Why You Don’t Want to Schedule an Induction

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Why You Don’t Want to Schedule an Induction

A common decision that many parents face today during pregnancy is whether or not they should be induced. An induction happens when the labor of a pregnant woman is artificially started, usually with the synthetic form of oxytocin, pitocin. Sometimes an induction is absolutely medically necessary in which we encourage you to move forward and schedule an induction! It’s good to try to have your baby vaginally rather than going straight to a C-section. You rock it, mama!

But there are other times when parents choose an induction out of convenience and not for good health reasons. What parents need to learn is that it’s not always a good idea to get induced especially if it’s not medically necessary. They need to know why it is important to avoid an induction if baby and your body are not ready and why it is important to allow labor to begin normally and naturally without any interference.

Why would I need an induction?

Your healthcare provider might recommend inducing labor for various reasons. For example:

  • You’re approaching two weeks beyond your due date, and labor hasn’t started naturally.
  • Your water has broken, but you’re not having contractions.
  • There’s an infection in your uterus.
  • Your baby has stopped growing at the expected pace.
  • There’s not enough amniotic fluid surrounding the baby (oligohydramnios).
  • Your placenta is calcifying (they may say “getting tired”).
  • The placenta peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery — either partially or completely (placental abruption).
  • You have a medical condition that might put you or your baby at risk, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

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Can I wait for labor to begin naturally?

You normally have up to two weeks after your due date, and in some cases only one week, before you are scheduled to be induced. (Find some ways to naturally induce yourself here.) Why the concern after two weeks? The longer your pregnancy continues, the larger your baby is likely to be — which medical staff is afraid that it might complicate a vaginal delivery. In other cases, aging of the placenta might compromise a baby’s ability to thrive in the womb. An overdue baby is also more likely to inhale fecal waste (meconium) during childbirth, which can cause breathing problems or a lung infection after birth. These are the concerns.

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What are the risks?

Here are the risks and reasons why you would want to avoid labor induction in childbirth:

1. You could be at risk of delivering a premature baby.

Studies are showing that babies who are even slightly premature have more problems at birth and beyond. There are no proven health benefits to forcing your baby from the womb before your baby has had enough time to properly develop. Even in the last few days before the birth of your baby, the final layers of fat are placed, the lungs are receiving the finishing touches even as you are going through labor. All of this will help your baby to be comfortable in a change of environment. Your baby will most likely be ready to be born eight days after your estimated due date, especially if you are a first time mother.

2. Your baby may experience heart decelerations.

The medications used to induce labor — oxytocin or a prostaglandin — might provoke too many contractions too close together and too strong of contractions. All of this can diminish your baby’s oxygen supply and lower your baby’s heart rate. This causes more interventions to be performed also increasing your chances of a cesarean section.

3. You may get an infection.

Some methods of labor induction, such as stripping or sweeping the membranes, breaking water, or placing a balloon catheter or seaweed rods into the cervix, might increase the risk of infection for both you and baby.

4. Your labor may become more painful and prolonged.

Your contractions may become too long, too strong and too close together causing you to be more uncomfortable, tired and potentially putting your baby in distress. Yes, the medical staff can turn your Pitocin off and/or lower the dosage, but this doesn’t always lessen the intensity of your contractions.

5. You may not be ready physiologically or emotionally to give birth.

Understanding the fact that hormones will release from the baby which actively starts labor puts “waiting until the baby is ready” in better perspective. This will, in most cases, signal the body to begin preparing at the appropriate time. And the body also will receive feedback through this hormone signaling process to begin secreting opiates to aide the body in handling the stresses it will undergo. Inducing labor could cause unnecessary stress on your body and your baby. Additionally, it prevents your body from responding and coping appropriately.

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6. Your baby may experience harm caused by the mechanical force.

The force of the artificial contractions could potentially damage your baby’s brain and affect your baby’s ability to breathe. Babies that find themselves on respirators inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are most often the result of interventions.

7. You may be at risk of secondary infertility.

Infertility is a risk due to the increase of the risk of damage to your uterus caused by uterine rupture.

