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,
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.)
and ohhh was I sick. and right after birth I fell asleep, when I woke I didn't remember delivering and started freaking out... my mom had to calm me down... shortly after my memory was back...