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3LILPEANUTS
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4/12/07 12:03 A

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You all know this is a year and a half old thread right???? LOL!

I'm laughing because scroll down and you'll see I posted before I had my second "hoping" not to be induced again. Well, I was! And it was longer, harder and more interventions.

Definitely do not recommend induction. And I'm hopeful for not having one a third time! Oh my... I'm probably jinxing myself.

Last time:
-induced a week and a half before due date because placenta stopped working, no fluid
- started with Cervidil gel (tampony thing) which caused non-productive contractions (ie. no dilation)
- pitocin was given with mildy productive contractions but was too slow to work on it's own, and baby ended up in mild distress at about 28 hours into it and me being only 2cm.
- attempt to break the sac was next, extremely painful, and useless... as there wasn't enough fluid to actually get a good hold on it, also slightly dangerous because the baby didn't have a great cushion given the limited fluid
- a lovely (sarcastic) intervention I'd never heard of was used after I was offered a c-section (I declined). It was a last ditch effort or the c-section would not be an option. It was called a foley catheter... a balloon shoved up and expanded to try to manually cause dilation, and hopefully create productive contractions

(hour 30 here, and I'd been begging for an epidural for 6 hours already due to the pain of the non-productive contractions!)

-hallelujah! I had 'bloody show' and finally started dilating on my own
-finally get out of triage and into the birthing room, in deeply intense labour and begging for the epi, fully believing I could not do it anymore
-went from 4cm to 10cm in half an hour, in hindsight I was in transition moments after getting in the birthing room and could have done without the epi (note to self for this time), but I didn't know I was in transition or so dilated when I got it
-moments later, and 2 minutes of pushing, and my angel was finally in my arms!!!!

You name it, I have had it... in terms of induction interventions!!!! They were necessary for me and I don't regret any of it a bit. Heck, I'm even looking forward to labour this time (blissfully thinking I might have it more natural this time. LOL).

But I vehemently do not recommend it by choice. I was lucky lucky lucky. My baby had the cord around her neck. With so little fluid for her to float in, this can be very serious and cause a stillborn birth (it happened to a friend before my baby was born... not being morbid and the stats on this are super super low, but it is a real risk, even if it's extremely unlikely). AND, I was seriously moments away from c-section, which I am so grateful to have avoided.

Anyway, that's my update to this very old thread, since it was a laugh to see what I wrote before. Ay yi yi! What will this time bring???? (My third and my last... wish me a non-induced labour would ya?)

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I was induced because I was 1 week late with my daughter and I was so tiny that they didn't want me to keep waiting. I remember in lamaze that they said, "You never want to be induced...it makes for a very violent labor." Boy, were they right. My contraction moniter jumped from 100 to 260 in 3 contractions! The nurse thought I was going to break it, and said she had never seen it go that high that quickly. I hope I am not put in that situation this time.

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I don't think it hurt any more...my first was natural and very quick; however, my second had to be induced after my water broke b/c I wasn't contracting on my own. At first the pitocin didn't really seem to be doing much, so he doubled it and oh dear.......the contractions did start coming hard and fast. I could barely catch my breath in between and I still had several cm to dilate, so I made the hard decision to get an epi and I'm so thankful! The contractions didn't hurt any more than with my first, they just came on very sudden and didn't build in intensity like 'natural' contractions.

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MY daughter was all natural, my son induced. Yes they hurt a lot more, those pit contractions. The upside is they are shorter and usually most people will progress faster. I was much more tired with the them than I was with my first, however, they just drained me. did not have en epidural with either baby, and I plan on not having one with this guy.
I found induction so unpleasant, that even though I am miserable right now, and she has said she would induce me at 38 weeks, if it looks like he is huge, I think I might want to wait til I go on my own!!!!


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I was induced with my first 7 years ago. I was only 5 days late, but they thought she'd be too big. My cervix hadn't dialated or thinned out one bit yet, so they put a gel on it that softens it and eventually your water breaks. They did it a second time 8 hrs. after the first. 30 min. after the second try my water did break. That was about 8:30 Fri. night. About 5am my contractions started and at 9am they put me on pitocin. My OB had always planned to do that, he didn't wait to see how my contractions would work on their own (which I now realize I wish he'd waited to see). It wasn't much fun the rest of the day. By 2:30 my contractions were one on top of the other without a break in between, they hadn't even actually stopped before they started again. That was from the pitocin. It took me until 7:30pm Sat. to get to 3 cm when I could finally get an epi. Had my DD--8lbs. 12 oz; 21"--at 12:02 am Sun.

