What To Expect From A Planned Induction
What can you expect from a planned induction?
According to NICE, one in five births were induced during 2004-2005. A planned induction can happen for various reasons: medical factors, early breaking of your waters, or if your pregnancy goes over 42 weeks.
I wrote about my birth in more detail over on my blog A Baby on Board, but I had a high-risk pregnancy and the hospital wanted her born as close to my due date as possible.
I was taken in for a propess induction on my due date.
My Propress Induction
To help me go into labour naturally. I had two sweeps at 39 weeks and did a lot of walking. However, nothing happened so I was admitted to the hospital.
I was given an induction via propess, which is a propess pessary induction using hormones on to soften the cervix.
After the doctor had inserted the propess pessary, I was told nothing would happen for 24 hours.
However, my baby arrived a few hours later!
Here’s What To Expect From A Planned Induction
- Induction can be a slow process - one of the mums on my ward had been there for nearly four day.
- Then again, it might be a lot quicker than you think. I was told nothing was likely to happen for at least 24 hours. Less than 14 hours after being admitted, I was holding my baby.
- Be open minded about pain relief. Induced labour can be a lot more painful than a spontaneous delivery. I had propess induction cramps which were painful.
- An induction may result in further intervention (according to NICE, less than two-thirds of women who were induced gave birth without further intervention, about 15% had instrumental births with forceps or ventouse and 22% had emergency caesarean sections)
- However, don't think this is a given, I had no further intervention and lots of mums don't
- But whatever happens, you’re a really short time from meeting your baby - one of the most amazing experiences ever
What was your experience with a planned induction?
Please speak to your midwife or doctor for medical advice and information.