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how long overdue do you go before you get induced?

(36 Posts)
Lovelylace Tue 19-Feb-13 18:04:12

39 weeks today and soo looking forward to labour starting..COME ON!!
But I reccon my little miracle will take after his dad who's never been on time in his life and I will go overdue, so question is, for how long do they let you suffer before they start inducing you?

MyLittleAprilSunshine Fri 22-Feb-13 22:10:38

40+10 here usually.

NAR4 Fri 22-Feb-13 12:32:54

Sorry meant to address that to blueberry.

NAR4 Fri 22-Feb-13 12:32:22

Induction isn't until 40+14 at my hospital and there is no monitoring offered before the induction date. If you had been under my hospital then nothing would of been picked up until you raised the alarm that baby wasn't moving. shock

FrameyMcFrame Thu 21-Feb-13 16:26:08

Although I had daily monitoring this wan't picked up until I'd been pushing for 2 hrs angry

FrameyMcFrame Thu 21-Feb-13 16:24:42

I went to 40+16 with DS, refused induction because I also feared induction and intervention but my labour went wrong anyway and I ended up in theatre because he was malpositioned. Probably why he was so late, he was in a right tangle round the wrong way.

Flisspaps Thu 21-Feb-13 16:21:20

But it varies between hospitals - some areas it's every other day, some areas daily, others twice a week. Check with your MW. smile

blueberryupsidedown Thu 21-Feb-13 16:17:24

Yes for monitoring you go to the birth unit in hospital, they put a strap on your belly to listen to the baby's heart beat. Yes it's in hospital, and yes, for me it was for three days in a row (day 40 +10, +11) and +12)

Flisspaps Thu 21-Feb-13 09:35:36

blueberry I would never advise someone to not attend a monitoring session. I think anyone who declines it after declining an induction is, quite frankly, a bit bonkers.

However, lots of women aren't aware that monitoring (instead of routine induction) is even an option.

I am very glad all turned out well for you in the end.

FirstTimeForEverything Thu 21-Feb-13 09:24:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AmandaCooper Wed 20-Feb-13 22:34:36

blueberry what does monitoring entail? Do you have to go to the hospital every day for it?

blueberryupsidedown Wed 20-Feb-13 21:05:51

I was induced at 40+12 (the policy at our hospital was 40+10) so for the last three days of pregnancy (days +10, +11, +12) I was monitored for a couple of hours, each day in hospital. On day +12, DS's heart started to drop dramatically after Braxton Hicks contractions, and I was immediatly admitted for an induction. However after a couple of hours his heartbeat was dipping way too low and not recovering and I was rushed for emergency c section. I am one of the cases when the placenta stops working properly.

I am very pleased obviously that I went to be monitored and I would strongly advice that if you decide not to be induced, to go to be monitored. I find it really strange that people are giving advice to not go for induction apointments. You can decide to not be induced on the day advised by the hospital, but if you do, please please please go in to be monitored.

Flisspaps Wed 20-Feb-13 20:52:21

The other alternative is to decline an appointment altogether, and tell them that you will let them know if you change your mind.

This can be easier than feeling "well, the appointment is booked now, so I might as well just go anyway" which is what I did with DD, and regretted it the second I got in the car to head to hospital (but by then DH had already booked time off work to come in with me!)

AmandaCooper Wed 20-Feb-13 19:32:44

Oh ok so I'll just let them go ahead and book it and then see how things go. Thanks very much Flisspaps! Sorry for the hijack OP!

Flisspaps Wed 20-Feb-13 19:17:26

Amanda you call the ward, and tell them you won't be attending.

Then call your MW, let her know, and request expectant management at which point there will probably be much fuss and an appointment made for you to see a consultant who will talk to you like a naughty schoolgirl and tell you all of the risks of going to 42w+ (even if you're well aware of them and have made an informed choice) - of course, you can decline that too.

AmandaCooper Wed 20-Feb-13 18:58:54

Can I slightly hijack to ask a question? I have a midwife appointment on Friday when I'll be one day short of 40 weeks. If they want to book my induction date during that appointment for 14 days time and I think I might possibly prefer expectant management (hard to say at this point how I'll feel in another two weeks) do I let them book it and see how I feel closer to the time, or do I say that I'd prefer to leave it? What if they do book it and then I change my mind?