I think it went so slowly because my body and DD just weren't ready. So this time around I REALLY want to let things get started on their own.


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I was induced for my first baby last year. They measure the strength of your contractions on a monitor, and, according to the nurses I had, contractions usually measure a lot stronger for inductions.
I arrived at the hospital at 9:00am. My doctor was running late after an emergecny c-section, so I had to wait until 10:15 am to see him. He broke my water and then I was led to my birthing room. They hooked me up to a bunch of machinesby 11:00am, one of which controlled my pitocin. In 20 minutes my contractions were getting pretty strong, but I waited until 12:00pm to ask for an epidural.
By 12:30 the doctor showed up to administer the epidural, which was a real pain because my contractions suddenly got really strong and they had to keep waiting for them to finish in between parts of the procedure.
I was fully dilated by 1:15pm, and my son was born at 1:45pm screaming away at a nice and easy 6 lbs 11 oz.
After having such a short labour with the epidural, I'm almost praying for another induction. I wasn't tired at all afterwards, and I got to spend the first moments of my baby's life totally alert and happy.

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okay, so i only read like 3 posts on here, because i'm in a hurry, but i wanted to tell you a few things. I was induced in june, 2 wks late with my son.

Everyone likes to tell you that inducing speedings things up, which it does, and causes stronger contractions, which is up for debate. They are theoretically SAY that it makes contractions stronger, but how will you ever know? Because you will NEVER experience that EXACT SAME LABOR again WITHOUT induction to be able to determine it... you know? You can't go back and do it again and see what it would have been like. I, myself, was induced and LOVED IT. My induction was painless, and wonderful and has conviced me i should have a whole slew of kids and become the next partridge family, touring the world singing. seriously, it was bliss. I got there at 6:30, Pitocin @ 7am (it did NOTHING for me), broke my water at 8:30am (THAT was the killer), nubain @ 9:30 (to help with the pain i'd have from the epidural... you must understand i'm deathly affraid of needles. lol), epidural at 10:30, slept till 12:50, done at 12:57. Not too shabby if i do say so myself ;) All in all (because i napped thru all my first contractions) i slept for 4.5 of the 5 hours i was in labor. My SIL was also induced, never had an epidural or pain relief of ANY kind, and was in labor for 6 hours. HOWEVER, my OTHER SIL was induced and had a HORRIBLE 23 hour labor. That's why I think it has less to do with the induction, and more with the person and the baby. If you're bound to have a hard labor, you're going to have a hard labor. If you're meant to have an easy labor, it'll happen. Just ENJOY IT. And I know you'll hear this a hundred times, and you may or may not agree, but i was open to either having an epidural, or not having it. when they broke me water i was so uncomfortable, I knew i would probably need it. Once I got my epidural, I felt not one tinge of pain. I couldn't even tell if I was pushing, and he was out in 3 pushes! If you want to regain control, and really be coherant and enjoy the labor, GET THE DRUGS. they are worth it. And get them early. They don't charge half price if you wait till you're halfway done laboring ;)


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its not so much that the acutal inducing hurts....other than its uncomfortable to have to lay on one side for so long after they induce you...i think its what comes after that is what really hurts...i was induced and night and didnt really have any pains until the next morning...small contractions...and not much progress after that....but boy when they broke my water i thought i was going to die....then i had my daughter 3 hours later...yeah!...but it is all worth the pain!


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i was induced with rachel - its been 6 years, but i dont remember it hurting. i had an IV with pitocin and they put some sort of "balloon" thing to help my water break. (dont remember what it was called - that was uncomofratble, but not painful or anything.

i was two weeks late and had NO signs of impending labor! ughhh! i thought it would never have her! lol


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This is interesting but my doula told me that the average gestation period for first-time moms is 41 weeks.


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KDZIEDZINA-

Just curious, but have you progressed any on your own? Sometimes the cervidil will jump start labor, especially if the mom's body is showing signs of being ready (ie. dilated, soft, etc.). If you have progressed some an induction is much more successful and pleasant.

