5 Things You Need To Know About Your Induction
When my doctor told me that I needed to have an induction with my fourth child, I admit that I was fully unprepared.
Sure, I knew what an induction would entail and yes, I had seen many mothers go through them just fine, but it's a different feeling, knowing you'll be going through it yourself. And along those lines, I will say it's a completely different experience going through an induction myself rather than just taking care of patients who are being induced.
In fact, having my own induction opened my eyes to a few things that I think every woman who is going to be induced should be aware of, like …
The reason for your induction
Yes, it sounds rather obvious, but make sure you know with 100% certainty that you are being induced for a valid medical reason. I can't tell you how many women I have taken care of as an OB nurse, that simply had no idea why they were being induced–and sadly, many times the “reason” turned out to be for the doctor's convenience and schedule. Don't be afraid to ask if your induction is really and truly medically necessary.
The importance of a hearty breakfast
Most of the time, inductions are hard and lengthy procedures–and unfortunately, you aren't allowed to eat because of the increased risks that an induction can bring. So, a hearty breakfast is kind of a must.
It may be a long wait
Many patients that I saw had no idea that an induction could be a very lengthy process, especially for first-time mothers. I've seen inductions take two or three days, and for the most part, induced patients are not allowed to eat. Even when I went in for my induction for my fourth child, I fully expected to rock a baby out in a few hours–only to have it take fifteen. Inductions are unpredictable and can take a long time to get rolling, so be prepared to wait it out, if necessary.
Your man's meal plan
It may sound incredibly silly, but I found that my husband had the hardest time leaving our room or eating in front of me. Honestly, nothing was happening with my labor yet and he still felt too guilty to leave my side or eat when I couldn't. So take a few minutes before you go into the hospital to talk over your man's meal strategy–encourage him to eat, even if he grabs a quick bite in the cafeteria, because come pushing time, the last thing you both need is him to have low blood sugar!
Stress is not helpful
I may have been the world's worst patient for my induction, simply because I was so nervous and so stressed about the fact that it was taking so long. And the reason it probably took so long? Because I was so nervous and so stressed! But in all seriousness, anxiety works against your body in an induction, not only because of the hormones that your body will release, but also because of muscle tension. So if at all possible, don't do as I did and stress out. Do your homework, be mentally prepared, and know that if your induction is medically necessary, you are doing the right thing for you and your baby.
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