what happens when you get induced?

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Ashly - posted on 02/22/2010

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I was 18 when I had my daughter in November. I was terrified when the doctor told me that I was going to have to be induced. I had pregnancy diabetes, so the doctors would not let me go past my due date. I went to the hospital Monday 23, 2009 (2cm dialated) and got the cervadil, (they insert it right onto your cervix), at 10 and they continued that every 4 hours. At 6am Tuesday they switched me to the pitocin, (which is inserted into your IV.) At 7 my doctor came in and broke my water (at 4cm dialated.) I took a nice hot bath in the hospitals spa tub and got back in bed. They gave me some pain killer through my IV at 7:45 so that I could sleep, and it wasn't but 10 minutes and I fell asleep. At 9am I woke up due to heavy contractions and the nurse checked me saying the baby was coming. At 9:47am November 24th my daughter was born. I only had a little over half an hour of heavy contracting. Getting induced is a lot scarier than it actually is. You'll be perfectly fine and the nurses will keep a good eye on you. If you have any more questions on what happens when you are induced feel free to ask here or email me at rose_33_1991@yahoo.com.

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Tiffany - posted on 02/22/2010

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I went into the hospital, like a scheduled appt., and they set me up in a room. They did all the normal, routine stuff, like hooking me up to the blood pressure machine, taking me temp and doing the iv's (Ugh! My LEAST fav part!). Then, they put this little capsule-looking thing inside me, and said it had to stay there for a few hours. That was supposed to make me have contractions. Well, it did, but once it was gone, they stopped. So, since I was 8 days overdue already, they didn't send me home. They put some type of "inducing medicine" in my iv. Same thing happened. The medicine would work, but only while I was hooked up to it. So, they made me wait a few hours and they flushed my system with a clear bag of something in my iv. Then, they tried a diff kind of med in my iv, and that one worked. Throughout this whole time, which was a 2 day period, they would come in and take this long stick thing, with a hook on the end, and try to break my water about every 4 hours. It finally broke when I was inching my way to the bathroom. Lol! Well, the rest is just the normal labor stuff. I'm going to spare you that part, since I had complications, and ended up having an emergency c-section. Hopefully, the first method of inducing will work on you. Apparently, my daughter wasn't ready to come out! Lol! Good luck!

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Karen - posted on 02/22/2010

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What happens when you are induced will depend on if u are dilating already or not. They only insert cervidel if your not.If your waters have ruptured but ur not having contractions its IV medication only, and if not broken its a 2 sec poke to burst membrane 4 waters, very quick and no big deal. i was already titillating (3cm) so only waters + cintosyn via IV. induced at 7am, slept till 4pm, at 6.09pm a beautiful boy that wanted feeding NOW!!!!!!!!! Good luck, and contact me again if u need

Tarsha - posted on 02/22/2010

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hiya, i got induced with bubs number 4..they put the gels in about 8pm and i had pains all night, then at 7am they broke my waters and 1hr 40min later Oliver was born in water! i would rather have 1hour 40min of bad contractions then all night little contractions.
With my first my waters broke and i wasnt getting any contractions so they put a drip in me and put pitiocin (not sure on spelling)..and that really makes the contractions come on!!
Usually they put the gels in the night b4 give u some pain medication so u can get sleep and they break ur water in morning..i had no pain medication for any of my kids ALL natural!!
Good luck to u! ♥

Andria - posted on 02/22/2010

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with me I was givin this stuff call cervadil that they put, i believe in your cervix... then the next morning they started me on pitocin which would cause contractions. Later that day I was dialated enough and so they broke my water i dilated more then was ready to push and had my daughter. I was started on the cervadil on friday night then pitocin saturday morning and had my daughter sunday at 1:10 I was in labor for 25 hours... Hope that helped. have any questions feel free to message me.

Jenn - posted on 02/22/2010

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When you are induced they give you an IV to try an get contractions going.. I was induced 2 times. THe first didn't take so i went back a week later and I had to be induced again because they were worried about her not coming out yet ( I was 2 1/2 weeks late). I was induced again with an IV they put in then later they manually broke my water.. Its really not scary. If everything goes as planned you start contractions an then you have a baby!

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I've had two inductions now, so I'm VERY familiar with the procedure! ;) I'm not a doc, but I'll tell you as much as I can about what happens when you are induced.

Your OB will discuss whether or not it is an appropriate choice for you. (If you've already got it planned, then obviously, you've already done that.) Normally induction is best reserved for an overdue baby, or if there are complications with a pregnancy. You will then set up an appointment for your induction, based on the availability of your OB.

