When do doctors induce?

Sommano - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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I was told by many other moms that I should check in to the hospital now because I am 5 cm dilated and my contractions are far apart... And they'll induced me.. But do I have to get induced? My doctor told me to just wait until my contractions are closer together and when they are 5 minutes apart to go to the hospital... Should I go to the hospital now or listen to my doctor???

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Ashley - posted on 11/07/2009

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i know where i am (ottawa ont) they wont induce unless they have to. they will just send you home. i went to the hospital when my water broke, 4 cm dialated and they almost sent me home. the only reason they kept me was because my BP was high. if my BP was fine i would have been on my way home (which i would have preferred). they had to induce me because i wasnt feeling any contractions at all. I was also induced with my 1st because of preeclampsia. being induced is hard on your body and the contractions are horrible (for me anyways).

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2011

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i was induced and it did really hurt....i don't know what it feels like to do it without being induced but i have heard that it hurts more when you're induced.

Cassia - posted on 11/08/2009

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Try to avoid induction if at all possible. Every medical intervention makes more intervention increasingly likely. Pitocin causes contractions that do not allow as much of a rest period as natural contractions ... which leads many women to seek pain relief such as an epidural ... which leads many women to not be able to push effectively ... which leads many women to end up with a c-section -- ouch!!

Erin - posted on 11/08/2009

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LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR!!! Being induced is much harder than regular labor. It makes your contractions harder and then there is more of a chance of needing drugs to get through it. I don't know what you plan on as far as natural vs drugged birth, but if you want natural, induction is NOT the way to go. Hope this helped! : )

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Has your water broken? If not they'll probably just send you home. Listen to your Dr. They know. You sholdn't need to be induced. Now I see the date of your post. You beautifull little person is probably here now. Congratulations

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Jessica - posted on 03/10/2011

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i was induced and it did really hurt....i don't know what it feels like to do it without being induced but i have heard that it hurts more when you're induced.

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2011

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they do like you to wait....but being induced isn't the most horrible thing in the world. it does help to have your contractions closer together, though, they may even send you home if they aren't close enough

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2011

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they do like you to wait....but being induced isn't the most horrible thing in the world. it does help to have your contractions closer together, though, they may even send you home if they aren't close enough

Tania - posted on 11/08/2009

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I totally agree with Erin. I am a childbirth educator and we strongly discourage induction. As far as when do doctors induce? That depends on the doctor. Some will do it as early as 37 weeks, some will wait until you are over 42. You are not actually 'over due' until you hit 42 weeks +1 day. It is perfectly normal to be dilated and have practice contractions before actually going into labor. You will know when true labor hits, because your contractions will be regular, get closer together and longer in duration.
Also, inductions can be dangerous. The drugs they use cause unnatural contractions, that are very intense. These contractions can cause fetal distress and uterine rupture. Both of which are dangerous. Your baby will be affected by the drugs, too. Please, be patient. Rest, drink a lot of water and wait for your body to go into labor naturally. You are almost there!

Betsy - posted on 11/07/2009

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It's not unusual to be dialated but not ready to deliver. I was 3 cm with baby #3 for a month, and she was born a week late. The hospital is working with your dr. They will not induce you. They will call in your dr to check for any emergency problems. He will tell them he already told you what to do, and they will send you home with those instructions again.

Lacey - posted on 11/07/2009

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I was dilated 2 cm for over a week and having contractions small enough that I didn't feel them. So you may be getting close, or still have a while longer to wait. I was induced a week before my due date after discussing the pros and cons with my doctor. I'd heard a lot of stories about how awful induction is and labor lasts longer and is harder. I found that not to be true, it was a wonderful experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. So if you end up having to be induced, don't worry, it can and does go just as smoothly as going into labor on your own. I agree with a lot of the other moms and call your maternity ward and ask them what you should do. If your water breaks and still nothing, they will have to induce you no matter what. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 11/07/2009

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i was induced on all three of mine only on the last one had i started to dialate and she only took 6 hrs the other 2 it was the next day i wouldn't go tell i had to

Nicole - posted on 11/07/2009

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IF THE BABY IS IN DISTRESS THEN YES IT IS FOR THE BABY'S BEST INTREST AND IF YOU HAVE CARRIED TOO LONG THEN THE BABY COULD HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT IN THERE SO THAT IS ANOTHER REASON. JUST REMEMBER IF IT IS RECOMMENDED BY THE DOCTOR THEN LET THEM DO WHATEVER SO U HAVE A HAPPY HEALTHY BABY.