Best of luck and please check in before Thursday!

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Krystal-
By Thursday I will be about a week overdue.


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i was 14 days over due and had to be induced. and i am determined to not go past 38 weeks this time if i can help it! she was just way to big cuz im not a big girl at all. so my plan this time is to have accupressure at 38 weeks. i had my membranes scraped 4 times. i was 2 cm and 75% efaced for 4 weeks... and nothin. so ive done a lot of research on natural ways to induce... and ill be doin it all! =)


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I would not choose to be induced again, but if I have to be, so be it. My induction was because of high blood pressure, 8 days overdue. The doctor did an in-office 'swipe' of the membranes which sometimes gets things started. It didn't for me. I went to the hospital and had Cervidil at night. Contractions started a few hours later and then stopped around midnight. My doctor was called and instructed pitocin to be started then as we wanted to keep what was started going. Also, I hadn't opened up a tiny bit. I had 1 minute apart contractions a few hours after the pitocin that were definite uncomfortable and increasing painful, but not as immediately unbearable as some have said. I was in labour for 24 hours, had an epi at hour 12 from pure exhaustion from the 1 minute apart recovery time (or lack of). The epi relaxed me enough to go from 3 cm to 7 cm in an hour. The rest was smooth sailing!

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KDZIEDZINA how long are you overdue by?


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I am butting in.

If I don't have my baby before Thursday I am scheduled for cervidil at 5pm Thursday then Pitocin in the morning, hoping it won't get to the pit but who knows.


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went to the docs today, wasn't induced, happy about that, but at the same time so longing for it to start already. They say that 1st time moms usually deliver later by 10 days, I can't wait anymore. Since my official due date is Aug 3rd, 10 days later is my dads b-day, that's nice. Same day birthdays, hope not, were just not the greatest pals.

Does anyone know what ST monitoring test is? I'm scheduled to come in next mon and I'm going to be monitored for 20mintues. What do they look/listen for? I guess baby's heartbeat and stuff but 20 mintues. Anyone have a clue?


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I haven't heard of a doctor inducing anywhere but the hospital. There is always a slim chance that it jump starts your labor and you are ready to deliver immediately, so they want you in the hospital. Besides, once the induction process starts, they want to keep a close eye on you and monitor the baby regularly, so you need to be in the hospital for this.

Now, there are different methods of induction, and that is another story. But all of them need to be done in the hospital.

HTH!


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I have my doc appointment tomorrow, she said to come in and we'll discuss inducing. Would it be done at the docs office or do I have to go to the hospital? That is if I choose to, which I'm leaning 95% not to. Just wondering.


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I was induced with my first and I'll probably ask to be induced again.


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UMMM..I was induced with both of my girls and it was a breeze. I will be induced with #3 as well. I had a great labor and delivery I had 2 healthy girls and I did well to. I'm for inducing.


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RACHAELREESE thanx for putting the link to the induce article, great info and lots of help. Definitely NOT getting induced now. so what if she's going on vacation, she's not the only doc around. why do they even bother saying that to the pregnant women then? if they know the research and all the info, ARG, just makes me frustrated and dissappoionted. you think they'd know better.


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http://www.mothering.com/articles/
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this website did not work for me, it just brought me to the home page.

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I just added a bunch of pitocin questions to my list that I'm taking my dr next week at my 1st office visit. I'll let you guys know what he says. This early in the pregnancy, it should be a low pressure/no pressure kind of thing to ask him.

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if your water doesnt break on its own, try sex, pitocin is (from what i've read) animal hormones to induce labor. a few yrs ago i was given pitocinin pill form, it hurts like a b*tch! contractions are constant, you get no break, and it can put added stress on the baby and compress the cord. the chemicals in sperm act like the pitocin to start contractions, as do orgasms, but it's not non-stop like the pitocin. nipple stimulations also helps. walking/hiking, ect help gravity move things along. if your water is broken, they insert a hook that looks like a crochet needle in there and break the bag then wait a while to see if contractions start on their own. i'd say try everything before you go with the pitocin, read up, you have time before your delivery :)



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LTLFAERY- sure sounds like you had a worse experience than I!I never had to be three day s in labor and THEN get the pitocin that made your contractions unbareable! YIKes!! I like going natural so I don't need anything to make it harder to accomplish that!LOL!I think the pitocin also mader my contractions stronger once they finally got going- but finding out they weren't effective enough was not good news to hear either! Hearing these other stories from all your guys, makes me more resolved to wait it out, no matter what pressure I get from the dr. as long as the baby is OK. Of course if I need it for the baby I will do whatever I can but as long as that's not happening I am never going to do it again!Keeping my fingers crossed for this next one! Hope it's fast like my second labor(only 5 hrs!) and around the due date!Yeah! Good luck to all you ladies Hope we can all avoid an induction!LOL!

