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April 8th, 2010, 07:27 AM
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April 8th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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I think that technically what I had with my son was an augmentation and not an induction. My water broke, I was having very sporadic contractions that weren't progressing me. So I was given pitocin. I consider it an induction since active labor hadn't started.

What seems funny to me is that supposedly only about 10% of labors start with the water breaking before contractions. But with the group of moms from my church, about 1/3 of them had their first labors start with their water breaking.
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April 8th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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With Noah... I had Gestational Diabetes and was horribly sick throughout the entire pregnancy. At my 39 week visit, the doctor was worried that the baby was getting too big (I was measuring 42 weeks) and I was still throwing up just about everything I ate, so we set up an induction for the day after my due date if I didn't go by then. I didn't go, so got induced. And Noah wasn't big at all.. he was the only one I had gestational diabetes with and he was my smallest baby at 6 lbs 13 oz. But boy did it feel good not to throw up anymore.

With Nicky... I was induced at 38 weeks because of extreme vomiting again and I was measuring 44 weeks when I was only 38 weeks along so she thought he was going to be really big. He ended up only being 7 lbs 11 oz but the induction was a good things because he had a medical condition we weren't aware of and according to specialists.. no one can say for sure but they feel it's a big possibility that if he would have gotten any bigger we could have had some serious problems with him during delivery.

With Aly... Again extremely sick and she was measuring 46 weeks when I was 39 weeks along so we induced a day before my due date. She was 8 lbs 14 oz but otherwise healthy as a horse.

I'm really worried about the size this next one is going to be.. they all seem to gain a pound on the one before them so this one could be nearly 10 pounds. And seeing as how it's already measuring almost a week bigger than it should, I'm definately concerned about size.
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April 8th, 2010, 01:35 PM
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I was induced 6 days prior to due date because my OB became concerned at 37 weeks that Savannah might be growing more rapidly than originally thought. So we had an sizing u/s at 38 weeks which guessed her to be 8.5lbs with a +/- of 1lb in either direction (so as small as 7.5lbs as large as 9.5lbs). With assumption that she would grow another 1/2 lb minimally during weeks 39-40, the concern was that she'd likely be 9lbs and could potentially top 10lbs...in which case hospital might have forced a c-section, which I was desperate to avoid.

In the end, after a long and difficult induction, Savannah turned out to be 7lbs 14oz...so she had probably been at the bottom of their range the entire time and hindsight being 20/20 I could have avoided the induction and waited her out at least until her due date.
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April 8th, 2010, 02:35 PM
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Silverlife pretty much summed up my experience. Although I wasn't technically induced, I was given pitocin to jump start my labor. My water had broken and my contractions (which I couldn't even feel) were doing almost nothing towards my progression. Without pitocin, I probably would've ended up with a c-section.
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April 8th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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I agree with silverlife.. I was augmented...

I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 12 weeks gestation, I was told I would be induce no matter what at 40weeks and the OB wouldn't let me go past 40.

I got lucky in a sense that my water broke on it's own but I was put on Pitocin about 5-ish hours later because I wasn't producing any contractions...
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April 8th, 2010, 09:01 PM
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I had an emergency induction for HELLP disease.
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April 9th, 2010, 01:49 PM
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I was pregnant with my first and naive. I moved at 33 weeks pregnant and thought I was lucky to even find an OB that would take me.

I left my first appt in tears - Mike thought it was a great appointment, I knew I hated the doc and didn't want her delivering my baby.

But being naive and new to the area I stayed with her.

at 37'ish weeks I had a u/s and the doc pulled big baby b.s. I fell for it hook line and sinker. She wanted to set up an induction at 39 weeks. I was trying to close on the house we just sold and that was the only reason I refused.

She scheduled my induction for 40 weeks 2 days. A friday.

I was not given any info about inductions, this doc made it very clear to me that she didn't like it when women questioned her or did their own research. So I never even looked into induction.

She called it a "routine induction" because my baby was *sooooooo* big.

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April 10th, 2010, 06:13 AM
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My hospital has a policy that women cannot deliver past 42 weeks with a midwife. So my midwives routinely induce at 41w4d so that if you have to have a serial induction, you can still deliver before 42 weeks. I was afraid that if I delivered with an OB I would end up with a cesarean. They also told me that my insurance might not pay for the delivery if the hospital considered me AMA. But the #1 reason was that they convinced my DH that the risk of stillbirth over 42 weeks went up drastically.
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With my first it was more augmentation like some of the other ladies. I was contracting just not fast enough. My daughters heartrate was dangerously high then low and in the end we found the cord around her next twice.
My second child was scheduled for an induction becuase he was getting so big measuring 42 weeks at 38. We had been worried about it for a while just watching. He still has a big head and broad shoulders .
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May 5th, 2010, 08:54 PM
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With my first: induced at 37 weeks due to hypertension, pre-e, and gestational diabetes....it was really easy, quick etc. Had an epi that I had tried to pre-sign up for...no way was I doing it without drugs!

With my second: went into labor on my own at 36 weeks and some days...given pit because my bp was up (again - i have hypertension even not in pregnancy) and gestional diabetes again....went even quicker and again the wonderful epi made me feel great.

