Have you had an induction? What did it feel like?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
8007 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was induced with my first two babies and went into labor on my own with the third. Contractions are bad no matter what. I do think they are more intense with pitocin, but my induced labors also went quicker- so it was over faster. 1st induced baby=9hrs. 2nd induced baby=6.5hrs. Non-induced 3rd baby=12hrs. Got an epidural with all 3, so in that respect it didn’t even really make a difference.

Post # 17
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was induced twice. Both times went perfectly fine.  Yes contractions are more painful but you can always ask for an epidural if you’d like one.  I got it both times but my first labor was much longer and it kept wearing off. It was totally worn off by the time I was pushing/getting stitched up but it was still fine, adrenaline kicked in by that point 

Post # 18
9800 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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SarahSarah :  the water not being broken makes contractions easier (not as painful) but not as effective I think.  With my induction my OB broke my water 30m after starting pitocin so they were quite painful from the beginning.  So even though I guess it is more painful they might break your water earlier in an attempt to help things go faster.  My labor with my induction was shorter than my natural labor with my second baby.  So it might come down to if the OB opts to break the water when starting pitocin or not! I much prefered not being induced for the reasons of getting better sleep the night before and I was able to eat breakfast and lunch that day!  I didn’t eat in 24 hours being induced.

Post # 19
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My last pregnancy I had GD and they were going to induce me at 40 weeks. Instead, my water broke spontaneously at 36 weeks, but because I wasn’t having any contractions they had to use Pitocin to get labor moving. It hurt. I have nothing to compare it to, but I did have a natural labor despite the induction. Hope this helps.

Post # 20
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was induced at 41+1. It started off like period cramps, then a few hours later it was back to back contractions. It was hell. My body was not ready to have this baby and I wasn’t progressing AT ALL. I gave in and got an epidural after 16 hours of unrelenting contractions that weren’t getting me anywhere. Labor was 30 hours total.

Everyone is different but I would avoid an induction if I could. 

Post # 22
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I was induced at 37+5 because of pre-eclampsia. My induction went wonderful it was 8 hrs from start to finish. They started me on pitocin at 8 am and at 4 pm I had my baby girl in my arms!  I didn’t think the contractions were that bad till they broke my water. After that they were pretty intense ( not sure how it stacks up to regular labor pains since have only labored once.) They gave me a shot of some good pain meds in my iv and I passed out for an hr and when I woke up I was 6 cm. I got the epidural and when they checked me after it was in I was at a 9.5! 30 min later I was pushing and 30 min after that she was born! My epidural was amazing. I could feel enough to push but the pain was mostly gone. The only issue I had was I kept shaking like I was freezing. Not sure how much of that was the epidural and how much was my body going through transition. 

Post # 23
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

A bunch of things went wrong with mine and it ended in an emergency c-section. I tried to do it natural and regret it – I spent six hours dilated to an 8 (and obviously contracting) before I finally got the epidural. If I have another baby, and if we do VBAC, I will get an epidural earlier. 

ETA: my bishop score was super low (my body was not ready to give birth whatsoever) which is a factor to discuss with your doctor. It was 48 hours from the first Pitocin drip to baby’s delivery in the OR. 

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