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help me....i am scared of being induced!!

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Ceelo Fri 15-Aug-08 16:52:27

anyone got any stories to make me feel better about being induced next wednesday. did you go into labour before and avoid it all? did you get induced and it was a bed of roses? i am 40+6 and my doc says i have to be induced on 40+11 due to hospital policy bla bla...

help i am scared !!

Fanlight Fri 15-Aug-08 16:53:38

You don't have to be induced pet. I think you have the right to hold out till 42 at least? Someone will know...

Fanlight Fri 15-Aug-08 16:54:02

Are you sure of your dates also?

KristinaM Fri 15-Aug-08 16:54:33

you can asked to be scanned instead

RedHead81 Fri 15-Aug-08 16:55:04

You can refuse - they are not allowed to force you into having it done and you can go 14days over and more but they will have to monitor you if more everyday to check the placenta is still functioning properly.

In all likelyhood you will go naturally pretty soon, but remember it's your body and they can't give it you if you refuse it.

bethoo Fri 15-Aug-08 16:57:01

try not to think about it as you will get yourself into a state.
chances are you may go into labour before then.
i was induced at 39+3 days. labour is quicker and though i have not got a spontaneous labour to compare it too it was painful as the contractons i had did not have gaps in between iykwim. the good thing is that the actual time i dilated was under an hour and ds was born within 20 minutes of full dilation. i had half dose of pethidine and g&a.
if you request an epidural it will nto make any difference to if it was a spontaneous labour if it is the pain you are worried about.
tbh i would happily get induced inthis preg as 32 weeks at mo.

BaDaBing Fri 15-Aug-08 17:01:09

I was induced at 41+4 with my first child. Have never experienced a non induced birth so cannot compare, but I didn't find it as bad as people had built it up to be.

You can refuse if you feel very uncomfortable with the idea.

G2B Fri 15-Aug-08 17:16:50

Mine was bad, BUT you get through it. Also, you're allowed pethadin if the prostin pains are very bad. Though if I could go back I'd take the offer of painkillers and sleeping tablets.

The BEST thing I could have done is be more relaxed, more positive, and get on with it. I shook for the whole thing because I was scared and tense and that made my contractions worse.

Just be positive, you get through it, you do it well, you're doing the best thing ever, and you're going to swee your baby soon and keep telling yourself, that very moment you see your baby it's all worth it.

Also, my friend and my mum laughed all the way through their labours and look back on it very fondly. I'm going to try and laugh next time though i reckon that must take some will power lol.

You'll be fine. You can do it!! I promise.

georgiemum Fri 15-Aug-08 17:32:07

They can't 'make' you do anything you are not happy with. Ask doctor/midwife if both you and baby are both OK and happy to wait, then what is the reason for an induction? You are not being obstructive here, just getting information so that you can make an informed decision.

Remember that the doctors and midwives work on an averages when it somes to dates - pregnancies do vary in lengths for various reasons, so try not to get too hung up on the calendar dates.

In the meantime do try the old fashioned natural inductions - warm baths, spicy food, long walks, sex (although I am sure that's the last thing on your mind but it's a chemical thing!). You can also try raspberry leaf tea - but PLEASE get it from a reputable shop (like Neils' Yard) where they can give you proper advice on its use. (I am not a herbalist or nutritionalist so please do get professional advice on this one). Do try to relax - tension does slow things down!

From what I have heard, it is not the end of the world to be induced - it just gets things moving along a bit quicker. Ask them exactly what method they would want to use and any alternatives.

And remember - the baby can't stay there for ever,it has to come out sometime!

psychomum5 Fri 15-Aug-08 17:33:51

I have been induced with four of mine, all medically needed for differing reason, and all went fine....really and truly, each of the labour were fine and lovely and I would go thro them again.

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