contractions worse with pitocin??

Natalie - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I never had a contraction when I wasn't on pitocin so I don't know how they feel. I know contractions with pitocin were horrific.



Has anyone experienced both to know for sure if pitocin contractions are worse? Severe menstral cramp my a$$!

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Nicole - posted on 07/21/2009

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Yup, pitocin is the devil! I went natural all the way to 8 cm, and then I was forced to take pitocin b/c I wouldn't diolate any more. Once it kicked in I was in sooo much pain from the intensified contractions that I couldn't take it any more and got an epidural. I can personally attest to the fact that pitocin worsens contractions horribly.

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My first birth I was induced and on Pitocin because my Obstetrician was going on vacation and didn't want to leave me undelivered for her co-worker. The contractions were just horrendous. Pitocin contractions are all very hard and each one is going to be as hard or harder than the previous one. This increases the likelihood that the infant will go into distress because they are deprived of some oxygen, which, in turn, increases the likelihood of needing a caesarian. With my second birth, I gave birth at home completely naturally with a Licensed Nurse Midwife. During a natural labor Oxytocin levels rise and fall, so although the infant may be deprived of some oxygen for a little while, they are not deprived as long. Also, just mentally, I found natural labor so much easier to handle, because if I had a strong contraction, the next couple would be much easier. My first child was very lethargic after birth and we had to work hard to get her to wake up enough to eat sufficiently (probably due to the Pitocin), and she also had jaundice (a side-effect of Pitocin) while my second child was super healthy throughout the labor and very alert at birth. I, also was much healthier. A good resource is the book "The Surprising History of How We Are Born" by Tina Cassidy and also the DVD "The Business of Being Born" by Ricki Lake.

Courtney - posted on 07/23/2009

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When I went to be induced at 7pm, I was already having regular contractions 6 minutes apart. But they were so mild I could only feel them about every 15-20 minutes. Even after gradually increasing the pitocin overnight, I still didn't feel every contraction until about 7 or 8am. Once my water broke, they were terrible. But that's normal. With or without pitocin, once they break your water the pain jumps sky high.

Whitney - posted on 07/22/2009

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Pitocin is much worse. That's what it's supposed to do is get you really contracting.

Rachel - posted on 07/22/2009

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idk..i had to be induced and had absolutely no problem haha was only in labor for less then 5 1/2 hrs then pushed for only about 15 min with no pain med. or anything...i just think everybodys bodys handles it differently...i mean after all i had heard about being induced i was terrified but i didn't think it was near as bad as people had said

SUSAN - posted on 07/22/2009

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I also was handling the pain until the pitocin started. It was horrible! every 20 seconds i was having contractions for 6 hours straight!!!! finally, they did a c-section because she just wasn't ready to come out! the c-section was like a dream, b/c i was in so much pain before. then came the spinal, and lala land...

Jodie - posted on 07/21/2009

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i just had my son in april, i woke up from a nap about 8pm to find that my water had broke i i didn't get to the hospital til 11pm and they didn't put me on pitocin til 1am...i was handeling my contractions fine til they put me on it. So they are def. worse with pitocin.

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I HATE pitocin but I had to have it my water had been leaking and I was effaced and dialated but not contracting hard enough...I drove myself to the hospital too

Stephanie - posted on 07/21/2009

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I have 3 children. Two were natural and my last one I had to be induced. The contractions with pitocin were very different. I could feel that they were fake. I could feel my body inside fighting the contractions. I kept breathing and relaxing, but I knew in the back of my mind that the contractions felt very different. I think the natural contractions hurt way worse. But with all 3 of my children, I didn't have any pain medication. It seems with my induction that I went from being a little uncomfortable to pushing in a matter of 39 minutes!! So, it sure did speed things up a lot. Which helped me have a little more energy after my baby was born. Are you scheduled to be induced? I had to be induced to ensure that my husband would be there for the birth of his first child. He drives a truck over the road and we never knew if he was going to be in or not. So, we scheduled an induction. But if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have scheduled an induction. It was well worth my husband being there for the birth of his baby boy, but if he was home everyday and had a job where he could leave to go to the hospital, then I would not have induced my labor. I had already started having contractions on our way to the hospital and when they gave me the pitocin, my natural contractions stopped. So, I felt like my uterus was fighting the pitocin because it wanted to do it on it's own. I have had both sides and both hurt but I felt like the natural contractions hurt worse. Hope this helps.

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I definitely found pitocin to be worse. WIth my first I was given pitocin when my contractions got wimpy at 4cm, and ended up with "coupling" - no rest between contractions. It was awful! With my second, I did not have pitocin at all and the contractions were much more tolerable.

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2009

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i had both with my son, and believe me the ones with pitocin are def worse!!! they put me on it to speed things up and wow! when that first on hit me i almost broke the handle off the bed! id highly recomend the epidural for the labor. it helped my get through the eight hrs of labor. when i got to nine cmm it wore off, so i felf the whole delivery! believe me it hurt real bad!! but if i had to choose again, id rather have the epidural for the contractions instead of the labor. hope i didnt scare you, but i had to be honest so you know! good luck!

Keela - posted on 07/19/2009

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I was handling the pain UNTIL the pitocin. It made it intolerable I got an epidural soon after.

Ashley - posted on 07/18/2009

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for my first son i was induced with cervadil then my second they gave me oxytocin because my water had broken and i wasnt feeling any contractions. they put me on oxytocin and within 15 minutes i was in severe pain. i dont remember the contractions being that bad for my first. i know for sure the contratcions were a hell of a lot worse with the oxytocin!

Jamie - posted on 07/18/2009

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I've had 3 kids and now 7 months pregnant.....my first baby i went natural and I could tell you that the pitocin is worse than without the pitocin!!!! The other 2 babies were induced so I've had both sides!

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