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Old 05-25-2011, 06:16 PM   #21
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42 weeks here, but I would want NSTs and close monitoring for at least the last week.
I've had a full term loss so those last few weeks are unbelievably nerve wracking for me but I've also had a 36 weeker and would prefer to allow baby to come when he.she is ready as long as proper monitoring was happening and baby was doing well.

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Old 05-25-2011, 06:19 PM   #22
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my midwives said anywheres from 38-42wks is normal gestation. so i personally wouldnt go for an induction before 42weeks. but like pp nst's are probably a good idea.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #23
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Re: How many weeks would you be willing to go "overdue" before being induced?

YOu are not post dates until after 42 weeks.

I'd go to 42 weeks, and then if baby hadn't came yet, I'd start doing NSTs and wait it out until baby was ready to come. If I went past 44 weeks, I'd be induced.
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:44 PM   #24
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There is not a medical professional that would allow anyone with good dating to go to 44 weeks. You would be hard pressed to find a medical professional that would allow a woman to go past 42 weeks.

Birth is a physiological process, not one that the baby decides. Planning a birth to go the way you want is like planning the digestion of the hamburger you ate for dinner. Babies don't "decide" to come and the mother has little to no control over the physiological process of birth.
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Re: How many weeks would you be willing to go "overdue" before being induced?

I would NOT go past 42. I may be likely to give the go ahead at 41. DS was induced 12 days "late" and there was mecomium in my water when they broke it. Luckily I delivered fast and nothing bad came from it. Still made me nervous and worried and I hate to think what may have happened.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:38 PM   #27
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Honestly it would depend on the baby, and how I'm doing. I'm all for letting the baby come on their own time, but when I'm crying and would rather die than be pregnant one more minute after the due date has passed I'd be doing everything I can to speed up the process. That being said, I'd be hard pressed to induce unless it was past 42 weeks just simply because inducing is SO much worse and harder on the body than going into labor on your own. But every baby is different. I know some of my friends whose pregnant with their third child and the first two had to be coaxed out of the womb after 42 weeks AND inducing happened.
Some babies love it in there too much
that was me about 2 weeks ago this LO was 10 days late, and that's off my adjusted due date - she would have been 41w6d according to my LMP.

i would not have gotten induced, though, especially since i had an HBAC. i choose natural induction methods - walking, sex, EPO, RRL, and finally castor oil (no membrane stripping due to GBS+).

hang in there mama, it sucks to go past when you thought you'd have a baby in your arms, but it's worth it. my DD is so healthy, alert, and strong. she knew when she needed to come
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Re: How many weeks would you be willing to go "overdue" before being induced?

42 weeks.
I was induced at 42 weeks and DD was born at 42 wks 3 days, but I had an NST and a BPP during that last week.
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I would NOT go past 42. I may be likely to give the go ahead at 41. DS was induced 12 days "late" and there was mecomium in my water when they broke it. Luckily I delivered fast and nothing bad came from it. Still made me nervous and worried and I hate to think what may have happened.
Meconium in the fluid occurs in about 1/4 of births past 40 weeks, since the bowels are maturing. It is only a problem if the baby becomes stressed to the point of trying to breath in utero. Just one more reason to avoid interventions that heighten the risk of increased stress, such as pitocin augmentation if at all possible.
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Meconium in the fluid occurs in about 1/4 of births past 40 weeks, since the bowels are maturing. It is only a problem if the baby becomes stressed to the point of trying to breath in utero.
Meconium is present mainly due to stress. When the baby is stressed the anal spincter relaxes and meconium is released. When a baby becomes hypoxic in utero the incidence of inhaling the meconium increases.
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