into hospital (in dirty jeans and willies) suffering strong contractions but had to have my waters broken because the membrane was so thick it wouldn't break normally and the pressure on the baby's head was so great it was putting him into fetal distress
I see nothing wrong with being made fully aware of all the options available to you and discussing them well ahead of time
I can still remember listening to a couple of first time mums moaning about the pain in the very early stages of labour and demanding the very epidurals they had been so opposed too in ante natal clinic!!!
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My sister was 2 weeks late. Mum self induced by moving a ton of fire wood, that evening she went into labour and 20 mins after her waters broke my sister was born, (1.5hrs after the first contraction). Mum said it was very pain free.

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Thanks to all of you ladies for your input!

@kitten: Thank you for the encouragement! I have been reading and I've seen where some other women were medically induced and were still able to have a natural unmedicated birth, but that it was harder... And for the women who had children afterwards, they all said the induction was the worst birth they had just simply because it was so much more intense than any of their other ones.. I think I am someone that COULD do it - I have a very high pain tolerance level to begin with, I think it just scares me because I don't know what to expect... But I'm definitely NOT going into birth thinking "Ah, it can't be that bad" so I think if anything I'm just mentally preparing myself that much more - and who knows, I may come out of it thinking "That wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be"... But I'd rather take the precautions and at least try to protect what I want rather than just going into it seeming naive...

I realize that we still have 20 days until our due date, but I am trying to get a plan together for IF we go past... So, I think I am going to start looking up some of the massage therapists in my area and make an appointment for a prenatal massage and maybe talk to my Chiropractor about the "what-ifs" and see what she says... I would MUCH rather cancel those appointments rather than making it to having to be induced... =) I appreciate you ladies!
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