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Can I request Induction?
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Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:17 PM
My close friend was recently induced just shy of 38 weeks. She would have been induced at 39w, because she's 37 and her doctor had told her that would be the plan, but just before 38 weeks she went to the hospital for a check due to reduced movement and her doctor gave her the choice to be induced the next day, as she said the baby was fully developed and if she was worried about him, that was enough for her OB to agree it was time to get him out of there. He's now here and healthy, no nicu time or anything.
I feel like you'll be able to ask your OB about this, and especially considering your extenuating circumstances, I can imagine your OB agreeing to this.
Posted 12 July 2019 - 10:30 PM
Going privately, you should be able to request an induction for your own reasons (and I think you have pretty good reasons). It’s really part of the service you are paying for- to have control. You’d have trouble in public though.
But, without a clear medical indication (for you or baby), you’d really be exposing both you and baby to unnecessary risks if you did it before 38 or even 39 weeks. As a PP said, even though “term” is 37 weeks, the outcomes after 39 weeks are significantly better across the board than “early term”.
And beyond baby outcomes, if your body is not primed yet, that is, your cervix hasn’t started changing, you are doing your body a disservice. Even with cervical priming (balloon, gel etc.) the rate of induction failure / complications is higher in perfect correlation with the readiness of your cervix. What I mean is, the less ready your cervix at the start, the more work to do in the latent phase of labour (pre-labour, as your cervix effaces), and the chance of all the different complications that can require an emergency c-section is higher. What does work in your favour is that you have had a baby before, but at 37 weeks the cervix is usually pretty tight still.
I would be pushing for an induction if that’s what you want, but I would seriously think about leaving it to 39 weeks+.
Good luck x
Posted 13 July 2019 - 01:27 AM
I think it depends on the OB. Mine was wanting me induced at 38 weeks to alleviate the hell - I had 3 significant injuries in my hip, pelvis and groin. I politely declined and went into labour spontaneously 40+1. That was through public.
In your situation I really can't imagine why they wouldn't.
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