I really want to be induced at 37 weeks is this possible?

Cameo - posted on 04/03/2012 ( 256 moms have responded )

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I have had a pretty hard pregnancy, this is my first and I want to be -induced at thirty-seven weeks is this possible or will my doctor just laugh if I asked?

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Chrystal - posted on 04/03/2012

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I've had a baby through induction and one that came natural. The induction was awful it took 26 hours of the worst pain I've ever felt even with pain medication, most of it I was stuck on my back, it took forceps (he didn't have time to change to the right position), I had massive tearing, I couldn't walk for 3 hours after birth, and I took 12 weeks to heal from birth. My body wasn't ready for labor but my son had to come out for his safety (low amniotic fluid). The one that started natural lasted 8 hours only 2 of which I felt any pain and that was mild so I needed no medication and there was zero complications I was walking the mall 24 hours later. My body was ready for labor and my daughter ready to come. Also my son was lethargic after birth, my daughter on the other hand was bright and alert ready for life. I don't know the specifics of what pregnancy has been like for you but if it's not a life threatening issue please don't rush your body or your baby it's so much worse trying to force a body to go into labor when it's not ready.

Michelle - posted on 04/04/2012

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You've done well to get this far and the finish line is in sight. Let your baby come when it's ready, rushing it could have more complications than what it's worth.



Most doctors won't induce until you are over your due date anyway and the ones that do, I wouldn't trust them.

Deborah - posted on 04/04/2012

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Horrible pregnancy? It is a few short months out of a whole lifetime. My firs pregnancy was one from hell. I spent most of it in the hospital. My son was premature but we were blessed and he is a brilliant, beautiful 21 year old. I would have given anything to keep him cooking a little longer even if it meant staying on oxygen and throwing up constatntly. Just pray that all the aggravation you are going through ends with a healthy baby. Delivering even a week before baby is ready brings a whole book full of dangers.

Amanda - posted on 04/04/2012

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The earlier a doctor induces a woman, the risk of death for the child goes up. Wait until nature says its ready.

Kaitlin - posted on 04/04/2012

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a good doctor won't induce you that early unless it is absolutely medically needed. During the last few weeks, the brain develops at an incredible rate, along with lungs and immunity. Just because 37 weeks is considered 'full term' does NOT mean the baby is ready. Most doctors will not induce until 40-42 weeks or if there is an absolute need (not a desire). Sorry. I can understand very difficult pregnancies and very large babies, having had them myself, but it is really best for you and for your baby to wait.

You can talk to your doctor about all of your desires and concerns. A good doctor will also listen and be kind to your concerns. If they laugh at you I would slap them ;) Find out when and why they induce, the procedures, and the risks.

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Andrea - posted on 05/14/2012

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No offense to anyone, however I am strongly against inducing labor 'just because'. Women abuse it anymore. It is called pregnancy, some are hard, some not so much. Unless it is a medical emergency there is no need. Please ladies just let nature run it's course and let the baby come when he/she is ready or unless a doctor recommends it.

Krista - posted on 04/11/2012

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Michelle - posted on 04/11/2012

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Doctors won't induce you unless there is a health risk. I had two horrible pregnancies. During my first, I had blackouts and during my second, severe chest pains and morning sickness for 7 months. My second was two days late and I looked at my midwife begging for mercy. The wait is worth it though. Babies come when they are supposed to, so I wouldn't be in a hurry to rush it. My first was a very slow labor (25 hours) and I had to have petosin and my water broken. The labor with her was much more excrutiating than my son's because of it. Be patient...it seems like forever, but your baby will be here soon! :)

Silviabernt - posted on 04/11/2012

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I will suggest not to do that if you can wait until your pregnancy is full term. If you have your baby on the 37 weeks, your baby is consider preterm. The baby will have dificults eating and other problems that preterm babies are in risk to have due to be preterm. The baby will start drinking the aminionic fluid on the baby third trimester and then when he is born he will be able to digest proteins, carbohydrates, and fats by allowing the baby digested system to matured at around baby's 6 month of age.

Heather - posted on 04/11/2012

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You can ask, but I will tell you....you don't know what you're asking. My first baby came early (a day short of being 37 weeks) because of pre-eclampsia. My second one, they decided to induce 4 days prior to my due date to avoid pre-eclampsia again. If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't have chosen to be induced. It was horrible!! Everything goes waay too fast, you hardly have time to breathe. Plus, the labor pains are much worse. The doctors will only induce if your having complications and will be last resort. They want baby to stay in as long as there are no problems. Pray about it and I hope everything works out for you and baby! Congratulations!

