Pros & Cons of Elective Induction?

Brooke - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Can anyone give me advice about whether or not its smart to electively induce after 39 weeks?

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Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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Well, I have 3 kids. I was induced with all 3. With my oldest, I had to be induced because I carried her to 43 weeks and she wasn't coming out on her own. With my second, I was induced at 37 weeks because my blood pressure became an issue.

With my third, which was only 4 weeks ago, I was induced by MY choice (at 38 weeks) because I was completely miserable and my back felt like it was breaking every time i stood up. Induction is controversial, but if the Drs had any thought or fear that it could cause harm to you or your baby in your particular situation, they wouldn't put you through it. It's not any worse than going into labor naturally and on your own. The only difference my doctor told me I would most likely experience is harder contractions from the pitocin. And, he was right. The contractions were worse, but it also went by fast. A baby born after 37 weeks will be fine. Different people have different opinions about induction, but ultimately it is your decision. Do what is best for you and your baby. If your doctor is willing to do it, there is no reason why you should make yourself suffer any longer that you absolutely have to. Hope this helps :)

SJ - posted on 04/11/2013

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Having an elective induction is a total personal preference and completely circumstantial. If your doctor thought it could be harmful to you or your baby, they would not allow you to choose to induce without medical reasons. If you have had a normal pregnancy, your baby is healthy, you are full term, and have perhaps had a previous successful delivery(ies), then you are in business! Your doctor would not let you do anything that would be bad for your baby. I am 40 weeks and I am going in tonight for an elective induction. My baby is a big, healthy, strapping boy and my doctor feels more than confident an elective induction will not cause unnecessary stress to my baby. Yes, the pitocin SUCKS, and is very painful.. but I'll have an epidural and it'll be all good. I had to have pitocin with my first baby, and the epidural made everything VERY manageable. The only thing I would say is if you are against epidurals, I wouldn't suggest doing anything that involves pitocin. It will literally knock you on your ass. I have an INCREDIBLY high threshold for pain, but without the epidural last time, I don't know how I could have lived through the pitocin contractions... Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 01/10/2010

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I was induced 5 days before my due date due to job issues since i wasnt at my job a full year, i HAD to be back in 12 weeks or terminated. So, I was put out 6 weeks early and to ensure id be able to return to work in time, esp if i needed a c-section- my NP agreed to induce me. I was not dilated or effaced at all!!! I went in 7pm got cervadil overnight then 7am cervadil came out and pitocin started. I will not lie, it was beyond painful. I did not have an epidural and i had no voice from screaming by the time she came. But she was born 327pm after 20 minutes pushing, 21 inch 7lb 4oz and perfect.

Shaina - posted on 01/11/2010

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I think there is never a pro for an elective induction. The reason most women are giving are medical reason for an induction, not reasons for an elective induction. "I'm uncomfortable" is the worst one. An elective induction puts unnecessary stress on the fetus, are more likely to lead to emergency c-sections, and can be the reason for many birth defects because an ultrasound done after 10 weeks can be wrong by up to 2 weeks! That means that if you opted to have an elective induction at what you think is 39 weeks, you could end up giving birth to a baby who is really 37 weeks with all sorts of problems.

Krista - posted on 01/09/2010

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I really wouldn't recommend it. First of all, when you're induced, you wind up being stuck to an IV and monitors, so it's impractical and difficult to walk around, take a shower, or do any of the other things that are helpful during labour. You're basically stuck in bed, or on a birthing ball, because it's too much of a pain in the ass to go any farther than that.

Second of all, pitocin can do a number on the baby's heart rate. I wound up having to get an episiotomy because the baby had almost arrived, was almost crowning, and his heart rate started dropping due to the abnormal strength of the pitocin-induced contractions.

And third of all, speaking of the strength of the pitocin-induced contractions. Oh. My. Freaking. God. I've had kidney stones, and these contractions were worse. We're talking sheer hell here -- the only thing that brought a measure of relief was screaming nonstop into my pillow. There was absolutely NO break in between contractions. On a scale of one to 10, when they first started, they quickly went to 10 +, then back down to about 3, and then right back up again. So there was really no rest for me to catch my breath and regain my strength. Finally I begged for an epidural, and was able to rest.

I would do anything to avoid having to be induced again -- don't do it unless you really have no choice.

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Kaitlin - posted on 04/18/2012

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It kind of depends on your history, the doctors you have, and the pregnancy. If you have a history of delivering very large babies or babies that need medical attention at birth, it may be beneficial, though as many have said, waiting until 40 weeks is the best bet. Personally, I would wait until 40 weeks and if yous till want to be induced then, talk to your doc about your options and all the risks involved.

