does getting induced hurt worse than natural labor or is it the same

Heather - posted on 07/29/2010 ( 74 moms have responded )

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im getting induced today just wondering if the contractions hurt worse than if they come naturally

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Darlene - posted on 08/01/2010

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Induction is hard, fast and can be a little more pain then natural birth buts thats only because things seem to go a lot faster, But honestly any kind of pregnacy is going to be painful and it varies according to the individuals pain thresh hold...Good luck u'll be fine Just remember to BREATH! ;o)

Candice - posted on 08/01/2010

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My first child was natural, my second was induced. The second was easier, hardly any pain. I was induced due to Chassy being so big. I worried more about the IV than anything (I don't like needles). Every child birth is different, whether the pain great or small you will not remember once you look into the face of your little one. My doctor also said never read about labor or listen it only makes you more nervous. Good luck!!!!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/02/2010

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WOW! This conversation is still going??? This conversation was posted saying she was getting induced on the 29th LOL..just wanted to point that out!

Pat - posted on 08/02/2010

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I was induced 45 years ago and it made it more difficult. I refused on the second child and they were born late...and almost exactly the same time late. I had two 10 month babies...

Tai - posted on 08/02/2010

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If it wasn't supposed to hurt the wouldn't call it labor. lol!
Both of my babies were born via induction so I can't say I have a natural experience to compair it to but I can say that both my labors were less than 6 hours because of the induction methods! So even if it "does hurt more" it doesn't last as long! (at least in the cases I know of!) ;o)
Congratulations!

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Laura - posted on 08/02/2010

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my first one was induced and they actually insisted on giving me an epidural at the same time as starting the pitocin (which i had already planned on getting one so was fine with me) because they said the contractions would be much more intense and painful than normal...they were totally right..i felt the contractions midway thru labor while i was waiting for a refresh on the epidural medication and OMG, it was horrendous.. my second birth was not induced and the contraction pains were the difference between night and day...didnt get the epidural until 10 mins till push time (would have passed on it if i had known i was so close) compared to the induced labor, that one was a total breeze.

Amanda - posted on 08/02/2010

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I didnt feel my contractions til they stopped and I had to be induced, then they hurt so bad I wanted an epidural but I didnt have time for one.

Carol - posted on 08/02/2010

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I had 3 kids (2 the way nature intended, 1 induced) and yes, the induction was more painful as the contractions came back to back without time to re-group between contractions. I have a pretty high pain tolerence, but I was at the point of asking for an epidural when I felt the urge to push and my daughter's was crowning.

Sharan - posted on 08/02/2010

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I have been induced 3 times and had a c-section the 4th, the bit that makes and induced birth more painful is when they put you on a drip to speed up and strenghten your contractions, they turn it up so high you have no break between contractions and they are alot stronger than normal contractions, with just the pessary its not quite as bad, but labour hurts wheather your induced or not but its worth it in the end.

Jackie - posted on 08/01/2010

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i think it is less painful and for me it was quicker. with my son i wasnt induced and was in labor for 36 hrs and with my daughter i was and i was in labor for 11.5 hrs. i would get induced again if i have more kids

Amanda - posted on 07/31/2010

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i heard it is. why dont u do things to help urself go into labor? long walks, sex, spicy foods, table spoon of castor Oil in juice, rolling your hips & lightly bouncing on a exercise ball, then getting a prenatal massage or an acupuncture treatment - then can hit the pressure point spots that induce labor naturally

Cheyienne - posted on 07/31/2010

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i only have had one child, and i was induced. and labour wasnt that bad. i mean it hurt and everything. but i wouldn`t imagion that it would effect anything.

Lyn - posted on 07/31/2010

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I've had 4 kids and my last one was induced. To be honest I didn't notice any difference except with the induction you felt like you had a little more control

Cali - posted on 07/31/2010

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I was induced with my only baby and the pain wasnt as bad as i expected i think when people say it hurts more i think they just mean for longer because of the prostine pains can get before labour kicks in.

Serena - posted on 07/31/2010

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No, I dont think getting induced hurts at all you barely feel it but yes the contractions will come faster too me but once they give you meds you wont feel a thing. Plus if you want to hurrry to your labor after the induce just keep switching from side to side often!

Samantha - posted on 07/31/2010

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i gave natural birth wiv my first and was induced wiv my second..i didnt notice any difference to be honest..but i have a high pain threshold so that cud of played a part i suppose..good luck with the baby.xx

Cheyenne - posted on 07/30/2010

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I was induced with my daughter (who is my first child) and from what i have heard natural labor and being induced is about the same with the exception of things going faster with the induction. Contractions come faster and go from little to a little stronger and to very strong very quick depending how fast they keep you petocin drip and everything else going. I had no drugs or anything for the pain but to me it wasnt so bad it just went very quickly.

Tessa - posted on 07/30/2010

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I was induced at 41 weeks. My midwife was VERY conservative with the pitocin. Yes it did hurt but not terribly bad for me, anyway. It felt like the worlds worst period cramps. I was in labor for 14 hours and gave birth naturally! I think that's part of the reason my midwife was so conservative, she knew I really wanted a natural birth. It's a strange thing your body and mind do though. That last hour or so your endorphins and adrenaline take over and it's almost natural pain relief for me, anyway.

