Should a petite woman be induced?!?

Lana - posted on 11/05/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a narrow individual. At 40 weeks i can still fit into a size 4! The doctor noted that I have a narrow birth canal and that he doesn't want to go any more than 2 or three days past my due date(i'm due tomorrow). I am almost positive we conceived on the 10th or 11th which means that she should have a few extra days to decide she wants to leave. I'm measuring 39 weeks and she is moving around just fine.



My question is would you do what the doctor says or wait for your baby to come? I have read all of the risks with being induced, and I'm not sure if I want to force her out. The problem is I am very small and I don't want to end up with a c section if it's unnecessary. What is the procedure for performing induction anyway? I know what it is, but i'm wanting to know what they do step by step.



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~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/05/2012

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Ask them to sweep your membranes. Sometimes if your body is ready to deliver, it will help kick labor into motion. If you do not want to be induced, tell him you want to wait. You can also start walking alot, sex, massage your feet, and nipple stimulation to try to get labor going. Drinking raspberry leaf tea can also help. Good luck. Most moms that I hear have been induced, they do indeed say the contractions are more intense than going naturally. Every women is different though.

Lana - posted on 11/05/2012

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Thanks for your reply. I heard that they can only break your water if you are already partially dilated. I am 50% effaced and not dilated. My next app is tomorrow and I hope i've at least started to dilate, but if not i'm wondering what they do. Doesn't pitocin speed up labor?

Maren - posted on 11/05/2012

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I was induced with all 3 of my children around 39 weeks each time. Depending on your dr. they may or may not want to break your water. That is very easy they use a long stick with a small hook on it and just pop the sack, you will then feel a gush of fluid. You will also receive pitocin through an iv. the induction is the easy part, it is everything that comes after that is difficult.

I don't know what your plans are, but many people will tell you that if you get induced the contractions are so bad that you have to get an epidural. However, I did all 3 of mine all natural so it can be done.

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