I am 38 weeks pregnant. After a full term ultrasound, I know my baby is head down. My baby is right on track to weigh as much as my first child. My baby is sitting low. In fact, so low, that at times I get throbbing pains in my inner thighs when she moves. My back hurts, and I feel like I could go into labor anytime. I am paranoid. Where will I be? Will I be able to get in touch with my husband when the time comes? How long will I have to get to the hospital (and get an epidural if I need one)?
A scheduled induction would surely put many of these worries to rest. However, is planning the forced labor and delivery of my child what I really want? At my doctor’s appointment this week I sat down and discussed the positive and negatives of both. Every pregnancy is different. This one has been far different than my first. As of Tuesday, I was dilated 3 cm. At 3 cm with my first, I was in the hospital. This pregnancy started different and will end different than my first.
What are the positives of induction? Well, for one, it makes planning easier. I was only worried about myself in my first pregnancy. Induction was not an option. When the doctor mentioned it, it brought me to tears. How could I force my daughter to come into this world when she wasn’t ready? I still am pondering this question, but I can’t help but feel like the convenience of setting a time and date would make me feel a lot more comfortable. For one, my daughter would have someone to watch her. Secondly, my husband would be off work. Finally, I could get a good nights sleep prior to starting the grueling process.
It made sense Tuesday. Therefore, I moved forward with setting my induction date on the day that my doctor is on call – Friday, March 20th. I set it because in my mind, my daughter will come before then. I won’t actually have to go through with induction. I am still trying to decide if I made the right choice. I still have time. If the baby is not here by Tuesday, I will go back to see the doctor one final time before the actual induction is scheduled to occur. In the meantime, I am still going about my regular routine – riding at Flywheel, errands, walking, and most importantly spending time with my sweet baby girl that is already in this world. Do you have any thoughts/advice on induction? Would love to hear it!