8. You may be at risk of bleeding throughout your labor and after childbirth.

This happens because of the damage caused to your uterus by the induction drugs creating a greater difficulty in caring for the new baby along with the increased possibility of prolonged postnatal depression caused by the induction drugs. I will say that it’s common to have bloody show during labor and lochia after childbirth, but inductions do cause women to bleed more.

9. You may not be able to avoid pain relieving medication (like an epidural) due to the abnormally increased pain during labor.

Very few women are able to have an induced birth without additional drugs to handle the increased pain from the artificial contractions, but there are some women who do. I have personally helped several women achieve this as their birth doula, but it is still incredibly challenging.

10. You could unknowingly trigger a cascade of medical interventions.

You may have begun your induction with Cervidil to help ripen your cervix and then went to Pitocin or Cytotec to help dilate. Because of the strong medications to force your cervix to thin an open, multiple narcotic drugs for increased pain are common. This means that you may choose an analgesic (Nubain, Demerol, Stadol, etc.) or an anesthetic (epidural or spinal block) which an epidural is the most common. Then you will need a bladder catheter, continuous fetal monitoring, checking your blood pressure every 15 to 30 minutes, potentially an assisted vaginal birth (meaning forceps or the use of a vacuum extractor or even an episiotomy). That’s a lot for your body to go through!

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11. You could have uterine rupture.

This is a very rare but serious complication in which the baby breaks through the wall of the uterus into the mother’s abdomen. Cases like this occur in women who have a scarred uterus. (This means if you’ve had a previous C-section you cannot be induced because that increases your chances of uterine rupture.) An emergency C-section is needed to prevent life-threatening complications if this happens.

Why you DON’T want to schedule an induction.

If you don’t induce your labor, and allow your labor to begin normally, your . . .

  • Contractions may be less painful.
  • Labor may be shorter and more productive. (Your body will be ready for it).
  • Baby may be able to breathe better.
  • Health costs associated with your birth may reduce.
  • Need for pain medication may be less, which helps save you money.
  • Delivery may be shorter.
  • Recovery may be faster.
  • Baby and you may be healthier as a result.
  • Baby may breastfeed more easily.
  • Ability to bond and attach to your new baby may be easier.

Inducing labor is a serious decision. Again, if it’s medically necessary, do it! But if you’re just tired of being pregnant or you want your baby born on a certain date or because your family or doctor will be in town, it might not be worth it in the long run. Work with your healthcare provider to make the best choice for you and your baby. But I will say, avoiding a labor induction is one of the best secrets to having a safe and gentle labor and delivery for both mother and baby.

