Is being induced really that much more painful?

Emily - posted on 03/22/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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So far I'm 11 days overdue with my fourth child.

I'm booked in for Friday morning when I'll be two weeks over and am TERRIFIED!

I was late 9 and 10 days late with my other three children and after a cervix stretch went into labour on my own and had great experiences with them all.

My other children are 12, 10 and 7 so there is quite a big gap between my last and this one.

I felt like I handled my other labours really well and didn't use any type of drug for pain relief. I used a TENS machine with my second and third and drugs honestly didn't even enter my mind.

So now that it's starting to look more likely that I'll be induced with this one I'm feeling really worried about needing pain relief or other types of intervention, like forceps or even a ceasarean. I've read that things like that are more common when you are induced. I have hired another TENS machine but I'm worried it wont be enough to help me cope with the stronger contractions induction produces.

So has anyone had both a natural and an induced labour that they can compare? How different is it? I really want honest opinions, Thanks heaps :o)

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Jessica - posted on 05/07/2010

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I have to be induced every time my 4 baby just came march 31 and yes its worse but I did it with out pain meds you can make it if you have done it before if anything the baby will probably come quicker because of the strong contractions the mind is powerful if you think you can do it you can good luck

Jennel - posted on 04/29/2010

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I was induced wtih my first and went on my own with my second i have to say i did not find it that much worse the contractions may have been strong from the start but i handled them fine not meds for eather of my births my first was in pain for 2 hours but prosses was lots longer with braking waters and hooking up to drip after a hole day with the gel in so took ages to get here but once it was going she came fast. with second it was 2 1/2 hours start to finish i felt more pressure in my hips with him but not sure if its because he was biger or because i was up and not stuck in bed. I think it realy depends on the person.

Tara - posted on 04/28/2010

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I was induced with my first, natural with my second. I had Pethidine with my first and nothing with my second and I don't think my first hurt anymore than my second, Pethidine didn't take the pain away from me. They were both fast labours, my first was 5 hours 10 minutes and my second was an hour and I pushed her out in two pushes. Good luck. :)

Diane - posted on 04/23/2010

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I was induced with both of mine although the second was an easier and quicker birth with only gas and air, as I had been 5cms dilated. My first I wasn't dilated at all when they broke the waters and had to get the drip up to speed up the contractions and also had the pethadine.

Janice - posted on 04/11/2010

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I got induced early and it depends on your pain tolerance and whether or not you choose to have drugs I choose to and it wasn't that bad except the medicine staydol or something made me really irritable and yell at ppl and then i slept most the day until finally the doc decided to do a c-section

Julie - posted on 04/10/2010

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I was induced with Logan, and it went well. I did have the epidural. I was induced again with Austin (my new baby) and it still went well. The labor and delivery this time was shorter and quicker tho. I also had the epidural as well. I wouldn't know what's really like all natural, but induction isn't that bad. If you don't have high tolerance for pain, definitely get the epidural. I've been recovering much faster this time too.

Brianna - posted on 04/08/2010

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I was induced with my first and it was so painful I was horrified of giving birth to my second son. I ended up going into preterm labor naturally at 34 weeks & the contractions were MUCH more bearable (don't get me wrong they still hurt like hell). The difference for me was uncanny, and I had an epidural with both. With my second also the epidural wasn't working and it did with the first and I still thought the induction was way worse. My labor that came on naturally also was about 30 hours shorter than the induction.

Sarah - posted on 04/08/2010

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Congrats on the birth of your baby.

I was 5 days late with my 1st. I had a sweep when i was 2 days late and started getting contractions when i was 4 days late. My son was born early hours in the morning. The midwifes had to break my waters when i was 8cm because they thought my baby had pooped, but thankfully he hadnt. I only had a TENS machine and gas and air. I also had 2 stitches. But i loved every single minute of it.

When i found out i was expecting again, i couldnt wait for labour. My due date was 26th Feb. My great grandma passed away on 2nd march and my mum had to call the midwife because my blood pressue was higher than normal, i had a really bad head ache and saw flashing lights. Thankfully, they weren't too concerned because they put it down to the news about my grandma. The midwife gave me a sweep that day and i was 2cm dilated already and my babys head was really low down. I got a few pains but they stopped that night. The midwife came again on thursday and gave me another. This time i was 3cm. Had a few niggly pains but then they stopped. My mum walked me miles that week but that didnt work either. I was admitted into hospital saturday 6th March with kidney stones and i was still 3cm dilated. I was booked in for induction on 8th march, which was the same day as my grandmas funeral. I came out of hospital 7th march and attented the funeral the next day.

