Today, in the early hours of the morning, Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky-Manno and her husband, Kevin Manno, welcomed their new son. And in the hours and days leading up to giving birth, Fedotowsky-Manno kept her fans updated on Instagram about the status of her pregnancy, including feeling like she was ready to burst a few days early and her hours-long labor.
A few days before her induction date, Fedotowsky-Manno posted a photo on Instagram with a caption explaining that she was packing her hospital bag early. "I don’t think I’ll make it to my induction date," she wrote.
In the hours leading up to her delivery, the couple posted updates to Instagram stories, including one that simply read, "Update. Still in labor." And another that read, "Update. No baby yet. Been here 17 hours. Hanging in there but exhausted."
Then, finally: "Our sweet boy has arrived!" Fedotowsky-Manno announced on Instagram today. "Born 5/24, 12:57am at 21.5 inches and weighing 8lbs 11oz. We are so grateful and bursting with love!"
Your doctor may recommend inducing labor if you have certain medical concerns or risks associated with your pregnancy.
For instance, you might be induced if you have health conditions (such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure) or if there's a complication with the pregnancy, including issues with the amniotic fluid or placenta, the Mayo Clinic explains. Another major factor, the Mayo Clinic says, is whether or not your pregnancy is progressing at a normal rate. If you're getting close to two weeks beyond your due date, your doctor may recommend an induction.
There are a few different methods for inducing labor, and the one that's right for you depends on your individual circumstances. Those techniques include a process called "ripening" the cervix using prostoglandins or an inflatable balloon, rupturing the amniotic sac, and administering a synthetic version of the hormone oxytocin to speed up contractions.
For Fedotowsky-Manno, it seems that worries about going beyond her due date contributed to the decision. "[B]ecause I am measuring so big and the baby is estimated to be over  lbs, the doctor doesn’t want me to go past my due date. So an induction has been scheduled!" she wrote in a blog post last week.
She also said that she'd had some issues being induced with her previous pregnancy. "My water broke with Molly and I didn’t go into labor so I had to be induced with her and it was a horrible experience—up until I held her in my arms of course," she wrote in the blog post.
Although things didn't go totally according to plan this time around either, the new parents are clearly already in love with their new addition.