Post # 1
So I had my 33 week appointment today and baby is measuring quite large, so the plan is to have an induction at 38 weeks. Can anyone please tell me about their experience?
I’m not really looking for opinions on whether to have an induction or not, but more so wanting to hear what others experienced.
Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 3
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“Measuring” a baby via u/s is inherently faulty. Unless you have gestational diabetes, you should be taking this “measuring” information with a grain of salt. I’ve had 2 friends successfully vaginally deliver 10+ pound babies. There is no good reason to induce just because of size, and your doctor simply thinkinbg it’s a “bib baby” will put you at a higher risk for have an “emergency” c-section because the doctor induces you before your body is ready.
My SIL was induced early because one doctor thought her BP was too high. Once the pit drip was going another doc said to her, “I don’t know why you are here. There is no good reason for you to be here. I would not have induced you.” The “need” to induce is a doctor’s OPINION not a fact. After 48 hours of being hooked to a pit drip, being poked, prodded, and generally being miserable, they wheeled SIL into the OR for a c-section because she was not progressing and the baby was showing signs of distress. Why? Because the induction wasn’t necessary and my nephew simply was not ready to be born, but the doctors decided that they knew better.
Post # 4
@lovekiss: Did you not read the fact that she wasn’t looking for reasons to not be induced but rather people’s induction EXPERIENCES?????
Sorry OP im only 20 weeks so no advice, just couldn’t help but wonder why people give two cents on something not asked!
Post # 5
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@gpsp2B: Yes, actually I can read. 🙂 The actual medical evidence is very clear that elective inductions typically lead to poorer outcomes (more maternal and fetal distress, surgery) and higher medical costs (which we ALL pay for in the end). So whether she wants it or not, at least now the information has been made readily available. If we could all trust the medical establishment to make this information readily available to patients, then this would not be an indicated response. But since we cannot, it behooves all of us to assure that fellow Moms are as informed as possible about what the literature actually says. AND I did provide her with a relevant description of the outcome of an elective early induction. I held SIL’s hand throughout the process and she was in misery. Had she been presented with this research at that time that her doctor scared her into an induction, she may have been able to effectively advocate for herself, and not have had to endure those wasted hours of pain and ultimate c-section that she never wanted.
Post # 6
I don’t know if mine really counts as an “induction” but I was given pitocin during my labor. I started having contractions on my own and my water was leaking, didn’t fully break, so I went in to the hospital. By the time I had gotten there my contractions had stopped completely so they gave me the pitocin to get things started again.
Compared to my labor with DS, my contractions were stronger and started happening closer together a lot sooner.
It’s hard to determine how your body will react. I have some friends that say their labor was a lot easier being induced than when they went in on their own. Good luck with your labor and delivery!
Post # 7
@MrsSmokey: I was induced at 38 weeks with my first born several years ago. I checked in at 6 am, they hooked me up to the IV’s and monitors, and started the pitocin. Then they popped water. I was trying to avoid the epidural for as long as I could (about 8 hours), but progress literally stopped because my body was freezing up from the contraction pain. Got the epidural, progress went back to normal, and the pushing started 4 hours after that. Pushing took about 2 hours. Then I had a healthy baby in my arms. To be quite honest, I was quite happy with the induction. I didn’t have to guess as to when I had to be at the hospital, my water didn’t break while I was driving, etc.
Post # 8
@lovekiss: I understand your concern, but I did clearly state in my original post that I wasn’t looking for opinions on having an induction. Not that I need to defend myself, but yes I have GD and my baby has been measuring large since 20 weeks.
@gpsp2B: No worries – I completely agree. Especially when i specifically asked for experiences, not opinions/reasons for/against.
@r_hink: My Mum sounds similar to you. With all 4 of her babies she didn’t go into labour properly and needed pitocen (or something similar) to help.
@Bazingau: Everytime I hear anyone talk about being induced or mention that I might, women say it’s awful, or they’ve only heard bad things. So thanks for that 🙂 I am a little scared, but I think I would be just as scared if my labour were to start naturally, and probably more so for a c-section!
Thank you both for sharing your experiences 🙂
Post # 9
I was induced at 37 weeks due to preeclampsia.
I went in on Friday night to get the meds to dilate me (I wasn’t dilated at all). The next morning, my dr came in and checked me. I was at a 2. She broke my water. I had made it perfectly clear that I wanted my epidural ASAP since the induction would make my labor progress vs. all the natural ways to do so. About 2 hrs after the water breaking/pitocin starting, I got my epidural. I was able to nap on and off during my contractions after the epidural. I woke up a little panicked. Found out I was in transition labor and dilated to a 9.5. They called in my OB, I pushed for an hour and 20 minutes and that was it. I had a beautiful perfect baby boy in my arms.
From water being broken to delivery, the whole thing took less than 9 hours. There was never talk of a C-Section or any other interventions. I was able to push him out naturally without any assistance and only had a 2nd degree tear.
I was very happy with my induction experience. And, as a super control freak, liked that I could plan around it and know what was coming when (to a certain extent anyway)
Post # 10
I was induced at 38 weeks and 3 days. First, my water broke with a gush, just like in the movies and I was not having contractions. I went to the hospital and 6 hours later, I was still not having contractions. So, they induced me with Pitocin and I had not elected to have any pain medication at first. They gradually increased my Pitocin and when they reached 10ml about 5 hours after the initial small dose, the pain was too incredible for me to handle any longer and I have a pretty high tolerance for pain. That is when I took my last chance and received an epidural. Best decision ever. About 4 hours after my epidural, I was finally dilated enough to push, but I had to wait for my epidural to wear off because it worked so well that I couldn’t feel the sensation to push. I pushed for 45 minutes and she was out. The labor and delivery all went without a single problem. The epidural took 16 hours to wear off.
I was really against being induced and pain meds. I wanted to do everything balls to the wall, but alas, it did not happen that way. Only regret I have is not getting the epidural sooner.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies 🙂 3 weeks and counting – if all goes to plan!
Post # 12
I had my first at home and my second in hospital. I was induced both times because my waters broke and no contractions. At home we used a castor oil concoction to get labour started. At hospital it was pitocin. I’ve heard a lot about hospital inductions being more painful so I was terrified. It turned out the hospital induction was gradual and a lot less painful then at home. Castor oil gave me transition like contractions from the beginning to end, near the end they just got closer together. I was in a birth tub so it took the edge off. At the hospital the pain was gradual and a bit less intense, but hurt more near the end because I wasn’t in water. I made it through with just laughing gas. It sucked being hooked up to a buch of machines. Good luck you can do it girl!!!