If you've ever been pregnant, you've probably wondered about inductions before. How do they happen? Does it mean you get to pick your baby's due date? What are the weird things that happen when you get an induction? There's a lot of questions to ask, but it's that last one that went through my brain too many times while I was pregnant. I was already obsessed with all the weird things happening to my body during pregnancy, and I just couldn't imagine what other weird things would happen if I had to get an induction.
According to Fit Pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reported that 20 to 40 percent of labors are induced. There's a lot of controversy about inductions — whether they are necessary, if they're a risk for C-sections, and if they are tied to premature births — but they happen. And, sometimes, they need to happen in order to make sure both you and your baby are safe.
So if your doctor has decided an induction is necessary or you just want to prepare, it might help ease some of your fears if you know what to expect. No two births are the same, but there are seven weird things that happen when you get an induction and you may not have thought of them before. (You didn't think the weirdness stopped with pregnancy, did you?)