Flisspaps Wed 20-Feb-13 18:50:43

The placenta can start to fail at 37 weeks in some women - 42 weeks isn't an absolute.

Normal pregnancy is anywhere between 37 and 42 weeks.

FirstTimeForEverything Wed 20-Feb-13 18:48:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MiaowTheCat Wed 20-Feb-13 18:40:09

10-12 days here - think they aim for 10 days but it tends to be nearer 12 as they're snowed under.

fathergoose Wed 20-Feb-13 17:39:56

In some countries (France??) your due date isn't until you're 42wks...

Stillbirth risk at 42wks is twice that (around 4/1000 I think) at 40wks but still very low (and monitoring obviously helps - and not all cases will be because of placenta malfunction).

Unless you're totally sure of your dates (and even if you are), then having exact cut-offs seems a bit strange: a day or two (or even a week or two) hasn't made any difference earlier on in pregnancy, yet it does at this point..

And you can always refuse to be induced. Nobody can force you into it.

After a horrible induction with #1 (after my waters broke but no contractions) I would recommend avoiding drug-related induction for as long as possible. It was horrific.

Crabapplebobbin Wed 20-Feb-13 17:29:02

I was induced at 40+13 first time resulting in a horribly painful 37 hour labour, epidural, assisted delivery, third degree tear and surgical repair. It was a truly awful experience to the point where I was terrified of childbirth and had a very embarrassing meltdown at the midwives office half way through this pregnancy. This time there is no way I'm being induced unless it's medically necessary. I'm 39 weeks pregnant. Apparently it's a myth that the placenta generally becomes less effective after 42 weeks and this only happens rarely. Baby will come when it's ready.

scaredbutexcited Wed 20-Feb-13 16:07:12

Just been to an antenatal class today and asked them about this.

Told that generally the placenta becomes less effective at around +14 days.

As a result, my local hospital policy is to induce at +12 to give you a couple of days to get going.

You can still ask to wait longer, one of my friends went to +18 but they will want to monitor you closely - hopefully things will get going for you well before then though!

NAR4 Wed 20-Feb-13 13:01:40

The hospital I had my first 3 DCs in induced at 40+10 and the hospital I am at now induces at 40+14. I have been booked for an induction this time (again) and am glad it won't be until I am 14 days over. I wouldn't want to leave it any longer, but do want the maximum amount of time to go into labour naturally before going for an induction.

beckie90 Wed 20-Feb-13 09:21:56

I had an induction with ds1, i went in at 40+11 but they broke my waters at +12 I had an overnigjt pessary in before that. My labour was 4.5 hours, pushing 5 mins (2 pushes) only thing I did have was very heavy bleeding in labour worse than a heavy period and a pph when he was born not sure if any of that was due to induction, it wasn't mentioned. So easy labour terrible aftertime.

Ds2 was back to back, I went into natural labour on my due date, but was in labour for 5 days, spent over 2hrs pushing which then had to be intervined. My labour with ds2 was much more painful than ds1, but he was back to back and in a bad position. But no problems to health.

So my 2 have been totally different expiriences.

LeoniPoni Wed 20-Feb-13 07:50:14

My induction was booked for 40+14 but when I got to hospital they had one emergency after another so I wasn't actually induced for another 5 days. I was just sat in a hospital bed, hooked up to the fetal monitor, reading magazines!

When I was induced the contractions came quick and fast and after 3 hours of back to back contractions I had an epidural. It was heavenly! I had a little sleep for an hour then pushed for 20mins and that was it.

It wasn't so bad to put me off, I'm pregnant again (just 7weeks gone) but I'm for sure hoping for a more punctual baby this time!

Lovelylace Wed 20-Feb-13 07:27:28

Super!! thanks for that info, had absolutely no idea, I just thought they injected you with the same hormone as naturally start off labour and it was very much the same after that..I am 39+1 today and just feel so ready to have him and the thought of maybe going for another 3 weeks is simply exhausting, BUT with this info in mind I will try to be patient and spend the time resting and trying to enjoy

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