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FTM here. Just wondering if I can ask the doctor to set an induction date? This is assuming I go past my due date (which is 1 week before Christmas - Dec. 18th) and ONLY if I go past my due date of course!
Do you know what your doctor's policy is on inductions? I'd just ask at your next appt what happens if you go passed your due date, and when they start to talk induction. Some doctors will not let you go more than a few days, while some will let you guy 10+ days. I know my OB doesn't like you to go more than a few days, but of course will only induce if you're making progress on your own first.
I don't really think you can request an induction, unless something is wrong. But unfortunately, being uncomfortable probably isn't a good enough reason (not that that's why you're asking, but I imagine that's how I'd feel). Totally depends on your doctor though!
overture:Well, if sleep in the issue, you might ask if they can do whatever is the opposite of an induction? However much sleep you're getting now is probably a least a little more than you're going to get with a newborn.
prearranging an induction date is recommended in areas where induction rates are high (like in NW DC).
OBs are allowed to induce as early as 39 weeks and as late as 42, but most prefer to not go past 41.
I think first ask what their policy or thought is if you go past your due date and then go from there. We set up an induction date 4 days past my due date, but I was also 3cm dilated at this point. I ended up going into labor 24 hours before my induction date.
And the inability to sleep is just mother nature's way of preparing you for life with a newborn. :)
To pp: current medical and nursing research has shown that there is absolutely no advantage in any way to inducing before 40 just because the baby is measuring big. 1. weight estimates can be off by a surprising amount, and 2. it's unlikely that you know the exact day baby was conceived on and in reality conception can vary as much as two weeks from the date the doctor gave you. So, basically that means that if you're at 39 weeks, the baby could theoretically only be at 37 weeks gestation, which would deprive him/her of 3 extra weeks in utero they would be counting on.
The only reason I would (personally) consider inducing before 40/41 weeks is for GD, PIH, etc- life threatening/ health threatening conditions that are only going to get worse or more difficult to control as time goes on. They can estimate how big baby is from sonograms, etc, but they can't tell you with certainty how developed the lungs are. I wouldn't want to risk it just to save myself a few days of discomfort.
No kidding. Also, for me personally, induction was a lot more uncomfortable than being heavily pregnant.
DD born 10/10/07 * DS born 11/25/11