If your labor is induced, there are a number of ways this can be done:
1 - breaking your waters - puncturing the amniotic sac, which means your waters leak out. This can often stimulate contractions. This procedure is sometimes known as ARM, for Artificial Rupture of the Membranes, or amniotomy;
2 - giving you a peccary of hormone gel in your vagina, which delivers labor-inducing hormones to the cervix; or
3 - giving you a drip of oxytocin which puts the hormone directly into your bloodstream to stimulate labor.
Induced labor can sometimes mean your contractions come on quickly and intensively, and this may make it harder to cope with. So when deciding whether this option is for you, you may want to take this into account. You may end up needing more pain relief as a result.
A baby that's gone more than a week or so over the 'official' due date may have dryer skin which tends to flake. This is because the vernix that would normally cover the skin has stopped being produced.
`Up to 10% of pregnancies are not delivered by 42 weeks... and only a small
number of pregnancies that go past 42 weeks have problems. In fact, about
95% of post term babies are born without problems.`
--American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG, 2005)
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blondiemom84 - 2 days ago
You guys are great!! Thanks for all the positive thoughts! My chiropractor is 200% on my side with all of this. I know everything will turn out perfectly!! I think my husband is having a harder time than me to be honest...poor guy! I'm putting all my trust in the Lord and He will not fail me.
babylove5 - 2 days ago
Blondie, your baby is going to come out walking! I'm just trying to make you smile. I would be about to crack at this point. The Dr. Will put a lot of pressure on you. They don't want a lawsuit and once you hit 42 weeks they are going to flip out! I hope your baby gets to head down. I would say to stand on your head but that's not safe. Lol
RJean - 2 days ago
You have the patience of a saint, Blondie! I would be screaming for an induction at this point even though Pitocin is the devil and hurts so much more than natural labor. Good luck getting that LO turned and I hope that your poor hips feel better!
Dec Baby - 2 days ago
Oh boy...blondie, you've got me biting my nails while reading your post!! Keep monitoring baby and make sure he/she is happy! Hope you can get your little one to flip back into position again! I'm so looking forward to hearing birth details! Your last two weeks of pregnancy have been epic...you'll have some great stories to tell of how your baby came into this world😉
blondiemom84 - 3 days ago
-13 days...well I was right. Baby is breech again. Went back to my chiropractor and she's doing Webster technique on me again. I knew my pelvis was messed up too because I can't lay down in bed anymore without feeling crippling pain upon trying to get up. She said its really bad this time, but has confidence baby will flip back with a couple adjustments. They gave me the whole 'c-section' talk at my Dr. Appt yesterday. I have those drs. panicking pretty hard;-) :-) . But I refuse to be pressured into letting them have their way with me. This lil guy WILL come when its ready!! The non-stress test again looked fantastic, lots of fluid, solid heartbeat, oh and baby is still super high and cervix is not even remotely ripened. If baby can do a Summersault without me even feeling it, maybe he/ she is smaller, and not as overbaked as we all think. As miserable as I am, I am bound and determined to let nature take its course.
babylove5 - 4 days ago
Blondie, when my baby was still high and the head wasn't touching the cervix the induction didn't work. He was head down, just not far enough. I was at the hospital too. If you could get his head down you would go into labor. They had broken my water and I was bleeding do they had to take him out.
blondiemom84 - 4 days ago
-11 days...baby has turned either breech or transverse. Can't quite tell for sure but I will find out tomorrow. All I know is that my bladder is being used as a trampoline. I've tried every home remedy known to man to try and evict this baby but it will not budge.Guess this is my Lenten penance. God is teaching me patients...sigh
Dec Baby - 5 days ago
Aww Blondie...you're so close now! Hang in there, soon you'll have your little bundle in your arms...if it hasn't already happened?! All the best for a good labour and delivery...thinking of you!!
blondiemom84 - 5 days ago
-10 days...Man, talk about depression, I'm ready to jump off a cliff! Could it be that I was a whole month off with my dates? I had a positive pregnancy test in June!!! I'm really starting to wonder what's going on.
blondiemom84 - 6 days ago
You guys are so great! I'm making my husband take me for a haircut and pedicure today so fingers and toes crossed they stir something up for me. I also had waters break a couple weeks early with my eldest and had to be induced... Pitocin is miserable stuff!!!!
