It’s been a while guys , so you all know I recently welcomed my third baby and it’s been beautiful to say the least and if you read my delivery story you already know that I was induced for labor , which has been the case for all my three kids.
I never go into labor naturally, hence the need for my doctor to always artificially stimulate labour which is known as INDUCTION.
Having gone through it 3whole times, I figured I do a blog post on it to help other women who might be thinking about having the procedure done.
INDUCTION— Don’t let the word scare you, it simply means the act of artificially starting labour.
WHY INDUCTION– Your doctors will recommend induction for you because of the following reasons
1) Your pregnancy has passed 42weeks, at this stage if you haven’t gone into labour naturally your doctor will suggest you be induced for your baby to be born
2) If your health or that of your baby is at risk, if you have a high blood pressure, diabetes, pre-eclampsia, low fetal heart rate, in these circumstances your doctor will recommend an induction
3) If your water breaks for more than 24hours and yet no labour, or you have started to dilate but you are in no pains whatsoever, to lower the risk of infections to you and your baby, induction will be suggested.
4) If labour started on its own but progressed to an extent and stopped.
INDUCTION PROCESS — I still remember the way my heart was racing during my first induction, I was nervous and full of so much emotions whew! Your doctor will either induce you by inserting a drug into your cervix or fixing a hormone drip for you to kick start labour, which will usually take between 6-12 hours to start and complete.
Now with induction comes certain risk , if the drug fails , the doctor might decide to give you another dose and if this second one fails too you will be most likely taken to the
Theater for a C-SECTION.
Another risk involved is that you and your baby might likely be under a lot of stress which is why your vital signs and that of the baby needs to be checked at every 2hours ,if at any time they discover there is a reduction of fetal activity ,the next option is a C-SECTION.
Basically, once you are induced and it last more than 48hours without delivery the only option left is an operation to save you and your baby.
NOTE- It is completely at your discretion to approve or disapprove an induction.
Before you allow or agree to be induced as the following questions, don’t allow anyone to play God in your life
1) Why am I been induced, if your doctor cannot explain this then you shouldn’t go for it?
2) Is there any health risk, if there is none then you might want to reconsider going for the procedure
A few of the things I know from experience with induction is that , it works best when your pregnancy is due, this way the risk of it failing is very slim as your baby is full term and ready .
Also once you are induced, labour might take some time to start which will make you feel like it’s not working ah don’t do that, cos once it completely kicks into your system its very fast which is why most women say it’s more painful than labour that starts on its own, cos it literally compresses all the pain you could have felt for hours into few minutes and then it’s all over.
There is nothing to fear when it comes to induction, all you have to do is work with your doctor and midwife, ask the relevant questions, be it natural or artificially stimulated the most important thing is to have your baby safe and sound.
I hope this post has been helpful, do let me know you fears and questions about induction ,labour and delivery in general via the comments section I am more than glad to answer and reply you , meanwhile let me get back to breastfeeding ,I will see you all in my next post Xoxo.