With my first, I was not dilated at 40 weeks. I was trying to work around my grandfathers memorial service. I refused to talk about being induced until 41 weeks. At 40 weeks and 4 days I went into labor. I was only dilated to a 2 but was having strong contractions. I delivered my daughter 13 hours later.
I wanted an unmedicated birth. There are more than one ways to induce birth. Some doctors start with a medication that dilates the cervix. The problem with this, you may dilate but that doesn't start contractions. Some doctors will start pitocin. This is a medication that starts contractions. If you naturally contract they start slow and mild and progress with labor. Pitocin doesn't work like that. Contractions start hard and stay that way. You may or may not dilate but will have the contractions. To have a baby you need both dilation and contractions. If you do not progress as rapidly as the doctor would like, you may end up with a c-section.
I tell you this not to scare you but to give you something to think about. You are starting to dilate. Your body is getting ready. If you aren't ready ask your doctor if you can wait until 41 weeks to talk about it. Average first time pregnancy is 40-42 weeks. There are risks to the baby with going over 42 weeks.
I'm sorry this was so long. I hope it was useful information. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
You don't have to get induced. You can refuse.
Agreed with the first comment. 40-42 weeks is normal for first time. There's no reason to induce unless medically necessary. If you'be had a good pregnancy, no high risks then I see no reason for you to be induced unless you're super uncomfortable, but sometimes inducing leads more to c-sections. Depends on which way they do it. It's up to you! If it were me, I'd ask the doctor if it could be discussed at a later date since it doesn't seem media ally necessary
Ok thank you all for your comments
I was induced at 40+4 days didn't have my son du to complications with my body until the next day I was 2 cm when I got to the hospital I thought my water broke, within 10 minutes I was 3 cm and that's why they choose to induce me then. I agreed. It's not all that bad. The contractions suck but because I was already have mild ones they started my potocin out at a low grade and slowly moved it up until they realized I wouldn't dilate pat 6 cm due to the fact that my hips never spread. So I had to have him via c section. My doctors think because I was so tiny before pregnancy and since I was all belly that I won't be able to deliver a baby vaginally which I would agree. But since this pregnancy is so close to my last one I am having a scheduled c section at the beginning of September. So if you feel like you want to wait to be induced tel your doctors that. But just remember if you don't dialate or go into labor on your own by 42 weeks they will have to induce you anyway. Good luck.
I was induced at 39 weeks with my second child. It was a good experience for me. I had a 'check in' time, showed up to the hospital and things got started. It honestly was terrific for me to have it all scheduled. I got to my room and the process started. The pain from induction was easier on me than when I went into natural labor that stalled with my first pregnancy. So, talk to your doctor about your concerns and see how you feel about it after that. good luck