Monday, August 8, 2011

Induction Obstruction

So, I mentioned earlier that I didn't know what I would do at my appointment if I was given the option to be induced on Wednesday. I said no, and Justin is ANNOYED. My parents and doctor were both baffled, as are a number of my coworkers.

Is this THAT ODD of a choice, given that a) I'm relatively comfortable, for being in my third trimester, b) my blood pressure is kick-ass and I'm not swollen at all, c) I still think my due date is wrong, d) I am dilating just fine on my own (3cm), and e) there is NO MEDICAL REASON to induce, it would strictly be for my doctor's (and husband's) convenience?

Not to mention that there are some risks (minimal, but risks nonetheless) associated with inducing labor. On the flip side, there are risks to letting the kid cook for too long (swallowing meconium, yum!)(and having to squeeze a giant baby out of my hoo-ha) but those concerns are more for babies who are a couple of weeks overdue. I feel like I have established that this due date is the ABSOLUTE EARLIEST date that is in the realm of possibility, so it seems a little premature to talk about inducing when I'm just 2 days over.

I am kind of irritated that I'm being made to feel like I need to justify my decision. It's my body, is it not? This kid will come out when she's good and ready, I promise!

9 comments:

Jessica said...

Really? I wouldn't induce at 40w2d and you might not even be that far along anyway. I've always been scared of needing a c-section, so I try to avoid induction no matter what.

On the other hand, I'm sure being 3cm along makes you less likely to have a failed induction, if you end up deciding that. Everyone should support doing what YOU want!

Jessica said...

Do you read Sara at Belle Plaine?

http://belleplaineliving.blogspot.com/2011/07/induction-yay-or-nay.html

Laura Diniwilk said...

Thank you so much for the link, the comments on her post are very helpful!

Lacey said...

I completely agree with your choice! Remind me of that in a month if/when I become impatient and miserable!

Brenna said...

I would have said no, too. I almost commented on your last post, when you mentioned that you knew you were able to handle pitocin contractions. I wanted to say that pitocin contractions are harder on the baby too, and she hasn't been through them before like you have. I'm a pretty staunch believer in inducing only if it's necessary, in case you couldn't tell ;)

Swistle said...

So many people act as if the due date is like...for a library book, like it's DUE, it MUST BE BORN BY THAT DATE. Or people use terms like "late" or "overdue" for a baby not born by the average of 38-42 weeks.

Mama Bub said...

I was induced at 41 weeks with both of my kids and just kept hoping that I would go into labor on my own. I totally get this! Pitocin contractions are of the devil.

d e v a n said...

You made the right choice for you, don't sweat it!

lifeofadoctorswife said...

I don't get why the due date is this set in stone thing. It's just the doctor's best estimate, right?

Can't believe you're so close, though. Exciting!!!