is induction worth all the things that can go wrong??

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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im 38 wks 5 days .... inducing on monday. ive been told that induction is horrible and not to do it..... help me decide!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tabitha - posted on 11/12/2009

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I was induced at 40 weeks and started this out being not dilated at all. I spent 14 hours in labor (but to me it was not unbearable contractions) I may have a high pain tolerance ... After all day of being in labor I just couldn't dilate past a 6 so I ended up having a c-section.

If I could have done things differently I would have not took the epidural after being induced for five hours. Sometimes I feel like the meds kept me from dilating. I don't know this ... I'm 34 weeks pregnant now and hoping my body will go into labor on its own; since you are already dilated I think you should have a fairly better inducing then I did :) (Not that being induced was horrible; I just couldn't dilate enough even after having it.)
Good Luck :)

Katie - posted on 11/11/2009

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Haha, just read your comment. Knowing that, I would definitely say it's ok! lol Good luck!!

Katie - posted on 11/11/2009

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Why are you being induced? You can go til 41 weeks safely before induction should be considered. 42 is the mark, any further and it can get dangerous. Personally I would wait a little longer because you still have plenty of time to let your little one come when they're ready!

Hanna - posted on 11/11/2009

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just read your last comment, that's definitely a good reason to be induced. you want your husband there, it's a very special and very intimate moment between you two, just as intimate as when your baby was conceived except probably 30 times more euphoric and overwhelming. again, congratulations & good luck!

Hanna - posted on 11/11/2009

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why are you being induced? is your baby big or is your placenta deteriorating? i wasn't going into labor at almost 41 wks and my baby was 9 lbs 4 oz w/ 37cm head. so they just scheduled a C. i was all pro natural birth until i saw how big my son was and was so happy that i agreed to a C rather than waiting even longer to see if my cervix softens up.

as far as inducing, well it's not that bad. technically, after 38 weeks, your baby ready to be born because they're fully developed so if you are induced, there is very little risk other than your labor going faster and you can get a bit of tearing and your contractions are heavier & coming one on top of the other so you might want to have an anaesthesiologist on standby just in case it gets too much to handle. good luck to you & congratulations!

Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2009

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I was induced and it was so much better and easier than I thought it would be. I was about 10 days late with no sign of true labor beginning even though I was 3.5cm for about 3 weeks. My husband was coming home on leave from Korea so we really wanted the baby to be born already. I went in in the evening, had my drips started. They broke my water about 10pm and contractions, which I didnt feel before, started strong around 2am. I got the epidural and fell asleep. At 7:30 when I woke up, the baby was crowning. I pushed for about 15 mins and there he was! It was so easy! I felt fine afterward, just tired. I was up and about the next day. I was blessed to have a dr that I really trusted and have a good relationship with. That made a world of difference for us.

Laura - posted on 11/10/2009

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It depends on why you are being induced. If the doctor has told you to be induced I would imagine there is a medical need for you and or the baby. I had gestational diabetes so they wanted to induce me before my due date but, not too early because they wanted the baby's lungs to be developed. I was induced during my 39th week and I was not dilated at all. I have to say once things were set into motion the contractions were pretty intense (however this was my first so I had nothing to compare it to). I ended up having pain meds and then an epidural. Then after 24 hrs the nurse told me my cervix seemed way over to one side and the baby was in the birth canal but, not moving along. As a result my doctor ended up doing a C-section. I am not saying that will happen to you. Actually, as I write this I realize you have already gone in for your induction. I hope it went well!

Louise - posted on 11/09/2009

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it seems to me that nearly everyone that was induced didnt like it and i didnt either, i went 10 das overdue and was induced on the 10th day after they realised that my little man was back to back, i went in to labour that same day 2 hrs after the gel was inserted, it was extremly painfull and contractions were very irregular, next time i will not be induced unless there is a medical reason for my babys safety, + i had to have an emergency c section because my baby got stressed and heart rate kept dropping, i believe that was because of the inducement,

i hope everything goes well for you they are totally worth the pain, and remeber pain is different for everybody
xx

Dixie - posted on 11/09/2009

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I am a doula I have helped deliver babies (I don't actually catch them). I guess I would first ask why... If it's for the safety of you and baby I would suggest you get yourself a doula and a solid support system to help you through the challenges of induction because the potential of it being really really painful is quite high...

Otherwise let people know who is in charge! That's you and your baby and no one else and if you decide to wait until you and your baby are ready then go for it!

