Did you have a good /bad experience being induced?

Erin - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 112 moms have responded )

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I'm 39 weeks and due Sept. 25th. After 41 weeks, they plan to induce me. I think I want to wait a week and a half after due date before being induced. I have heard some horror stories. The only positive is that this one woman had a speedy labor in 48 hours! Mainly I heard labor is longer when you're induced, if your cervix isn't ready you will most likely have a c-section, etc. So please tell me your story (positive/negative) and how it went for you. My nurse said they would start it off w/ IV. They wouldn't break my water or strip membranes 1st.

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Vanessa - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced. I had a great experience. I was induced on the 30th of July last year, and had her on the 31st. I didn't feel a thing and was able to kind of plan it myself. I only get so much time off work and didn't want to spend it waiting so I asked to be induced. It went smoothly. My labor was about 8 hours from when they gave me the Petocin??? I think it was called. Whatever they use to get you started with the contractions. But I also had an epidural... Life saver right there. I felt NOTHING... It IS kind of uncomfortable when they put in the one for the contractions but other than that it was a pretty good experience for me.

Christine - posted on 09/26/2009

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it was terrible for me. i wanted to go natural. ended up with two epidurals because the pain was insane (my body DID NOT like pitosin) and my first only numbed half of me. then my son became tachycardic with a heartrate in the 180s and i was rushed into the OR for an emergency c-section, where they couldnt stop my bleeding. i gave birth to my son at 7:36 pm and didnt get to hold him until 11:30 pm, which broke my heart. i dont care if i go over a month next time, as long as the baby is healthy, im letting my body do its thing.

Britny - posted on 09/24/2009

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My two stories of being induced are both positive.....The only thing I hated was my first time being induced was for a still birth at 7 months, it was really painful. I wasn't dialated at all.

My second time was a week before my due date. It wasn't so bad that time. I was already dialated to 6. I was only in labor for 3 hours....



Everyone is different tho! I've always heard that there can be complications if you wait too long after your due date..so personally I would rather be induced before my due date if I am going to be induced.

Gina - posted on 09/26/2012

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Hi, I was induced at 41 weeks. They started with cervadil at 7pm and the next morning at 7am, started the pitocin. By 2 pm, I was not dilated so they decided to break my water. Oh boy, after that, I felt the strongest contractions. They started coming so quickly that it did not give me time to rest in between. With only being dilated barely 1 cm, they had to give me a walking epidural. By 11pm, they had given me the highest amount of pitocin they could. They checked me and shockingly, I was still barely 1 cm dilated! I had a c-section quickly after, my son was born at 11:59pm that night at 9.9 pounds. I would never want to be induced again because I am still not quite sure why my body didn't dilate but I have heard plenty of great experiences from being induced from my friends. I am now 36 weeks pregnant and have a planned c-section in 3 weeks :) Good luck and I'm sure everything will be fine :)

Phylicia - posted on 09/18/2012

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I was 40 weeks pregnant and went into labout on the 12/10/2010 around 5ish that morning, when i got to the hospital i was 3cm dilated of which my midwife checked and advised that im taking time to dilate so she mentioned she could break my water bag which would allow the labour process to move much quicker, i thought about it not knowing much as a first time mommy, went ahead allowing her to induce... The pain that I felt thereafter was excruciating! I have now heard this from 3 people that when your water bag breaks naturally it means baby is ready to move down but to break your water bag at early stages means were forcing baby to move down and the induction triggers and strengthens contractions.

My personal opinion, I would wait for my bag to break naturally!

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Letisha - posted on 06/03/2014

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I'm 37 weeks and I went to my doc appt today. My doc told me if I don't have my baby before this week is up she would like to schedule a induction om my 39 weel appt. My whole body hurts and I'm getting very impatient and I'm miserable
I'm considering the induction.

Hope - posted on 09/26/2012

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I was induced, it was actually on the same day of my last doc appt and he told me my baby ran out of room (not enough fluid for him to bounce around I guess) so he told me that very day I had to go to the hospital to be induced! It was scary because my due date wasn't til next week. I went and got induced and it took me no more than a full day to give birth. At first the pitocin made me nauseous and gave me a headache, I started getting contractions around the 5th hour into induction. It was pretty quick though once I started having contractions. I had my water broken by my doc, then about 2-3 hours after that I started seriously pushing. It took about 20-30 mins of pushing then I had my beautiful baby boy, 8 lbs, 4 oz!

