Should I let my baby choose her own birthday?

Dear Mums-to-be! Pregnancy is one helluva of a ride, so trans-formative that it alters everything around you into something beautiful and sacred  and the highlight of your pregnancy is definitely childbirth, a special moment where you bring a new life into this world. But before childbirth comes labor which is associated with a fear of unknown. Labor essentially is a natural process triggered by hormonal changes after nearly 40 weeks of pregnancy, but your gynecologist can decide if you need an induction in specific cases.

Induced labor is done either through strong medications or by physical means (Pitocin , Amniotomy , Forcible Dilation, etc) with the ultimate goal of enabling childbirth. Sometimes it is required even if the mother or baby is not ready due to certain complications.One can also opt for induced labor, but like all other methods, induction has its risks, so it is better to wait for the labor to start naturally than rush.

Yet if you must, make an informed decision. Here are some facts you must know:

 

Why should I need induced Labor?

An extremely appropriate question that can easily be tied to another one: Am I and my baby healthy? To get the correct answers to this, you need to start by having a chat with your doctor. This is where you can figure out whether the recommendation for induced labor was given to you on genuine medical grounds or was based on some other reasons like (tired of being pregnant, doctor on call, doctor has vacation soon, your family can schedule, etc.). This will then help in opening up the conversation  towards other possible alternatives and help you make the right call..

 

When is my due date?

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It is important to know from your healthcare provider the exact stage of your pregnancy and the correct due date. This is critical as the last weeks of your pregnancy are extremely crucial for your baby’s development, especially with regards to critical organs like lungs or liver. 
So while you may feel comfortable even going for a preterm delivery through induced labor and relying on neonatal intensive care to handle all the minor and major trifles associated with it, it's simply too big a risk for your baby due to the varied complications that may affect him/her. So it’s always advisable not to rush things, especially if you are not confronted with any serious complications.

 

Are there any alternatives that I may consider?

 

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Well, the best thing to do is abide by your own body’s schedule and let things happen as it should. Your doctor might also suggest to you certain procedures like a biophysical profile or stress test (NST) and you can use this to plan or postpone your due date.

 

How will induction alter my birth plans?

There are many methods of induction to choose from. Discuss with your healthcare provider followed by a vaginal exam to find out whether your cervix is ready or not. At this point, you should also give a shout out to your doctor on things like - effects on mobility, regular fetal monitoring , and time limits on your labor. 


Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to make a better decision and select what’s best for you and your baby. You may go for an induction, or just wait it out. The key here is to take the right course of action after thorough deliberations with your caregiver, after all you don’t want to take chances with your baby’s life. The best thing , in my honest opinion, is to just let nature take its course.

 

 

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Sona Jaiswal

I am a 41 year old hypertensive woman, a mother of a sixteen year old healthy boy born naturally.

I got a surprise pregnancy discovered in 16th week.
My doctor advised me an alternate medicine for BP, Lobet twice a day.

It is my 37th week now. During 35th week I was given two doses of Betnosol 3 amp injections with gap of 24hrs.

Now my doctor is suggesting to go for a C-Section after 38 weeks.
Now my question is, is it necessary to opt for C-Section without getting natural pains?

Shouldn't I wait till my baby is ready to come out on its own?

Even if a C-Section might be needed why pre-schedule it?

Dr. Riddhi Kataria

Hi Sona, from what I see your gynaec might suggest you to undergo c section owing to ur blood pressure fluctuations if any or the age. I would suggest whatever is the situation, if the baby Is okay and cooperating with you, you can always wait till your natural pains start or ur due date arrives. You can suggest your gynaec to keep checking for your blood pressure and NST for your baby every alternate day to know if baby is okay.
Hoping this helps you.

Sona Jaiswal

Thanks so much Doctor.

Nayana Nanaware

Sony (Amrita) Rasmi (Reeya) neha sharma Sneha Khandait Deshmukh Namita Shubham Gupta Keshri Mohini Nanda Patel Reshma Nagrani Kinjal Darbar Pavithra Pavi Monika Bhardwaj Sheetal Bhardwaj Vishakha Mehta Suparna Sharma Meenakshi Suresh Priyanka Yadav Shaik Sarasani Akshaya Naresh Aarti Vats Neha Singla Ksh Khomdram Bhumika Savalaya Akrati varshney Shipra Dang Nisha Das Rebecca Prakash Anchal Talwar Manisha Aggarwal Mittal Priya Iyer Ritika Jain Shiny Vincent kritika Shital Shirsath Anshu Sethia manisha sahu Preeti Verma Khushboo Pitti Preeti Solanki Reshma Nagrani Krishna Renjith Aan Rajput

Nayana Nanaware

Sony (Amrita) Rasmi (Reeya) neha sharma Sneha Khandait Deshmukh Namita Shubham Gupta Keshri Mohini Nanda Patel Reshma Nagrani Kinjal Darbar Pavithra Pavi Monika Bhardwaj Sheetal Bhardwaj Vishakha Mehta Suparna Sharma Meenakshi Suresh Priyanka Yadav Shaik Sarasani Akshaya Naresh Aarti Vats Neha Singla Ksh Khomdram Bhumika Savalaya Akrati varshney Shipra Dang Nisha Das Rebecca Prakash Anchal Talwar Manisha Aggarwal Mittal Priya Iyer Ritika Jain Shiny Vincent kritika Shital Shirsath Anshu Sethia manisha sahu Preeti Verma Khushboo Pitti Preeti Solanki Reshma Nagrani Krishna Renjith Aan Rajput

rekha joshi

I wish I knew this before

archana

What can I do for early labour pain.. I am 33 weeks pregnant.. I do exercise and yoga.. plzz suggest me for the same..

archana

Plzz reply

Sunaina Arora

Hi, Sona jaiswal. Unless there is some medical emergency related to your health or baby health there is no need for pre scheduling the c-section. Might be she don't want to wait for your natural birth plan because she want to do the c section only. I suggest have second opinion from another gynecologist

firdos

Hello I had c sec on 17 July where as my Edd was to b 5 aug...I had high BP and doc called me for scheduled delivery and now I want to knw will dere b any health problems vd my baby in future I'm so worried abt dis...I wish I cud hv wait ed more I m totally upset as some people say it's not good

Tabassum shaikh

firdos hey dear same happened in my elder son 'S case where I have raised by and was operated but it does not effect baby as long as its good in weight and near to near on tym like 36 or 37 weeks delivery is much safer and babies born are healthy my son was born on 37 week start

AMRITA MALLIK

This is exactly what I was looking for.

sweta

mera baby pet m gumta hua nhi malum nhi pdta what I do or meri bleed m paleteless ki kmi h Usk liy bhi mujhe suggest keeping

Seema Singh

Dont wait go for c section as because if u ll not go it will harm ur baby

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