I did not plan on being induced. I went into this pregnancy expecting a med free experience...but babyzaur had other plans.
Regardless, I'm being induced first thing in the morning! Even though this wasn't what I hoped for, I've set that aside and I'm just completely thrilled to meet my little man!
DH has already dropped off our beloved dog (who's birthday is tomorrow too!) at our relatives and I'm getting the laundry caught up. Any tips on things to get done before there's no turning back? Or tips for the induction in general?
I'm thinking about taking a hot relaxing bath to ease some of my hip pain so I can sleep better tonight.
pear / 1609 posts
All I can think of is to eat before. I was starving. My induction wasnt planned. I went to the doc for my appointment and we planned on doing breakfast after but got sent to the hospital. I didn't deliver DS until 9pm. MIL brought me a burrito from a 24 hour fast food place thank god!
cantaloupe / 6692 posts
@MamaJ: Definitely! Last time I was in the hospital I was there for 28 hours with no food! I've got a nice hearty breakfast planned in the morning before heading out!
pomegranate / 3577 posts
Go in completely open minded. Don't get stressed if things don't progress as planned, because you are meeting your baby in the end!
We brought pillows (in colorful pillowcases, so they didn't get mixed up), rented some movies on iTunes, on top of the other usual stuff. In retrospect, DH should have brought something warmer to wear (I was so hot!) and more snacks for DH so he wouldn't starve.
hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts
pineapple / 12526 posts
Bring something to entertain yourself, inductions can take a while to get going.
GOLD / coconut / 8266 posts
Definitely bring a laptop or iPad. I brought books as well but couldn't concentrate on reading. Good luck tomorrow!
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts
Eat for sure!
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
nectarine / 2667 posts
@Danizaur: oh you're going to meet your baby so soon!!! I didn't plan on being induced and had been preparing for a med-free birth. I ended up having a great experience. My tips:
-Relax before. The night before I made lemon bars for the nurses and ate a delicious dinner.
-Believe in your body. I was bummed that I "couldn't" do it "naturally", but I fully believed I could have a healthy delivery with minimal interventions. Bring everything you would have brought to help you out (like music, etc). Tell your nurse your plans to keep meds/interventions low & see how they can help (mine got me the only wireless monitor in the building and an exercise ball).
-Bring something to do! My husband did his schoolwork, but I only had crappy TV to watch. I wish I had brought a book.
-Find your best attitude and look on the bright side: Contractions can't be "worse" with the medicine because you've never felt them before! And now the wondering part is over! It's baby time!!
I had the obvious interventions (pitocin, IV, monitoring), but no epideral and got to labor in various positions. I was open to some medication my nurse/midwife recommended to help me cope for a period of time & agreed to a vacuum extraction. It wasn't what I thought I wanted, but it was an amazing birth experience!
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts
Entertainment! I was induced on a Tuesday night and baby was born Thursday at 5am!
cantaloupe / 6059 posts
No tips as I wasn't induced but GOOD LUCK! I'm sending strong labor vibes your way. You get to meet your sweet boy so soon!
cantaloupe / 6692 posts
@JoyfulKiwi: That's awesome advice!!
coconut / 8079 posts
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
@Danizaur: good luck! My induction went really well and I still felt like I had plenty of time to walk and labor naturally (once they started things).
I would add bring an extra pillow since you will have times when you are on the monitors and stuck in bed.
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cantaloupe / 6692 posts
Thank you all! I'm excited and nervous!
GOLD / eggplant / 11517 posts
@MamaJ: same! I wound up not being able to eat or drink for 48 hours (12 being POST birth because i had to be monitored after a hemmhorage).
watermelon / 14467 posts
Good luck! I wish I had had a blanket of my own for recovery.
bananas / 9899 posts
Wishing you good luck!
grapefruit / 4997 posts
Good luck and best wishes for a smooth delivery and speedy recovery! Can not wait to meet your baby.
apricot / 382 posts
Good luck! I was induced with my first. My best advice is to eat before you get there, and to sleep if you can throughout the day. I slept for two hours and during that time went from a 5 to a 10. I think my body really needed me to relax and the sleep helped so much. Good luck and congrats!
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts
bananas / 9357 posts
no advice but wanted to wish you good luck!!!
blogger / coconut / 8306 posts
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kiwi / 687 posts
As others said, arrive well fed, rested, and mentally prepared for a long haul, maybe 2-3 days. Spend some time tonight talking with babyzaur about what's coming.
blogger / nectarine / 2608 posts
Definitely try to get rest-- I couldn't sleep the night before I was induced with Ellie and if I could change anything I would have made sure I got more/better sleep. Hope everything goes wonderfully for you and baby tomorrow!
honeydew / 7916 posts
Good luck! So glad it's finally happening for you!