CHARMAYNE - posted on 04/11/2012

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Don't do it, every one I have heard of said it prolonged labour and was hard to control there pushing as well as making contractions erratic .

Denisse - posted on 04/11/2012

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Most doctors won't even consider until 38. Because at 38 u arefull term. It is also safer for the baby if u can wait one more week. Some will, most won't. Unless it is medically necessary. But u can always ask.

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2012

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I don't think your doctor would laugh if u asked to b induced. Although at the same time, its best if u try to hold out as long as possible. Your baby reeally does a lot of developing during those last few weeks. I fully understand why u feel u can't wait anymore, a lot of people feel that because pregnancy is only a few months in a lifetime that we shouldn't feel the stresses it brings, but its completely unfair for that assumption to be made. Try to rest some more, if you're stil at work ask your doctor to give u a note for sick leave or something. Take some short walks (that helped with both my pregnancies). I wish u best of luck during the rest of your pregnancy and with your new bundle of joy after :)

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2012

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I don't think your doctor would laugh if u asked to b induced. Although at the same time, its best if u try to hold out as long as possible. Your baby reeally does a lot of developing during those last few weeks. I fully understand why u feel u can't wait anymore, a lot of people feel that because pregnancy is only a few months in a lifetime that we shouldn't feel the stresses it brings, but its completely unfair for that assumption to be made. Try to rest some more, if you're stil at work ask your doctor to give u a note for sick leave or something. Take some short walks (that helped with both my pregnancies). I wish u best of luck during the rest of your pregnancy and with your new bundle of joy after :)

Dana - posted on 04/11/2012

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You've come this far in your pregnancy and are doing a great job through all of your adversity but just hang in there a little bit longer. Your baby needs a few more weeks of growing. You can do it! Think how wonderful everything will be once your baby is here and healthy!

Dawn - posted on 04/11/2012

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Regardless of laughing, I would hope no doctor to be so irresponsible as to allow someone to be induced prematurely without a good medical reason.

I ended up with a c-section because I was pressurised into being induced because my waters broke early and although I had started labour by the time 2 days were up, and there were no complications and no sign of infection, they still pressurised me to be induced, pressurised me to have drugs after about 12 hours and then epidural which ended up stopping my progress because they kept topping me up as soon as I felt anything and I had to have a c-section after more than a days full labour.

If you think pregnancy is hard, recovering from major abdominal surgery (which inducing increases the risk of) takes so much longer and 6&1/2 years later I still get pains in my internal scars and can't wear certain clothes because it's uncomfortable. I also have other personal minor but unpleasant discomforts as a result. I actually healed up very quickly with no further complications at the time. I'd say waiting a few weeks is better than the risk of potentially permanent problems afterwards.

Stella - posted on 04/11/2012

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Don't think anybody says pregnancy is easy, especially near the end. Keep baby cooking as long as possible tho, what's another few weeks really for the sake of the babies health?



Baby will come when baby is ready. I was induced with my son at 38 weeks as my waters had gone, and induction is a long process, ended up in theatre with forceps, nasty tears etc.



I'm now 32 weeks pregnant with twins, and that is hard going, but every day longer these babies are inside me is a blessing for them. I can put my own physical problems on the back burner until they arrive

Eleni - posted on 04/11/2012

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I think you should wait, unless its for severe medical reasons. Pregnancy isnt easy and neither is being a mum, you cant just induce because you want to. Think of whats best for the baby.

Bonnie - posted on 04/11/2012

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I understand your desire to have that baby OUT! However, you need to let your baby and your doctor decide. I was a full week overdue as of the last of the three due dates I had been given before my doctor would talk to me about inducing. Make sure you keep drinking your water, and stay as active as you can because it will help with your delivery. My induction took 15 hours. 4 hours into it, my contractions were so close together that I couldn't get a break and had to give on to an epidural. However, it took only 45 minutes of actual pushing to get my 8.3 pound boy out, and the doctor said that it was because I stayed active throughout my pregnancy. Good luck, and do more kegels! 😉

Ebere - posted on 04/11/2012

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Also do some light exercises and take long walks.. Will help make the baby come out sooner.. Cheers ♥.

Ebere - posted on 04/11/2012

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I think you should just wait for the baby to come out when ready.. Sorry about the discomfort you might be experiencing, I understand..

Sarah - posted on 04/11/2012

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Recent research has shown that those last few weeks in utero are very important for your babies brain development... I know it's hard to wait, and although there are many wonderful aspects of it, pregnancy is not the total joy ride we hear about, but nature really does know best... Best of luck to you and your sweet little baby!

