Tomorrow is my due date. And, tomorrow I am having a baby.
It went something like this. At my last Dr. appointment, last Friday, my doc asked me if I wanted to schedule an induction. Well, I was still a week from my due date and I've always been against that kind of thing, so my reaction was a big no, we'll wait for her to come on her own.
But people, I am so tired of being pregnant! So the little seed she planted started to take root. Then yesterday Aaron was talking about how it sure would be nice if the baby came this weekend so that one of the days he'd be off work coincided with Labor day. Then he half jokingly said something like, "Maybe you should call your doctor and see if you can get induced on Friday." Yeah, haha. But....really?
Remember that little seed? Aaron's comment was enough to water it and fertilize it a plenty. We talked about it more. It sure would be convenient, right? It would give my mom enough time to drive the 6-7 hours down here to watch Morgan. Oh, and since we live an hour and a half from the hospital, it will save me from worrying about getting there in time.
So I made the hasty decision, called the Dr. office, left a message, and waited for the return call. I expected to talk it over with my OB, weigh the pros and cons, and find a time that would work for all involved.
Then I got the call back. It was a nurse telling me to call Labor and Delivery at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday to see what time they wanted me to go in for induction. And that was it. I was set to have my baby in two days.
That's when I started to have second thoughts. There are some cons to getting induced. Harder, more frequent contractions, they could possibly be so strong that they put the baby in distress. Some say that babies born with the aid of pitocin aren't so good at nursing. Sometimes an emergency c-section is needed. Now my hasty choice, based on convenience, seemed rather selfish.
And yet, I haven't reversed it. Mom's all set to come down today. Thinking that I'll have a baby tomorrow is very appealing. (Not to mention terrifying!) Morgan was 11 days late and I do NOT want to do that again.
So, have any of you readers had a pitocin induced labor and a natural one, (I don't mean pain killers) with very different outcomes? Any experiences?
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