Induction _ why? And How to get labour going


My first child was nine times overdue - he was over 10lbs when he was born so you can image what kind of treat was like in those previous few days.
When my OBGYN smoothly suggested that she might have to induce me I had been delighted and didn't really pay attention (or health care) how it would happen. Frankly, you might have considered a melon baller if you ask me and I wouldn't have batted an eye.

So I asked my lovely Hilary, from Pulling Curls, to provide us the scoop on induction so that we are all a little more in the know about how exactly the eviction notice plays out. Some are good reason and some sound like a thinly veiled attemptedto make a tee off time. So whether you're wanting to have the party started, or disappointed that the baking can't continue, it's never a poor thing to be informed.

Induce.  It's not particularly a fairly word -- right?  It certainly doesn't roll off of the tongue, but the thought of induction makes some women drool with expectation of no longer being pregnant.  It creates others irate at the "un-natural" ness of the whole moment.  Induction: it means the process or action of bringing about or giving climb to something. In labor, it means we are doing something to start out your labor. If you're IN labor, and we speed it along, it's called enhancement.

First we'll go through WHY someone could easily get induced:

1/  Post Dates


Ladies, this is not counted in minutes, more and more it's counted in weeks. Many clinics will not induce someone for "post schedules" until they are simply 41 weeks.  Increasingly more studies say that infants need to cook til' they're good and ready. Although, Personally, i, choose less-done brownies. I guess this doesn't copy to newborns.

2/  Low Amniotic fluid

(called oligohydramnios - oligo for brief) Your physician will perform a test named an AFI (amniotic liquid index) via ultrasound. The wallets are assessed by them of substance in your uterus.  If it's low, they may induce you. Less fluid gives less cushion for the ever-important umbilical cord. Whether it's kinda low, they may watch you and also have it re-measured just.

3/  Diabetes

Diabetics tend to grow larger babies, and their pregnancies are more complicated in general, for various reasons. They used to try for much earlier on diabetic patients, but even now they’re allowing these babies to head to term.  Fully cooked, baby!

4/ Previous large baby

However, if you’ve HAD a previous large baby, that means you have a tested pelvis (aka, you can shove watermelon out that thing). This is being less and less of a reason.

5/ Measuring big

Again, this needs to be done with an ultrasound — or, at least it should be.  A baby that’s too big can be a reason to end-up in a c-section. However, inducing before your cervix is ready, can also end-up a c-section. Catch 22. Durn it.

6/  Measuring small

(also called IUGR – intra-uterine grown retardation – retardation being used because it means the baby has slowed its growth) This one, surprisingly, is even more important to keep an eye on than measuring big. This can mean the baby isn’t getting the nutrients they need. The doctor will usually take a look at how the baby is measuring over time. If you just have a small baby, that’s different than a baby who was measuring normal and is now measuring small. Again, this would usually be checked with an ultrasound (but often they would find an indication for the ultrasound by when they measure your belly at your Dr’s appointments).

7/ Previous stillborn

Again, this a touchy one.  Everyone’s hopes are extra high when you’ve had a devastating lost in your past.  But, it can be a reason.

8/  Pre-eclampsia

(I said that just like the Doctor on Downton abbey – he says it much cooler than we do here in the good ol’ states!) or, eclampsia (which is usually seizing, in which case you’d have a c-section).  This is when your blood pressure is high, you’re swollen and a few other factors that we find out through blood tests. It’s pretty rare, but is probably the #1 thing we watch for in pregnant moms (it’s part of why they check your pee at each visit).  It can be REALLY scary, just like it was on my beloved TV show.

9/  Other illness

Be it a serious flu or something big. They may consider getting the baby out.  Honestly, if it’s something REALLY big they might consider a c-section if your life is danger.  Being gravely ill with a baby inside is VERY hard on your body.  Getting the baby out improves everyone’s prognosis.

10/  Your water is broken, and you are not contracting

The majority of people go into labor on their own after their water breaks, but frequently your uterus just could care less it just lost all its fluid.  Thoughtless of it, but we have ways to combat your stupid uterus.  Most often the doctors will give you a few hours to start contracting on your own, and if you don’t they will push hard to start some Pitocin.

11/  Whatever the heck your doctor wants

Sometimes they come-up with the strangest things.  If you’re alert you’ll notice nursing giving looks to other nurses.  But that’s why they have the MD behind their name and I just have RN, BSN, BESTNURSEINTHEWORLD behind mine. 🙂

12/  Elective


That means it’s just something you want to do.  Mom’s in town, husband’s leaving town, your uterus is touching your knees, whatever.  Those are all considered “elective”.  It’s entirely between you and your doctor, but important to note that elective inductions do go at the bottom of the pile of inductions.  We have had 4 or 5 inductions on hold before, and electives come in last.  If there’s no medical indication for the induction we need to take people who have a reason first. The end.
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