Post # 1
Positive or negative really, I’m mostly just curious (and I like to be as prepared as possible so the negative stories will help too!).
We’re due tomorrow (fingers crossed!) but DH will be deployed in a few weeks and as part of that has to leave next week for four days. Our OB agreed to induce me on Monday morning if Baby doesn’t make her arrival over the weekend, so I don’t have to go through L&D without him.
I only know two people who were induced and both have not-so-happy stories about it… just wondering if anyone has any stories or advice to share. Thanks Bees 🙂
Post # 3
I was induced after going 10 freakin days past my due date!
I had never been in labor before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was hooked up to a pitocin drip at about 5:30am and within an hour my contractions had started. They came on really strong and one right after another. I was told by my doctor that induced labors are often more aggressive than naturally progressing ones. The last few hours there was no break during contractions and I was in back labor. I labored for 24 hours, had an epidural, took a nap, then started pushing. After 30 hours my daughter was born!
I was so relieved to just get labor going. Plus it was nice to be able to say “Yup, I know exactly when I’m going to the hospital.” I went home from my appointment that day, cleaned the house, packed, watched a movie, went to bed and woke up bright and early for my hospital stay. All in all, it was a good experience.
Post # 4
check out the blog “everybody births”. There are a few stories on there 🙂
Post # 5
Baby number 1- Went in on a Wednesday night, had cervidil inserted, slept the night away. Started pitocin at 10 am, slept, slept, slept, got epidural, broke water, slept some more. Epidural wore off around 9 pm, got new epidural. Checked me, I was at 5 cm. Sent my parents home. Just as my parents walked in the door (15 minute drive), called them back at 9 cm. Delievered at 1:21 am on Friday.
Baby number 2 was muuuuuch quicker. Cervidil inserted at 9 pm, HARD contractions at 6 am. Multiple tries for an epidural but the contractions were so centered in my back I couldn’t hold still very well. I only wanted the epidural for my tubal ligation so I didn’t need the general anesthesia so other than that, I wouldn’t have had it. Epidural finally in at 8:30, delivered at 9:59 am.
I was induced at 38 weeks for my oldest because of my blood pressure. I was induced with baby number 2 because I couldn’t even walk (39 weeks). My feet were so swollen that I couldn’t work and I only had 5 weeks of time built up for maternity leave. I went back to work after 5 weeks with both and I couldn’t afford to not get paid for all of it. I had pretty decent experiences.
Post # 6
I was induce with my first. Other than the fact that he was born healthy, it was awful and I never wanted to be induced again. I’ve had 3 more kids and wasn’t induced with any of them.
Is this your first? First time moms on average go a week “late”
Post # 7
I have been induced 2 times
With the first I was 17 days late (I was closely monitored up until then) I started having contractins and when they checked me at 3:30 in the morning i was only at 1 they had me walk to see if that would help but it didnt and it and it made my blood pressure go threw the roof… So i got stuck in a bed and they started giving me pitocin as soon as i could the epidural i did because it hurt soo bad. By 5:57pm and almost 2 hours of pushing i finaly had my baby girl.
The second time was ALOT diffrent I was induced when i was 5 days late (but once again a very closely monitored pregnacy) I went into the hospital at 6pm with signs of pre clampsia (Not sure how to spell it) I was checked out and was only at 2 They kept me and monitered me for awhile and noticed i was having REALLY bad contractions (that for some reason i could hardly feel) They desided i needed a IV and ended up poking me 11 times before they did it right (5 nurses total and a Vein ultrasound thing later) then after about a hour the checked me again and there was NO progress but i had a amazing nurse that knew my induction was postponed for the 3rd time and she lied and said that i was at 3 so they would keep me. They hooked me up to pitocin and I had a very hard night (no epidural) and hooked up to the highest amount of pitocin that oregon can legaly give a patient but by 11am exactly and less that 5 minutes pushing she was here!
Post # 8
I was induced with my first daughter. I went in at 5:30am and they had eveything set up and started by 6:30. I thought that the contractions were very intense, however I have nothing to compare this to. I had my daughter at 3:30pm after 15 minutes of pushing- so it all went relatively quickly I think. Since it is the experience I am familiar with, it seems like how birth “should be” now. I am a little afraid of going into labor naturally if it happens this time around!
Edit- I was induced 2 days before my due date.
Post # 9
I’m not sure as Im still hanging out in pregnant world too. But I’ve heard if you’ve already started dilating and effacing induction can go a bit smoother. Also, I’ve heard membrane stripping helps get the process going and then when it’s augmented by pitocin or something it can go a bit smoother but again I have no idea personally.
Post # 10
Thanks for asking this. I’m totally freaked about induction since I’ve trained for natural and naturally went into labor with Moose.
Post # 11
I was 10 days overdue when I was induced. I had an apt on Tuesday and was about 70-80% effaced and 1+ cm dilated. By Friday I called and asked to be induced Monday instead of going to my midwife for an apt and being induced Tue or Wed. I was put on pitocin by 9am on Monday. I had manageable labor through most of the day. They upped the pitocin every half an hour until I was having frequent contractions that I couln’t talk through, but were bearable. They stopped the pitocin to see if I would take over on my own. Labor started to slow down. I got in the tub, since i was off pitocin to relax and get out of the bed, expecting to have to go back on the pitocin in about 30 minutes. The water was just what I needed, and my contractions picked back up. I ended up staying in the tub for almost 5 hours until I was 8cm. I got out and the contractions were nonstop and really unbearable. I tried the shower in my room, but there was no way I could stand where I was comfortable. I gave in and had a spinal block. I relaxed for about 45 minutes and then started pushing. I had to push for 3 hours, but was able to deliver vaginally. He was 10lbs 9oz though and his chest was bigger than his head, which was part of the trouble.
Overall it was a positive experience. I wish I had been able to hold out and go natural, but it was just so much pain. I think that had a big impact on me having to push so long, because I had to be flat on my back, and I was intending to deliver squatting or on my hands and knees.
Post # 12
Just wanted to bring this thread back to life and see if anyone else had any stories to share or comments. I am looking at an induction in the next week so I am trying to do research. Because my Bishops Score is a 5, they would induce with Cervidil first and then start Pit in the morning.
Post # 13
and I just wanted to say thank you for all the answers – definitely made me feel better/more prepared when I read them (as always!), though I went into labour the morning after I wrote it!