What to know before being induced
Four years ago, I sat on the exam table at my OB’s office, enormous, sore, and very much pregnant.
“You are forty weeks now. If you want, we can schedule an induction for the day you turn 41 weeks. You probably won’t need it, though.” She said.
I scheduled it, because I probably wasn’t going to need it, but I also needed a guarantee that pregnancy was going to end soon. A couple days before my scheduled induction, I turned to the internet for answers to my questions regarding induced labor, having lost confidence that my daughter knew it was time for her to LEAVE MY BODY.
Now, four years and three inductions later, maybe my article will be the internet source that helps you feel confident about your induction, whether it is elective or necessary.
1. You are still in charge.
Going into my first induction, I listened to everyone, except myself. I listened to the bloggers, the Youtubers, other moms, nurses, doctors, and the random strangers in the grocery store. I went in without a plan, thinking, “I will be flexible and just do what needs to be done.” In the end, I felt my naivete was taken advantage of. Remember that, although all the people you are listening to probably have something good and important to say, they are not giving birth this time. You are. Remember to be true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to tell the doctor, “I don’t want this, it is my induction.”
2. You should still listen.
I literally just said you don’t have to listen to anyone, but you SHOULD listen. After you have heard the advice and read the stories and studied the blogs, make a decision – an INFORMED decision. Before you decide to go “all natural”, listen to those who have and LOVED it, but also listen to those who HATED it. Hear both sides of the story before you make a decision, so you can be informed about the choices you need to make during your induction.
3. You can have an epidural.
During my studies before my first induction, I was terrified of having an epidural. I had read studies about the conflict between Pitocin and the epidural meds, and decided it was a risk I didn’t want to take. However, no one told me that the risk was extremely minimal. No one told me that by not having sufficient help through the pain, I wouldn’t be strong enough to hold my daughter after the delivery. No one told me how out of my head with pain I would be. All I heard were negative induction stories. How I should wait no matter what. Turns out, you CAN have an epidural. It probably WON’T hurt you or your baby. And you WILL be able to hold your child afterward (unless something unusual happens). Two of my inductions were accompanied by an epidural. I will never NOT have one, if I give birth again.
4. You should be excited.
So many people told me to wait, to not be induced. With each pregnancy (three of them!), when I told my friends and family that the doctor suggested an induction, nearly every single one told me not to do it. I was told how bad it is for mom and baby. How unnatural it is. How painful. How terrible. But the reality is, being induced was a piece of cake. I scheduled it. I had a date. I KNEW we were ready, because I had a deadline. I could sleep at night because I had an end in sight - I would not be pregnant FOREVER. If your doctor suggests an induction, you have absolutely no reason to be afraid – only every reason in the world to be excited. You have a date that you will meet the most adorable human you will have ever laid eyes on. Don’t let the fear of the unknown or the nay-sayers stop you. Be excited – your baby is almost here!
As a mother who has had not one, not two, but three induced deliveries, I can tell you with absolute certainty that no two are the same. Every delivery is different, induced or not. Go ahead, read all the induction stories you want – you can even start with mine – but remember, this is your baby and your delivery. Feel the confidence to take charge and make it an experience you will remember joyfully!