Induced tomorrow… what to expect?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was induced with my son.  I was not in labor at all (I had to be induced for medical reasons at 37 weeks).  I had an epidural.  Once I had that, the labor was a piece of cake.  I pushed for about 45 minutes and out he came.  He’s 11 now!

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Luckily I wasn’t induced, but I would ask how they plan on getting you started, how ‘ripe’ is your cervix, and if there are any natural methods you could try prior to getting pitocin. Good luck!!  42 weeks is INSANELY long to be pregnant!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It was about 12 hours start to finsh!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

I was induced after my water broke as I wasn’t dilating. It hurt going in; like an internal exam but worse. I never dilated more so I ended up getting a c section. I know it’s not reassuring but keep in mind as long as you and baby are healthy and safe, that’s all that matters!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I was induced with my daughter about 9 years ago. I wasn’t as far along as you but my dr induced anyway. I dont have a natural labor to compare to but I tried to go as long as I could without an epidural but after laboring for about 23 hours (and using a birthing ball) I asked for an epidural b/c the contractions were getting too hard to manage on my own. It did help me to progress which was nice. I have heard that induction contractions are more intense, which makes sense since the medication is forcing the body to labor. It’s really hard to prepare yourself because everyone’s L&D story is different based on Dr preferences, how the labor progresses, baby’s well being and all that. I will say one thing though that I tell all my friends getting ready to have a baby, and that’s to not lose your voice in the process. It can be intimidating when Dr’s come in and tell you what they’re going to do. Just remember you have the right to ask questions and have them explain what they are going to be doing. I didn’t realize that when I had my daughter since I was 19 and I’ve regretted it ever since. I’ve become a bit crunchy when it comes to childbirth as I’ve gotten older and plan on having a midwife and delivering in a birthing center next time but I certainly won’t attempt to push that on you lol! Congratulations on your new addition!!!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Katie-Didnt:  Try doing a castor oil smoothie tonight- take about 2Tbsp castor oil, some yogurt, and some berries and/or a banana and make a smoothie.  It’ll give you some “bubble-gut” but with the yogurt (or other protein) it won’t give you any… intestinal pyrotechnics.  Drink that, sit on a yoga ball hooked up to a breast pump (low suction, of course).

If by tomorrow morning you haven’t at least started labor on your own, then you’ve done all you can and it’s time to get that baby out!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  DaneLady.
Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Katie-Didnt:  I was induced at 41 weeks.  I was only 60% effaced, fingertip dilated, and soft cervix.  But it was my first baby so I think that counts against you. 

Overall mine went well because the only important thing to me was that I didn’t want a csection.  Since I didn’t have one or any other serious problems I consider it a success.

I had to do cervidil overnight (didn’t do much) and start pitocin early the next day.  They broke my water within 30 min of pitocin.  Things got really painful as soon as that happened!  I didn’t like being hooked up to all those monitors.  I got an epidural at 2 cm (4.5 hours after starting) and everything went a lot faster after that.  I think I had a pretty easy time pushing since my epidural didn’t work 100% and I could feel all my contractions.

12 hours from start of pitocin to birth.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was induced with my twins. My water had broke bit labor hasn’t started on it’s own after more than 12 hours. 

Since obviously there was no need to sweep or rupture my membranes, and my cervix was soft, thin and favorable (not dilated at all yet) they just started me on a pitocin drip, increasing it every 4 hours or so. I had no side effects from the pitocin, but I wasn’t very happy being stuck in that aweful bed, hooked to monitors galore, leaking buckets of amniotic fluid, for what seemed like an eternity. It wasn’t until like 18 hours after the start of the pitocin, that I started having atrong and regup at contractions. I think they could have moved it along a lot faster than that but I really wanted to wait for a different doctor and the nurses knew that….I was very emotional that my doc wasn’t there and the one that was Made me Gilbert uncomfortable. 

wheb the contractions finally got stromg I thought I would die, I was sobbing uncontrollably and wondering where on the hell my epidural was. Lol. After that I was fine And ready to push, all went well. 

My advice, don’t wait too long to get something for pain. 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I was induced at 39+3 after my water started leaking but labor hadn’t started, and I was developing preeclampsia. I was induced with pitocin, waited until I was about 5 cm dilated, then had an AWESOME epidural. It was 26 hours start to finish, and I pushed for about 2 hours. No csection. Make sure you eat before you go to the hospital!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Katie-Didnt:  Good luck! No one I know in real life who had to be induced had a c-section. They did all get epidurals, though (and wanted them!) My best advice is to go in with an open mind and enjoy the amazing (yes it really is amazing!) experience ahead of you. I find that the people with the most relaxed birth plans/no plan at all tend to be the ones that have the most intervention free ones.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was induced last Saturday. My water broke but I wasn’t having contractions. I did not get cervadil, but they started me on pitocin. My water broke about noon. Pitocin was started about 3. I got the epidural around 6:30-7pm. I progressed pretty quickly after that and went from 1cm dilated to 9cm in about 3 hours. Started pushing just before midnight and baby was born just before 2am. 14 hours total from when my water broke. 11 hours from starting the pitocin. 

Was it pleasant? No, but I don’t think anything about labor and birth is pleasant. But it was doable. It hurt, but again, you’re pushing a child out of your vagina. It’s going to hurt some 🙂 

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