Tracey - posted on 04/10/2012

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Hey, I don't think u should rush it, let the baby come when he/she is ready. I never made it to the end of my both pregnancies. My both pregnancies were supposed to be induced at 38 weeks because I'm Diabetic, but my kids wanted to come earlier. My son came at 36 weeks all natural and my daughter came at 37 & a half weeks; And she had to be induced because my water bag bursed, but I had no contractions. So don't worry when its time your baby will come. What you can ask your Doctor for, is to assist you in get time off work if you are a working mom. As you said your pregnancy was difficult, well maybe being at home, resting and doing light exercises, might make the last few weeks past easier. My pregnancies were both difficult and both of them I took time of work coming down to the end, it did help me a lot. Well good luck, with good rest, and relaxation you will be fine. God bless

Melissa - posted on 04/10/2012

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I have a baby in the special baby care unit at the min who may have come much earlier at 31 weeks but she has lots of probelems and lots of tubes and wires and is not nice to see, but my eldest boy was only 4 weeks early and ended up in an incubator and had apnia (wich means stopping breathing for no reason) and was rushed into hospital so many times not breathing I lost count. If you have your baby early, there lungs and there gut and intestines and other things are not fully developed. If you ask me it may not be nice for you I understand but your baby is better to come later rather than sooner and it is what's best for your baby that counts unless there is a servere unavoidable medical reason to bring them forward. Good luck hope it gets easier

Amie - posted on 04/10/2012

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Um, a good doctor would never even consider it. You are almost there mama! Your baby isn't finished yet why put your baby through that and possibly put its health in jeopardy just because your pregnancy is hard? I had a emergency c/s with my first, ending with a 36 week baby and spent over 3 horrible weeks in the NICU...I would have given my right eye to keep him in there longer! (I still wish to this day I could go back in time and change it!) We ended up having a lot of feeding and bonding issues... Are you willing to take that chance with your baby? Unless your health is on the line, please let your baby bake! Pregnancy can be rough, hugs mama and you can so do this I hope the rest of your pregnancy get easier.

Kristy - posted on 04/10/2012

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Hang in there, 37 weeks down, 3 to go! I know it's horrible and the last weeks go slow but try and enjoy the time you have to yourself.. baby will be here soon enough! I wasn't induced until I was 11 days overdue and although my labour was only 90 minutes it was horrible. You may go into labour naturally anyway. The doctor I saw was going to induce at 38 weeks because my daughter wasn't growing, but they decided to keep her in there to see how she went. Personally, I would rather be induced at 38 weeks than nearly 42 but she was 6 pound 12 so the size wasn't an issue.

Carolyne - posted on 04/10/2012

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It would be better if u wait coz u r not far dear. Induction at times causes some complications to the baby. I once opted for that and it took more than 12 hours, finally I got the baby but lost her few hours after......

Genet - posted on 04/10/2012

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With my 1st boy my doctor said she will induce me at 37, if my fluid did not improve for the baby safety. Then they try to induce me for 3 days nothing, because my baby was far from ready, so I end up having c-section. With my 2nd baby I knew I was having c-section again, so I ask the Doctor to arrange the c-section at 39 weeks she was not happy about it I told her my reasons it was not medical then she said let me check so she did take some fluid from him and she said it is ready and I had the c-section at 39. I always have the feeling of guilty since I chose they birth day. I just wish they came natural and on the day they supposed to come to this world.

Heather - posted on 04/10/2012

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I think now it would depend on the doctor, Most of the time if you are healthy dont have gestational Diabetes or signs of pre-eclampsia your doctor will you go until past 40 weeks. 40 weeks is just about right. With induction Meds, your contractions are stronger, your body already produces pitocin during labor, However if something happens, like in my pregnancy, you just go with the flow. I ended up having and emergency c-section after induction and 24 hours in labor, my second child I chose c-section they were going to do it at 38 weeks, I ended up in labor at 36 weeks, they did c-section. Good luck

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Inductions are hell on your body and even harder on the baby. Your baby's brain is significantly smaller at 37 weeks than at 40 weeks, lungs are not as fully developed, etc.etc. Tell me, if you want to end your pregnancy early just because "it's hard", what are you going to do when things get difficult with your child?

