Birth and Induction

Our bodies are made to give birth, and our bodies will not grow a baby that's 'too big' for us to birth.

A full term baby is considered to be anywhere from 39-41 weeks. Also keep in mind that when they figure your estimated due date, they go from your last period-which means you could have gotten pregnant right before your next period was due which would put baby around three weeks younger than what they think. So even at a 41 week delivery, it is possible that baby could only be 38 weeks.

While their lungs are developed at around 35 weeks, the longer they 'cook', the healthier they are.

It seems it has become the norm in our society that the EDD is thought of as 'expired due date' instead of estimated. Pregnancy is not a medical condition and until around the 1940s, I believe, doctors wouldn't even show up until baby was crowning, stay for five minutes and be done. Women wouldn't know an exact date, they would know about what month.

Induction carries serious risk with it, which most doctors don't even tell you when they say 'you aren't progressing as fast as we want you to'. Induction can affect the baby's heart rate, cause shoulder dysplasia (that HURTS like the dickens and can break baby's collar bone). Baby may simply not be ready yet, so to induce and tell your body 'baby needs to come out NOW', could result in baby being sent to the NICU. Baby could have a greater risk of jaundice and not be able to nurse because they are not ready, making for a frustrated mommy.

The most common form of induction is drug induced, usually with pitocin. (A lot of hospitals will give this even after a natural labor to make your placenta come faster so they don't have to wait.) Pitocin itself carries some hefty side affects and warnings-none of which I knew about until I read the label.
Pitocin is not to be used on people with diabetes-including gestational diabetes,
genital herpes,
high blood pressure,
heart rhythym disorder,
history of cervical cancer,
history of sever uterine infection,
history of difficult labor because of small pelvis
if you have had surgery on uterus or cervix (including prior c-section)
pregnancy is less than 37 weeks
if you have had five or more pregnancies

Some of the common side effects of pitocin include vomiting, memory loss, numbness, dizziness, severe and heavy bleeding, abnormal heart rate (in you and baby), and swollen legs, ankles and feet 24 hours after birth. (seriously, I couldn't even FIND my toe knuckles after Grace.)

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    07/25/14
    Great post! I really feel like so many moms, especially first-time moms like myself, push for doctors to induce them once they hit 40 weeks and nothing happens. If there is no medical reason for you to be induced, please don't beg your doctor to do it. It could have some potential risks. When I was induced, it was because my doctor thought I had preeclampsia. But once I went into the hospital to be induced, the nurse told me I wasn't and that it was just a precautionary thing. Except, my daughter wasn't ready. I ended up having to have a c-section, she was born with jaundice and a multitude of other problems. She's healthy and happy now but I really wish I would have been told the "real" truth so that I could make the decision for myself and just wait. Even if you have to wait until week 43 or 44, let your baby and your body make the choice of when it's ready. I know waiting sucks, especially when you're as big as jupiter and at that point being pregnant is awful, but you'll be a lot happier when your body and your baby is ready.
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    07/25/14
    The more I learn about doctors, the less it seems that they a) either actually have no idea b) don't give a damn about you as long as they get their paycheck. I wish I could find a doctor that was in the practice that actually wanted to help people.
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    07/25/14
    I knew pitocin carried harmful side affects, but i didn't know about the warning until i went on drugs.com and found that. I shouldn't have had pitocin at all with any births because I had cervical cancer. But I guess they didn't bother reading the label. :/
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    07/25/14
    My son had the shoulder dysplasia, his heart rate went down, he was born with low blood sugar. I can distinctly remembe a nurse commenting that she could have helped if I didn't have an epidural. That's when I started rethinking birth.
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