Inductions are generally booked at your 40 week appointment and can therefore cause a little bit of stress and anxiety and this needs to be managed.
1. Routine checks - It is important to get clarity on the health of both you and baby. According to the NICE guidelines on induction of labour, if you choose not to be induced then you should be offered:
a) Twice weekly checks on baby’s heartbeat
b) Ultrasound to check the depth of amniotic fluid or the waters surrounding your baby
Some women can find that they have too much (Polyhydramnios) or too little (Oligohydramnios). As you reach the end of your pregnancy, your placenta will begin to slow down, and one of the first signs of it slowing down a bit too much is that it will not produce as much amniotic fluid around the baby. This would result in a clinical reason for induction. If the amniotic fluid level check proved ok, then there is no reason to be induced as the placenta is working perfectly fine. .
2. Patience - check out my previous post in due dates and how they are not evidence based. There is too much focus on the due date. Your baby will be born when it is ready. Remember not all apples fall from the tree at the same time. They will only fall when truly ripe! 🍏🍎
3. Natural methods of induction include - walking, nipple stimulation, making love, evening primrose oil, acupuncture, homeopathy.
It is very important to remember that if there is a true medical reason that your baby needs to be induced then that is the time to be thankful that we have such amazing medical support which help save lives. Hypnobirthing is extremely useful always but especially for inductions of labour. Final note, just because you may be induced doesn’t mean you can’t have a vaginal birth. The most important thing is to be prepared, know your options and remain calm and relaxed.