contractions worse with pitcoin?

Natalie - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 8 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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My contractions hurt pretty bad but once they gave me the pitocin they were completely unbearable!

Brooke - posted on 07/29/2009

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Pitocin did absolutly nothing for me. I was admitted into the hospital when my contractions were 7-8 mins apart and they kept telling me they would be 4-5 mins apart normally but they kept checking me and I kept dialating pretty fast, they gave me pitocin to try and get them closer together and stronger but it didn't, they were 7-8 mins apart through the entire birth until my son was out. So, in answer to your question, I had both and I didn't notice a difference :/ but everyone is different so idk.

Marcia - posted on 07/27/2009

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HI there

I went into labour naturally, and wanted an active drug free labour even though I had SPD. But they made me have the drip saying my labour was drawing out, but I think they wanted to cover their backs really if I couldn't deliver naturally. So I got to 6cm on my own, walking or rocking when I could, doing my exercises to keep supple, having a blast playing board games inbetween contractions which were bad but bareable, and they made me go on a drip. Then the pain was hitting faster and making the contractions drawn last longer, but I don't think it was more painful. I had more pain from the canular needle they put in incorrectly, that made my rist swell up like I'd swollowed a golf ball or a hard boiled egg and it landed on by wrist bone lol. Then taking that out and having to relocate it into another area that nearly went wrong as well, was more painful sorting that out than the contractions. I had to have gas and air while they were sorting out that mess, then ended up having an emergancy c-section because the pitocin was slowing down ma baby's heart. I had an 11 hour labour in all and I know I wouldn've been fine if they hadn't interfered; it was only my 1st it was bound to be long. My sis in law had a 36hr labour with her first and she's a nurse herself, she said it's normal for your first child to be anywhere to 8 hours to 3 days drawn out labour. But he's here hes' fine and I think it's all about frame of mind and your pain indurance on the day. My IVF in 2007 was more painful than my contractions with Aaron, so it just goes to show.

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I was in labor with normal contractions for 18 hours, no drugs. then they gave me the pitocin and 10 minutes into that I was begging for an epidural...

Nichole - posted on 07/27/2009

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They are most definitely worse! When I went into labor with my son(my 2nd) I was in full on labor very quickly. According to the graphs, my contractions were as hard as they could be coming and I could still hold a conversation(my water broke at the beginning of my labor). But I guess my contractions weren't as regular as they wanted them to be. Within one minute of recieving the pitocin drip, my contractions dropped to 50% on the graphs and I was gasping for air. It was excruciating. I had hoped for a natural birth(and almost got one!) but I caved and got the epidural. Next time I think I'm just going to refuse the pitocin...

Leah - posted on 07/22/2009

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Just remeber, pain is different for everyone depending on their pain threshold.

Leah - posted on 07/22/2009

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They were about the same for me, but unfortunatly my cervix locked up and I had to have a C-sectoin!

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Much worse when induced medically....my first child I only made it through about 4 hours of contractions and it was okay until they "up-ed" the med level a couple of times and then it was pretty unbearable. My second child I went into labor and was still fine 6 hours later when the contractions were 3 minutes apart. I have heard from a couple of other women that once you have experienced an induced labor that natural contractions are a piece of cake.

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