Fran - posted on 09/20/2012

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With my first I was (and i have no clue why so long...) induced at 43 weeks... yes, he was 3 weeks past due!! The contractions were horrible, and his heart rate kept dropping more and more the longer labor went. They "broke my water" but there was little to no amniotic fluid left.. I never dilated past a 2. Ended up having an emergency c-section. His skin looked like he had acid burns, and he had many health problems. The cord was wrapped around his, it was deteriorating, and the placenta had shrank. They said he lost two pounds in the womb from being so overdue. He had heart problems, and has recently been diagnosed with a form of Autism. He is 9. Just my two cents...I would what I could to have your baby as close to your due date as possible!

Danielle - posted on 09/19/2012

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I was induced at 37 weeks. It was alright I guess, the contractions were stronger but when they went in to break my water they got real real bad. That is when you get the epidural. After 9 hours of no change we went in for a c-section.

Zoe - posted on 09/26/2009

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hi, i got induced 14 days after mt due date it wasnt all that painfull tbh i never had any gas and air or anythink but when i got to 7cm it got really painfull and they gave me a shot of morphine and i was fine i ended up having a c section, i wouldnt worry about it to much because once you hold your beautiful baby in your arms it all goes away XXX dont worry you will be fine XXX

Stacey - posted on 09/25/2009

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hi...with my recent baby i was over due & on my last visit to hospital they did the "stretch & swab" coz they said my cervix was still to thick...it hurt abit & bleed only a little,at home i found that i lost a big clot looking thing, the nurses said was 'the plug' & that i should have my baby soon...3 days after they did "stretch & swab" i had my little girl...good luck

Claire - posted on 09/25/2009

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I was induced with both my children. My first it took 3 days to get my labour going so was very bored but not in any pain, once i started getting contractions on the 3rd day they broke my waters. I didn't have an Iv drip and i had gas and air and then an injection for pain so it was quite a good labour and my son was born within 5 hrs. My second was a lot quicker. I went into hospital in the am, they eventually broke my waters and then put me on an iv drip. That made my contractions come really quick and i only had time for gas and air, so it was a very painful labour but a very quick one, under 1hr!!!!.

Claire - posted on 09/25/2009

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I was induced with both my children. My first it took 3 days to get my labour going so was very bored but not in any pain, once i started getting contractions on the 3rd day they broke my waters. I didn't have an Iv drip and i had gas and air and then an injection for pain so it was quite a good labour and my son was born within 5 hrs. My second was a lot quicker. I went into hospital in the am, they eventually broke my waters and then put me on an iv drip. That made my contractions come really quick and i only had time for gas and air, so it was a very painful labour but a very quick one, under 1hr!!!!.

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009

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hello, im 26 n i have 5 kids n 3 of them were induced. my first induction was w/ my 3rd child lil grl n after they put the iv in i was fine til they upped the potosin, then my contractions were so close n i didnt have ne drugs at all. after 5 hrs of pain they finally broke my water n an hour n 40mins later i had a beautiful lil grl. then w/ my 4th child i was goin to do it naturally again but after 7hrs of pain n i was tired a strattling the toilet thats the only way i was alil comfortable i wanted drugs n i got the drugs i was so much better i slept for bout an hr. then when i woke i pushed 3 times w/ no pain n he was out. n w/ my last child i wanted the drugs right away after they put the iv n so they did n i cud still feel everything i had back labor so bad it killed. so when i was wanting to push they tried to give me another epidural n at that time it didnt wrk n so i did w/ out drugs sense they both didnt wrk. i had him n bout 9hrs of labor they say the more u have kids the easier it gets sometimes it does sometimes it dont. my 2nd labor was only 3hrs n 3 min. my 1st weighed 8lbs 2oz. my 2nd was 7lbs 12oz. my 3rd was 8lbs 12oz. my 4th was 8lbs 6oz. n my last was 8lbs 13oz. thru all my labors n the pain i wudnt trade it for nething. there my life i love them so much. there a blast.

Sharlien - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

I was induces with my son and it went great. I was induced at 7a.m. and he was born at 11:41 a.m...... I got an epideral at 9 a.m. and all was good.....I was at 3 centimeters dialated when I was induced....honestly my pregnancy with naseau and ligiment pain at the end was much worse.