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Well, my body was waaay ready at 5 cms dilated and effacement( can't remember how much though) so that even the dr. thought the labor would be really short.I still wonder why I had not gone into labor on my own yet( when I gave birth to my other kids only 2 days after their due date!) but then again our due date was iffy.I was also 9 days late( baby was born 10 days late though since the labor was so long!) Instead I had a 14 hr labor the longest I have had and it took FOREVER for my body to do anything.THen again, I just may be weird as to how my body responded to the pitocin lol! So I guess it just all depends on the person , but I have noticed here that my opinion of not wanting to be induced again seems to be the same for most of you! I guess nature just does things better!

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I'm not EVER again agreeing to pitocin. After 3 days of labor I went in to the hospital and we decided to let them 'try' pitocin to help the baby past the pubic bone and lip of cervix that I had left. It was the most aweful experience of my life.

The three days of natural labor were easier than the 3-4 hrs. of piggy backing pitocin contractions. I've said before that I didn't find contractions to be 'painful', intense, but not painful. Natural contractions that is .Pitocin contractions HURT. They kept telling me I 'was' getting a break in between them...like they were the ones feeling the contractions.

To me, the pit. didn't help any because i was SOO tense.

Now, inductions work the most when you're body is ready. Thus, most people who are already dialated and already have started contractions have an easier time than those that start from scratch.

and not everyone has a bad experience, but it is true that the more interventions the more rusk of complications. Also true than pitocin CANcause fetal distress. that's just a fact


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I posted earlier, but I guess I should add that I hated my induction. YES, IT DOES MAKE CONTRACTIONS MORE PAINFUL -- as well as piggy back them frequently. BUT I did not want any pain relief or an epidural, so I guess that's why I felt every inch of it. I did go all natural..except for the induction..and have since heard that they usually don't go hand in hand.

And, I agree, an induction because the birth doesn't fit into a doc's schedule is absurd. It is also unfair to the mother and the baby to do it - if there is not a medical necessity to induce.

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Yup...my doctor went on holidays so I had another doctor take over...then HE asked if I wanted to be induced because he had to go to some convention or something the next day and would be gone for a week. EXCUSE ME! *shakes head* I had a nurse deliver my baby and had another doctor that was on call who came after the baby was born.

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Okay, I just have to say that a doctor deciding to induce you because he's going on vacation is the most absurd thing I have ever heard in my entire life!!! Both of my boys weren't even delivered by my doctor, because she wasn't on call.
Here's a MUST READ article for anyone facing induction:

http://www.mothering.com/article
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Edited by: RAES4BOYS at: 7/29/2005 (18:19)


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I REALLY don't want to be induced. My Mom was with most of her 8 kids, and the pitocin would sometimes give her "piggy-back" contractions - where a new one would start before the old one would finish, and I'm just not interested. We tend to respond to drugs in the same kinds of ways, for example, we both usually only need 1/2 a dose of tylenol or ibuprofen to do the job, and I'm just NOT interested in being induced. I'm praying now, way, way before the Big Day that I won't need anything at all.


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I've only given birth once so have nothing to base it on, but my induction was the worst experience of my life. I would not reccommend it to anyone, unless the baby or mother's life is in danger, which wasn't my case.


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ok I'm not going to get induced, I'll wait till the 3rd and see if the corck pops. She already said I was getting soft, so hey that's definitely a plus sign. I'll just wait and see


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well from the looks of it, I don't think I want to be induced anymore. I really want to try my first one ALL natural and everyone is writing that inducing and natural just don't mix. I mean you can do it but it hurts 100x more. It's just an inconvenience because my doc is going on vacation on aug.5 and wants to induce me on the 1st. My original due date was aug.3rd and she's still going by that, although the measurements from the US estimated a due date of july 28th. So technically I have no idea, and if it's according to her I wouldn't even be due, much less over due. I don't know if I should agree to the induction or not. I don't want to now, but I want her to deliver her, otherwise I'd have to wait till she gets back and that's in two weeks. I don't think I want to wait that long, this heat is killing me. But going to her for ALL of pregnancy and then just have another doc do it all, what's the point. Oh decisions.