Sarah - posted on 11/07/2009

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my hubby is possibly being deployed on the 15th of NOV so we want him to be there.... and she is almost 9 lbs and i have beginning signs of preclampsia... so all in all that is why..... thanks for all the info i still am going to do it i just realy dont know what to expect.... im already dilated 3 cm and ahving reg contractions.... just waiting for something to happen... but looks like monday is going to be it!

Emma - posted on 11/06/2009

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I was induced, and honestly I don't remember much after 2cm, with a prev back condition, blood pressure probs and diabetes as well as being 1.5 wks overdue. But I can tell you because of being induced I was one of the few who had issues. My son ended up going into distress and we needed to do an emerg c-section. However, the blessing to that was I was already prepped for the chance of surgery given how my labor was going. My friend was induced a week before me, and her daughter came out within 4 hours no problems.

Brandi - posted on 11/06/2009

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It's not so bad, if you are prepared for the possibility that it could take a pretty long time. I imagine that your dr. has begun doing something to help the process along such as stripping your membranes or stretching your cervix, or the hormone gel??? these things can help. I was induced with my daughter and was supposed to be induced with my son. My daughter's labor took 26 hours, but it wasn't bad until right before she came. I had gestational diabetes and the babies HAD to be born a little early to make sure that me and the babies were healthy, as gestational diabetes can be a little hard on mom and baby. Just remain calm, and as patient as you can. good luck and congratulations.

Samantha - posted on 11/06/2009

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i got induce a wk before my due date and it was great and it was fast, the only thing that hurt me in a way, was breaking my water, i climb up that bed like i was possessed lol and if u get a epidural u wont feel a thing, and my baby is healthy as can be, it went great!:P

Erin - posted on 11/06/2009

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I was induced with both of my boys. The first time I was thrown into intense contractions because when examined I was found to be dilated to 5 cm already. So the doctor just broke my water. Then due to a previous back injury, I ended up with back labor so I "wimped" out and got an epidural. With my second induction, they scheduled me a week earlier than with my first (4 days past due instead of 11). I was still dilated pretty well (4 to 4.5 cm). However instead of just breaking my water, I was started on a pitocin drip. The hospital I was at starts with a very low dose and gradually increases it to mimic what your body actually does. I could feel the back labor coming on this time and got the epidural before I was in excruciating pain. I was happy to be induced because it meant that I finally got to meet my sons. Just remember that no matter how bad the pain is, there are ways to manage it and the end result is that you get to meet your baby.

Sara - posted on 11/06/2009

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My induction experience was not horrible, but there are risks involved. I would guess that if your doctor is suggesting induction then he/she has a good reason to do it and it is worth the risks. I had gestational diabetes, that's why I was induced. But, it was a good experience for me, so try not to fret too much about it!

SHERILL-ANN - posted on 11/05/2009

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I had an induction because I was one week past my due date .It is said that labor is a lot worse when you're induced......can't confirm or deny that because I had an early epidural so my delivery was relatively easy.However,there must be an explanation as to why you are being induced early and you should discuss this in depth with your doctor because ulimately it is the health of both you and your baby that has to be considered.

Crystal - posted on 11/05/2009

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induction is not as bad as you think its going to be! they had to induce me 2 weeks early because i had toxemia, & my baby turned out just fine. thngs can go wrong just as well as if you go into labor on your own as if you do go through w/ the induction. but its your decision, do what YOU think is best not what everybody else tells you to! Oh & also they will give you pain medication @ anytime you need it, except for the epidural you have to be dilated far enough before the will give it to you. if you do need drugs, ask for staidol, it makes it to where you dont feel any contractions they only feel like pms cramps, & honey trust me, i laid there having contractions for 8 hours after they induced my labor before i finally took any pain killers. & no offense meant by this kelly but i think you're just trying to scare sarah by exaggerating, im 20 years old & just had my first baby & i was induced & it was not as horrible as you are trying to make it out to be.

Misty - posted on 11/05/2009

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I've been told induction just depends on the person. I was due on Oct 10, but decided to induce early. We induced on Oct. 5. I had to go into the hospital to start some medicine every 3 hours to help me dilate because I was only dilated to a 1. Then they started the pitocin at 5am. My doctor came in at 8 to see how I was doing. I was only dilated to a 2, then she forced me to a 3. I kept feeling lots of pressure, but no strong contractions. Finally around 11:45am I asked for the epidural. Before they finished giving the epidural I told them I had to push or pee. They thought I was joking, but her head was sticking out. I had to wait 30 minutes for the epidural to kick in and she arrived at 12:56pm. I only had to push 5 times. It was very easy and I would induce again. I induced because my mom was coming from out of state.

