Induced?

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 183 moms have responded )

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I was induced with my first child at 39 weeks. My doctors thought he was going to be a big baby. After 12 hours of labor and I never got past 4 cm I ended up having a c-section. I also have a lot of friends who were induced as well with the same result, a c-section. I was wondering what some of the other experiences have been or if a c-setion after being induced in the norm?

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Lara - posted on 04/19/2010

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Yes, induction itself results in an increased risk of c/s. Also, the data has shown that inducing for macrosomia (large baby), or impending macrosomia is not an indication. Large babies settle in the pelvis better when labor is spontaneous. Also, how big was your baby in the end?... Often the induction is done for a large baby that ends up being 8lbs (really not bad). The clinical estimates (just feeling your belly) and weight estimates from u/s can be quite off...

Leanna - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was induced at 39 weeks and after 22 hours of labor I finally had a C-section. On the flip side, my sister-in-law had to be induced with all 6 of her children (which were late), none of them resulting in a C-section.
When you're induced early, you're forcing your body to do something it doesn't think it's ready for. Even with the drug and rupturing your water if it didn't happen naturally, your body may still have issues moving ahead. Unlike over-due where your body is about to go ahead and start, but needed a slight push.
I had to have a C-section. My son was sunny side up and 9 pounds and 10.8 ounces. He acted like a cork and was stopping the process.
But in relevance, babies are becoming larger due to pre-natals which causes a more need for C-sections.
These are just things I read up on after my C-section. Hope it helps some!

Laura - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was induced with my first and after 15 hours I was still only 4cm, but coping quite well. They then put me on a drip to help me dilate and speed up the contractions. This worked wonders, although made it very painful so had to go onto gas and air. 4 hours later and my son arrived after 15 mins of pushing.

Second labour was a breeze though, came early after a total of 3 hours 45 mins of natural labour and pushed out in 5 mins.

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I have had 3 inductions and they were all delivered naturally. I was prepped for c section on the last 2 just in case but it all turned out fine.

Angelia - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was induced 2 weeks early with my daughter and had her naturally. She was 9 lbs 11 ozs and it took over 2 hrs of pushing and she ended up with a broken clavical bone. My son was a planned c-section 2 weeks early since they thought he would be bigger than she was and he ended up 7 lbs 12 ozs.

Tammy - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was induced at 41 weeks with my daughter, ended up having episotomy and forceps after 8 hour labour just struggled at the end, although she did have a larger than average head! again i was induced at 41 weeks with my son, had no problems at all with him, even though he weighed 10lbs! it only took three hours.

Natalie - posted on 04/19/2010

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i was at week 36 with my girl and had my first gels at 7am on a tues morning. by 3am on thurs morn my baby and i were both in distress and i told the doc that i refuse to continue anymore and to get this baby out NOW!!!!!! as a public hospital patient i was examined by each new doc on that shift. id had atleast 6 hands of different sizes feeling there way around inside. i had no dilation or contractions at all. at 3.30am i was taken to surgery and my mum arrived luckily seconds before they would have locked the doors. at 4.40am thurs morn my girl was born. she had the cord around her neck twice and had i not insisted on the c-section my baby most likely would have died in birth.

Tiana - posted on 04/18/2010

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I had both of my children vaginally. They had to induce me both times. The first time I was leaking amniotic fluid and wasnt going into labor. I decided not to get any medication. The second time my water broke and still didnt go into labor! I knew how painfull it was going to get and decided to get meds. I think it hurts worse when you have to be induced and I was still in labor for 11 hours the first time and 15 hours the second time.

Nina - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced at 42 weeks due to low amounts of amniotic fluid. After having oxytocin for 5½ hours and almost no contractions my water broke. 9 hours later our beautiful daughter was born after 30 minutes of pushing, with suction cup though... She had her hand on her cheek, but thanfully she was only 7½ lbs so I could push her out without even tearing. =)

Brenna - posted on 04/18/2010

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I've never been induced, but I looked into it. I decided against it because the body naturally builds up to the heavy contractions, so you're more prepared for them; inducing gets you right into the hard contractions from the get-go, and it is usually counter-productive because the body hasn't been adequately prepared for the hard contractions.

A general rule of thumb to keep in mind is: hospital intervention almost always requires more hospital intervention.