I would need to agree on the ligiment pain... I was 42 wks pregnant when they wanted to induce me... My son gave me the most hardest time I was getting the cervix softner for 2 days... Than I went in the hospital the next day to started the Piticon at 8 am... My contractions where about 4 mins apart and 60 seconds long... Around 6 pm that night they check my cervix again... I was at 10 centimeters but the only problem was my son was high up in my stomach... So around 8 they check to see with the contractions if the baby drop any... To our surprise he stayed the same really high up... at this exam they ended up breaking my water not meaning to but thankfully doing so.. The nurse I had stayed with me after that pushing with me to get my son to drop more... At this time I finally got tired of feeling so much pain I ask for a epidural... Around 1 am the next day the dr. check to see how am doing... They found out that I was close to time...  Sad for me my epidural stop working around 10 pm... I had my son at 154 am Auguest 6,2009 he wieghted 10 lbs and 6 ozs a really big baby....

Sarah - posted on 09/24/2009

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hi there, i was induced at 40 weeks as they thought my bub was to big an need to come out. i was not ready, neither was my boby, monday night i was induced, tuesday morning they put more gel in and then this happened, but i ended up with a c section in the early hours of wednesday morning. i wish i hadden let them. You will know, your boby will tell you when its time, go with your feelings, hope this helps, good luck

Gwen - posted on 09/24/2009

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With my second i was induced. He is fine and healthy but i want to tell my story too. His heart-rate dropped all of the sudden, nurse put air mask on my face and ran out to get doctor i guess she didnt say anything ,they shot me up with something to get heart-rate back up then gave me a C- section. Later the nurse told me she gave me too much pitocine too fast and contractions were crushing him. After all the times she told me the back to back contractions coming on so fast was fine (i knew it wasnt). I told her needed an epidural 5 times b4 she got the anesthesiologist (whom she asked if something was right on the I.V). Those 2 minutes she was gone looking for the doc seemed like hours laying there alone listening to my babys heart-rate go from fast to barely at all. 40% of all inductions lead to C-section and leads to itching like crazy for 24 hours after the surgery due to irritated nerve endings from a medicine they give you, then they will just give you benadryl or tell you its the morphine making you itch! Its a risk you take could be fine but could be bad

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With all three of my pergnancies the doctor had to break my water. My daughter (1st born) came after 2 and a half hours. See was only 2 days early. MY second one was my oldest son. They induced me when I was 10 days late. He was also still high up and he went back up when they broke my water. It took 13 hours to have him. My last son is now 8 months. They induced me early with him because he was so big. He was 9lbs 13 ozs. and 3 weeks early. They starting me with the induction, but it was going like they wanted. The dr tried to break my water but couldn't, just knicked it to where I was just leaking a little bit. They stopped inducing me at 6 pm and restarted it about 7 am the next morning. They finally broke my water the next day and he was born at 3:33 pm. I didn't have an epidural with my first two, but did with my last one. I ended up getting "epidural headaches" and being readmitted into the hospital to get a blood patch where they gave me the epidural. My first induction went okay, but my last one didn't. It all just depends on you.

Lexie - posted on 09/24/2009

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Induction almost cost me my uterus!!! I had a reaction to the pitocin...I began contracting every minute and they were a minute long...so no break between contractions. In labor for almost 24 hours and still at 4cm but could not have an epidural. Emergency section then my uterus would not contract. Luckily my doctor did a b-lynch compression stitch to prevent a hysterectomy. I definitely want to try for a VBAC next time. I don't care if I have to go to 50 weeks...haha!

Hope - posted on 09/24/2009

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i was induced after running 6 days past my due date. i was given the petocin which is the drug that gives you contractions at 9 am in the morning. i was having contractions and moving on quite well my dr came in around 3pm to break my water. thats when the contractions came on hard and heavy one after another with no break. they took me off the petocin for an hour because my daughter was having a hard time breathing. and my contractions went completely away so they had to put me back on it because i wasnt moving along any. this was around 8pm they bump the amount i was getting to double so now my contractions were even worse i was about 6 cm dialated. the bad thing is you cant get out of bed because you always have to be monitored becasue you are being induced. but i was trying to have my daughter naturally without the epidural but i couldnt because i never got a break from the contractions. so i got the epidural around 9pm they had to come back about an hour later because it stopped working and was causing me tremendous back pain they had to give me and extra shot in my epidural catheter to relieve the back pain, i mean it was so bad that it hurt to lay down so i wouldnt of been able to push. but then they said i was completely dilated and started to push. after 30mins of pushing i had my beautiful baby girl.. i was in labor for 13 hours and pushed for 30mins i dont think it was that bad.. the only part that i didnt like was not being able to get up and walk around..

