I'm really scared...being induced on sunday,what happens?

Rebecca - posted on 06/17/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm going to be a first time mom,and i'm really scared...I'm not dilated at all but my cervix is super thin,my doctor set a date for me on Sunday evening to go to the hospital to start the induction process. They are doing something to me the evening i go in and then my doctor said that they would break my water on Monday morning, I'm really freaked out...what is going to happen during this whole process and what should i be watching for? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sara - posted on 06/17/2011

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Sherri, I had the gel to help my cervix to soften and dilate. It's a common practice where I live.

Sherri - posted on 06/17/2011

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You will get an IV with pitocin then about an hour later contractions will start. Each woman is different just as ever labor experience is. So you may have strong painful contractions or contractions that aren't so bad.

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Jaime - posted on 06/17/2011

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Sherri, you might have already been dialated, which was the case for me as well when I went to be induced. I was 2cm going into the hospital. The cervadil helps to soften up the cervix and start dialation.

Jaime - posted on 06/17/2011

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Ya, I think the cervadil is more common than the balloon...they likely won't use the balloon if the cervix is already thin, I think it might just be another measure to help things along. But as you said Sara, a very common practice with induction patients.

Sara - posted on 06/17/2011

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Sounds like they're doing to you what they did to me with my first, and I was nervous too, but it all went really well. On Sunday they put cervadil in to help my cervix soften, and on Monday they broke my water and started the pitocin. Just try and relax, it'll all be fine!

Sherri - posted on 06/17/2011

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Really Jaime I have never heard of a balloon or gel. Those were never even mentioned when I was induced. Actually have never even heard of such a thing.

Jaime - posted on 06/17/2011

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They are likely going to insert the balloon and put the gel inside to soften up your cervix and see if they can jump start dialation...I don't believe it's painful. The day of, they will start you on an IV drip (as has been mentioned) and labour will begin within a few hours of that. I was induced and it took a few hours to kick in and it didn't come on strong. Be prepared for a long day, but make sure you have people around that are comforting and some magazines and such to read to keep you occupied. Also, don't be afraid to ask about pain management methods. If you have your heart set on no epidural that's great, but be open-minded to what is available in the event you change your mind. Most of all....try to focus on the end result of that beautiful baby you will be holding when all is said and done. Good luck ♥

Shandy - posted on 06/17/2011

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I was induced with my 1st child. He is 11 years old now. I didnt feel anything. As a matter of fact with my 2nd child I was scared cuz i didnt knw what a contraction felt like. They gave me pain meds though and i was watchin TV and sleepin till the doc came in and said ok time to push...lol Good luck!! You will be fine :)

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