Rachel - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced for fear of a large baby. I barely avoided having to get a c-section. I've since learned a lot about induction and the standard procedures that most OBs and hospitals follow. As a result, I've chosen to NOT use an OB for this pregnancy so that I won't be pressured to induce again without clear medical reason. A large baby (mine was 9 lbs even), even a breech baby (which I currently have at 33 weeks along), is not a medical reason for induction. Instead, I've chosen a very experienced midwife. I've been extremely pleased with the higher standard of care and involvement from our midwife.



Here is an article about induction that, I feel, has a lot of good information based on facts that many women may or may not know and most doctors certainly don't explain to moms. http://www.mothering.com/pregnancy-birth...



Regards,

Rachel

Carly - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced and ended with a c/s, as did my sister. Our Ob/gyn told her that 80% of inductions will end in a c/s...

Vanessa - posted on 04/18/2010

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My experience was much the same...
I was 12 days over. Induced at 9.30 or so, had my waters broken, there was some meconium in waters, so baby was being monitored. Basically I was stuck on bed with contractions 1 min apart from the word go!
I went for 12 or so hours, before my doctor did an internal, deciding I would need an emergency c-sect, cause - failiure to progress.
A few hours later I gave birth to a whopping 4.6kg girl, I'm kinda glad I didn't give birth naturally!

Suzanne - posted on 04/18/2010

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Between me and my two sister we have had five inductions with no C-section!

My first was a pitocin gel on the cervix. He was induced a few days early due to his size. He had already dropped into the birthing canel so is was just a matter of my getting ready. After 16 hours of labor with only a shot of morphin around 11pm, so that he and I could rest a little, and 2 and a half hours of pushing he was a healthy 8lb 8ozs.

With my second one the doctor gave me a pitocin drip (no pain meds were used) and after about about 4 and a half hours and about 5 pushes I had an 8lb baby boy.

Terry - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with all three of mine. I was 80% effaced and dialated to 3 when I went in with the first two and they told me I was in labor with the third but I felt nothing. They were all confortable and did not want to go anywhere at over 40 weeks each. I had a 6 hour labor with the first, 3 with the second and 2 with the third. No problems, all healthy. Good luck to you!

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2010

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i had the some problem. i was induced but never progressed past 5 after 12 hrs. of labor. I had a c-section and found out that the cord was around her neck.

Sheena - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced a week early as well. I had no complications. I was dilated to a 2 but was totally effaced. Total labor was 9 hours, I pushed for 2 of those. I am pretty small and we were worried that at the rate my son was growing a c-section would be the only option. Luckily I was able to have him natural. I think a lot of times doctors rush into the idea of induction when there has been no sign of labor progression. i.e no dilation or effacement, or contractions for that matter. I had also already lost my plug. Had you experienced any of this before your induction? It also depends on how your body takes the drugs and when they let you get your epidural. Getting an epidural too soon can slow the labor process, even without induction. Just some food for thought.

Rachelle - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was 10 days late with my first child and was induced. I had her vaginaly 26 hours later. My second child wasn't induced but my labor slowed down and I was given something, can't remember what, and her came out 2 hours later

Leila - posted on 04/18/2010

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I have been induced with all four of my children & have given birth to all four naturally (but with an epidural). I seem to not be able to go into active aggressive labor on my own. With my last 2, I really wanted to go into labor on my own & waited until I was 5 days over due & it never happened. With baby number 4 I actually hemorrhaged because I put to much stress on my uterus by going overdue. My labor with my first was 17 hours & my second was 14.5. My last two were much shorter. I am now getting ready to have baby number 5 & have already planned with my doctor to be induced at least a week early.

Linda - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was instructed to admit hospital early in the morning after diagnosed of being dilated 4cm. But I have no signed of delivery! At 2pm, my doctor came to check on me & broke my water bag. At 5pm I was put to induced my second baby at 38 weeks. At 7:30pm my second girl (healthy but tiny, 2.5kg) was delivered naturally without epidural.

Meredith - posted on 04/18/2010

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With my 1st, I was 2 days past my due date when she was born and I had her on my own time. It was a regular vag. delivery w/ an epidural. My 2nd one still wasn't budging at the 40 wk. mark and my OB-GYN said I was going to have to be induced. So I signed up for it for 5 days past my 40 wk mark (hoping I'd have her w/o induction). I was scared b/c I had heard horror stories of women being induced and having long, painful labors, but I went in on Thursday, 5 days past my due date, and they induced me at 7:30 a.m. and I had her 5.5 hrs later and only pushed for 10 mins. She was 8 lbs. 14 oz..