Cadie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was 40 weeks and 5 days when I was induced. I went to the hospital at about 8pm. I was given a tablet to swallow at about 10 pm and again at 2am. The tablets were to prepare the cervix for dialation. ( I wasn't dialated at all when I got there) at 6am the next morning they started me on patosin (sp?)The contractions started then not bad though. My doc got the at 8am and broke my water thats when the real contractions started. I gave birth at 6:25pm so from start to finish my labor was 12 1/2 hours. not as bad as I thought. I was so scarred to be induced but it worked out great for me. :) Hope this helps.

Breanne - posted on 09/24/2009

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My experience with being induced was pretty good. I was a week over due when my doctor had me go to the hospital I went in on a Friday night and my doctor told me i would have my son by saturday night! I got induced about 1:30am or 2 am im not for sure! but they came in and had to induce me again around 4:30am or 5 am because the first didnt take. I woke up at 6am in pain and thats when it all started. I was in labor from 6 in the morning til 3:43 in the afternoon. My water did break on its own. me and my son were perfectly fine after it all. My son came out to be 9lbs 4 ozs

Kylie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced with the gel with my first child. It was probably the easiest labour of all three of my children. They gave me the gel at 3.30pm, I started feeling period like pain around 7pm, they gave me a pethidine shot, that lasted for about 6hours without the pain getting any worse, I even ordered in pizza while I was waiting. I had my waters broken at 1am the following day, and my daughter was born 2 hours later at 3.30am. Only took 12 hours, and not as painful as I was expecting, the pethidine worked great.

Ann - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced and labored for 26 hours total. Every...single...woman is different, therefore every pregnancy and delivery is different. I've heard horror storys so I was petrified, but I found it painless. I only have one baby so I don't have anything to compare it with. I was induced followed by an emergency C-section. Whatever happens, you end up with a gorgeous child, and you won't even remember how painful/awful/wonderful/painful/painfree it all was. Don't worry! Good luck!

Brandy - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had one of the horror stories most definitly! They used cervadil the night before then pitocin and I only made it to 2cm in the first 24hr. So we went for a second round of cervadil and then pitocin again and also having my water broke; after only progressing to 4cm at 48hr I spiked a high fever and my son's heartrate started to go crazy. So i ended up having a c-section (which was also a nightmare), my IV infiltrated while I was in the OR and the stuck me at least 10 times trying to get another IV (I ended up with an IV in my foot), my blood pressure dropped so I ended up getting sick several times towards the end of the surgery & to make it worst the ended up missing one of the sutures when they did the counts at the end so I had to get an XRAY to make sure that it was not inside of me before I could leave the OR. Everything was fine and dandy until the next day when I was in severe pain, and had several tests ran on me (finding out that I had an infection above my uterus), the infection ate through the stitches in my utures causing me to have an additional surgery to close it up. Before the surgery I had drains placed in, 2 blood transfusions and a picc line inserted (which I went home with to get IV antibiotics at home). I spent 2 weeks in the hospital and it was horrible!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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i was induced at 38 weeks and it went great. i had an epidural and barely felt any pain. i was only 1 centimeter diulated when they began the induction and 14 hours later i was ready to start pushing. i pushed for a total of 25 minutes before my son was born. i am so happy that i was induced as opposed to waiting for labor to kick in. as long as you are getting the epidural, which i highly recommend, i wouldn't be worried. The only thing is my doctor gave me my epidural as soon as i started feeling pain so i was on it for about 10 hours...beg your doc...lol. Good luck and congratulations!!!!

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2009

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Well mine was horrible... I started of at 7:30 a.m on monday the 18th of May first they broke my water to see if I would go into labor on my own and of course that didnt work..Then they gave me potossin and it started contractions but I was not dialating very fast...finally at 10:30 p.m I was dialated to 10 and I pushed for 2 hours then they finally told me she was to big to come out so I was put into a c-section...finally at 1:30 a.m on tuesday Natalie was born 8lbs 9oz and I am not a very big girl... after having Natalie I was 145lbs... oh but hat was not the end i wasnt able to return to my room until about 5 a.m. because the cut an artery and had to fix that...hopefully you have a better experience!!!