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My first was natural, the second one I first had my membranes swept which was no problem then two weeks later I had a cream put on my cervix. Stayed in hospital for 2 hours...nothing so they sent me home. Four hours later my water broke, drove to the hospital (5 minutes away) signed in, changed, hopped up on the bed and five pushes later she popped out...it was very fast which I preferred because the first one took much longer and I was exhausted. The second one I surprised the nurses and walked back to my room when it was ready for me. :) Hopefully this one will be just like the last one. :)

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I was induced with my last kid and I hated it!!!!I hope Idon't have to be ever induced again. I didn't want to be at all but I was talked into it because everyone was talking about how the placenta could deterioate etc. I had one non stress test and the baby was perfect but then they were telling me that I would have to come in every day to have to test until I went into labor. We couldn't afford that at the time so I eventually gave in. I knew my due date could be inaccurate because they only went by the ultrasound since I had had no period before conceiving as I was nursing, so who knows how right they were? Anyway, the labor I had with a n induction was the longest of the three kids. It was 14 hrs. And my second kid I had given birth too in only 5 hrs. ANd get this -I came in to be induced when I was 5 cm dilated (without being n labor and in pain) Everyone thought this baby was going to just come flying out!!:)What happened to me in the induction is not what I hear happens to most people- the pitocin did absolutley NOTHING for me.I was having contractions and they barely bothered me. I thought that they could just up the amount of pitocin they give you but I was already having the max amount with consistent contractions and they can't give more otherwise it is to stressful for the baby(never knew that until I was in labor!)here I started out at 5cm and I was barely dilating. I just sat around and the contractions hardly even bothered me , although I was told and could see on the moniter I was having them steadily.I was beginning to thinkI amde a mistake choosing this adn should have just let nature take its course but Finally after about 10-11 hrs,the contractions finally picked up and were hard and strong. I was taken off the pitocin for a little while and then I was told that my contractions were not effective enough!Man! Just what I wanted to hear when it was getting tougher. So then they started up the pitocin again and that was when it was really hard. But I made it through and my baby actually started coming out by himself! Then I only did about two pushes and he was out! At least on the good side of all this experience- it was the easiest pushing ever!
What Iddin't like about being induced was the fact that I had to be there at the hospital from the absolute begining of the labor and I think that's what made it feel even longer to me, especially since I like to stay at home a little in the beginning of labor. Then I was anticipating the labor cause you're walking in there with no pain and knowing they'll start the pain! I like it when it just comes natural and you're like "whoa this is it!" but with me I liked that better because I wasn't anticipating it and then I just took it as it came!Then I think my experience doesn't seem to be one that most women have so I may be a little odd! Everyone I heard gets the contractions hard and strong and here I waited forever for it to do anything!So it made it such a LONG labor when I don't think it would have been that way , especially since I was dilated so much and my last labor I was at 3.5 cm and that labor lasted only 5 hrs. Even the dr. was surprised I didn't give birth fast. So it was really weird.That probably won't happen to any of you moms, since I don't really hear a story like mine with inducing. I just prefer to let nature take it's course so I am going to try and avoid an induction as best I can, since I didn't like it. Best of luck to you ladies on whatever happens on how you give birth- in the end all that matters is a healthy happy baby!!!

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I have been induced with both my last two. I have both times been hooked to an IV and then they give me potocin through it. They have had to break my water after over 6 hours of being induced with it before I start getting any contractions.
Honestly, I am really hoping I do not have to be induced this last time. It makes contractions way more intense. If I do get induced again this last time, I WILL BE having an epideral.
I am sorry if I scared you at all, but this has been my experience.
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I should add that I had my first completely natural without induction and the labor pain was much more bearable.


