Post # 31
I was induced at 38.5 weeks since my blood pressure started getting very high and baby was full term so it was decided it was the best course of action. I went into it not planning on the epidural but it was always on the table as an option. I got induced at 10:30pm, by 6am the contractions were pretty bad so I asked and got the epidural. Best decision ever. I got to rest and I was so exhausted at that point. I got to calm down and be aware of what was going on. Other than nausea which went away I have no negatives on it. I could feel the pressure and knew when to push but no pain. Our DD was born at 5:30pm so about 19 hours from being induced to birth. I feel like it sounded much scarier than it actually was – you’ll do amazing I’m sure!!
Post # 32
Actually, the most current research is that 39 weeks is the optimal time for delivery because stillbirth rates are at their lowest.
I had 2 premature inductions for medical reasons. One was emergency and one was scheduled. My pregnancies are a trainwreck. Anyway, the inductions were essentially identical to my spontaneous labors. To be honest, I loved the scheduled induction. It was very convenient, plus I knew the baby was still alive. I have several medical conditions that increase the risk and my risk of the baby dying before labor was unacceptably high. So, that might have had something to do with it. But it was nice to be able to make plans for the other kids and know when the baby was coming. And knowing he was alive.
My emergency induction I wasn’t dilated at all. They started pit in the morning, labor progressed normally and the baby was in my arms before dinner time. Contractions were identical to my natural labors. It was essentially the same. The scheduled induction I was already 4 cm’s when I went in. It took them forever to start the pitocin, but labor lasted about 4 hours and went very smoothly. The birth was also very easy.
Neither induction was the nightmare natural birth women warned me it would be at all. It was actually a very pleasant experience, I had healthy babies both times (the emergency one needed a little NICU time just for jaundice and trouble feeding, no vent or other complications), and physically I was perfectly fine.
Post # 33
OMG, glad you were okay! One of my worst fears was pre-eclampsia… thankfully this was a non-issue for me! I kind of wanted to play the epidural thing by ear/possibly get it toward the end of labor. I don’t like being chained down to a bed and I don’t want to give birth on my back!
How terrifying! Just knowing that there is a slight chance of stillbirth from being overdue scares the crap out of me, let alone dealing with medical conditions that increase the possibility. Thank goodness all of your babies were okay! And it’s good to know you had two positive experiences overall.
Post # 34
Yes overall it wasn’t bad! My son ended up being 7 lbs. 3 oz. & 21 in. long. Now he’s 18 months, 32 lbs. & 2 ft. 9 in. tall!
Post # 35
I don’t get the theory about inductions being more painful and I have never heard that. But there are things you could do to try to encourage labor in the meantime. Birth doulas can help with this, especially if you prefer natural remedies like certain teas, for example.
Congrats and good luck, try to stay calm, I know it is hard, but I hope that others have been helpful.
Post # 36
If you hallucinated on vicodin then be sure to steer clear of the iv narcotics! I was induced and wanted a natural birth but my entire birth plan went out the window. I tried to avoid an epidural and they gave me stadol (spelling?) intravenously, which made me hallucinate so hard for an hour, then it wore off and you can’t get more until after 2 hours. It was not worth it and I caved and got the epidural because I literally thought my hips were going to explode.
I wish I had gotten the epidural sooner…I labored for almost 16 hours without it, about ten of those hours were really strong contractions, two at a time, two to three minutes apart. I had only progressed to 5 cm (started at 1cm). What my body really needed was to relax but I just couldn’t without the epidural. I came so close to an emergency c-section but was fortunate to have things change at the last minute. I was 41 weeks and 1 day when I gave birth, after 30 hours of labor.
I agree with PP that all that matters is bringing your baby into the world safely. I went against my birth plan on so many levels but now I couldn’t care less. Labor is hard, give yourself permission to do whatever you feel is necessary to get through it.
Post # 37
Wow, he got big fast! My friend had a baby around the size of your son and he’s still a little smaller than average. My friend’s husband is 6’1″ so hopefully their LO will have a growth spurt soon.
The theory, which my OB said was accurate, was that the pitocin causes you to have stronger contractions than you would ordinarily, and artificially breaking the waters also causes the contractions to hurt more and may cause fetal distress/necessitate a C-section if the labor goes on too long. She said that we can talk options (e.g. I can ask for the nurse not to break the waters right away) once I’m at the hospital.
Thanks! I have a great birth doula and have been drinking herbal tisanes per her recommendations, but whether or not they work is up to my body and the baby cooperating.
Oh, for sure! I don’t like the feeling of being drunk/high/out-of-control of my body so I plan on avoiding narcotics. After that initial dose of Vicodin, I told my parents I didn’t need it and to just get me some Advil instead, haha.
I wanted to plan for natural birth because the thought of being unable to get out of bed and forced to give birth on my back with my legs in the air is so much NOPE for me, but it may be preferrable to ten hours of exploding hips, ouch!
Post # 38
Funny thing is blood work was perfect, baby looked great in all the stress tests but my pressure just got higher each day. So they decided that since she was full term to induce vs taking the chance of any complications coming up. At the time I definitely was scared but I have an enormous respect for the hospital staff especially the nurses. Those women were AMAZING and in the end I had such a good experience and a beautiful healthy baby girl so all worth it.
I think thinking about it was much more stressful and scary then when it actually happens. That being said I absolutely get where you’re coming from and it’s so hard not to worry.