Dec Baby - 6 days ago
Hi blondie, Glad to hear that your non stress test went well! Just make sure you keep an eye on baby's movements! I always get a bit nervous when I hear women going well past 40 weeks...but at the same time I understand you when you say you don't want a c sec or to be induced! I had to be induced at 32 weeks due to membrane rupture...and believe it or not, it was my most painful labour!!
I look forward to hearing some baby news soon😉
babylove5 - 6 days ago
Wow Blondie, you are going to be in the Guinness book of world records for the longest to be pregnant. I'm just kidding. They will come out any day.
blondiemom84 - 7 days ago
8 days overdue today. My lil one is as apparently very satisfied right where he/she is. We did the non stress test and all is well. We have already told docs that there will be no c- section unless there's an extreme medical emergency and no induction. I feel that my docs get annoyed with us making our own decisions but We really don't care what they think. This is our baby and our choice. This baby will come when its darn good and ready. Now all there is left to do is wait... and wait.
babylove5 - 8 days ago
Blondie, I'm surprised you are still here. My second they induced me at the hospital with cytotec and it didn't work because the babies head was still high up. Maybe your babies head is still high. I would not ever use cytotec again because it caused bleeding. The pitocin worked with my 1st at 40 weeks. My third I went into spontaneous labor at 35 weeks. My fourth I used the EPO and it worked in 3 days but I could feel his head on my pubic bone. I hope your hubby is being supportive, since you are miserable!!!
blondiemom84 - 9 days ago
I'm reluctantly now in week 41...not that this is my first time here, but each day that goes by brings me closer to complete insanity. I pretty much cried all day yesterday and fought with my husband for no reason until I finally passed out in my recliner. If this baby weighs less that 11lbs I will be shocked. I was 9 days overdue with my last and she was 10.5 lbs. I have a feeling this is a boy so I think he will be big. Anyone else out there still pregnant at this juncture or just me? I hope for all of your sakes not, but good luck with waiting and hope you have more patients than me.
jojo - 107 days ago
My baby girl is here!!! Isobelle Jeanette Morgan was born 14.11.14 @ 22:55 weighing a huge 8lb 4.5, a whole 1lb heavier than my other children. She is absolutely gorgeous
jojo - 113 days ago
Well 41wks and still here.. having lots of stop and starts and quite a few shows. Got sweep this afternoon so fingers crossed for some good progress and a baby tonight or early hours :-)
LoriandRichie - 150 days ago
Had a sweep today. Induction scheduled for weds at 8am.
sarah6485 - 177 days ago
41 weeks today 3rd sweep come on baby !
sarah6485 - 187 days ago
Oh my what's the news ? Any baby yet ?
sarah6485 - 192 days ago
She commented on week 40 👍 and bless you it really won't be much longer now x
ohmynotagain - 192 days ago
I think fun most likely has had her bundle. Hope all went well. Still nothing for me leaving for the doc soon for my check up. Just feeling sad
sarah6485 - 192 days ago
Oh my hopefully you don't have many more days ahead good luck. I reckon Funtime is having or had hers as quite
ohmynotagain - 193 days ago
Ok so this is an hour early but unless a miaricle happens I will be 41 weeks!!! Hope Funtime gets to have hers but I really don't want to be the only one. Tomorrow I have a nst test to make sure she is ok. Who knows maybe something will happen tonight. Wish all the best
kwai1111 - 249 days ago
Finally had our baby June 25th at 10:37am. It was a girl, Samantha Rae, 9lbs 6oz, 20.5 inches. Water birth after 8.5 hours with no medications. Happy and healthy!