Courtney - posted on 04/18/2012

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Im 39 weeks and am being scheduled to be induced... This is my second pregnancy... With my first my son came naturally at 38 weeks... Ive been stuck at 2cm for 3 weeks now and my doctor feels its the best decision for me... Im scared and dont know what to expect!

Nichola - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hi there, I was induced with my first son. I was one week overdue and had a lot of pressure when walking. I had my waters broken by the Dr and it was to start contractions, that didnt happen, was eventually, 24 hrs later, given the oxitocin drip to induce labour, not a good experience, bang into very painful contractions, and 13 hrs later needed an emergency caesarian section. I would advise to leave well alone and let nature take its course, the baby will come when ready... if theres no medical reason for induction I wouldnt do it.

Brooke - posted on 01/12/2010

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thanks all of you for the advice! its good to hear it from those who've experienced it.

Samantha - posted on 01/11/2010

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i was induced at just over 41 weeks and it didnt go very well. in the end he was out happy and healthy but the time inbetween wasnt nice for either of us. i almost had to have a cessarian but luckily got out of it. i would say that if there is no health risks then to just wait for baby to come on his own. i deffinetly would my second time round

Samantha - posted on 01/09/2010

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Like a lot of these women have said, to each his own. It's not an easy decision. We went through the whole Lamaze thing, and they showed all forms of birth on a video. I decided then I did not want to be induced, nor did I want a C-section. I had both. The pain of induction was immeasurable. One minute you are peachy-keen, the next moment I was doubled over in pain. My second one I went through labor naturally. Though very painful as well, at least it built up and so I had time to breathe through it, and prepare for the next contraction. Induction does not let you prepare, or your body. If you are not experiencing any medical reason for induction, I recommend waiting for nature to take its course. I was induced when my kid was only 5 days overdue. Again, it is all a personal choice (unless medical), and I wish you the best.

Rosie - posted on 01/09/2010

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i was induced with with my second and third children. my second child's heartrate was skyhigh throughout my last 2 months of pregnancy -up to 200. they monitored me everytime i went in for hours but it would always go down eventually. so at 40 wks i had an appointment and his heartrate was up again, i was already 4 cm. dialated, and miserable and asked and they said ok.
my third child i was induced at 39wks just because i was completely miserable. i couldn't walk without excruiciating pain, i couldn't get up from a laying down position at all-there was no medical reason for it other than my pain. my cervix was at 4 cm. again so conditions were favorable for an induction. my doctor didn't have any problem with it at all. both inductions were great. with my second one his heartrate went down during labor and they turned me on my left side and that took care of that.
i had an epidural all 3 times so i can't really say what it's like painwise. the first one i waited until i was 8 cm. to get an epidural and it was complete hell, with my last 2 i got an epidural when i started to have really bad pain-about 5cm dialated. i'm very pro epidural-all of my boys were born, healthy, alert and great apgars.

Tracey - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was induced twice with my third at 43 weeks and nothing worked, he didn't want to come out. Babies come when they are good and ready so don't have intervention unless there is a medical need for it.

Patricia - posted on 01/09/2010

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2 of my 3 were induced at 37 weeks due to their size. It is true that the contractions tend to be stronger when induced b/c your body is being forced into labor, so I would definately say get an epidural. If you are one that does not want to use drugs, ie. epidural, do NOT have an induction. And yes with an induction you are pretty much confined to the bed except to go to the bathroom at least untiil the epidural anyway, then you get cathed. But, as an overall experience, if the baby shows on ultrasound to be fully formed and ready, than it should be your choice. You can also choose to be induced, but ask that they keep the pitocin drip low as long as possible, it may take longer, but not as painful. Good Luck.

Carrie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was induced w/my first baby @ 41 weeks -- it was miserable! My second child came on her own when I was 6 days over due. Not only was the laboring shorter, but my recovery was sooooo much easier and quicker. God willing, I will never be induced again.

Christina - posted on 01/08/2010

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I was induced at 39 weeks because I was already 3 cms. and having contractions (not to mention VERY uncomfortable) From the time they broke my water to the time I delivered (with no pitocin) was 2 hrs. 25 mins. I had no epiziotomy (though I did opt for the the epidural) and I would reccommend it to just about anyone.

Janet - posted on 01/08/2010

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I was induced with my first. Extremely awful hard labor. For my second I had a very easy and mild delivery without any inducing done. So I was smart and told my doctor I would go into hiding if he wanted to try and induce my labor for my third child. I went over my due date, but would not let him do any form of inducement. And that last labor was again mild. A baby will come when they are ready. Unless it is medically necessary for you or your baby I would not.

