Being Induced by Choice
Your belly is stretched to the max and you can no longer gracefully get out of bed, tie your shoes, or get in the car. You’re 9 months pregnant and you’re on the homestretch that somehow seems to be getting closer and farther away at the same time.
If you’re still in the 1st or 2nd trimester of your pregnancy you might not know what I’m talking about yet but trust me sister, it’s coming.
I was actually getting really nervous as my due date was coming closer because I knew we had family coming to visit a week after. I’m so glad that all our family was able to visit but I wanted some time alone with my husband and our new baby before we had to share him with everyone. I also didn’t want to worry about what being decent while trying to figure out breastfeeding for the first time. There was just a lot of anxiety.
In the last two weeks of the pregnancy, I was doing all the labor-inducing things. I wanted to get the baby out as close to my due date as possible so I could get the hang of being a mom before our families came to visit.
I know a lot of women do everything they can to avoid being induced but when my doctor asked me how patient I was to get this baby out at my 39 week appointment I said not very and then proceeded to ask me what I thought of being induced and if I wanted to set an induction date, I said HECK YES!
Not really, Ben was there and was like she’s not very patient because he knew I wasn’t going to say it.
Bless both their souls!
We set an induction date for the day after my due date and then waited impatiently for that day to arrive. I will note, however, that I really did want to go into labor on my own. But with the way school years lined up our families could only come at a specific time frame and I just really needed the time alone with my new little family.
My due date came and I was still doing all the things to try and go into labor on my own but nothing worked. Ben and I spent our last night as the two of us going to see Incredibles 2 in theaters. We came home and as the night went on and I was too excited to sleep because I knew for sure that we’d be in the hospital the next day.
At that point in my pregnancy sleeping on our reclining couch was more comfortable than the bed so Ben and I watched Netflix so I could try and fall asleep but that never happened. We ended up pulling an all nighter!
We were told to call at 5:30 am to see how busy the hospital was and find out when to come in. 5:30 finally crept up and I called the hospital and they said to come in at 6.
I was shocked!
I figured they wouldn’t have us come in until at least 9 but nope! We were heading to the hospital in a half hour.
I quickly jumped into the shower because I thought it would be easier to shower then and also nicer to at least start out clean in the hospital bed. (I would totally recommend doing this if you can help it!) Then we loaded all of our stuff and headed to the hospital.
Checking in took a while and after that, they led us to our room. By the time they got all my IV’s set up and we were settled in it was about 8:00 in the morning. That’s when they started me on Pitocin and around 9:00 someone came in and broke my water.
I was 2cm dilated at my last appointment and still a 2 when I went in that morning but closer to a 3. I progressed a little on my own but I definitely wasn’t in any sort of active labor. Once they broke my water the contractions really started picking up in intensity.
From what I understand, being induced can sometimes be more intense than laboring naturally because it pushes your body along faster than it was ready for. I lasted until about 11 o’clock before I asked for my epidural.
From that point on it was smooth sailing. My epidural was awesome and I ended up sleeping through most of the laboring and only woke up when the nurses came in to check on me and when I need to start pushing. Thank goodness too because I needed all the rest I could get after not sleeping the night before.
Thankfully my induction experience wasn’t a bad one. I know there are a lot of different ways things could have turned out but I’m happy with how everything went for me.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve been induced before or what your feelings are about it.