Post # 1
I am overdue and think I may be headed toward being induced. I would like good info about how it’s done and anything else that might be helpful. I’m five days over due at this point and technically scheduled to be induced on Wednesday, but I’m not certain I’ll be keeping that appointment. I might wait longer. Any help would be great. The waiting is very frustrating. Thanks!
Post # 3
There are usually two ways of being induced. One, there will be a pitocin tablet inserted into your vagina, which will dissolve, OR, you’ll be put on an IV drip of pitocin. Either way, the pitocin is what will ‘trigger’ the labor. Basically, it’s a synthetic version of what your body produces naturally that would ordinarily begin the labor process.
If you are progressing too rapidly after the induction, (or in some cases, not rapidly enough), the dosage will be adjusted, and stopped if and when necessary. Other than that, everything after that is as normal as any other labor and delivery that’s occured naturally.
Is this your first child?
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Post # 5
Thank you so much for the link! This is my first baby. I think she’s never coming out, haha.
Post # 6
There are several ways they can induce. One is to separate the membranes (usually done by midwives, but some OB/GYNs will do it at your ultrasound) — this is a very mild way of doing it, though. Another is to actually break the membranes (they usually don’t do this until you’re actually IN labour, though, because of the risk of infection — this is more of a way to augment labour, rather than induce it). Then there are the methods that @Wonderwoman217: mentioned. (However, depending on where you’re from, they may use different drugs. I know that where I’m from, they don’t use a pitocin tablet — they use a little piece of cardboard coated in cervadil gel that they insert up against your cervix to help it dilate. It has a string like a tampon so you can pull it out & have it replaced every so often (approx 8 hours, I believe). The most common way to have it done if you’re REALLY overdue (like, 10+ days) is an oxytocin drip (pitocin).)
Post # 7
Pitocin is way less scary than it sounds.
Best of luck 🙂
Post # 8
I was induced with both of my girls. For my oldest, I was induced at 37 weeks (my blood pressure was wayyyy too high) and my youngest, I was at 39. For my oldest, I got cervidil to soften my cervix the night before, they started pitocin in the morning. Got my epidural at 5cm, they broke my water, labor lasted 5 hours longer, she came the morning of the 3rd day at 1:21. My youngest, however, did NOT want to wait that long. Cervidil the night before, I was asleep by 10pm, HARD contractions by 5am. She was born at 9:59 that morning. I was lucky I got my epidurals in time! I say plural because I have a terrible back for the things and I had to get 4 before one would work. I could have done it without but I was getting my tubes tied and I didn’t want the general anesthetic. The darn thing didn’t work and I got it anyway
My experience has not been bad at all. It was not near as bad as the horror stories I’ve heard. It is a total personal choice but I would not have changed it.