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Being induced on Wednesday cervix still closed

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JJazzy123 Mon 18-Jan-16 11:47:21

I'm 41+4 today, I've got my induction booked for Wednesday 20th and I've pretty much accepted I'm not going to go into natural labour before then. I had a sweep on Thursday and the midwife said I was 1cm Dialated and cervix is thinning but when I went for my second sweep yesterday a different midwife said she couldn't do it because my cervix was still closed. Will this affect me being induced or make the labour harder or take much longer to start? And is there anything I can do to try to speed things along in the next couple of days?

JaniceJoplin Mon 18-Jan-16 12:01:43

I know a long walk really helped me get things going. I think it helps with positioning. I had my DC at 10 days overdue and was booked for induction the next day and it all happened naturally overnight.

BendydickCuminsnatch Mon 18-Jan-16 12:15:50

I was in the exact same situation (but ended up being induced at 41+4 instead of +6 because of reduced movements) - how are they going to induce you? I had one pessary and didn't stop moving until the baby was born except for monitoring, literally. Walked round the hospital and the park next door, up and down the stairs, bounced on my ball even though it was so busy there was honestly 1metre in which to bounce haha! Induced at 3pm, baby born 3am, went 2cm-delivered in 40 mins and convinced it's cos I moved so much! Good luck!

JJazzy123 Mon 18-Jan-16 12:34:08

They've not said how they are going to induce me but I guess it will be a pessary. I'm going to borrow one of those balls tonight so will bounce on that tonight and tomorrow lol. Thanks

ayria Tue 19-Jan-16 00:09:04

Can I ask, why are you being induced in the first place? I'd suggest not going in for induction if it's just to get you going.

I don't understand why so many get induced, tbh. Your cervix being closed doesn't effect anything. Some women that go into spontaneous labour can dilate, but then sometimes their cervix close slightly before they're fully dilated. They can still end up having a vaginal birth.
Putting time scales on everything doesn't do any good for women's confidence. I don't like it.

SaggingTits Tue 19-Jan-16 00:22:05

Ayria, people get induced when the baby needs be delivered soon and safely,for whatever reason. Why do people try and persuade people who want to not to do it? confused

flowers OP. Keep moving and hopefully things get started on their own

SaggingTits Tue 19-Jan-16 00:23:31

Fine if you don't want to be induced but why try and persuade who does want it?

ayria Tue 19-Jan-16 00:28:58

"Needs to be delivered soon and safely"... Not always.

And I was just saying, not trying to persuade at all. OP just sounded like she'd prefer not to. Unless there's a genuine reason, okay, but OP hasn't said a reason. A lot of women just feel bullied into a corner, that's all.

ayria Tue 19-Jan-16 00:30:22

Anyway, it's Tuesday night, so really she has either a) gone into labour or b) is going anyway.

Inductions don't always work though and breaking the waters does nothing to start labour.

ayria Tue 19-Jan-16 00:33:30

Oh, duh, Tuesday morning.
But still, not everyone is comfortable with it.

SaggingTits Tue 19-Jan-16 00:43:43

No but I'd hope people would feel comfortable in saying so? I suppose it is just assumed rather than asked. Sorry if I sound rude. I had my ds at 42+2 and his placenta had 'given up' in the midwives words. I held off because of wanting to do it the 'best' way- naturally. It isn't always best to wait

SaggingTits Tue 19-Jan-16 00:53:01

Just re-read the OP. Yes she does sound unsure. I wish they would discuss the process properly, rather than just doing it. Bit hard to make an informed choice if you don't know the facts. Yes a closed cervix can, and often does, make an induction harder and longer. Yes it makes labour harder.

As it happens I had a closed cervix and a failed induction and after 52 hours I had a c-section. Still glad I was induced though due to the placenta problems. However it was never mentioned that a c-section might be a possibility hmm. I was told the induction would 'definitely work'. Apparently this is rare though OP, if you're reading grin

JJazzy123 Tue 19-Jan-16 11:02:53

Thanks, i have no issues with being induced, I have read that it can be harder and more painful than a natural labour but I've also read that the placenta is more likely to fail after 42 weeks so I would rather be safe.
I will have to go on a big walk today to try to get things started on their own then! smile

ayria Tue 19-Jan-16 14:22:47

Okay, I wish you luck Jazzy! smile
It's not always more painful. My sister has had an induction and she didn't seem to think so after her spontaneous labours.

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