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I was induced with my son and I didn't care for it. They did it because my water broke, but they only waited 12 hours. They should have given it more time in my opinion. The contractions came fast and hard once they started the drip and then they told me the anesthesiologist (sp?) was unavailable! The good thing is the labor was only 2 hours and pushing only took 5 minutes. But I would NEVER do it again. That is why I got a midwife this time.


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I forgot to say that they turned my drip off at about five but I kept going and had John at 9:45. It was nowhere near as painful as the first time with no drip. I note though that I was ripe and 1 cm dialated when the started and apparently having some contractions, though I couldn't feel them.

My sister still has not had her baby. She is being induced today (10 days overdue) and I just had an update that she was 4cm dialated and doing well. Her hubby said they have her on a very low dose.

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I forgot to say that I had the epidural about 6 hours into it. It was much better going after that. The epidural started to ware off after about 3 or 4 hours, but they were able to give me more pain killers.


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I was induced twice, with my 1st and 3rd babies, and I didn't have a problem with it either time. Both times, though, my cervix was already pretty soft and I was having mild contractions, so all I got was a Pitocin drip to speed things along. My experience with Pitocin was that it didn't make the contractions more intense, but it did make them more frequent--I had 60-second contractions with only about 10-15 seconds in between. So I ended up getting epidurals both times, but I would have done that anyway. In fact, I've had an epidural with all three births and am planning on it again with this one!


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Rachelreese: I said that its not the ideal situation, obviously going natural is best....but if it was harmful to mom or baby it WOULDN'T be so common.
I know tonnes of people who's water breaks and nothing happens....well the baby has to be deliverd in about 24 hours, they were all induced. THat is better for the baby. Not inducing then could cause problems.

It's not all that bad... Everybody is different.


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I was induced, and it sucked. They started the Pitocin drip first thing that morning. (6am) So, I had AWFUL contractions all day. Then, at 6 pm they checked my dialation and said I hadn't progressed much. So, they removed the drip for the night..told me I could eat dinner..and gave me an Ambien so I could sleep. Oh, and then they decided to insert the Cervidil suppository to "thin" my cervix. (a step which should have been done BEFORE the Pitocin in my opinion)

Anyway, after the Pitocin drip was removed that evening - I could hardly feel the contractions..but the nursing staff said I was still having them according to my monitors. So, NO, you don't want Pitocin. It is evil incarnate.

The next morning (6am) they started the Pit drip again...against my desire. And the contractions began to really hurt severly again within about fifteen minutes of the IV drip. Then, about an hour into it the doc came and broke my water. (something I wish he had done the first day as well because it really helped me to progress)

After a few more hours of contractions I told them to REMOVE the Pitocin or I was ripping the IV out of my arm. They did reluctantly after a bit of argument.

I delivered that night--(6:15pm) exactly 24 hours of induction later. (I don't count the overnight period off the drip) But I will tell you honestly--I WILL NEVER BE INDUCED again. I don't care how overdue I am.

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I was induced with both my older boys.

Dylan is was medically needed and I didnt want a c-section. But it wasnt that bad. Jared I was already in birth but since there wasnt much time before his father had to go back to NY they just gave me pitocin to get the contractions going. Funny though Jared took longer than Dylan did.


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I was induced. If you have a choice make sure the induction is done in the morning I was awake all night.

It wasn't bad at first. They started an IV and waited to see what would happen. I couldn't even tell I was having contractions unless I looked at the monitor.

Then they broke my water. That was uncomfortable because the doctor kept pushing down on my stomach. Well, once my water was broken I didn't need the monitor to tell me that I was having contractions. They were intense and there was hardly any time in between them. I wouldn't do it again if I can help it.


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In my situation I was induced both times. The second time I had been in "labor" for 6 weeks. Trying to stop it from progressing me at 31 weeks. Finally at 37 weeks, and THREE days of intense contractions, getting me nowhere, the decided to start pitocen to make them stronger. I was already dialated at 4cm when I went into the hospital (had been for 3 days!). It was a god send for me. I did not got natural, I did have an epi (problems with the epi working at the end though). But I would absolutley have been induced again, I ended up having just a 6 hour labor. And everything went wonderful, including baby's heartbeat. She came out screaming and her apgars were 9!!! Both of my deliveries were uneventful, and perfect. So don't be too scared about being induced. Especially if you feel that it is a good decision for you. That is all you need to worry about!


