This post is meant to be a launching point for women to look at what an induction might mean for them, personally.
- Do you know your Bishop’s Score?
- Why are you being induced?
- Does your provider induce “everyone” at 39-40-41 weeks? What is their induction rate? Their cesarean rate? What is their justification for induction or for recommending induction for you?
- If an induction is indicated, are they planning a ‘slow’ induction? If so, is there truly an indication for induction?
- What methods are they planning on using? Have you been given written informed decision-making on these medications or methods, their potential side effects or risks?
- Is “stripping your membranes” induction? Yes, it is. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163659/
- Is using castor oil, or other herbs, induction? Yes, it is.
- Inductions increase the cesarean rate. If you are accepting an induction, you are accepting the risk of cesarean. (Note: A recent study claims that cesarean rates are not increased, however, the study has intense flaws because women in the induction AND the non-induction groups were induced and augmented indiscriminately. There was no control group. See more here: https://www.scienceandsensibility.org/p/bl/et/blogid=2&blogaid=786)
Pregnancy changes how your body uses some nutrients and it can slow how your body works.
Some simple solutions for constipation include:
- Drinking enough water. 2-3 quarts per day is recommended, or half your body weight in ounces. (ex: you weigh 142, drink at least 71 ounces a day)
- Drinking electrolytes. You can make your own (check out our laboraide recipe post)
- Calcium/Magnesium supplements. Many people find that magnesium helps them become more regular.
- Blueberries or prunes. You can eat them or drink the juice but be careful and start off slowly. The effect can be severe if you overdo!
Some simple solutions for diarrhea include:
- Stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Some diarrhea is viral or bacteria so you need to maintain enough fluids and electrolytes to help your body fight them off.
- Reducing calcium/magnesium if you are taking them. If you are taking magnesium daily, you may need to cut back until your stools are just soft.
Newborn Screening Criteria :: Washington State Board of Health
Here are some important links for you to prevent pregnancy discomforts and other forms of pre- and post- pregnancy issues!
Finding nursing positions awkward?
How do Natural Positions Help? Read more here!
While early ultrasound can be a good indicator for dating weeks of gestation, it’s not an indicator of how many weeks needed to gestate.
A lot of moms are being told things like “Your placenta is starting to shut down” or “your baby is too big” and while these sound legitimate, they often are not backed up by science. Ultrasound is often off by as much as 2 pounds and 2 weeks, especially later in pregnancy!
While ten pounds sounds big and late sounds scary, these two things are grounds for you doing more research, not required induction.
I was looking for birth paths to visualize during birth for clients and found these:
What sheer beauty and fantasy! What kind of birth could you have along one of these?