Post # 39
Wow, how strange! Just goes to show you that, even though we know more than we ever did, pregnancy and how and why women experience the symptoms they do is still mysterious.
My friend gave birth six months ago at the same hospital, and she said that the nurses and medical assistants are amazing there too, so there’s that… but she asked for an epidural immediately before she got induced due to pre-eclampsia (and then had a 36-hour labor from hell, poor thing), so we’re definitely coming from different places.
When I think back to other events where I was anticipating pain (e.g. getting my wisdom teeth out) the anticipation was far worse than the reality, so I understand what you’re saying! Trying to stay zen about it all.
Post # 40
the nurses definitley advised that an epidural can slow things down so they suggested to wait until I really needed it. ‘How will I know?’ I aked. They said I’d know and they were right! There was definitely a point that I knew I wanted it! In the beginning contractions were very mild and manageable and I could walk around and move about. Plus I was afraid of getting one too early and it taking even longer!
A tip if you think you may want an epidural is to ask when there’s a shift change since if you ask when one is happening it can take a bit longer and there is a point where it can be too late to get one.
My husband and I joke all the time of our ‘plans’ since pregnancy, from sleep training, toys etc that so much of parenthood is being able to adapt to what’s happening that day lol
Post # 41
Uuu sweetie, your post makes me slightly sad, not going to lie….
I feel like I was bullied into having an induction at 41weeks+2. And the “would you rather” game was played by my mum even! 😢 I loooved my pregnancy until the last week which was the worst…
Btw, I had no complications whatsoever, it was just the doctor being scared of going over the 41 weeks.
Anyways, I felt that my body just wasn’t prepared… My cervix didn’t cooperate during labour, even when fully dilated with meds pushing wasn’t working very well, had to have ventouse (which I hated!!!!) and epidural (which I am still recovering from after 6 weeks). Oh! And I had had no leaking from my nipples and as a result my baby had to be given the bottle when I really wanted to breastfeed.
Oh, and labour was 2 days, had to have epidural (which was horrible).
Personally I really regret not putting my foot down and waiting for the 42 weeks. I supposed God wanted my daughter being born on that day but…..
If you have a condition that makes induction really the safest option than sure, but if everything is ok, I would wait. Sorry, I really didn’t like induction one bit….
Post # 42
I was 1 cm dilated at 38 weeks and still didn’t go into labor until 41w5d (my hospital doesn’t recommend induction until 42 except for medical reasons), so even if you were making progress, there’s still no telling when you’ll go into labor. My daughter was born perfectly healthy (apgar scores of 9 and 10!) at 2:32 the next morning. I had a completely natural birth except for a vacuum assistance, but my experience was definitely nothing like the zen videos I saw in hypnobirthing class. My daughter was large and posterior. I was in labor for over 20 hrs and pushed for over 2 hrs. I was so exhausted and in so much pain that I couldn’t even hold my daughter right away. It was definitely not the birth I had planned for. I promise that however you end up delivering, it’s all worth it in the end.
Post # 43
My water broke two days before my due date but contractions were nowhere in sight. Since I was strep B positive, I’d need a dose of penicillin every four hours during labor, and rather than pump me full of that for 24 hours+, they induced me with pitocin. I got the pitocin and first round of penicillin around midnight. My contractions started around 1am but I couldn’t feel them, just see them on the monitor. By 2am I could feel them. By 3am they hurt and I tried having a warm bath. By 4am THEY HURT HOLY FRIGGIN SHIT I COULD NOT HANDLE IT. It was surprising because I had also taken natural prep classes. I tried sitting on a yoga ball and having my husband rub my back and the idea that this was supposed to help me at all seemed COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS at the time. I think the problem is that it all happened so fast so I had no time to mentally adjust at all.
So I got an epidural at 4am (thank eff the anesthesiologist was nearby) and it was amazing. The baby’s heart rate dropped and they got me to turn around on all fours and attached a heart rate monitor directly to the baby’s head through my vagina and had a doctor start explaining to me that i might need a c section and did I understand and bla bla bla BUT that epidural was goddamn amazing anyway. Within a few minutes the baby’s heart rate was fine and the c section doctor left and I feel asleep.
At 8:30am, I woke up because I could feel painless contractions. My nurse checked me and I was 10cm. My doc showed up for her normal morning rounds at 9am and was like “let’s try pushing!” It was perfect that I could feel the contractions but they didn’t hurt. I pushed five times over the course of 20 minutes and then baby was born (so 9.5 hours after officially being “induced”).
All in all it definitely wasn’t what I had “planned” but it was a very stress free and pleasant experience, with the exception of the one hour of painful contractions!!
I’m pregnant again and while I definitely don’t want to be induced, I will have no hesitation getting an epidural if the pain becomes too much.
Post # 44
I can’t reassure you that it won’t be bad…especially if your cervix isn’t all that dialated. They induced me around 5 am on a Tuesday and it only helped move me along 1-2 cm by Thursday evening. I had my emergency c- sec late Thursday evening. The process it’s self wasn’t all that painful… It was more so being attached to all of those machines for such a long period of time – when they broke my water on day 2 to try and speed things along I felt horrible…. I was so excited to receive my epidural. Best of luck and just remember regardless of the pain you go through it really will be worth it in the end.
Post # 45
Just because your nipples don’t leak doesn’t mean you can’t breastfeed…