Carol - posted on 04/10/2012

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The doctor will not consider inducing you if it is a risk to either you or your baby. If you are having a difficult pregnancy, depending on what the difficulty is, he/she may decide to induce you earlier. There are risks for induction, which could include death for you and/or your child. Your child could be injured or permanently harmed also. I had horrible pregnancies with my 3. My first was 9lb 2oz, and 2 weeks overdue, I also had pre-eclampsia. My second was twins and they were 2 weeks over due! My last was when I was 38 and was 3 weeks overdue. It was worth every bit of trouble and I am glad I went overdue, because my girls were all healthy. Talk to your doctor and see what they say but if they don't warn you of the risks, find a different doctor.

Cathy55369 - posted on 04/10/2012

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i dont think your doctor will induce you for a first time mom unless baby was in danger

Tanya - posted on 04/10/2012

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I had two babies naturally, and two by induction due to high blood pressure. You do NOT want to be induced if you can help it! My inductions were 20 times more painful than the natural births. Plus, I know you don't believe it now, but it's a lot harder when the baby comes out than when it's inside...it's much easier to take care of when it's inside! LOL After baby comes out, you won't get sleep, you won't get a moment to yourself, and the baby takes precedence over all else. ENJOY this last time you have... pamper yourself, see friends, eat some good hot meals, and take long naps and bubble baths (not too hot!)... as much as we love our babies, we all miss those things for a long time after they are born! :)

Brooke - posted on 04/10/2012

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There's a reason that we carry babies as long as we do! Please for the health of your child consider going naturally, it's the best scenario for everyone! UNLESS there is a health issue that requires immediate delivery. I wouldn't trust a Dr. who delivers early just because.

Theresa - posted on 04/10/2012

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Telling you right now....let it go natural. I had a difficult pregnancy with my second since I could hardly walk and had gestational diabetes (had to give myself shots in the morning and in the evening) and I did NOT want to be induced. And I was right about not wanting to be induced...talk about in your business...



Don't take any unnecessary chances with your pregnancy unless it's absolutely, undoubtedly needed. I feel the same way about c-sections unless it's medically necessary or you're done having kids and youre having a c-tuck (which I've heard is a big no-no)

Lindsay - posted on 04/10/2012

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I wouldn't. Your dr might not even let you. I'm a firm believer of natural child birth and letting the baby come when he or she is ready. They won't stay in there forever :). Your almost there! And who knows you might go into labor in the next couple of days. I had my 1st son at 37 weeks, I'm on my second pregnancy at 34 weeks and it's been hard, lots of back pain, rib pain and pelvic pressure. I'm so ready to be done but am willing to wait and deal with it to have a healthy baby and for him to come her. He's ready :).

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2012

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I would never choose.to be induced simply cus I had a horrible.pregnancy. last pregnancy I could've easily chose to induce early due to my chronic.hypertension and despite that and the fact I suffered horrible hg I fought NOT to be induced. It ups your risk of c section.

Melissa - posted on 04/10/2012

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Just let the baby come naturally. I was induced at 38 weeks because the doctor didn't like to be called in at all hours. He liked to schedule inductions. I didn't think anything of it. It was horrible. I was in so much pain. Listen, you've gotten this far. You say you've had a hard pregnancy.. well you'll just be in a different type of pain that is just as bad after you have him. I'm not trying to scare you. You will be sore as hell and you'll feel like you were just ran over by a truck. Don't rush it. Your baby will be healthier if you wait.

Rachel - posted on 04/10/2012

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Just wait. You are almost there! I was induced w/csection at 39 wks. Induction raises your chances of a csection, plus I had gastro issues w/both my babies being born early. (My son was born at 37 wks). I was high risk, so I know how difficult pregnancies can seem endless. But if you can hang in there and wait for nature to start your contractions you & your baby will be better for it. Good luck!

Hella - posted on 04/10/2012

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It is really bad for babies to be born before their time. My dr. told me, that babies born 37 weeks has more respiratory problems, asthma , and other problems, which would be solved just to wait until baby mature enough to be born. Just hang in there, this is your baby, you want him sooo much, give him the best care he deserve, and give him the time to be ready. You can do it. :)!

Laura - posted on 04/10/2012

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Unless there is a medical reason, inducing is ridiculous. I know and understand that you are ready to be done, but it isn't just about you....why ever in the world would you intentionally put your baby at risk. Its time to develop some real patience. Let your doctor decide if early intervention, because that's what it is, is necessary.



Plus, induced labors, when your body isn't ready can be brutal. If you wait until labor begins spontaneously, you may have an easy labor & delivery without all the borrowed drama.

