Lack of education. I found it shocking that 75 percent of mothers actually think that 34 to 36 weeks is full-term. (although it is really 39 to 40 weeks) Thankfully, hospitals are starting to ban elective inductions before 39 weeks. Even friends I know that go into labor naturally are induced further because things aren't moving "fast enough." Labor can last anywhere from 10 minutes (I have read about this) to 72+ hours. When we induce, we are augmenting the natural process of labor. Induction causes longer, stronger contractions that can cause your babies heart rate to drop (end; c-section), most likely causing you to need an epidural. (which can cause; a drop in blood pressure, shivering, ringing of the ears, backache, soreness where the needle is inserted or nausea just to name a few) Some find that having an epidural makes pushing more difficult and can increase interventions such as: forceps, vacuum extraction or cesarean sections. Why are women volunteering for this?
I have read countless times that "I was induced with all 3, 4, or 5 of my kids." Why? We take such good care of our unborn babies by avoiding sushi, lunch meat, alcohol, eggs over easy, brie and rare steaks. We go to countless doctor appointment, take prenatal vitamins, fish oil, eat a ton of protein, walk, do kegels and take yoga. So, why are we willing to let them be exposed to epidural drugs, induction drugs and deprive them of nutrients (food/drink) while we are in labor? I know why I ended up with the induced, epidural, cesarean birth. Lack of education. The only book I read was What to Expect When you're Expecting. (which you can pretty much throw in the trash) I also didn't do the work. I didn't exercise, watch what I was eating, or mentally prepare. I assumed all doctors wanted things to happen naturally. (sigh)
Are the last few weeks of pregnancy THAT terrible? (anyone out there who is 41 weeks pregnant is saying yes) I guess what I should be asking is: Are the last few weeks of pregnancy so terrible that we would risk our babies choosing their birthday, having our births be intervention free (if possible) or us going through major abdominal surgery? I don't think so. I hope those reading will learn to accept pregnancy as a temporary, beautiful state in which we learn to be as patient as possible. We will all need that patience when our babies do choose to arrive.