Megan - posted on 01/08/2010

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I was induced with my first and went into labor with my second and couldn't tell the difference! Nothing bad about being induced you may have no choice if you go past your due date, that is what happened for me!



Doctors around here will only induce at 41 weeks with your 1st child and possible 39 weeks with your second if you are dilated to 2 or more at 39 weeks. Of course I wasn't with either of my children (so stubborn) but was luck to go into labor with my second the day before i was suppose to be induced! I walked and walked and did everything everyone told me to do (I even played basketball at 40 weeks, well I played PIG hehe) and still never went into labor. I think you baby will just come when he/she is ready and if you go a week late then they will induce you, at least that is what they do around here I live in Iowa!

Julia - posted on 01/08/2010

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I have had both experiences. I went into labor naturally with oldest daughter. I was able to walk around, I had no medical intervention, (no epidural, no constant monitoring) I had a lot of options. It was a wonderful experience. With my second VERY STUBBORN daughter who did NOT want to make an appearance...I was induced at 41 weeks. That was the worst pain of my life. I got an epidural at 4 cm... was stuck to the bed for constant monitoring throughout the whole thing, only good thing about it was I was able to sleep while having contractions. PITOCIN SUCKS!!!!!!!!! With this baby I am going to try my damnest to go into labor naturally...however since my children have huge freakin shoulders my docs want to induce 2 wks early...I'm saying NO to that.

Kacy - posted on 01/08/2010

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Gestation for a human is 40 weeks. That means that until then your baby is not even technically fully mature. Not to mention, it is common for women to go "over" as much as 2 weeks, particularly with a first baby.
I suppose it is a personal choice, but I would strongly recommend against induction.
If you don't wait for the hormones to thin your cervix (efface), you will progress much more slowly, greatly increasing your risk of other interventions.
Pitocin is a synthetic hormone that inhibits the body's natural ability to effectivly manage pain. This often leads women who have been given pitocin to have epidurals.
I personally feel that the more "hands off" a labor and delivery can be, the better it is for momma and baby.

Sharon - posted on 01/08/2010

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without the mystical stuff...



I got lucky and found out that some doctors will induce labor under proper favorable conditions.



By the time I was 7 months pregnant after having gained 20lbs I was in agony. The next three months were a living hell for all three pregnancies.



I went into labor naturally all three times though, go figure.



First time, I was two weeks early, second time, I was scheduled to be induced at 40 weeks but when I went in to be checked out and to make sure everything was good to go, they found out I was leaking amniotic fluid and was in the early stages of labor and the third time, my doctor said everything was good to go, it was two weeks early and she wanted to do something to help my body get ready to go into labor but she wanted to do it at the hospital and not in her office so I met her there.... turns out I was in early labor by the time I got there... WHEEE!!! so much fun.



I was given pitocin to help speed things up and I didn't have an adverse reaction. I had 3 lovely epidurals. I had to fight to get the third one in time and bitch to make the technician come back and do it properly but in the end they were all perfect and I completely enjoyed all my labor & delivery experiences.

Veronica - posted on 01/08/2010

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With pitocin the contractions are stronger and in a lot more pain. But your baby will be a little smalller and you get to have ita week earlier. I read somewhere that their is a higher C-section rate with mom that are induced. But you have to think that most moms are induced because of a medical reason which chould have led to that higher C-section rate. I my self had induction both time with my two girls and with my son a c-section. I would do a induction again. My first was induced because my doctor was 1 hr drive away and the second because she had a funny heart rate. My son was a csection because he was tranvers lie. Also if you are inducced with piction you will be stuck in the bed for fetal montiors contraction montiors. You might have to have a cathador. I had epidorals because that pain was crazy. But I would do it again it was worth every second of pain.

Callie - posted on 01/08/2010

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It depends on your belief about childbirth and one's destiny! My opinion is that we each choose the time and day of our birth (ie our zodiac/astrological sign), this in turn affects how we relate to the world for our entire lives. Pregnancy and childbirth is a small sacrifice for our children to enter into human existence on their terms. My advice is that if you do not have any pressing medical reason why your baby must be out NOW, then let it happen on its own....that is always best for the child.

Also by allowing your body to go into labor naturally decreases your chances of having to have other medical interventions including cesarean.

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i got induced at 37 because my son had dropped and i was having contractions they had to break my water and all but in an hour he was there....

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