Pragati - posted on 04/10/2012

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I agree with Cherie Renner Longden. Baby-in-belly is much easier to manage than baby-awake-all-night. The last stages of pregnancy were frustrating for me because of the unwieldy size, and the waiting. It seemed easier to just put an end to it by delivering. Delivery is certainly not the end of problems, but the beginning of a lot of hard work, especially in the initial few months. And yes, this discussion should be had with your doctor. He is likely to understand your concerns, as several women at this stage feel like they have been pregnant forever, and just want it to end.

Nikkole - posted on 04/10/2012

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DON'T get induced!! I had 5 friend including me we all got induced and 4 of us had to have emergency c sections! I would wait until baby is ready and remember due date is a guess it's NOT and expiration!

Ellen - posted on 04/10/2012

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The reason I say no is their are things that may happen if born early for ur convience . Mild learning disabilitys or speach problems.

Kim - posted on 04/10/2012

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You don't want to be induced......trust me!!!! Just wait the few extra weeks.....induction is very hard on you the baby and your body. Contractions come fast and hard. Of course, I am speaking only from experience, not a medical stand point. I was induced on a Tuesday morning and ended up having an emergency csection wednesday night. When they break our water too soon, or long before the baby is born input causes complications. I don't mean to scare you, I just think you should not encourage induction. :)

Hope - posted on 04/10/2012

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I was induced at 38 weeks bc I had gestational diabetes. The whole process sucked! I was in labor for 29 hours, my epi didn't work and I ended up having to have an emergency c section. By then, both my baby and I were very sick! I am not sure what you mean by awful pregnancy, but I would never recommend inducement unless you or your baby are in trouble. I hope you can find some solace and hang in there!

Markita - posted on 04/10/2012

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I have nothing new to add, looks like everyone else has covered what I was going to say. You have a lot to think about. Talk to your doc and be honest with him and yourself about how hard things are. I wish you good luck with your decision and hope whatever way you go you have a wonderful healthy child.

Salma - posted on 04/10/2012

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I had to children both being induced at 39 weeks because my water broke and there were no contractions what so ever.... It was HELL! 13 hours of excruciating pain, even with th epidural which I took 6 hours later... They had to use forcips... I was so torn, I needed a repair operation 6 months later... If you and the baby are ok...please do not go for induction, let nature take its course-

Katrina - posted on 04/10/2012

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Many women have difficult pregnancies. By inducing at 37 weeks, you could be bringing this baby into the world far too early... Since delivery dates could go 2 weeks on either side! You're almost there. After 37 weeks, a few more can be tolerated;)

Stifler's - posted on 04/10/2012

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Where are the negative comments? People are just being sensible. You had medical reasons to be induced it wasn't just because you wanted to be induced.

Charmaine - posted on 04/10/2012

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I never usually post answers on any forums I come across, but i had to speak my mind as I read this...there are so many negative comments on here, it's ridiculous. Granted I know that everyone is just trying to give their best advice for the safety of you and your unborn child, however these ladies need to realize that bevery womans pregnancy is different and sometimes you can't just go by everything you have read and heard and apply it to every woman that is pregnant! I have three beautiful children who were all induced at 38, 39, and 37 weeks and they were all healthy, thriving, and very smart beyond their years. They are surpassing other children their own age who were born past 40 weeks! For two of my pregnancies my blood pressure was higher than normal for me, but not medical standards, and the other one was because my amniotic fluid was low. So, instead of having all of these negative comments scare you or make you feel bad for just wondering about your options; take it up with your doctor. He'll know what's best for you, not everyone else!

Cherie - posted on 04/10/2012

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I don't know what you mean by a hard pregnancy. You need to talk to your Dr. about your concerns and desires. What's best for you and your baby is a decision best made by you and your Dr. If your desire for an early delivery is just because you are uncomfortable being in the last stages of pregnancy, then suck it up and be a good mom and give your baby the chance to finish growing and getting ready for his/her entrance. (also know that if you think your tired now wait until you are doing the night long run of taking care of baby) Babies need time and you may as well learn now that sometimes sacrifices need to be made for what's best for baby. But again, what's best for baby and you is best discussed with your Dr not a community of people who don't know all of your circumstances (and shouldn't).

Good Luck and enjoy both the joys and miracles of a baby growing inside of you as well as the challenges and joys of raising a child. Best job I ever had.

Cindy - posted on 04/10/2012

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Being induced is HARD Labor! I've had four children and my last had to be induced (I was ten days over due). The labor was awful. Just let it come naturally.

Laura - posted on 04/10/2012

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Wait! Your baby will come when he or she is ready! The last few weeks are so hard and you get so anxious, but you are almost there. It's best for baby if you wait until they are ready. Just the beginning of the sacrifices you make in motherhood lol ;)

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