Stephanie - posted on 11/07/2009

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it depends on what number baby this is and how far along in the pregnancy you are (38 vs. 41 weeks is a huge difference also they try not to induce on baby #1 since an early induction often leads to c-sections). if you trust your doctor's medical opinion you should follow their advice; if not you should have thought about getting a new doctor a little while ago. I was induced with first 2 kids and went natural with #3; I have no strong opinion on which (natural vs. induction) was "easier": all went smooth (both methods have plus sides) and outcomes on all were wonderful! Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/07/2009

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I started having contractions and pressure with my 3rd the day before I was supposed to be induced and I mowed the lawn with a push mower :) You don't need to go in until you absolutely can't stand to be home anymore or if your water breaks. You are going to be there long enough..don't get induced. They won't if you're progressing on your own anyway but, my first labor was only 6 hrs 52 min and I had a 4th degree tear because I didn't have time to naturally stretch. My next one was almost 13 hours after being induced and my 3rd (still had to have my water broke with the hook and put on Pit) was 16 hours....you can walk around at 5cm and contractions for a week or more before you're really ready. If you go in, they will most likely send you home so, just do a lot of walking and put one foot on your bed and squat down to keep bringing the babies head down so you naturally stretch and that is what makes you dilate faster. Congrats and good luck! Stay home til you have to go tho...you'll get stir crazy sitting there waiting.

Laurie - posted on 11/07/2009

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I wasn't in labor but wanted to be so I did accupressure at home. You just apply pressure to certain points in your body, like you foot & neck. My husband helped me and it was painless. Within 4 hours my water broke and 2 hours later by son was born. I still have the book, Easier Saver Shorter Birth, saved, I can email it if you would like to try it.

Tanya - posted on 11/06/2009

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I have been induced 3 times and each time was more horrendous than the 1st..They only induced me due to problems with either my baby or labour.

Hailey - posted on 11/06/2009

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oh if you want any pain relief you better go b4 your 8cm as they wont give any drugs to you after that point

Hailey - posted on 11/06/2009

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just do what you feel is the right thing to do , your the best judge when it comes to your own body , if you have been in labour for a long time then ring maternity just to make sure

Lol - posted on 11/06/2009

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They won't induce unless they have to, far better to have a natural birth as when you are induced the contractions are more difficult. If you are really uncomfy call the labour ward and they will maybe tell you to go in - you can let them take it from there. Wishing you every good luck and as a pleasant a labour as possible.

Jackie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Reasons to go to the hospitals...

1) 5 min apart contractions
2) Water broke
3) Bleeding
4) You just aren't comfortable any more at home.

You fall under 4 and should go in to get checked out. Chances are you won't be induced you are in labour there is no need to be induced. But they will likely break your water for you which will speed up labour. So go in tell them you are concerned and would like an internal and are wondering if they can break your water yet. Good luck!

Gemma - posted on 11/06/2009

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no I would wait for it to happen natrally. If your waters break, go to the hospital. I heard labour is alot more painful and intense if you are induced. Sound like it won't be too much longer anyway. In the meantime, try and pass time at home (i did house work and ironing and stuff) Good luck!

Ashleigh - posted on 11/06/2009

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well i went in to the hospittal becaue i had been cramping on and off for a couple of days i went in and they induced me the next night turns out i had a very flexy cervix and was just over 3cm dilated so they could and if your waters havent broken they may brake them for you

Simone - posted on 11/06/2009

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Im with Tanya just wait its what your doc told you, they wont induce you if you go in unless something is wrong or if your waters have broken and still no close contractions. good luck

Ashleigh - posted on 11/06/2009

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you should call the hospital and they will tell you weather or not to go in but you can very quickly go from 5 cm dilated to 7 and then so on best call up and see

Tanya - posted on 11/06/2009

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I think you should listen to your doctor..At least for a little while longer..Then call your maternity unit and ask their advice..I think they would prefer to avoid induction but it depends on how long you have been in 'slow labour'..Good luck!

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