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This is going to be one of my quick, simple advice episodes! This time of year, it is SO important to avoid the holiday induction, because YES. It is real. We’ll be talking about five tips to keep baby right where he should be! 🤰🏼
Side Note: It’s not just our providers that we need to be aware of and their plans, schedules, etc. Our families’ (and even our own) expectations and desires also need to be kept in check as well when deciding what’s best for baby and for mom during this busy time of year. 🎄
[2:48] Tip #1: Be open and honest with your provider about your feelings and concerns. 👩🏻⚕️
It is really common for providers to up induction rates before the weekends and during vacation times around the holidays. Keep that in mind!
[4:36] Tip #2: Understand the potential risks and benefits of induction, and ask your provider about them. 💬
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[10:31] Tip #2 continued . . .
[11:38] Tip #3: Don’t opt for the extra vaginal exams. 🙅🏻♀️ (Yep, I said it!)
[14:45] Tip #4: Consider alternative methods of inducing labor, such as natural methods or acupuncture. 🍵
[16:43] Tip #5: Trust your body and your instincts. 💪🏼
My best tips on how to avoid an unnecessary holiday induction. Think about these things as you come up on the holidays and your final appointments. Communicate with your birth partner. Have those hard conversations with your provider. Trust yourself. 💜 I hope you enjoy your holidays and that you’ll get to see your sweet baby soon!
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