kwai1111 - 257 days ago
Yup. 41 weeks and no baby!
bkle - 285 days ago
swissmammy-- I hope things start happening soon for you. Any progress yet?
gr8scottswife - 356 days ago
Induced 41 weeks, baby Andy came lightning fast
emma coyle - 382 days ago
my wee princess Aoife-Rose was born 15 feb at 231am weighing 9lb 14 1/2 oz
AmyLynn82 - 416 days ago
Congrats lilone! Sounds like a crazy delivery! Hang in there G7! You are almost there. I can't wait to hear about your little one!
G7 - 419 days ago
I slept so well last night ...don't get me wrong I still peed like 6 times and woke up with a few pains but the sleep I got was AWESOME. I did pregnancy yoga and meditation before bed. You would think I would be productive today but nope - big lazy blob!
G7 - 423 days ago
had 39 week appointment today dr. guessed about 7 pounds something. didn't check me so I have no idea if my body is moving forward - I think it is a little. Just trying to be patient and enjoy the times I get to rest!
lilonenumber4 - 423 days ago
Thank you!! I was scared at one point I was going to give birth in the car, especially when we took a wrong turn. It was like some kind of sitcom lol! Now I feel like all that stress about being overdue was silly and they'll come when they're good n ready to! That was my last pregnancy and it was wonderful. I am truly blessed. Best wishes to you and hope your little one arrives safely soon :D
G7 - 426 days ago
Whoot Whoot lilone! Wow that was a fast delivery. I'm hoping mine is fast...I think it is worth waiting if it means fast and what a BIG baby good job momma! ENJOY!!!
lilonenumber4 - 427 days ago
Woohoo! I finally gave birth to my son Ted, yesterday morning. I couldn't sleep so went the bathroom around 5am and had a strong contraction. They started coming thick and fast. Got to hospital around 7am and he was born at 7.49am weighing 9lbs 11oz. Thank you for keeping me sane g7! Wishing you lots of luck foryour impending delivery of a gorgeous bundle soon!!! X
G7 - 427 days ago
lilone-I'm still here... although I'm not due until the 14th. I can't imagine what you are going through waiting and waiting. Just this morning I told DH I'm so done with the waiting, the being crabby, the dropping EVERYTHING and having no motivation to get anything done. I feel so lazy! How long will your dr. let you go?
lilonenumber4 - 428 days ago
Thank you! Happy new year to you all...if there's anyone here. :s
Think i had some contractions this evening, but they've stopped, so frustrating.
G7 - 429 days ago
oh lilone, I'm so sorry. Waiting is soooo hard. I hope this means a fast easy L&D. I'll be thinking of you and sending you labor dust.
lilonenumber4 - 429 days ago
Gah! 41 weeks :( Just been to see the midwife.Had a 3rd sweep done. Cried at appointment as so fed up. Cant believe my xmas baby will now be a January 2014 baby. In a lot of pain after sweep. Backache, leg ache, aching down below but it's fading off now. I have an appointment for fri the 3rd at the fmau for monitoring and to arrange induction. It's nye and we've bought a few treats in for tonight. Think we're going to see if a bit of bedroom activity will do any good again but i much doubt it. Happy new year everyone and labour dust to anyone still waiting.
stacey3 - 489 days ago
when you have your baby come over to the monthlies forum!
baby.bray - 497 days ago
Hi claire x at least you know it won't be long and hopefully you will go into labour on your own before saturday x im currently being induced but not getting very far at the moment I think I need a stick of dynamite and a plunger lol x
claire0308 - 498 days ago
Hello week 41 what a surprise to be here :) any how induction day Saturday I hope.good luck with yours
baby.bray - 498 days ago
Induction today so unless I am still with bump on the 26th I wont tick over to week 42 :-) x
baby.bray - 500 days ago
Anyone else in this week? X currently 10 days overx
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