I went to be induced at 6.30pm and got told the 1st pessary doesnt usually work. But my cervix were soft and she could easily get the pessary where it needed to be. I started gettin little contractions and they were quite painful. I got took up onto the ward and my hubby went home.

At 2.30am i was in agony and kept buzzing for a midwife but no1 came to me. At 3am i dragged myself out to the reception to get someone, i could hardly walk cos i was in soo much pain. It hurt so much more than the 1st time. The midwife examined me and i was 6cm dilated. I rang my mum and hubby 2 come as i was being taken to the delivery room. I was in the delivery room at 3.25am and asked for gas and air but the my waters broke because i wanted to push and my babys head was there. 2 pushes later at 3.31am my baby girl arrived into the world and my hubby missed it.

I had no pain relief at all, i didnt have time. I ended up with a 3rd degree tear and refused pain relief when they were examining how bad the tear was. Didnt see point in havin pain relief for that when id just had a baby without any. I will never ever again be induced. It was such a horrible experience for me. I felt so alone, i was scared and in so much pain. But my baby girl arrived safe and healthy so thats all that matters. But it is an experience i don't ever want to go through again

Lynette - posted on 04/07/2010

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i was induced on the 25th at 10:15pm just given the first pessary and EJ was born by 6:58am on Friday morning, i used my TENS and had a bath during labour and just G&A for the last few min, I found the labour easy compared to with my firstborn, i went from the mw not even being able to do a sweep caus my cervix was to far back and closed to having my baby inside of 9 hours

Tasha - posted on 04/06/2010

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I just had my first child on March 21st. 6 days early. On that morning I was feeling back pain and I was spotting. So I went to the hospital at 1:30pm and the nurses broke my water around 3:30pm and put me on the drip at 4pm I was in pain. I had back labor the full time which is a killer So they gave me a small dose of morphine around 7pm which put me to sleep still woke up every contraction which were like a minute apart. By 8:40 that night I told the nurses I felt like I had tto push which they never believed me. I was in pain so she asked if I wanted epidural and I said yes but when she checked me I was already 91/2 cm dialated so it would not work so at 8:50pm I pushed and 9:07pm she was in my arms. It was amazing in 5 hours I went from 3cm to 91/2cm. Every labor is different but I found the shower really helps alot. Have someone come in with you and rub your back when you have a contraction :)

Jessica - posted on 04/06/2010

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I was induced and I truly felt a lot of pain..I was 15 hours in labor and only 4 centimeters ...I was so tired i couldn't even breath properly. The last 5 hours i was in active labor and no meds..but gas..I was screaming c-section by the end! But it's always different with each birth! I wish you the best and I hope all goes well with delivery! P.S. Try the birthing ball, the shower, of water birth, walking and swaying from side to side..gravity helps..so i hear! lol didn't work for me!!lol

Emily - posted on 04/06/2010

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Well I had my beautiful baby boy on Friday 26th of March.

The stretch on the Thursday seemed to get things moving a little more. By the time I got to the hospital on Friday morning at 7:30am I was having mild contractions about 10 minutes apart.

My doctor got in around 8ish and broke my waters (although no fluid came out, my baby has the scratch marks on his poor little head to prove they were actually broken)

My contractions instantly got stronger and it wasn't long at all until they were 3 minutes apart and quite uncomfortable.

I was fully dilated and started pushing at 11am. At 1:02pm my gorgeous boy was born, all 8lb 14oz of perfection!

He was my biggest baby out of my four and the pushing was very hard! He got stuck at his shoulders and they had to quickly lay me flat and help him turn a little. But finally with lots of screaming from me he was out and the relief was just as I've remembered it!

I'm so glad I didn't end up needing the drip!

My world couldn't be better right now :o)

Thanks again everyone! xox

P.S No drugs or stitches again! Yay me! lol

Becky - posted on 04/03/2010

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i got induced on Monday night. i'm a ftm, so idont know what it feels like without induction, but it was very very painful! They put cervadil in and immediately i started contracting. i was up all night at the hospital with the cervadil with horrible back labor. it works quick though! after that, they took it out 12 horus later and i was already dilated to about a 5...i dilated completely with only a tiny bit of pitocin in 5 horus and then was ready to push

Dana - posted on 03/28/2010

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I just had my fourth child three weeks ago ...and my older ones are 12, 10 and 7 also. So I know your worries frist hand about the time gap. My oldest was the only one of my four not to be induced and the labor was so much longer than the others. I dont know if that was because she was my first or what but the last three was only like 5-7 hours and pushing was alot shorter. I found the contractions were alittle stronger when i was induced but labor was shorter. I had two natural and two with the epideral . The strength of the contractions were not made unbearable by being induced at all. Just trust in your birth plan and your doctors go in with a positive outlook and im sure you will do great.

