Post # 46
Thanks for sharing your story. I’m so sorry you felt bullied into it…
I personally have mixed feelings about the induction. On the one hand, this isn’t what I had initially imagined or wanted for myself.
On the other, this has been me since Week 34:
I am so over being pregnant. SO OVER IT.
What did you hate so much about the epidural? I didn’t know epidurals could take so long to recover from!
Haha, I can picture myself on the yoga ball while the doula and/or DH tries to comfort me thinking the exact same thing
. It’s why I said I wanted things to be “minimally invasive/interventions only when medically necessary” in my birth plan instead of saying 100% NATURAL FOR SURE like some of my more granola crunchy family members. Glad the epidural was so great for you!
So sorry you needed an emergency c-section… I’m very scared that I will too! I don’t think that there is any pleasant, pain-free way to give birth. You make a great point, though… make it through labor, and you get a great prize!
Post # 47
Oh wow, that sounds excruciating! I’m really impressed you made it through the whole process without caving an getting the epidural!
I’m starting to suspect that some UK hospitals don’t properly educate women about breastfeeding. 🙁 None
of my British relatives breastfed their babies.
Post # 48
I haven’t read past the first page but thought I would share my experience. The induction was no big deal for me, but the epidural that I got along with it was pure hell.
They started me on the pitocin and insisted I get an epidural. Like I literally said no three different times and they were so forceful about it I have in. They said that the pain from being induced was so much worse than regular labor. So I got it. It hurt getting it put in because they wouldn’t wait to do it during a contraction. Once the medicine started working I started to go numb and it felt wonderful. Only that numb feeling kept rising and rising into up through my arms and up to my chest. I couldn’t feel anything below my neck and I started feeling really woozy and high. Just very out of it in general. I then started to feel very sick and the monitors started going off. I felt like I couldn’t breathe very well and the nurse said I needed to “calm down” because my heart rate was through the roof. She said I was having an anxiety attack. But it was actually the epidural was placed too high up. I was so out of it and going from being barely conscious to unconscious that I couldn’t even talk no matter how much I wanted to.
This lasted for hours before they finally turned the medicine down and I started to come out of it. It was the worst feeling I’ve ever had and it was terrifying. They ended up turning the whole thing off and I started feeling the contractions which were at their strongest point, and intensified from the pitocin. I asked them to turn the medicine up just a tiny bit but they refused and said I wouldn’t be able to feel enough to push. I told them I was sure that I would and that I just needed a little pain relief, but they said no.
So so basically it kept wearing off and only my legs were numb. I went through the last part of labor and the pushing stage while feeling everything. I may as well have not gotten it. I will never get another one again whether I am in induced or not. It hurt, it hurt ALOT. But not enough to ever want to risk getting an epidural and being trapped in my own body for hours feeling like I can’t breathe or speak.
Post # 49
Not me but my mum was induced when pregnant with me. We were taking about natural births and how induction is supposed to be more painful so she told me about hers. She was over 42 weeks and I was just not coming out! In the end however her labour was something like 6 or 8 hours from start to finish and she had no pain killers at all. She didn’t even have gas and air as it just made her feel sick. She did have bad tearing but that’s only because the midwives wouldn’t believe she was ready to push after such a short time. I don’t think you can know until your in the situation how it will be but I don’t think you’ve wasted all that prep you will still use it all. Don’t give up on your plan before you’ve started you might find it goes really well! Good luck I hope you have a great birth!
Post # 50
ACOG is where 99% of U.S. OBGYNs get their guidelines, etc from.
Obviously not standard of care right now but is certainly encouraging to those undergoing (or like myself planning) inductions!
Post # 51
I totally understand how you feel. No one in my family has ever had any complications and I too was planning an all natural water birth. For some unknown reason I got two serious complications that made me high risk and I had to be induced at 37 weeks. I was in labor for 4 days and got an epidural that had literally no affect on me. I got stuck at 6 cm for over 8 hrs and they had broken my water. I got to the danger zone where it was not going well for baby and the time limit on my water breaking was about up. I had to have an emergency c-section, which was literally my biggest fear. Other not nice things happened, but I’m going to spare you the details.
At the end of the day my baby was delivered healthy and alive and I survived. I was really bummed about it for a while, but honestly with babies sh*t happens. My best advice is to just be educated on all the possible outcomes and be open to things going in a direction you didn’t plan.
I’m now pregnant with baby #2 and we are at a wait and see stage with my complications, but my options may come down to another induction or schedule c-section.
Post # 52
Wow, that is horrifying! I’m so sorry they bullied you into that botched epidural. 🙁
That’s good to know! I didn’t realize that I could have a birth experience like that. Were you your mom’s frst child?
OMG, that sounds so harrowing! The important thing is that everybody was okay in the end, though, and that’s the attitude I’ve been trying to take.
My husband has a sh*t paternity leave package and no FMLA so I’m really worried what would happen if I needed a C-section and then help around the house afterwards, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when I reach it.
Post # 53
Yes at the end of the day healthy mommy and baby are the goal 🙂
Honestly the recovery does suck, but if it’s just you and your newborn you’ll be OK. Have your husband help with the baby in the evening so you can have a break. I’m worried about the same thing (DH works on a contract basis so no FMLA/leave) only because I have a 4 year old too and we don’t have any family near by so we decided to pay to fly my Mother-In-Law in to come help with our older child for the first 6 weeks. We don’t get along very well, but she’s great with our toddler and I think it’s the best solution for my own sanity.
Either way you’ll do fine. Many people have successful inductions every day and you may get lucky and go into labor naturally! I’ll send some good vibes your way 🙂
Post # 54
I went into labor naturally at 1:00 AM on Friday and didn’t end up needing the induction after all. I almost immediately had strong contractions every three minutes, so I only lasted about six hours before getting an epidural, which was glorious. I ended up hooked up to everything under the sun and did not care one bit, haha! The epidural wore off right before pushing, which made it excruciating but made pushing easier. I ended up with a first degree laceration that only needed two stitches and am recovering well. Baby girl is healthy – 7 lbs, 4 oz., 20 inches, and very alert and observant!
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. Even though I didn’t end up getting the induction, they gave me a realistic picture of best and worst case scenarios and mentally prepared me for the experience.
Post # 55
I just want to share with you that I was in your same position. I was induced at 41w3d, went through all the things, it did hurt but I didn’t scream…and ended up in a c-section. And thank god I did because the cord was wrapped around my daughter several times and she couldn’t drop. If I didn’t have a c-section, we would have died.
Your doctor wants the best outcome for you both.
Post # 57
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I was going to ask you for an update! I’m glad everything worked out ok. Congrats on your baby 🙂
Post # 58
islandgirl82 : snowflake8 :
Thanks! Typing this one-handec while I’m snuggling with her, haha. 🙂
Post # 59
congrats mama !!!!!! Get off wedding bee and go be with your baby girl lol
Post # 60
Congratulations! Welcome to the Motherhood Brigade!