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!