Niki - posted on 03/27/2010

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I was induced with my first and went into labor on my own with my second (born March 15th). With my first i was overdue but dilated to 5cm so luckily i was halfway there before labor began. They gave me pitocin and broke my water and i went from no pain to tremendous pain. Luckily i delivered 3 hours later without an epidural. With my second baby my water broke on its own at 39 weeks and id been having mild contractions prior to that all day. After my water broke hard labor set in, but it was different than being induced. While both labors were very painful, i preferred going into labor on my own. In either case im one of the fortunate women...I delivered my second baby three hours after my water broke. Good luck to you and i hope you have an easy labor!

Ashley - posted on 03/25/2010

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This is my first pregnancy and I was induced too. For me the pain before my water broke was more like a bad period cramp and then after my water broke on its on they couldn't get the epi fast enough for me. I didn't think it was extremely bad but I got the epi because I can barely handle a really bad period cramp.

Emily - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thanks to everyone for your comments.
Looks like I'm in for a bit more pain this time :o(
I am feeling a bit more relaxed today though and I really appreciate your honesty.
The reason my doctor has let me go so far over is because I was late with my others and we were hoping I would go on my own again this time. I have been monitored closely though and have been having ctg's at the hospital every two days.
We've been trying alot of the suggestions on starting labour but nothing's working.
Andria you're right, if I worry too much I'm going to make it worse for myself. I'm trying to stay calm and just focus on the outcome!
Unfortunately they don't offer epidurals at my hospital. It's a small country hospital and if I wanted an epi I would have to be transferred over an hour away to a bigger hospital. So fingers crossed I can manage! lol.
I have one last appointment with my doctor today at 4:30pm where he will do another stretch, if that doesn't work I will be going into the hospital tomorrow morning where he will break my waters, if that doesn't start labour he will put the drip in....
Either way I'm so excited to finally be meeting my newest precious bundle very very soon!! I know that whatever I go through will be so worth it!
Once again thanks for your honesty and good luck to all of us with our babies xox we have so much to look forward to!

Brianna - posted on 03/24/2010

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Im surprised they allowed you to go so far past due date they usually dont let you go more than a week

Ana - posted on 03/24/2010

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Dear Ashley, in my hospital I`ve been told that epi is given at 4 cm ...I was lucky that I went to the hospital 5-6 cm opened withouth pain.

But I delivered my first child withouth epi, and I cmpletly understand you talking about the pains.

I can say: "God bless the epidural".

Sorry for my english

Ashley - posted on 03/23/2010

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I just had my first child so i have nothing to compare it to. I am very good with pain and being induced was the worst pain i have ever felt. I have had 8 major surgeries and nothing can even touch the pain i was in. At 2cm just 2 hours after the piticin was started i was screaming in agony and they refused to give me an epidural. THey wanted me to wait until 3cm. I screamed and cursed at everyone who entered my room until they finally gave it to me. I was happy as a clam after that. it took 12 hours from the start of the pitocin until my daughter was born.

Ana - posted on 03/23/2010

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I was inducted with my second child 10 days ago, but I also had an epidural....so my advise for you is not to go through painfull birth,,,,take an epi and enjoy,,,,Good luck

Emma - posted on 03/23/2010

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I was induced with both of my girls so I wouldn't really know but second time round (6 days ago) was alot more painful as my youngest was 8lb1 at 39weeks and my eldest was 5'11 at 35weeks. I've heard that it's alot more painful but everybody is different, it depends on the way of inducing and how big baby is. Good luck, hopefully go into labour on your own.

Andria - posted on 03/23/2010

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I was induced with my first and went into labor on my own with my second. I honestly think it was about the same, pushing was faster but pain was the same, I had the epi for both tho, I cant handle pain lol I wouldnt worry about it, worry is just going to make your labor harder on you. Just breath through your contractions and you will do fine!!! Good luck!!

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Okay I am a wimp but I would have to say being induced hurt more for me. The contractions were different they were much stronger and lasted longer. But my second was all natural and I felt it was a breeze by comparison. Allthough I had an epidural with both which I loved! I am told my births were very easy compared to most because they were early and fast. I would suggest walking the week I had my last I went for walks outside everyday the fresh air was good for us all! Good Luck!

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