Christina - posted on 11/05/2009

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I was induced 3 days before my due date and my labor went perfectly! I wouldn't change a thing. message me if you want to ask anything.

Christine - posted on 11/05/2009

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hated it hated it. i will refuse to be induced with my next. i was told my son would be 10 lbs AT LEAST and that i needed to be induced a week early. i was and he was born by emergency c-section and weighed 8 lbs 4 oz. my contractions got so hard that the baby almost could not tolerate it. the doc secured the OR, the nursing staff a pediatrician, a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, and had my husband and i ready to go in 10 minutes. not fun at all. as long as the baby is ok and you are ok the worst case scenario with waiting is c-section and that is likely to happen with induction anyhow.





my best friend was induced also and had a very easy labor and delivery. her daughter is perfect in every way and she was only in labor for 5 hours. my mom was induce and had my brother in 45 minutes! she had me in two hours. i was the wild card i guess.

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2009

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It really depends on why you are being induced, and the health of your baby. I was induced one week early, on dec 22nd because my due date was right after christmas, but i had been dialiated to 3cm for weeks. Being so close to the holiday was also a factor, my doctor was going to be out of town for christmas and I didnt want any other doctor to deliver my son. Everything went fine for me! But he was also 8lbs, 11oz, (at one week early!!!!!) and was very healthy!

If you or your baby are not healthy, or you feel it is too early.. it may not be the best decision for you. Gut feeling is a very strong thing!! :) Trust yourself!

Brandy - posted on 11/05/2009

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Oh god, I was induced at 37 weeks because my water was leaking early and the baby was running out of fluid so I had no choice. I would never ever recommend induction. I absolutely hated it because even though your body isn't ready, it is forcing it to do it anyways. And you are pushed into having the contractions that you normally wouldn't have until you were 6 or 7 centimeters and you are having these horribly intense contractions the whole time even though you are hardly dialated at all and could still have 12 or more hours to go. I was in hard labor from the time they put the drip on and after 17hours was only 6 centimeters. I got the epidural at that time and I am glad I did because I still had a while to go. When you go into labor naturally, you start with cramps up to 45 min apart that slowly get more intense and closer together with the most intense ones being between 7 and 10 centimeters. When you are induced, you start with contractions 3-5 minutes apart that are as intense as the ones you would normally only have for the last couple hours. And if they give you the as high of an amount of the pitocin as they gave me, then they are only 30 seconds or less apart for the ENTIRE labor. That's my experience and my opinion. Do what you want but really know what you are getting into and seriously consider an early epidural if you want to do this.

Leslie - posted on 11/05/2009

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I was 10 days past my due date when I was induced (ready to have the baby here already:) and the fluid was a little low on the ultrasound). It wasn't that bad for me, but I did end up getting an epidural for the pain. If they're inducing you early, it seems like there is probably a reason for it, but (as the others have said) go over your options and weigh the risks vs. benefits for you and the baby.

Good luck to you!

Iysha - posted on 11/05/2009

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My thoughts about why someone would be induced is either the baby will be too large to be delivered safely at the time of expected delivery, or there is an issue with mommy. Talk to your doctor...call today and ask if you can wait or if you can have an explination as to WHY you are being induced and if it is at all possible (or recommended) to wait considering the circumstances...if you do want to wait. At the time of your induction, you will be 39 weeks...good enough time for baby to come.... and things can go wrong by not getting labor induced too. It is all determined by circumstance. First figure out why, then discuss other options, risks for all options and then make your decision based on all that. Lot of work to do!

Take Care and try not to Stress Out! Have faith in your Health Care Proffessional and know that things will work themselves out =]

Kelly - posted on 11/05/2009

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its terrible because you go from being relaxed and everything feels ok to.. OMG what the F*@k was that?! oh here it comes again.... contractions seem to come out of no where when you're induced theres not much of a gradual build up... that was the worst part for me...

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2009

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why are you being induced so early? I was enduced at 41.5 weeks, and there was a small problem with his heart rate going up at times, they just turn the machine off that gives you that inducing medicine(pitocin, i think) for a while, then they turn it back on when baby is safe. that happened quite a few time for me. There was talk of a c-section, but then baby;s heart rate regulated, so we could go through with the normal delivery. But having it so soon, doesnt really seem like a great idea, cause it usually does bring up the babys heart rate, and with yours being so young yet, i dont see the reason to take a chance....unless there is more to you needing one. I am sure the doctors wouldnt just say it for no reasone, i hope. good luck with your delivery

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