Megan - posted on 07/30/2010

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Well, I have only given birth once so far, and I was induced, so I only know that side of the story, I am sure it is different for each woman. I REALLY didn't want to be induced, but my doc. was insistent on it, and felt it would be healthiest for me and baby.
I went into pre-term labor at about 34-35 weeks, actually probably before that, I had been having Braxton-hicks contractions for quite awhile, so who knows. but at 35 weeks I was starting to dilate, got put on bed-rest for 2 weeks, and ended up being induced at 38.5 weeks. I did not get an epidural, and let me tell you, it hurt like heck! Definitely worst pain in my life! But, praise the Lord I was only in labor for 6 hours! (they were a long 6 hours, but it deff. could have been longer) I had the pitocin drip. I don't remember too much pain before my doc. broke my water, then it started hurting SO bad. When I was at 8-9 cm I said I wanted something to dull the pain so I got a mg of Stadol, which did NOTHING, at lest not that I remember, Cause right afterwards I started Pushing.

Jennifer - posted on 07/30/2010

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When induced contractions come faster but not necessarily hurting worse, just longer. Instead of concentrating on the pain of labor focus on the outcome. I know my girls are worth any amount of temporary pain!!!

Congratulations!!!

Yvette - posted on 07/30/2010

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i have to say, my daughter was born 4 weeks early by two failed inductions..to a c-section. I really think that it all depends on the person. for me, i went with out any pain medication, for me it did not hurt very badly at all. My only problem was the lack of dialation...
the ob tried for an entire week to induce me, i was truly in pain only once...it had me in tears.
i wish that i could have delivered her naturally but alas, it was not in the cards.
hope this helps

Kimberly - posted on 07/30/2010

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It does if they give you too much pitocin too fast but it is nicer afterwards. With my oldest and my youngest I was given pitocin and I hardly had any painful cramps afterwards. With my middle child she came on her own and the cramps I had afterwards were the worst ever. My oldest they gave me too much pitocin too fast so I had no rest in between contractions cause they were one on top of another but with my youngest they gave it to me steadily and slowly upped the dose and it was just fine.

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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I was induced with all 3 of my kids and they did it slowly. I had my 1st one within 12 hr and the other 2 within 5.5 hrs. I didnt think it hurt but I cant compare it to natural. If I was to have another one I would asked to be induced again. Good Luck and congrats!!

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Contractions hurt either way, but with an induction, your body is being rushed along, you don't get the transition from soft contractions to hard ones. Generally you go from 0-100 quite fast, so it can feel a lot more painful.

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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just because you are induced it does not mean you will have a short labor. From the time I got induced to the time my son was born was 21 hours. I've known others who have also gone a log time

Heather - posted on 07/30/2010

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yes! I mean it's going to hurt regardless but it makes it 5x more intense. you end up having to get an epidural. I was induced and hope it never happens again

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It doesn't hurt worse but it is ?sharper?more pronounced?
I am not sure how to explain it but if this is your first don't worry about it. There isn't that much of a difference. good luck and god bless

Sherri - posted on 07/30/2010

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All of my labors were extremely short my longest labor was 12hrs, 2nd 6hrs, last 4hrs so it had nothing to do with it making labor shorter for me. However, with pitocin I was sobbing.

Gloria - posted on 07/30/2010

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Induced is just accelerating the process of the birth, your going to have the contraction closer and closer and if they are painful then it will be painful if your like me that I had no pain what so ever with my contractions then it will be easy... Good Luck!! anyway the pain is not to be scared of just keep in mind that at the end of all that labor you will have the most wonderful little piece of you in your hands and all the pain is worth it =)

Yahira - posted on 07/30/2010

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BEING INDUCED IS NO DIFFERENT FROM NATURAL BIRTH. MY FIRST SON WAS INDUCED AT 39 WEEKS. I DIDNT FEEL MUCH PAIN. YOU GET YOUR REGULAR CONTRACTIONS WHICH OF COURSE IS PAINFUL AND YOU HAVE YOUR CHOICE OF EPIDORAL OR NOT. ULL BE FINE EITHER WAY AND ONLY YOUR DOC WILL APPROVE WHATS BEST FOR U

Ashley - posted on 07/30/2010

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I was induced and truly i dont think its that bad. The contractions are a little stronger, but you dont stay in labor as long. If i could do it again I would pick to be induced!

Latesha - posted on 07/30/2010

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i have been induced and i have a natural birth being induced does not hurt more

Sherri - posted on 07/30/2010

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Try getting induced doing it natural with no meds and tell me the pain isn't a thousand times worse. I was able to get through with NO pain meds what so ever for my first 2 that I wasn't induced and my last I had to get a shot to take the edge off because I thought I was going to die I couldn't deal it hurt so badly with the Pitocin.