Karla Sofia - posted on 09/24/2009

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Hi Erin, I was induced by choice on the day of my due date. However, I was already dilated 4 and a half cm all on my own and the babie's head was very low. All this just made the delivery so easy. I would totally do it again should the circumstances be the same. I would not however want to me induced (unless medically necessary) if that wasn't the case because then you will most likely have a c-section as it takes time for the baby to change positions let alone for you to fully dilate. My experience was great and I have no complaints I would totally do it again because nothing of my labor was fake. I had been in stage 1 of labor for a month and a half (without any pains) and the induction on my due date just made my delivery much better as I had the time to have family in town and everything for my princess ready. Good luck

Brandi - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced with my son 3 weeks early..and they used cervadil..i went into labor the night before I was supposed to be put on pitocin, so it was QUICK..they told me I dialated 5-9cm in a hr and a half..thats how fast the cervadil worked. I had horrible back labor and the contractions were worse than anything I could have ever imagined. Later after I delivered, the nurse told me that the contractions, and labor itself was worse because of the cervadil. They explain it like this...cervadil, & pitocin are drugs that help u start labor quicker, an unnatural way to deliver a baby, therefore your body has a much tougher time with all of it, because as women our bodies are already set up to know how to carry a pregnancy and deliver really with out any type of drugs at all. My Dr. told me that I may be in labor for 24 hrs straight..or 8 hrs...its either really quickly or really slowly..for me it was really quickly..but VERY painful. I ended up getting an epidural just before it would have been too late for me to recieve one..I personally don't want to be induced with my next child..I don't want any pitocin, and deff. not ANY cervadil..they said that was the primary reason I was contracting so much and y they were so painful..I want a natural..stress-free..go -into-labor on my own birth for my 2nd child...I guess I want to enjoy the labor experience , since I didn't get to with my 1st child...but its always up to you!

Samantha - posted on 09/24/2009

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i was induced for both my childern. My sone because he was 2 weeks late and my daughter 3 weeks early because my blood pressure was out of controll. I did the same steps with both kids. I got cervidil the first night i was in the hospital the next morning they pitocin and then later on broke my water. It was slow going with both for a while both of them. The contraction did start to get strong, i had a muscle relaxer because they wanted me to sleep. With my son i only got to sleep for about 45 mins before i went into labor(i went from 4cm to 9.5cm in that time). 30 mins later i had my baby boy. with my daughter after the relaxer i went to sleep for about 2 hours and woke up in horrible pain begging for more meds only to find out that i was in full active labor and had my baby girl 18 mins later. They say the contractions are more painfull when your induced i really dont know since i was induced with both kids. but other then a mild relaxer(it doesnt take away the pain just dulls it alittle so i could sleep i still felt every conctraction) i flew though delivery. hope this helps you.

Julie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced with both of my children...and two very different experiences. Ten years ago, I was overly anxious and just before (maybe 2 days) my due date, I opted for induction. It was relatively "easy", and labor was pretty typical for a first pregnancy as far as length of time, etc. I had an epidural then.
This past pregnancy was completely different--I was labeled as "high risk" and was insulin-dependent, and closely monitored. At 36 weeks my amniotic fluid suddenly dropped from measuring at 14 to a 3...very alarming. So the next morning they induced me. I had hoped so desperately at the beginning of pregnancy for a very natural, hands-off approach this time around--it was a no-go, sadly, for health reasons.
The induction was not a good experience for me. I was stuck in one position for hours upon hours, my body would not respond to the pitocin nor the repeated stripping of my membranes (4 times, spread out over the course of about 10 hours. NOT PLEASANT). My body simply wasn't ready to go into labor. The second day, after progressing to a 3 cm after 20 hours of induced labor, my body finally started to dilate, at at about 24 hours of labor and 2 epidurals (first didn't work at all, second stopped working), my precious son was born! He, like my body, wasn't ready--and he needed to be in the NICU due to respiratory distress for a total of 2 weeks.
Unless there are medical reasons for induction, I am not a supporter. Your body, when healthy, does what it needs to just fine. Thankfully, induction is there when a medical necessity/emergency comes along! I just generally don't recommend them...laboring flat on your back and speeding along with chemicals just isn't my cup of tea. :) Just MHO. God bless and good luck!

