Pregnancy tends to go rather slowly, but the last month feels like 34 months. We get anxious to meet our little ones. We guess their hair color, eye color, skin complexion, weight, height, and if they’ll have all ten fingers and all ten toes. While there are definitely appropriate reasons to opt for an induction (such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia), there are also plenty of reasons to choose not to.
1.) Risk of Not Progressing – Often times, mothers-to-be will find themselves spending hours and hours in massive pain only to be told by the nurse that they haven’t dilated or effaced at all. That is heartbreaking and frustrating. Not progressing also increases the…
2.) Risk of Having a C-Section – Again, there are medically sound reasons why a woman needs to have a c-section. However, inductions that lead to c-sections are more often than not unnecessary. Having a c-section can increase the…
3.) Risk of Needing a Repeat C-Section for Future Pregnancies – While there are a number of doctors who will cautiously perform a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), if you have a c-section, your risk of needing a repeat c-section for your future pregnancies is increased.
4.) More Painful Than Spontaneous Labor – Pitocin is no joke. After spending 9 hours on that damn drug, my insides were wanting to kill me (figuratively). I was writhing in incredible pain. Thankfully, I progressed steadily and didn’t require a c-section. The pain was something I’ll always remember, but I’d do it all over again for my baby.
5.) Risk of Giving Birth to a Near Term Baby – Even though your baby might have been measured at 39 weeks, he or she might actually be closer to 35-37 weeks, which may lead to physiologically and developmentally delays.