Post # 1
Oh bees… I never thought this would happen. I’m pregnant with first bub who was due on 12th Jan. At my last hospital appointment I was told my cervix was fully closed, long and narrow. Basically, baby wouldn’t be coming without intervention. I’m booked in for my induction on Wed 22nd as per hospital policy. Currently I am freaking out a little at the thought of both a hard and fast or dragged out ending in c-sec labour (both of which are quite possible).
I’d love to hear from any fellow bees who have been induced or know someone who has, or really anyone who can offer me any insight or support. Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
I haven’t gone through this yet but I feel your apprehension!! I really do not want to be induced!! I just wonder if you’ve tried any natural ways of inducing labor? Acupuncture, having sex, the typical stuff
Post # 4
@Munchy: My friend just had her baby c-section on the 15th. She wanted it to be natural but these things happen! She said she felt tugging but that’s about it! No big deal for her. She is recovering awesomely. Sore, obviously. But it went so smoothly. Honestly, seeing her, I’d reccomend it. Good luck!
Post # 5
@Munchy: here’s a link to my induction story, i hope yours goes well let me know if you have any questions no matter how TMI. 🙂
Mrs.HoneyC's induction birth story.
Post # 6
My friend is being induced… right now, actually! They gave her cervadone a few hours ago, and they’re giving her pitocin first thing in the morning. So far, she says it’s really anticlimactic and she’s waiting for something to actually happen. I’m sure she’ll probably feel differently once they give her the pitocin.
She really loved the whole idea of being induced because there was no surprise. She knew what day she was going to the hospital, so she had time to prepare, wasn’t stressed, and the whole thing was calm. They even gave her some sleeping medicine so she can get really good rest tonight before the big day tomorrow.
Post # 7
@MsJ2theZ: I’ve tried the natural stuff that I could. No acupuncture but DH has been massaging the points instead. Still nothing…
@MrsHoneyC: wow- just read your story! Congrats, Ryland is one little cutie. I’m getting a prostaglandin gel put in first but I have to stay in hospital. If no progress they do a second dose 8ish hrs later and possibly a third. I wish I could go home like you did.
@hiimnat4: thanks. C-sec is not that scary to me but spending 4 nights in hospital on top of however long I’m there unsuccessfully bugs me lol
@mepayne: good luck to your friend. I know what she means about being prepared though. As much as I hate it I’m glad to know the end date is near and I can get ready for it.
Post # 8
My OB said she put little stock into what cervixes are like before labor, because you can be 2cm for 2 weeks, or go from zero to baby in a matter of hours. So you might have a baby before Wednesday anyway. And my SIL was induced and had a great experience, she went to the hospital in the morning and had a baby before midnight. Good luck to you!
Post # 9
If you’re thinking about an epidural- ask for it early 🙂
Post # 10
No experience with induction, but chances are that by the time you’re ten days overdue you might only need a bit of a kickstart to get things moving!
Keep active, keep yourself hydrated and well fueled with good calories once you get there – good luck!
Post # 11
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I was induced on a Monday and by Tuesday evening hadn’t dilated much. So I got an epidural, the doctor broke my water and sent me to operating room to have a c-section. I had to be induced early because of preeclampsia. It’s kinda of a good thing for c-section because as soon as he pulled her out he said I wouldn’t have been able to push her out anyways because of narrow hips. Thank God that I didn’t have to go through hours of pushing first then to find out I had to have a c-section, I would have been pissed and sore!
Post # 12
@Munchy: I had two inductions. The only thing that really bothered me was being chained to the bed by the baby monitor. It really helps labor to walk around. For this reason I seriously recommend getting an epidural. The first time I did not and labor was so much worse not being able to move or get up. I also had to have my water broken both times as it would not break on it’s own and the babies would not move down. I had a much easier time with Cervadil than I did with Pitocin, however both times my cervix was partially dilated and thinned. Be prepared for a long haul, especially if your cervix is not already cooperating. Bring things to entertain yourself. Try to do as many things as you can to get your body ready before your appointment. Have sex. Take walks. Rotate your pelvis. This baby going down thoughts.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for responding. I’m still trying to remain active etc and hoping that by some miracle I go into labout tomorrow. At the least I hope it makes the induction go faster and possibly reduce the chance of epidural or c-sec.
Will keep you posted once bub is finally here.
Post # 14
Here’s my induction story:
The big things I would recommend are:
- Try to get them to go without Pitocin first. They can try doing a membrane sweep, a pessary, and breaking your water all before Pitocin. Those things were more than enough to get me going, and they’re a lot less likely to cause the ‘cascade of interventions’
- Walk, clean the floor, etc. These things help to get the baby in a good position and can make the induction more successful.
- If you’re given a pessary, walk around for a few hours after you’ve had it. Again, this helps give the induction the best chance of being successful and efficient.
Post # 15
@Munchy: Just want to say I can sympathize. I was also due January 12th and no sign of baby. I’m getting my induction date set up this afternoon.
Post # 16
I was given cervadil on a Friday evening at about 4pm, and then went home for the night. It started my contractions, and by te time I got to the hospital at 8 Saturday morning I was 4cm dilated! I got an epidural at about 10am which stalled my labor a bit. They have me some pitocin and I slept for a few hours. I was at 7cm at about 4pm and had my baby naturally at 5:54pm on the Saturday. I was in pain for less than 24 hours!! And I was not dilated at all when I went to be induced.
it is scary not knowing, but just be open to all possibilities. No matter how your birth goes at te end you will have the most beautiful thing- a baby!!!