Natasha - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced when i was 38 weeks. They induced me at 9.30 in the morning (only the gel) and 10 min later labour started! I had contractions basically every minute until 7 that night and then my waters broke and i really went into proper labour. My son was born 10 hours later. I didn't find the experience that bad other then that it went too fast at the beginning and i found it hard to cope with. Just remember that everybody is different and you can have a bad labour if you are induced or if you go into labour naturally. You just never know! All the best and enjoy your baby :)

Jennel - posted on 09/24/2009

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i forgot to say my cervix was still closed and had not stared sofening yet, hence the reason i think it took the day of niggles to bring me to 3 cm.

Jennel - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was induced with my first becouse of high blood pressure and it was a great birth and experience i was just over due date they gave me cervidi (sp) at 7pm monday night and i had small neggles all the next day and when they took it out 24 hours latter i was 3 cm but they were to buisy for me so i was left over night unless my body continued on its own. but it all stopped that night so i got another great sleep and the next day my midwife was called in to break my waters and get things going as they were still two buisy for my ( i hate drs lol) any way at 11:30am my water was broke and then hooked up to picton at 12pm, Eat my lunch talked to my mother inlaw for an hour wating on contractions to start they started at 1:30pm and my dd was born 3:25pm Wensday so it was a very fast birth no pain medication at all. Yes it was intence but i had no trubles, yes it was a pain waiting in hospital but i was not worried buy it i was only in real pain for two hours. I am now expecting my second and yes im hoping to go on my own this time and for my bp so stay normal but im ok with being induced again if i have to be.

BRANDISS - posted on 09/23/2009

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I PREFER FOR NO ONE TO EVER GO THROUGH THAT IM SORRY BUT ITS THE TRUTH AND THE FIRST ONE IS THE HARDEST I HAVE 2 THE 2ND ONE WAS A BREEZE BUT GL

Karen - posted on 09/23/2009

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my water was leaking and i was only 2 cm so they put me on pitosin (spelling?) and it SUCKED i had major back labor but when i leaned over the bed standing up and my husband put pressure on my hips the pain nearly went away. When i was able to go into the jacuzzi the labor pains were GONE. very odd but the baby was sunny side up so that is why i would not diliate but i was fully efaced. after 19 hours of labor i had a c-section. if you have a c-section i recommend a compression belt of some sort i used a back brace like the people ware at home depot. Good luck

Rachel - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induced with my first baby 5 days after her due date. They put the gel in at 7:30pm to soften the cervix and then I had to lie down foran hour so it would work. I started getting strong contractions straight away. I walked around a lot and also spent a lot of time in a hot bath (don't know if that helped speed up labour). I was vomiting quite a bit during the labour so they eventually put me on a drip to keep my fluids up. I used the gas for the pain. By 10pm that night I was only 3 cm dilated so I sat back in the bath for a while and by about 12pm i was 9cm. They did give me some pethidine but that didn't really do anything because I was ready to push. My daughter was born at 1:30am. So my labour lasted only about 6 hrs from the first contraction til my baby was born. The only down side with my labour was that my contractions were really strong and intense from the very start, but otherwise I was happy with how it went.

Samantha - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induce at 40 weks n 5 days,

i was in hospital on wednesday afternoon and baby was born the next evening...

all they did with me, was give me an internal to see if i was dialated ( wich i wasnt) then they put a cevical ripener gel behind my cervix wich was rather uncomfortable....waited untill 12 am they checked me again and then they did another dose...by 3am i was getting mild contractions and was hooked onto a CTG machien for and hour after each dose....

Was woken up at 6:30, got taken to the labour ward, my doctor did another internal, i was dialatiing but was onlie 1 cm, so he broke my water at 8:30 am and by 9 am i was in labour, i was on a CTG monito the whole experience and the labour was brutal :( i had no breaks between contractions it felt like it went on forever....i had an epidural put in at 11am and was fine after that slept right through my labour pretty much, then at about 4 i got woken my midwife explained that i was ready to deliver my baby and i was fully dialated, by 4:30-5 i was beginning to push, then at 5:48pm my litte boy was here :)

Induction is painful i found but so worth it!!

everyone is different, u will only need a c-section if u or the baby become destressed!!