Kristen - posted on 04/18/2010

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Truth be told, Baby comes whe he/she is ready. Not when your ready. So if you get induced and baby is not ready you will most likely end up with a C-sec. My Dr. offered me the same thing, to induce early, But also told me that 90% of his patients that get induced have either hard labors or end up in C-sec. So based on all the bad that I heard from him and others I choose not too. My daugher came in 9hrs and my son in 1hr. Both labors started naturally. The body and baby are miraculous things that somehow know what they are doing even if we don't.
Now, seen as you have already had a C-sec. you may whind up with another depending on how well you healed from the last one. But don't let that get you down. If you allow everything to happen in its own time you may have better luck with a V-back.

Terri - posted on 04/18/2010

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After millions of years of evolution, women are surely capable of delivering a healthy child without premature invasion of the body snatchers. Nature knows best!

Jeanine - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced twice and I had no problems giving birth. I did wait awhile before getting an epirderal(sp.?). I wasn't induced with my oldest,( just for more information.)

Samantha - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced at 38 weeks due to hypertension (high blood pressure). After a day of contractions and minimal dilation, I was induced a SECOND time. They broke my water and I finally fully dilated. Pushed for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then ended up having a c-section b/c my pressure went up, developed a fever and my son went into distress. What a delivery!!! Just relieved he was out and safe!! :) If I were to do it again I would have asked them to do the c-section after the first try at induction. Not safe to do all this for baby or mom!

Amber - posted on 04/18/2010

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i was induced with my little one (first and only for now) at 41weeks 5days because i wasnt progressing at all on my own (even after having membranes stripped 3 times). start to finish it was 25 hours total, but most of it was just waiting for progression to start. after reaching full 10cm it was only about 10min of pushing and our little man was here! :) before i agreed to the induction my OB assured me that inductions are about 50% likely to end in csection, which truly isnt too much higher than going into labor on your own..

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced after 4 days of labour (on and off), was already 8cm but contractions slowed, induction got me to pushing point pretty quickly but my daughter was stuck, after a couple of hours of pushing (I know!!) I had a c-section, daughter born 7lb11. with a headache!

Cynthia - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced for two out of three pregnancies, and all were vaginal deliveries agter over twelve hours of labor

Melissa - posted on 04/18/2010

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I too was induced at 39 weeks. This was with my 3rd child. My doctor wanted to relieve me from the pressure of my son "sitting" on my femoral artery. I didn't get past 4 cm either. Then they broke the water and he came zooooooooooming out.

Laura - posted on 04/18/2010

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I went into labor on my own with my first, was in labor 22 hours and had a 7 lb 7 oz healthy baby girl....with my second I was induced at 39 weeks after 6 hours of labor delivered a healthy 5 lb 14 oz baby girl.....with my third I was scheduled to be induced at 39 weeks. My blood pressure skyrocketed and I was admitted to the hospital 5 days before my scheduled induction. My water broke on its own the day before the induction but I ended up with an emergency c-section cause the baby's heart rate kept dropping (he was tangled in the cord, but it wasn't around his neck) and I delivered a healthy 5 lb 9 oz baby boy. I was ok with induction because it was much easier to schedule child care, etc. for everyone else. But I only know of a few inductions that have turned to c-sections and most of those would've been C-sections either way - like mine.

Crystal - posted on 04/18/2010

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i was 42+ weeks when i was induced and i got to 4 centimeters and they had lost my son's heart beet they didn't know if he moved or if it had stopped so after 9 and a half hours they strongly suggested a c-section

Alkirra - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with my first child when i was 39 weeks and i was in labour for 26 hours with pain before giving me epidural which i waited 4 2 more hours but never when past 5 cm so i when in for a c-section. i thought it hurted more then when i was in labour but it changes for everyone..

Brenda - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced because dr likes to do them.. was a bit annoyed about that. then when it was taking a little while episiotomy was mentioned so i pushed with all my might. out she came no c-section. another note i have heard that they can cause micvarriages with subsequent pgs.

Marianne - posted on 04/18/2010

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1 induction, 1 c-section at full dilation due to distress caused by pitocin before I started to push.

Barbara - posted on 04/18/2010

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This happened with my daughter and niece....but the end results were each of them had a healthy baby boy!! So the dr.s knew what was best for mom and child.

Ashley - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with my daughter, but they didn't use petocin(not sure the correct spelling), I was induced by natural medicines. Although my labor was 11 hours long I did have her naturally. Is what happens, is when they induce you, your body is under so much stress its hard to dilate, so they give you other meds to relax you and take away the pain which in turn kinda counteracts the original meds to induce your labor. In return it causes a longer more painful, stressful labor and in most cases they have to do a c-section. I'm unsure of the medication they gave me, all I know is it looked like a smashed gummy bear in a net and it was made from sea weed. Instead of it inducing contractions, it relaxes your cervix so you can dilate and morphine doesn't counteract it.