Depending on the time of day that you are scheduled for they will tell you not to eat a certain number of hours prior to the induction. You will normally not be allowed to eat again until after the baby is born (this is usually by order of the anesthesia doctor or nurse anesthetist, a different doc than your OB), but that is standard procedure at most hospitals.

In some cases, usually if you are already dilated (sometimes if you are not), your OB will try a few different methods to encourage labor while you are in her office for your final appointment. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. These methods normally may include a gel on your cervix, or "sweeping" of the membranes. My OB didn't bother with either, since I was already dilated to 3-4cm before both babies.

Pre-register and pay your co-pay ahead of time if you can. That way you don't have to worry about it when you get there.

Once you get to the hospital, the nurse will check to see if you are dilated, etc., just like an OB appointment. YOu'll get a blood pressure cuff which stays on until the baby is born. I think sometimes they put a gel on you to try to get you to dilate, but I didn't need that either time, so I can't tell you whether they do it all the time or not. They will place a fetal monitor and a monitor for you as well (both are elastic straps that go around your tummy, with little monitors attached). You will get an IV with saline solution, and they will start medication to induce contractions. Pitocin is usually the med used to induce. Pit is a synthetic hormone similar to oxytocin, which is what naturally gets labor going. Pitocin starts small, and they increase the dose little by little. They will likely also give you a medication for pain through the IV (for me it was stadol - this in NOT the epidural, just a temporary pain med).

Then you hang out for a while, waiting for the contractions to get stronger... They will check you periodically while you wait. This usually takes AT LEAST several hours, even if you are already dilated. (With baby #1 it was 17 hours for me, with baby #2 it was 11 1/2.) If you choose to have an epidural, they will tell you to request it when you are ready (usually not until your contractions are strong enough to need it). It's better to wait as long as possible before you request the epidural, because if you get it too soon, it could slow your labor down. It is usually best to wait until you are dilated to at least 4-5cm.

Your OB will check on you whenever she is in the hospital, usually two or three times before you are ready to deliver. When the nurse determines that delivery is getting close, they will call your OB.

When you request the epidural, the anethesiologist will come and "place" it. If you aren't sure how an epidural works, definitely educate yourself so you know what to expect. With my first baby, they placed the epi after they broke my water, but with #2 my contractions were strong enough to start the epi before my water broke. However, with baby #2, they started the epi too high (I was already having contractions when we got to the hospital, so they were pretty strong pretty quickly & I think the anesth tried to compensate). It caused my labor to stall, so I had to request to have it turned down, and they sat me up for a while, which got it going again. Two things to remember about that, though: if you start to stall, it is your choice whether or not to request the epi be turned down, and you can't have it turned back up again (with #2, I knew what to expect, so I was ok with it). Also, in a lot of cases, stalling may mean that labor stops completely and they may send you home.

In most cases, even when labor starts naturally, your water will need to be broken by your OB during one of the times she checks on you. Once your water is broken, they will place an internal monitor directly on baby's head, as well as a urinary catheter, since you can't tell when you need to go to the bathroom, and you can't get up to walk there even if you did know. :)

If all goes according to plan, the nurse will tell you when to start pushing. With an epidural, it is difficult for the mommy to tell when to push, since you can't really feel your contractions. After that, it's basically like normal labor. You push, and out comes the baby!

I know that is a TON of information, but I believe it is better to know what you are getting in to than it is to be clueless & surprised. If I had known more about the procedure before baby #1, I would have felt a lot more confident about whether or not we were doing the right thing.

Karen - posted on 02/22/2010

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What happens when you are induced will depend on if u are dilating already or not. They only insert cervidel if your not.If your waters have ruptured but ur not having contractions its IV medication only, and if not broken its a 2 sec poke to burst membrane 4 waters, very quick and no big deal. i was already titillating (3cm) so only waters + cintosyn via IV. induced at 7am, slept till 4pm, at 6.09pm a beautiful boy that wanted feeding NOW!!!!!!!!! Good luck, and contact me again if u need

Jenn - posted on 02/22/2010

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When you are induced they give you an IV to try an get contractions going.. I was induced 2 times. THe first didn't take so i went back a week later and I had to be induced again because they were worried about her not coming out yet ( I was 2 1/2 weeks late). I was induced again with an IV they put in then later they manually broke my water.. Its really not scary. If everything goes as planned you start contractions an then you have a baby!

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