Lisa - posted on 09/23/2009

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my third baby decided to be late and because of my age my midwife wanted to induce me at a week and a half over due. I went in at 6am, which is a ridiculous time if you ask me, since they didn't even start the IV until 7am. and of course by then I'm starving....
at 9am I felt the contractions starting and my husband and I were thrilled I was finally in labor. we took a picture.
he ran off to find me some food, and I sat there bored and watching the stupid little machine that records contractions. I finally figured out that my contractions were a min apart at 11am, and when my husband came in I told him. and that I was ready to start pushing. so he ran off and told the nurses and they all rushed into the room and my midwife showed up at 1130 and said "Ok push, I'm here" I thought that was funny. so I pushed and my fat little baby came out 15 mins later.
She kinda got her face stuck because her cheeks were so big. My midwife was like, oh she's stuck, PUSH AGAIN and I'm like, but I'm tired and that really hurts and I just did push.
they can't really break your water until you are dilating already. the IV with pitocin is what starts you dilating.
when i was in labor with my second baby I didn't even notice I was in labor until I felt a cervical contraction and I was confused because I didn't feel the uterine ones. so I went in and I was 5 cm dilated and my contractions stopped every time I laid down. So then they did break my water and I dilated very quickly after that and my baby was born two hours after I got to the hospital.
good luck if you haven't already had your baby!

Toni - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induced with my daughter who decided to be almost 2 weeks late. If you are thinking of being induced or your OB has told you that is the likely option I suggest trying to induce labor yourself! I tried all the wives tales and some other ones as well such as; lots of walking, castro oil, a bump road...you name it I think I tried it to have my baby naturally. My labor went for 24 hours from the time of induction and the labor pains steadily got worse as they are suppose to, so bad in fact I threw my birth plan out the window and ended up having an epidural. My water broke naturally, which was good, only down side to that was there was merconium in my water so I had to be watched carefully. But my little one wasn't handling the contractions very well caused by the induction and her heart rate would dip down from the 120's to the 90's. VERY scary for a first time mom let me tell you. The ending result lead to a C-Section and it took not even 10 minutes for her to be born from the time I was preped for it. I am thankful for the epidural because if I hadn't had one the Dr was going to have to knock me out completly. If that had happened I wouldn't have heard her cry for the first time or see her before she was taken to be weighed and measured.

It was a frightening experience but the ends justify the means. My daughter is almost 2 months now, and even though I still have a little pain here and there from the incision I am just so thankful that she was born healthy and happy.

LuChina - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induced at 39 week with my 1st baby, it was a good experience, some kind of way i went from 4 cm to 10 in a matter of minutes My labor was every bit of 40 mintues tops!!!!!

Melanie - posted on 09/23/2009

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The risk of c section if induced is 44%... going into labor naturally 8%. Avoid it if at all possible!!! The body works a million times better if it does it on it's own time table! I had one induced cuz my water was leaking and it worked out ok but i know lots of people that didnt turn out so well for, ie c sections and in true labor for days without progressing

Tanya - posted on 09/23/2009

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i was induced at 39 weeks and it was a great experience i had a healthy baby girl with no complications at all. they started me with an IV and then after i got half a bag in me the started to add the med. then after a couple of hours the doc came in and broke my water they all it is was was waiting my baby wasnt droped far enough at first to stop the excesive water flow but that isnt bad its just uncomfortable then she droped after about 12 hours and i started to realy go into labor when i stared they said my cervix wasnt efaced but it got there fast when she droped then i had her 3 hours later. all in all it was a great experince i got my baby right after birth

Erin - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induced twice. My eldest was 11 days late; my second child 4 days late. Both times, it was simply that my body didn't want to stop being pregnant. I was having irregular contractions with both children, but it never went into labor. I was dilated to 5 cm with my eldest when I went in for the induction. The doctor could not believe that I wasn't in labor yet! He didn't use pitocin, just broke my water. I ended up getting an epidural for pain relief as I had back labor. My second child was born in another state as my husband is in the military. That time I was dilated to 4-4.5 cm and was given pitocin to start the contractions. Once again I did get an epidural for pain relief, but had enough time to recognize the start of back labor was I wasn't in excruciating pain while getting it. Studies have shown that after 41 weeks the placenta starts to break down even if labor hasn't started. Having had both types of inductions, I recommend trusting your doctors and using pitocin instead of breaking the water. That allows for you to "control" your pain a bit more. Good luck.