I'm like a medical mystery having all these complications...I'm barely 100 pounds and otherwise healthy - guess I have bad genes when it comes to blood pressure and diabetes (cause I'm pre-diabetic now and done with babies!)
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May 16th, 2010, 06:33 AM
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I went to my 37 week check up and they took my blood pressure and it was sky high 150/90 ...or something like that ..my whole pregnancy I had really good BP. They sent me for bloodwork then sent me back home for the night.

They brought me back the next day for an u/s and check my BP again and it was higher 150/92. The u/s showed the baby looked good and the bloodwork didn't show any protein in my urine but my Dr wanted to induce me anyways. She sent me over to the hospital at 6pm and the Dr on call didn't want to induce me because I didn't have any protein in my urine and she didn't want to risk taking the baby out too early. At this point I was annoyed. They took more blood and more urine tests and protein showed up in my urine. Then finally at 11pm that night they induced.
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May 21st, 2010, 08:13 PM
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I was GBS positive and 41 weeks, 5 days pregnant (I charted and know exact date of conception) when my water broke naturally. We went into the hospital so I could start antibiotics for the GBS, but waited 36 hours --I walked and walked and walked, I hooked myself up to a double breast pump for 15 minutes out of every waking hour, I walked some more. I took warm showers. I rested. NOTHING HAPPENED.

I agreed to be hooked up to the pitocin. It took one hour for contractions to start, and 2 hours after that for the baby to decide she was coming out--I was standing up at the time. It was AWESOME! Okay, the pitocin made the contractions harder and stronger than with my first delivery, but I did do it without any pain medication and was on my feet the entire time.
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June 1st, 2010, 01:45 PM
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I was a week overdue, and while I measured smaller than 40 weeks the entire pregnancy, I wound up having a fairly large baby. I figure, I'm probably pretty lucky that I was induced when I was, because otherwise who knows how big my son would have gotten, and then who knows what would have happened? He was 10lbs 6oz and born on his original due date (at the 20 wk u/s he measured about a week ahead, so I referred to my due date as Dec 11th. ) I had a pretty good induction experience, but would like to avoid it in the future if possible. It was VERY tiring, but survivable!
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June 5th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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Both my girls were induced and my labor and delivery was super fast and easy. I live 6 hours away from a hospital that delivers babies, so I have to leave my town and stay in a bed and breakfast at 37 weeks. So it got very expensive to stay there we ended up spending over 2,000 dollars just for a place to stay, food and transportation. So when I turned 40 weeks I opted for the induction

With Madison- My due date was May 8th 2006. Our delivery hospital was small and they had a few emergencies and so on, so they softened my cervix with this type of gel, then left me there. May 9th at 3 am I started contracting, I was 3cm they nurse gave me demerol. It knocked me out cold, I didn't wake up until 6am on MAY 10th!!! So anyways May 10th at 8am the Dr tried to break my water, without success. I kept tensing up. They started me on the pitocin and by 12:38pm Madison was born. Only 38 mins of pushing. She was born with 3 or 5 scratches on her head from where the dr tried to break my water. My biggest regret with Madisons birth was I had the epidural. It was completely 100% awful. I still felt everything giving birth, the burning sensation and all that, it just numbed the contractions for awhile. So yah I really regretted that.

With Olivia, I went in for an appointment on my due date, Aug 4th. He scheduled the induction for the next day at 8am. I requested it. We checked in, he was going to put the gel inside to soften my cervix. But when he did I was already 2-3 cm dilated. He broke my water and then it was just the waiting game. I was started on pitocin and at 2:32 Olivia was born, with about 3 mins of pushing haha. I never had the epi with Olivia and I LOVED it, totally amazing her birth, just thinking about her birth wishes I could do it all over again.
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June 5th, 2010, 08:24 AM
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kayla is great to see you here!! I loved reading about your experiences! Crazy how different they were!!!!
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I went in at 38w1d with DS and as soon as they checked my b/p they got all tense and sent me to the room to wait for the midwife(OB was at the hospital delivering)..I think it was the fastest we had ever been seen at that office, but not even 2 minutes later she storms in and makes me get on my left side as she proceeds to check my b/p again as a nurse is checking DS's heart rate..At that point I asked what it was..160/110...Up until that point my b/p was perfect..She then looked at my urine results and I had +4 protein in my urine..I was sent to the hospital asap to get checked by my OB..We went to the house to get the bags and take our dog to my MIL's..Within an hour of getting to the hospital I was started on pit and induced for pre-e..4 hours into labor without being able to move much I opted for the epi...about 5 1/2 hours later I was fully dilated and ready to push..less than 30 mins later DS was born healthy as can be...We still have no clue why I got pre-e, but I do know that at all but 2 check-ups I had a UTI..and at 28 weeks I was hospitalized with a double kidney infection, UTI and e-coli infection..

I am a little over 17w pg with #2 and being monitored VERY closely..After each appt I am sent to the hospital for a U/A...And I have already been told that if I have to be induced and not able to get out of bed this time I can opt for the epi before they even start the pit...
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July 26th, 2010, 02:33 AM
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I wa scheduled to be induced at 39 weeks because I am on blood thinners and the docs like to carefully monitor me once I come off of them to deliver.
I ended up being induced at 37 weeks due to pre-e.
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