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Velcro kids are the beeeeesssstttt . . . 🙈🙈🙈⁠ We're already stuck in this house together. It's called social distancing, kid. Give mama a little space. 😑😂⁠
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If they complain that everyone else is going out, If they complain that everyone else is going out, you tell them, “You’re not everyone.” How the tables have turned. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️⁠😂
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🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of CO 🧼 How to Clean Your Kids Toys in the Days of COVID-19⁠ 🧸
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It’s hard to be a parent at times like these. It means lots and lots of cleaning, and being vigilant about killing germs on a daily basis. 🦠😷 During this season when many of us have our kids at home, too, it’s important to learn the best known strategies for how to clean your kids toys effectively. We have a mama, teacher, childcare provider, and school administrator on baby-chick.com today and she has seen and tried all different kinds of ways to keep toys and the objects children use most often clean and free of germs. It’s a struggle, but it’s worth it!⁠ 👍
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Even though COVID-19 is a novel virus, experts say that we can still use products that the Environmental Protection Agency lists as effective on killing similar viruses, like the rhinovirus or common cold. And when we halt the spread of germs in our own home, we are doing our part to keep our communities healthy, too.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @inmomsitrust⁠
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Thankful that takeout is still available. 🙏 Thi Thankful that takeout is still available. 🙏 This is what self-care now looks like. 😂⁠
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No one’s at your party because it’s called soc No one’s at your party because it’s called social distancing, bro. That and no one cares. 🤷‍♀️ #quarantineday6 😂⁠
📷: @scarymommy⁠
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Cool 😒⁠ .⁠ #coronavirus #covid19 #nsync #qu Cool 😒⁠
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❤️❤️❤️❤️⁠ Quote via @thismessygr ❤️❤️❤️❤️⁠
Quote via @thismessygrace 🙏
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Quarantine Day 5 . . . May your coffee be strong a Quarantine Day 5 . . . May your coffee be strong and your baby's nap be long. 🙏☕😴⁠
📷: @julieejacks⁠
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😫😫😫⁠ .⁠ #coronavirus #covid19 #quaran 😫😫😫⁠
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🏥 When is it Too Late to Change Your Doctor Dur 🏥 When is it Too Late to Change Your Doctor During Pregnancy? 👩‍⚕️⁠
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A major decision that you must make in your pregnancy is who is going to be your care provider to help you give birth to your baby. Are you going to go with your current OBGYN, are you going to look for a different OB, are you going to choose a midwife? Depending on where and how you want to give birth to your baby, this question and your options should become more clear. But if you're seeing some red flags pop up 🚩 with your current provider during your pregnancy, you might be wondering if it's too late to change your doctor.⁠ 😬 We're talking about it today on baby-chick.com! {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @mamamatcha_⁠
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🎶 Sunny day ☀️ Sweeping the clouds away ☁ 🎶 Sunny day ☀️ Sweeping the clouds away ☁️⁠
🎶 On my way to where the air is at best, questionably clean 😷⁠
🎶 Can you tell me how to get, how to get a COVID-19 screen?⁠
🎶 Don’t come over to play, everyone’s social distancing today 🚫⁠
🎶 Sketchy neighbors can stay at least 6 feet away? 🚷⁠
🎶 Can you tell me how to get, how to get a COVID-19 screen?⁠
📷: @howtobeadad⁠
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It'll be interesting to see how all of this change It'll be interesting to see how all of this changes us in the future. But for now, we are uniting #togetherapart. We are healing and our hope is we will then be stronger than ever. ❤️⁠
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🧘‍♀️ How to Reset Your Motherhood Mindset 🧘‍♀️ How to Reset Your Motherhood Mindset⁠ 😊⁠
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Motherhood can be the most rewarding and amazing experience in the world. 😍 But, it can also be one of the hardest. 😖 It’s easy for the stress of mom life to become overwhelming. If you’re working, you somehow have to juggle a work schedule and job demands, in addition to fulfilling expectations at home. 🤹‍♀️ If you’re a stay-at-home mom, it can be all too easy to surround yourself with the pressures and stress of motherhood, and forget to ever come up for a breath. 😰 For me, when that stress starts to bubble over, it really affects my relationship with my husband and my kids. When I start to feel like this, I know it's time to reset my motherhood mindset.⁠ 🧘‍♀️ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: Lisa Prosser⁠
📷: @liaeverette⁠
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When you have to suction their nose during cold an When you have to suction their nose during cold and flu season. 😂😷⁠
📷: @perfectionpending⁠
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🧼 Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Busy Moms 🧹⁠
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As a busy mom, I have a whole lot going on at any given moment. 🤹‍♀️ Sometimes, I'm not able to keep my house as clean as I like. 😬 But I have found that I’m much happier when my house is clean and organized, so I try to dedicate some time to getting the job done. I’ve found that following these ten cleaning tips and tricks makes things much easier for a busy mom to maintain (and keeps a whole lot happier!).⁠ 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading and see our tips!}⁠
Article by: @flake.lauren⁠
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I mean, can you blame us?! 😍😂⁠ 📷: @momf I mean, can you blame us?! 😍😂⁠
📷: @momfriendblog⁠
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Absolutely true. 💚🍀 Happy St. Patrick's Day! Absolutely true. 💚🍀 Happy St. Patrick's Day!⁠
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☀️ Warm Weather Wardrobe Refresh 😎⁠ .⁠ ☀️ Warm Weather Wardrobe Refresh 😎⁠
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The temperatures are rising and Spring is almost here! If you're not sure how to transition things in your closet with the new season and you're looking for some pieces to welcome the warmer weather, we've got you covered. Consider this your warm-weather wardrobe refresh. 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio for our tips and for new Spring pieces!}⁠
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Such a sweet pregnancy announcement. 😍 To all t Such a sweet pregnancy announcement. 😍 To all the lucky babies out there . . . you're magically a dream come true. 🌈💕⁠
📷: @isisallmiightyy⁠
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