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if my last period was dec 16-22 aint my due date the 22 of sept?? i was just wondering cuz my dr said it was sept 15th.if its sept 22 aint that 40 weeks? she told me if i dont go into labor by sunday or monday im getting induced cuz i aint dialateing im only at 1

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Sep. 19, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • How far apart are your cycles? If they are typically 28 days long, you'd be 39 weeks pregnant and due on sept 22. Being induced is NOT the end of the world, but I don't see why your doctor would want to induce you before your *correct* due date of 9-22, unless they are suspecting a health problem or a large baby. And, oftentimes, doctors think a baby is too large and needs to be induced, but the baby sometimes ends up being a normal, middle-weight. Do you think either of those situations might apply to you? If they do not, you and your doctor need to discuss why he/she REALLY wants you to be induced.

    Answer by sweetmoonem at 1:26 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Yeah, your due date would be the 22nd according to a 28 day menstrual cycle. However, you uterus and baby may be measuring bigger. If you don't want to be induced, then you don't HAVE to be. Let your Dr. know that you'd rather wait for it to happen naturally. Dr.'s like to induce because they can make sure they induce you the day they are on call and can be the one to deliver you. That's the way they guarantee themselves a paycheck!


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Well, either way, it is always YOUR choice to have any medical procedure.

    BUT also, cervical progress is NO indication of when you will labor.
    (You can go from 1 cm to 10 cm in 2 hours... no way to know.)

    It is adding UNnecessary risk to induce if you & baby are healthy and fine.
    And the longer you wait the more success you are likely to have with the induction (and can avoid cesarean).

    It really sounds like your doctor is not fully informing you about the risks & benefits, pros & cons.
    (This tends to happen when a doctor wants control for their own benefit, not mom & baby's. :-(

    Ask all your questions and get a lot of info before making any decisions. You might be surprised...
    AND avoid vaginal exams, too, it leads you down that road of unnecessary interventions. VEs are optional. (Your baby will still come out, you will still go into labor eventually, VE or not.)

    Answer by doulala at 2:23 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

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    Answer by doulala at 2:24 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

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    Answer by doulala at 2:25 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • The gestational age of an unborn baby is best determined by looking at a number of different factors. If you combine an accurate date of the last menstrual period with a first-trimester pelvic exam, fundal measurement (from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus), date of "quickening," and a fetal heart tone, then confirm these findings with a first-trimester ultrasound, you'll end up with a due date that is still only 85 percent accurate, plus or minus 14 days. Second-trimester ultrasounds tend to be inaccurate by plus or minus 8 days, and third-trimester ultrasounds by a whopping 22 days.
    from: Let The Baby Decide

    Answer by doulala at 2:27 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • It's probably best to stick with the "late November, early December" method unless you are fortunate enough to know the exact date of conception, another way to attempt to pinpoint a due date. Medical science recognizes in vitro or artificial insemination as the only accurate means of determining conceptual age. However, if a woman was using an ovulation predictor test correctly, or her husband was home between business trips only once after her period ended (and she actually wrote this date down on a calendar), she could nail down her due date by counting forward ten lunar months from conception. Even so, she might end up with a baby who stubbornly decides to belong to that 10 percent who go beyond 40 weeks. Despite all of these calculations, an induced baby may turn out to be premature rather than postmature.

    Answer by doulala at 2:28 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Protecting Our Unborn Babies
    Labor should be induced only when medically necessary, never simply for convenience or because a woman is sick of being pregnant. The risks in these situations far outweigh the perceived benefits. Determining postmaturity or a woman's readiness to give birth are complex processes. We are just beginning to understand the long-term effects on the fetal brain of drugs such as Pitocin, and the exact long-term effects of inducing or augmenting labor are unknown. Pregnant woman wanting information on the safety of a drug can consult the Physicians' Desk Reference or call the product safety officer at the pharmaceutical company where it is manufactured.

    Answer by doulala at 2:28 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

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    Answer by doulala at 2:28 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

  • Did You know a woman who agrees to an induction if her body is not ready ..

    * is twice as likely to give birth by cesarean section if she is a first time mom?
    * by a cervical ripening agent increases her chances for birth by cesarean section 5 fold if she
    has given birth vaginally before and her cervix is not ready or 'ripe'?
    * is likely to have uterine hyper-stimulation, a painful for mom and dangerous for baby state to
    be in?
    * is often told to do so to help avoid a theoretical potentially dangerous situation for her babe,
    but by agreeing to the induction is introducing agents highly likely to cause fetal distress and
    the resulting cesarean section she was hoping to avoid in the first place?
    * can first use a tool called a Bishop's score to predict how likely it is that her induction will or
    will not work?

    Answer by doulala at 2:30 PM on Sep. 19, 2009

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