Maree - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with the last 2 and had normal labour progression and natural delivery and healthy happy babies, the labours still took anywhere round the 10-12 hours with the gel being used.

Anne Marie - posted on 04/18/2010

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Yes i had a C sectiion after being induced, they want as much as possible to give natural birth. I went on to have two more kids. The second they tried a natural delivery and again it was a c section, I would not dilate more than 4 cm either. The third child they just scheduled a c-section. The babies health is far more important than natural delivery. I would make sure you tell them next time about your first delivery. My pelvis is locked and they were able to tell that after the second child.

Nova - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced a day after my due date. The reason for this was the fact that Christmas was 3 days away & apparently here (Sydney, Australia) a woman cannot be induced on a public holiday. Plus, my doctor was also going on holidays! I did not have a c-section. After 12 hours of labour i gave birth to a 9 pound baby girl after 1 hour of pushing. Mind you, i did have an epidural as it took me 11 hours to dilate. Being in pain for 11 hours??? I think not!

Andrea - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced the week after my due date but had no luck. On the evening of the 3rd day I was told rest overnight and we'll try inducing again from tomorrow morning. 2 days later, after much thought and consideration, I was begging for a c-section because I was beginning to scare that nothing was happening and the constant internals were really becoming uncomfortable. The morning consultant said no but in the afternoon I was told yes by another consultant who said I don't think this baby will come on its own. Into theatre I go, I'm opened up and what do you know - my baby is breech!!! A big baby boy 9lbs 14 ozs and a very relieved mother lived to tell the tale but it does frighten me to think what would have happened had the induction got things in motion

Josie - posted on 04/18/2010

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I think it all depends on your situation at the time... i was induced with my 2nd child due to low liquid around baby i was 41weeks at the time, baby's heart rate would stop each time i would have a contraction, 7cm dilated, no progress emergency c-section.recovery period for me after the c-section hated it. couldn't do the norm until ? wks. so now i have had my 3rd baby thank goodness naturally but docs and midwives abit weary due to cut from c-section might rupture during natural birth but all was fine.

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I was induced at 41 weeks because I was only at 2 cm and was in labor for 30 hours before my daughter was born. Only the last 4 hours were consistent, strong contractions.

Mary - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced and had a natural birth. They gave me cytotec - which just gets things ready (and sometimes causes natural labor) for the first whole day - it got me to 4cm over 26 hours. Then they did pitocin - which got us the rest of the way in about 10 hours. The nurses kept telling me to ask for cytotec when the doctor suggested pitocin and I think it helped a lot.

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I was induced because I was 2 weeks late with my first..I was also 35... resulted in a C sec. planned the c sec for my second child, I was 40

Leeanna - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with all 3 of my kids. The first one took along time but after11days over due and 4 days in the hospital and 6 times being induced she came into the world very healthy. my second was only 7 days but the dr was amazing with inducing, 10 hrs I had a second very healthy girl. My 3rd however was harded at 4 days over due and after 38hrs of inducing they decided i had some damage done from to much inducing and having big children that i can no longer deliever naturally so my son was born by c section. not the end of the world for me as he is my last and he was and is very healthy. :)

Lisa - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced at 36 weeks becuase I was losing fluid. I was in the hospital for two days because nothing was happening. They were talking about sending me home on complete bed rest, I chose to stay. Good thing I did. I went into labor during the middle of the night. I was dilated to a one so I tried to sleep through everything. An hour later the nurse came in and I asked about some pain medication. She said she would have to ask the doctor. I then told her i had to use the bathroom she said fine. Well needless to say I was in labor for an hour and my daughter ended up being born on the bathroom floor. So in a way I guess it wasn't normal, but I didn't have to have a c section thank goodness!

Sara - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with my second. I went in for a scheduled c-section because he was breech, but the silly guy turned around in less than a week! So we decided to induce because he was full-term and was born barely a few hours later. Absolutely no problems and no regrets!

Meredith - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was induced with my daughter because we were afraid of her being to large and that meant I would end up with a c section anyway. My labor wasn't progressing and they starting talking about a c section. Luckily my contractions changed and I had my precious one shortly there after. The problem with induction usually comes down to when they break your water. There is a time window after your water breaks that you have to have your child to prevent damage.

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