Jessica - posted on 07/30/2010

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i got induced and this was my first and im guna say i really didnt feel any pain after my epidural... but the last 2 hr of labor was kinda painful bc i was in labor for 18 hrs.. so all being induced is them going in and breaking ur water n giving u med to make u go into labor... theres nothing wrong with it... talk it over with ur doc... if i had the choice again i would be induced again...

Becky - posted on 07/30/2010

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People only say it hurts more because there is no build up. With natural it starts of slowly to where getting induced is like BAM there they are. With me I had one natural and the other induced. My natural (first) hurt like hell. I was only in labor for 1 1/2 hours to where when I goot induced (my second) I was in labor for 5 1/2 hours and it was a little but better. All the labors are going to hurt no matter what!

Susy - posted on 07/30/2010

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my 3rd labour was induced, i had the gel, then my waters broken then the drip and it was my quickest and easiest birth by far, good luck

Shelly - posted on 07/29/2010

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Labour pains are labour pains - think it just hits you quicker thats all!!!!!
When going natural 1st stage can take 20 hours - when induced I think u hit second stage quicker........
I was down to be induced on my first but went natural - 9 hours in total - pain was bearable for most of it..... Second birth was 4 hours and pain again was bearable....
So good luck and don't let people judge u!!

Peita - posted on 07/29/2010

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I had my first 2 naturally, my 3rd I was induced! For me, the induction was incredibly quick and painfull. I had my first strong contraction at about 8pm (an hour after being started on the drip) and by 9:15pm it was all over, From that 1st contraction, there was only about a minute between contractions, after 1/2hr it was down to 30 secs between each contraction and after that I don't remember, they were coming too hard and fast to keep track lol!! My first natural labour was 38hrs and my 2nd was 6 1/2hrs!!

Juli - posted on 07/29/2010

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This is probably too late for you now, but I was induced with my second. Yes, labor did progress more quickly, but it was still a gradual progression and I was surprisingly energized when it came time to push. Labor with my 2nd child (who is 7 years apart from my 1st) was about 11-12 hours, whereas it was 25 hours with my 1st without induction.
I think the speed made it easier for me the second time around... there was no time for me to really grow tired, whereas with my 1st child I was completely exhausted and unable to cope with the pain after I passed 16 hours of labor.

Hope your labor went well!! Congrats!!!

Tia - posted on 07/29/2010

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o yeah my daughter was very tiny so im sure thats part to do with why it didnt hurt at all, and from going through many medical procedures i like to think i have a high tolorence for pain.

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2010

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i was induced and they told me the pain would be worse because i didnt want an epidural but they told me that i would more than likely need one because pain is bad but lucky me had no pains until i was fully dilated. Dont think i will be that lucky this time round tho lol

Wendy - posted on 07/29/2010

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If they give you medication to induce or strengthen your contractions, your contractions will be harder and that can hurt more...

Kathy - posted on 07/29/2010

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Pitocin makes contractions worse than natural contractions. The drug prologns and makes them stronger. If you are induced, you will get pitocin. If you go into natural labor, you may get pitocin. Either way-the drug sucks but works well at getting labor going.

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I wasn't induced but my mam was for my sister and she said as may others have told me that the contractions come on much quicker and stronger when you are induced.

Michelle - posted on 07/29/2010

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I was induced with both my girls so can't say if the pain was worse than if i'd not been but I was birthing partner to 2 or my friends and their pain certainly seemed as bad, worse in 1 case, than mine and neither were induced. I think it depends on the individual. Good luck

Melanie - posted on 07/29/2010

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I think no matter which way natural or induced is the same pain. It's just for some people it doesn't work 1st time. Mine took 36 hours before i gave birth yet i found having a c-section less painful in terms of recovery. Good luck and just remember to keep moving if you can. Walking around will help bring on labour quicker than being stuck on a bed x

Ayanna - posted on 07/29/2010

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I was induced when i had my daughter last year. I was 5 days overdue, hot, and very irritated hadnt even dialated! I thought being induced would make labor easy so i feel allmost obligated to share my experiences with you :) in most situations when your induced, they used a medicine call PITOCIN they put t in the IV. It makes your contractions hurt times 2! they feel unnatural and very painfull, even with an eiduaral i wouldnt wish this on my worse enemy lol. Hope im not scaring you because once it is all over you'll forget about the pain and be focusing on the baby in your arms :) good luck!

Tia - posted on 07/29/2010

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i was induced at 37 weeks b/c my daughter was SGA and i wasnt dialated or thinned out or anything, the doc said it would be VERY painful and take at least 24 hrs but it only took about 12hrs and didnt feel a thing so much that i almost missed getting my epidural lol i was in no pain at 6 cm! soon as i got it i went frm 6cm to pushing in about a hour in a half, pushed literally 3 times and theres baby lol quick and painless!
BUT everyone is different thats just my experience.

Dayna - posted on 07/29/2010

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I have been induced and had natural. Id say the contractins are the same but the induction pains kill. I got induced and didnt have my daughter for 22 and a half hours once i was in full labour i was fine but them induction pains were solid.

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