So tomorrow evening I am going in for my induction since I will be 41w 3d. I'm nervous about the whole thing so does anyone have good stories or tips on how to cope?
Also, for those who were induced, did you still present a birth plan? At this stage, mine seems kind of stupid and I feel like just saying, "Let me know who you are, what you want to do and why and then let's go from there." I just want Bug and I to be safe and healthy.
Lastly, in the event I have a c-section, would it be rude to only have my husband and Mom in the OR with me? I think my MIL will be sad because she'll miss the birth but I want MY Momma, not her, and I don't think I can have more than two people with me. How should I inform her of my decision?
cherry / 170 posts
I don't have advice on the c-section front other than you may want as few people in there as possible...potentially JUST your husband.
For the induction I just wanted to share that I was induced at 40 weeks, 4 days. First they inserted a prostiglandyn to get my cervix to ripen. After that, the process was supposed to be that they would insert another one in four hours and then four hours after that they would start the pitocin. However, I started having contractions right away from the first prostiglandyn and ended up having our son 5 hours later.
I had a birth plan and a doula and while some things didn't go as I planned (I had to be on a monitor and couldn't walk around during my labor because I had taken an Ambien thinking that it was going to be at least another 8 hours before I was even started on Pitocin) other things happened because I presented my plan (having soothing music, the lights dimmed, a mirror when I wanted it, no one yelling at me to push, etc.)
Best of luck! In the end, you;ll have an amazing baby!!!
pea / 11 posts
I was induced at the same time as you were - 41w 3 days and also like you I was sooo nervous! I was mostly worried about the pain because I have a really low tolerence for pain. But I must say that the experience was really great (other than the fact I would have liked to go into labor on my own, but alas)! I didn't really have a birth plan, but I think you should ABSOLUTELY still give it to them if you have your heart set on it but know that things may not go as planned.
Several times my belly monitors were going off and no one came in or told me why, so I would call the nurses and ask them every time. Turns out it was just that the monitors slipped out of the correct position and needed readjusting. Do not feel stupid asking questions or asking for what you want. You don't want to have any regrets!
Along those same lines, have whomever you want in the c-section room (if necessary) and don't have anyone you don't want in there. My MIL came over after I got home from the hospital and basically took my baby away from me (long story) and I can't get over it now! I've learned now that I am in charge of a life and I will do / say whatever is needed that is best for our family.
Best of luck to you! Its going to be the most amazing feeling ever!
olive / 52 posts
Ooh, yeah, revising the birth plan. That was tough emotionally for me, admitting that I "couldn't" go into labor on my own (this was silly thinking on my part.. I just needed a push). I think I left in quite a bit of it and changed some things...
changed a request for no pit unless absolutely necessary to minimum dosage increases and the potential to hold steady or stop once contractions were established
changed a request for minimal external monitoring to request for frequent assistance for bathroom breaks, position changes, etc. Ended up not needing this because my doula/SIL was a L&D tech in the military and knew how to get the baby's heartrate back on the belts when I moved. Also, ask if wireless monitoring is available!
Left in that the ACOG has recommended that clear liquids are just fine in labor and therefore I would be having whatever clear liquids I wanted.. thankfully my doctor's orders backed me up on that.
Left in that *I* would initiate any discussion on pain relief options.
Left in that I did NOT want my water broken until I had cleared 5 cm dilation. Once your water breaks you are committed and I wanted the potential to walk away and try again a few days later if I just wasn't progressing.
Left in all post-birth stuff about baby, different things I was declining or wanted to ask them to leave her with me, etc.
One positive aspect to the induction birth plan is everything is very calm and controlled when you walk in, as you're not yet in labor, so you can talk to your nurses, show them your plan, ask them questions, let them know what your hopes are, etc.
Also in your last prenatal you can talk to your doctor about what his orders are going to be for the induction day... if you need to "pre-approve" an epidural to make it quicker to get one, etc.
My induction experience was pretty quick and therefore kind of intense (pit started at 7 am, time of birth 1:14 pm), but it really was not bad at all. They broke my water around noon and so I transitioned from 5 to 10 in the space of an hour, then pushed for 15 minutes. Yeaaaaah. Hopefully that will not happen for you; they were telling me that they hoped for a 12 or 13 hour labor, which is long enough to not be overwhelming but short enough not to be exhausting.
Overall... just be calm. You and your baby will go into the hospital in a calm, controlled fashion, and everyone will be doing their absolute best to make as easy an experience for you as possible. I was sad to be induced, because I wanted the experience of "going into labor", counting contractions at home and whatnot, but it was a very reassuring thing for a first-time mom to just know that at this time, on this day, we are going into the hospital and the baby will be here within a matter of hours. A little surreal, yes, but positive.
cherry / 171 posts
Thank you guys so much. It's a little nerve wrecking to not have things progress as I had planned but I'm going to deal with it and hope it all goes well.
It's very intense emotionally to realize that regardless of the interventioness of an induction, birth is still something that is only between my Baby and I. Everyone else is there for support but aside from a c-section, it's really all on me. I'm grateful to have you guys to lean on.