Ask any mom and she'll likely tell you that while birth plans can be beneficial, they almost always change. I ended up needing to be induced twice, both due to pregnancy-related complications. People, that was not part of my birth plan. But I was thankful that alternative options existed that made sure my babies and I remained healthy. Still, it can be disappointing to want one birth experience and end up going through another, which is why there are more than a few mantras for women who are induced. From reminding a laboring woman to keep her eyes on the prize, to validating her feelings (whatever they may be), there are a slew of reminders that are worth repeating when you're going through an induction.
I suffered from severe hypertension during my first pregnancy, so my high blood pressure, swollen limbs, and erratic heartbeat called for an induction. I knew changing up my birth plan was for the best, but I was still bummed that I wouldn't have the chance to experience the intervention-free birth I had envisioned. I ended up wading my way through a slew of emotions that I didn't really expect to feel, which is why these mantras ended up coming in handy.
I relied on these calming statements again, five years later, when it was time to give birth to my second child. I was scheduled for an induction after my provider realized I was leaking amniotic fluid and, again, had to say goodbye to an intervention-free, medication-free labor and delivery. So believe me when I say that as a woman who has been induced not once but twice, I know how difficult it can be to stay positive throughout the entire labor and delivery process. So with that in mind, here are five mantras to get you through the potential disappointment and anxiety, should you ever find yourself in need of an induction, too: