I might be getting induced in a week or so, whats it like?

Valerie - posted on 06/16/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 1st child is due July 10th (a girl), but due to some kidney problems shes having and how big she's getting i'll most likely be getting induced (very soon). I have no idea what to expect. Please tell me how it went for you, I'm really nervous. What was it like from beginning to end?

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Sarah - posted on 06/16/2012

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Valerie, I would ask your doctor if they intend to do a VCUG on her once she is born. It is a test where they put in a catheter and inject a dye then x-ray to check for Reflux of urine from the bladder to the kidneys. This is fairly common and can cause swelling of the ureters. This condition, called Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR) is the condition that my daughter was diagnosed with. I would advise that you ask them to check for the reflux because although in itself it isn't dangerous, it can make them more prone to infections that can spread into their kidneys, with the potential of causing kidney damage. I really am not trying to scare you, it's not as bad as it seems. Usually they are just put on daily antibiotics to prevent infection, sometimes they will end up with surgery to repair it. I will pray for you that your baby is healthy and doesn't have this problem, but if she does, please feel free to message me. I can answer a ton of questions and give a whole lot of information. Good luck, I hope it all goes well!

Amy - posted on 06/16/2012

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I was induced with my second because my doctor was going to be out of town during her actual due date and I didn't want some doctor I'd never met before to deliver her. I was told to arrive at the hospital at 9:30 pm, we did all the paperwork and got settled into the room. My doctor didn't arrive till 11:30 and hooked me up to a pitocin drip. Where I delivered there wasn't an anesthesiologist on site so they warned me that I needed to give a 45 minute warning for an epidural. At about 3 I felt the contractions were becoming a bit much so I asked for an epidural, mostly because I knew that I would be able to go to sleep once I had it. They had to page the doctor twice so I waited a lot more than the 45 minutes. Oh I should add that usually you have to be so many centimeters dilated before they allow it and I wasn't to that point but my doctor approved it anyway.

My doctor broke my water at about 8 in the morning and called her office to cancel her morning appointments. Less then an hour later my daughter was born. Like the other ladies said every labor is different so it's hard to say how yours will be. I went into both of mine with an open mind and an easy going attitude. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 06/16/2012

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My 2nd birth was induced and it was my easiest one.
They broke my waters and started the drip, gave me a pair of disposable knickers with a pad and told me to get walking. They said to even go outside but just as well I didn't.
About 30mins after they broke my waters I started contracting and within 50mins he was born. I didn't have time for any pain relief and didn't even have a graze.

The only problem with it being so quick was he ended up with Jaundice and was under the UV lights for 24 hours.

Sarah - posted on 06/16/2012

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Everyone is different, as is every pregnancy and every delivery. I was induced medically at 38weeks with my first for delayed fetal growth secondary to prenatal hypertension. I went for an ultrasound and it showed that he had had NO growth in the 2 weeks since my last scan (I had been on bedrest for a month and was monitored because my BP was high). I was immediately admitted to the antepartum unit at the hospital. The doc came and did a pelvic exam and inserted cervadil at that time to ripen my cervix. I was put on a fetal monitor for 30min and had to lay down during that time after insertion. I remained on bedrest in the hospital, my hubby, MIL, and sister came to keep my company and we played a lot of board games. The next afternoon (24hrs later) I had been having "contractions" off/on the whole day, nothing too painful, but not exactly comfortable either. They removed the cervadil at that time and with it came my mucous plug. They inserted another cervadil, and again I was monitored. We went through the afternoon and they gave me a sleeping pill to sleep cause I had had a poor sleep the night before. Even with the sleeping pill, I woke up a few times in the night to use the washroom (b.m.). At 5:30am I woke with a massive contraction, my arm which had been laying on my stomach dropped about 2 inches - my water burst very forcibly. I called the nurse and she helped clean me and the bed up and confirmed it wasn't pee. We were going to wait and see how long the contractions would take to come on, but they were pretty quick, within 10minutes they I had already had 3. I called my hubby, sis, and MIL (who were all sleeping at my house) and they came - they were there within 15 minutes. Just as they arrived they were wheeling me to the delivery room because my contractions were so close together.

NOW, here's the thing. My son was a face up delivery. He had always been face up at all our ultrasounds. Because he was early, we didn't have a chance for him to engage in my pelvis (it didn't help I was on bedrest either). When my water broke, his head came down and engaged in my pelvis face up. This caused a very difficult delivery. It had NOTHING to do with being induced, more just the bedrest and position. In the end, I gave birth to a healthy 8lb,2oz baby boy who to this day amazes me.

You need to remember, advocate for yourself. Tell your doc/midwife what you want. If you want drugs, ask for them. If you don't, don't. My induction started on a Thursday afternoon, I had my son in my arms Saturday evening. I was told they would have done 3 cervadils (3 days) and then 1 shot at IV induction and if that didn't work I would have had a c-section. I would just suggest if you get the induction, bring some board games (something you don't have to think too hard over), you'll likely be too uncomfortable or able to concentrate on a book. Bring a laptop, movies, whatever to pass the time because it doesn't always happen right away. The 2 days I was there before my labour started passed so much quicker because of this. Also, get your support people around you, have them bring in your favorite foods!

I was also wondering what kidney problems she's having? I hope she will be okay. My second child had a bladder/kidney condition that wasn't diagnosed until she was 8m old. I wish they had realized sooner!

Krista - posted on 06/16/2012

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Do not be shy to ask for an epidural. That is my first bit of advice.

I was induced with my son, because my water had been leaking for over 24 hours, but nothing else was happening. At first it wasn't so bad. I was having contractions every so often, but nothing to write home about.

But then at 7pm my water broke for real. And at that point, it was like all of the pitocin they'd stuck in my IV kicked in all at once.

I have to say, it was incredibly painful. I was having extremely strong contractions, pretty much on top of each other, with not even 5 seconds in between them to catch my breath.

After two hours of this, I cried "uncle" and asked for an epidural. After that, I was fine. I rested a bit, and dilated from 2cm to 9cm in an hour, started pushing at midnight, and my son was born at 1am.

Keep in mind that your experience MIGHT be different. But, I would definitely ask them if an anaesthetist will be available to give you an epidural, just in case you do need it.

And at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you and baby get through the experience okay.

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Valerie - posted on 06/16/2012

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Thankyou, this was very helpful, and my OB told me that her ureters are swollen. (the tubes connecting your kidneys to your bladder), i dont know if its anything major yet, but we're keeping our fingers crossed..

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