Alysha - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was a week over due with my son..i was due july 29 n was induced aug 5. its pain ful..its forcin ur contractions instead of havin it do it on their own...i was in labor for 9 hours. and had him at 430 pm n i was induced at 730am. my cervix was 1 cm. for 2 weeks before i got induced....and i was fully dialated but could not have him vaginally i had to have an emergency c-section becuz my birth canal was to small..they have to start u on fluids to get keep u hydrated and then they will start the pitocin if u are dialated already and then they will break ur water...:-) its not bad..its well worth it. Good luck

Karissa - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induced at 37 weeks..they broke my water 1st to see if that would kick start contractions..it didn't so then I was given pitocin. I was in labor for 18 hrs. It was a long process..lol..I wasn't induced with my daughter, I went into labor on my own..was only in labor for 5.5 hrs. start to finish! You don't HAVE to let them induce you..as long as everything is ok with baby..I feel alot of dr's induce unnecessarily & yes it does lead to unnecessary c-sections. Good Luck!

Lucy - posted on 09/23/2009

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i was induced 24 hours after my waters broke at 38 weeks, as my labour wasnt progressing, i was induced on 1st April at 9am and i had him on 2nd April at 12.35am, so still fairly long labour it did speed it up tho but not much.. as my labour had started when waters broke at 10pm on 30th march.... the midwifes did warn me that an induced labour brings on stronger contractions.. good luck with your birth xxxx

Danielle - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was 10 days over due so they induced me,they started with an iv of the potosin but i didn't respond to it.after 5hrs of waiting to go into labour they decided to break my water,i then sat in a steady stream of amniotic fluid for 9hrs,the doctors finally came to the conclusion that i cant dialate.I had to have a c-section,everything worked out fine but I didnt found being able to eat or walk around very annoying.I hope you go into labour on your own or if u are induced hopefully your water burst out not leaks out.either way youll do fine and a c-section is no biggy the healing part is a little brutal though.good luck and congrats

Summer - posted on 09/23/2009

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oh ps... my lil one was measuring 39 weeks at 37 weeks, and was 9 pounds at 39 weeks!

Summer - posted on 09/23/2009

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i was induced at 39 weeks. and it was a breeze!!!!!! i had the best experiance ever!!! i think a lot of it has to do with your hospital and your doctors. id do it again hands down!!!!

they used potocin with me and i was in labor for 18 hours. it was totsly easy i was reading, watching tv txting friends talking to family everything.... then poof lil bit showed up. i went in monday morning @ 730 am was in my room by 745, water broken, ivs and all by 830.... she was born at 206 am tuesday. and yes she was my first

Nicole - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was induced & it was horrible. 24 hours of cervedil & 24 hours of petocin. They broke my water 18 hours before my delivery. I also pushed for 3 hours straight! I had to have episiotamy, forceps, & suction machine. I can't help but think if I would have went into labor on my own it would have went smoother. I had high blood pressure though so they had to induce.

Amber - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hello Erin My name is amber, I was induced and it went really well, if you have a good doc you should be fine, everyone is different but I was induced they started at 4a.m. and I had her at 2:15p.m, My doctor allowed me to have an epidural when they started and it went well.

Sharon - posted on 09/23/2009

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I've been induced twice - and both times had babies within 12 hours. And birth in which you get a healthy baby is a good one!

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2009

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i was induced. my boy was due feb. 7th and i had a little bleeding on the 11th so i went to the hosital. they decided to keep me and induce me. i have no other pregnancy to go off on, but they induced me around 9 and i got an epidural at 4pm. and gave birth and 12:58am. there were no complications and i had to push for only 30 min. i even fell asleep for two hours. from 9 to 11 pm. i did have horrible back labor, it was almost unbareable, but i didnt tear or anything. i heard that the contractions would be worse, but with an epidural you cant feel it. so if the doctors recommend it, i would do it, but it is all up to you. plus when i was THAT preggers i would have done anything to get him out.:) good luck on your decision

Kristin - posted on 09/22/2009

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I was induced at 40 1/2 weeks. I was told that it would take 2 days for the induction to work because my cervix was not ready ( it was closed). That was on Wednesday...on Friday morning I showed up and my cervix was 1. They stared the Pitocin at 6 am and I had my baby boy at 3:16pm that same day. It took 9 hours total and it was a vaginal delivery. I was a labor and delivery nurse and I did see many "failed" inductions turn into C-sections. There are a lot of factors that can turn an induction into a c-section...many of which you cannont control!! Good luck to you!

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