Last week, we had a further growth scan at 36weeks and met shortly after with our Consultant Midwife to decide whether I would be induced early.
The growth scan indicated that the baby is still measuring large for its gestational age at approx 7lb12oz, which is above the 97th centile.
This didn’t come as a surprise to us as Jack was a large baby and also, our growth scan at 33weeks suggested the same trend.
During the meeting with our consultant, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of being induced early and decided between us that I should wait for my labour to begin naturally, no matter how large baby is ‘presumed’.
Unless there was a medical reason or the baby was to be overdue, then the disadvantages strongly outweighed the one advantage that I could come up with at the time; arranging a babysitter for Jack!
Disadvantages of being induced:
- Ultrasounds are not 100% accurate – baby may be presumed larger than it is.
- Baby has not given the ‘ready to be born’ signals and so body cannot respond naturally with its hormones of Oxytocin and Endorphins.
- Baby may miss out on it’s last few weeks’ of important antibodies and brain/respiratory development.
- Pain is more intense and harder to manage during an induced labour.
- Constant monitoring throughout labour – baby’s heart tends to dip during stronger contractions.
- Restricted movement during labour due to IV drip being in place.
- Induction increases the risk of an assisted birth by means of c-section.
- Being away from Jack for anything up to 5 days – time it takes for induction, birth and recovery all to take place.
We also discussed my first labour in-depth (vaginal birth assisted by forceps) and the likely labour scenario for baby no.2. Quite rightly, the consultant reminded us that previously, my body went into labour naturally and that second time labours are often quicker and easier.
He armed me with loads of pain relief facts too which put my mind at ease all the more.
Early pregnancy, I was feeling really anxious about labour following my first experience, but having met with the consultant, he has really put my mind at ease and finally, I feel confident that this time, all will go well. I’m actually really excited now and can’t wait to meet our new addition.
19 days and counting…