When I was 36 weeks pregnant, I was just done. My feet hurt, I was waking up every hour to pee, and my back was killing me. I didn't want to be pregnant for a second longer.
During my OB appointment, I told my doctor how miserable I was feeling. "Next week I'll be full term," I pointed out. "Can you induce me then just so I can get this pregnancy over with?"
"Absolutely!" she said. "I'll put you down to be induced at 37 weeks, so you'll be full term."
She put me down on the calendar and I went in to be induced at the hospital at 37 weeks. My baby was a little on the small side, but she was fine.
Or........ none of that actually happened.
What really happened? At 39 weeks, I felt like my baby was never coming out. I asked my OB if she'd consider inducing if I made it to 41 weeks so I wouldn't spend my entire maternity leave pregnant. She reluctantly said she'd consider it, but my cervix didn't look favorable so we'd talk about it then. (Fortunately, my water broke two days later.)
I'm honestly baffled by the March of Dimes campaign that says "healthy babies are worth the wait" that strives to eliminate non-medically indicated (elective) deliveries before 39 weeks. I just saw a commercial for it on TV where they were trying to convince pregnant women to wait till 40 weeks. Who are all these women who are being induced prior to 40 weeks??? I don't know one woman who was induced before 40 weeks. I had to BEG for an induction at 41 weeks!
I've asked a couple of OBs and they seem equally baffled by this campaign. Who is it aimed at anyway? It's not like you can just go the mall and get an induction. The OB has to be on board with it too, and from what I've seen, most OBs wouldn't want to induce too early for no medical reason and risk a complication.
Can someone please explain this to me?