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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gr8scottswife - 138 days ago
Induced 41 weeks, baby Andy came lightning fast
emma coyle - 165 days ago
my wee princess Aoife-Rose was born 15 feb at 231am weighing 9lb 14 1/2 oz
AmyLynn82 - 199 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 - 201 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 - 205 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 - 206 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 - 208 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 - 209 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 - 210 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 - 211 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 - 211 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 - 212 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 - 272 days ago
when you have your baby come over to the monthlies forum!
baby.bray - 279 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 - 280 days ago
Hello week 41 what a surprise to be here :) any how induction day Saturday I hope.good luck with yours
baby.bray - 280 days ago
Induction today so unless I am still with bump on the 26th I wont tick over to week 42 :-) x
baby.bray - 282 days ago
Anyone else in this week? X currently 10 days overx
baby.bray - 285 days ago
Week 41 hello! (Echo echo echo) hope this is the very last week I say hello to x
baby.bray - 286 days ago
Congratulations lanahart x x
Lanahart_39@hotmail.com - 287 days ago
Nicola Sally Wagemaker born Monday 14th October via emergency C-section after 9hr labour. 8.9pound and 55cm long. Painful recovery in progress but bub doing great :)
Lanahart_39@hotmail.com - 292 days ago
Looks like I'm the last one standing from my week!!! Not for long.......,induction tomorrow :)
jewjew - 299 days ago
moved now to week 42 and yes still here - officially 14 days overdue now and induction date booked for wednesday - please though, let me go naturally so dont want help like i had with my son
tina1988 - 301 days ago
Sure I'm going to be induced at this rate :(
claire0308 - 303 days ago
Thx haven't been to Skegness in along time but yes it could be anytime now but I keep telling myself I'll go way past just to try and temp fate lol good luck.
jewjew - 303 days ago
hi claire i live in chapel st leonards -near skegness - so peaceful and quiet now holiday makers have gone home lived here for about 14 years now - i cant believe i was geared up for a sept baby and we have now gone in oct but as long as she getsd here safe i dont mind - ive had a few twinges since ive got out of the bath so fingers crossed this may be the start of something brilliant but then i wont hold my breath just yet lol - i see you dont have long left to go i keep my fingers crossed she comes swiftly as waiting is a nightmare - thanks for talking to me as i thought i was on my own so started doing a detailed diary of my life lol
claire0308 - 303 days ago
Wow jewjew I bet you never thought you'd have an October baby but it can't be long now for you.
So wish I could go for a long walk on the beach, which one do you live near?
jewjew - 303 days ago
Decided to go for an hour walk along the beach etc - gonna have a hot bath in abit - hopefully this may trigger some movement - well with a bit of luck anyway - so fedup.com
jewjew - 303 days ago
I am soooo fed up another day and another nothing - no twinges, contractions or anything thinking about castol oil today but not sure i wanna go down that route - jus sooo racked off
jewjew - 304 days ago
beauty please let me know how you get on - ive done loads of walking today back hurts loads and im constantly bloated but no contractions yet - gotta wait until friday to get my sweep and discuss inductionwhich i dont want - please abbi come now so i can have a natural birth lol
beautyfulsheena - 304 days ago
41 weeks . Gtg induced this morning! Happy birthday to meeee! :)
jewjew - 305 days ago
I was right - all by myself lol
jewjew - 307 days ago
joining you tomorrow as nothing seems to be happening so i guess we maybe looking at an induction on the 4th oct :(
nicciellis - 315 days ago
I had my beautiful baby girl on Monday night . 6lb 7oz she is perfect
mtotowangu - 326 days ago
42 weeks tomorrow and still no baby!!! I was in this same position with Baby #1. I can't believe I'm here again!!! I think I'm meant to be a 43 weeker....
mtotowangu - 331 days ago
I guess I'm the last mummy still waiting! T+8 and counting......
lizakn - 369 days ago
Just posted Birth Story on my profile :)
We are doing well. He's a big eater, which is to be expected because the other 2 were lol. I am feeding him on demand...so he eats often, but is also a LONG sleeper!! Only waking once in the night. We are all pretty in love with him :)
seventhheaven - 369 days ago
Oh No worries Liz ~ My Carter is 4 weeks and is a 'massive' 5.9lbs !! But is feeding like a champ and is NOT on oxygen which is unusual for Babies born and living at this altitude ( over 10,000 ft) So he may be a tiny peanut But.. he is a perfectly healthy little man :) OH and BTW .. Wyatt.. was one the names My husband was really pushing for :) He loved it !! BUt we have too many Wyatts' in our little town. So Carter it is !!
julz - 371 days ago
Congrats Liz & sianna!!!! My little guy is 5 weeks old & only weighs 8lbs...lol your babies are already bigger than him & they were just born...haha enjoy your little bundles ladies!!
sianna179 - 373 days ago
David was born the 22nd @ 10:08! 8lbs 2oz! Congrats to everyone!
Lizakn - 373 days ago
Wyatt Kendall arrived Sunday July 21st @ 8:25pm.
9lbs 1oz. 23.5 inches long
Birth Story to follow.
We got home yesterday after only a short hospital stay.
Doing well :)
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