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Induction at 39 weeks? Kaybai Due May 2; Texas 47 posts
23rd Apr '12

I'm currently 38 weeks and 3 days, this is my first child.. And my doctor told me they can induce me at 39 weeks! I'm not looking for any hate on inductions, or people telling me I need to wait and let him come when he's ready..



I'm just wondering (if I decide to go with the induction) if anyone has ever been induced? What was your experience like? Any advice?

tiffany mcbride Due May 20; 1 child; Chattanooga, Tennessee 116 posts
23rd Apr '12

I was induced at 38wks with my first and will be with this one as well. With my first labor took a while bc I stopped dilating. I personally don't see the big issue with being induced like some people do... The baby will be perfectly fine .... Good luck o hope you have a great experience

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8735 posts
23rd Apr '12
Quoting tiffany mcbride:" I was induced at 38wks with my first and will be with this one as well. With my first labor took a while ... [snip!] ... with being induced like some people do... The baby will be perfectly fine .... Good luck o hope you have a great experience"


I'm not super anti-elective inductions, but you can't say with certainty that "the baby will be perfectly fine" being forced out early. Some babies are still not okay when they come on their on, y'know?

tiffany mcbride Due May 20; 1 child; Chattanooga, Tennessee 116 posts
23rd Apr '12

Very true ... I maybe should have phrased it a little differently. If there isn't already an issue with the baby being induced that late in pregnancy there shouldn't be...

Mummy-2-2-Monsters 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 8778 posts
23rd Apr '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kaybai:</b>" I'm currently 38 weeks and 3 days, this is my first child.. And my doctor told me they can induce me ... [snip!] ... wondering (if I decide to go with the induction) if anyone has ever been induced? What was your experience like? Any advice?"</blockquote>



I was induced with my daughter and believe me I never want to be induced ever again. My labour was excruciating, they had to slow down the contractions because the Pitocin just made them too constant. And it lasted for 24 hours of just constant contractions. I got an epidural just to take away the pain so I can sleep for a little bit. They turned it off once it was time to push so I could feel everything. But never again! I was also at 39 weeks. And my doctor talked me into it.

Lauren Eure 1 child; USA 92 posts
23rd Apr '12

I was induced with my son at 39 weeks he was happy and healthy but I will never get induced again. Pitocin is the devil. I know its suppose to hurt but my goodness, I almost broke the bed rails. And I had to wait over an hour for an epidural BC the guy basically didn't want to be here at the end of his shift so the nurses made me wait till the other guy came in. But the epideral pretty much paralized lol I couldn't move my legs. If I needed to move my bf had to do it.

user banned 2 kids; Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic 17415 posts
23rd Apr '12

I have had 2 agonizing inductions. My first 36, second 38.
My labors were fast, I had no pain relief, tears or stitches.
Mine are fabulous induction stories!

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8735 posts
23rd Apr '12
Quoting JosieandtheherpescatsTMI:" I have had 2 agonizing inductions. My first 36, second 38. My labors were fast, I had no pain relief, tears or stitches. Mine are fabulous induction stories!"


Well, at least the no tearing, no stitches and quickness of 'em sounds good.

RyanMichael'sMama 1 child; Pennsylvania 573 posts
23rd Apr '12

This last week has been absolute hell on me! I wish my doctor would offer to induce. Damn.

Lalinda Washington Due June 12; 18 kids; Gallatin, Tennessee 12 posts
23rd Apr '12

I was induced with my daughter and im getting induced with my son. It was ok for me. Only thing I didnt like was them breaking my water i was uncomfortable.

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
23rd Apr '12

I was induced with my first for medical reasons and I was told by my midwives that it does increase your risk of further interventions and c-section.



But my experience was amazing. I had a very supportive team and was out of the bed the entire time. I spent transition in the tub and my doula was my rock. I had planned to go without pain medication and didn't even consider getting it during labour. I know it could have been very different with different caregivers though.



However, my second labour was not induced with medication (I did have a couple stretch and sweeps) and it was so much easier. I wasn't in as much of a fog, it wasn't as intense and I had nice breaks between contractions that I didn't have with my first. It was also easier to communicate, I couldn't at all towards the end of my first and was unable to tell them that I wanted to try different pushing positions and to stay in the tub.



I would not chose to be induced unless it was safer for myself or the baby to be born before labour started on it's own.

⭐Richelle Lee 4 kids; Woodhull, New York 5568 posts
23rd Apr '12
Quoting Kaybai:" I'm currently 38 weeks and 3 days, this is my first child.. And my doctor told me they can induce me ... [snip!] ... wondering (if I decide to go with the induction) if anyone has ever been induced? What was your experience like? Any advice?"

I was induced with my first but i was 3 days over due. 2nd came on her own 9 days early, given pitocin with my 3rd but started labor on my own. Hoping no induction with this one since pitocin makes contractions so much stronger! All in all the experience the first time wasn't that bad since you really dont know what to expect! Im sure everything will be fine, Good luck and i hope baby comes on its own!

Sam Sung 2 kids; Michigan 512 posts
23rd Apr '12

ive been induced twice, i wouldnt induce for no reason ... pitocin makes contractions so much more painfull :( but they dont want you to stay on it for long so i guess at least you know you wont be in labor for days like some people!! also youre always a little more likely to need a c section if youre induced. i know youre so ready to have a baby and not be pregnant but you want that to be as good of an experience as possible!!

leighleigh111 2 kids; Houston, Texas 690 posts
23rd Apr '12

I loved my induction at 39 weeks. It hurt really bad after water broke and then I got epidural. If i have an induction again, I will tell them as soon as I can have an epidural give it to me. Pitocin can really effect the way normal contraction can feel. Mine were literally incredibly painful and I was only 3cm when I had to ask for one. The nurse told me that when she got induced it was the same for her, but then when she had the second child natural it didn't hurt that way until 8 cm. The epidural didn't effect me dilating at all since my labor was only 8 hours. I didn't feel much after epidural ( I had to get a bolus, because one side was wearing off) I just played skipbo till I had to push. There was pressure, and really hard work to push baby out, but no pain :)

Chelsi_Santiago 1 child; Ohio 244 posts
23rd Apr '12
Quoting Kaybai:" I'm currently 38 weeks and 3 days, this is my first child.. And my doctor told me they can induce me ... [snip!] ... wondering (if I decide to go with the induction) if anyone has ever been induced? What was your experience like? Any advice?"

I wasn't induced but my water broke & I wasn't progressing so they gave me pitocin. I hated it! It gave me a 45 minute contraction, hurt like hell! They finally took me off of it. I don't know. They will give you pitocin, & well I didn't have a good experience with it..