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I was induced with my last pregnancy and to be honest it did hurt more than the previous. But i usually have precipitated labour which is really fast naturally, so the fact that it only lasted a couple of hours with induction was of no advantage to me!!

Really hope i wont be induced this time

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krystal1282 i didn't have to push b/c megan was coming sooooo fast.
And labouring on you're back is not the best position. If at all possible you should be standing up so that gravity can help. I was sitting in a rocking chair/ birthing ball the whole time...I only got on the bed to be examined.

The pitocin does make the contraction more intense but they are contractions, they hurt! but like I said I would rather have it fast and furious than long and painful.

Rachelreese....Pitocin doesn't always make the heartrate drop...actually Megan's stayed perfectly even the entire time....I also had enough time between contractions to regain my strength....
I know inducing isn't the ideal situation but it isn't all that bad. Not everyone has bad expereinces with it....otherwise I don't think it would be so common.

Edited by: MYLITTLELAMBS at: 7/28/2005 (17:36)


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You don't want pitocin-it WILL cause much stronger contractions. Usually they will come frequently, some right on top of each other (so you won't get a chance to rest between the contractions.) As you can imagine, contractions like that are not healthy for the baby. They can cause the heartbeat to drop, the baby will get stressed, and she could have a bowel movement (meconium) in the womb, which will cause a whole slew of other problems. (Breathing problems, possible emergency c-section, etc.)

Ask your doctor why he/she wants to induce you if you're only a week past your due date. Due dates are completely approximate. A lot of times, doctors will try to tell you that your baby "might get too big" if you go past your due date. This is totally false. Your baby will be the right size for your body! He also might say that your placenta could be getting old. However, if your baby's heartrate is fine, your placenta is fine. The only time you should agree to an induction is if it is medically necessary. (High blood pressure, low amniotic fluid, etc.) I would ask for the cervadil (inserted into your vagina to ripen your cervix) before a pitocin-induced birth.

Edited by: RAES4BOYS at: 7/28/2005 (17:15)


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Wow, that's a great story Mom2Megan! Thanks for sharing...

I have heard that they sometimes will break your water to try to start things, but it depends on how far along you are (As of Monday, I was only 1 cm, but fully effaced, so maybe that's not enough?). My dr. didn't mention doing that at all...But that could also have soemthing to do with whether you tested positive for GBS or not (I did).

Hoping I won't need the pitocin either.

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WOW!!! NO PUSHING?????? How does that happen? I hope I don't have to push but yeah right. I'm scared of pushing and of the whole labor process period. How come they dont have acutal labor training, where they take your step by step of, ok you're laying on the bed, you're contractions are going, they tell you what happens (if it all is well), what the doc does, etc....


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I was induced. It was wonderful!!!! First they broke my water b/c i was 4 cm adn having on and off contractions for over a week....Nothing happened when they broke my water, so after a few hours of walking around, they hooked up the pitocin. I was immediately in active labour...The contractions were every 2 minutes right away. (my theory was to get it over sooner than later)
After 3 hours i was 5 cm and ready to give up! 15 minutes later I was 10cm and she was born 7 minutes later...no pushing either. She came out on her own! No drugs at all, during or after!




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no go ahead. I don't mind the story that is if you dont mind saying it. did you get induced at the hospital or at the docs office? Did you get an epidural afterwards?


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I was induced with my first, I wish I hadn't. They put a gel form of oxytocin on my cervix. I went from no contractions to severe full on contractions, one right after another. Talk about pain. I dilated to 5 cm in 30 minutes. The rest of the story goes from bad to worse. I won't bother you with that though.


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a friend of mine said it hurt a little more but she was induced with her first one lik23 yrs ago. she said if they break your water it doesn't hurt. but a spinal blokage does until you go numb. she had one of these done at each of her births.


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I've never been induced before, but from what I have heard and read, it speeds things up so the contraction pain can be more intense.

I'm also scheduled for induction Sunday/Monday, and my doctor told me that on Sunday they will put something on my cervix to prepare it (which could start contractions alone) and on Monday morning they will start a Pitocin IV drip.

Hope that helps...

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Well the topic question is my question. For those of you who have been induced, does it hurt? what does the doc do? My doc said if I dont go into labor by this weekened on mon she'll induce me. Just wondering what they actually do.


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