induced labor or natural labor?

Emma - posted on 02/14/2011 ( 110 moms have responded )

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just curious really has anyone had a birth that was induced with a drip and a natural birth and is it true that overall births that are induced with the hormone drip tend to be more painful than if you go naturally?

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Ann - posted on 02/16/2011

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I'm a mom of 2 great kids and both of my births were completely natural. Absolutely no drugs of ANY kind b/c I would not give anything to my babies. My son was my 1st and he was 5 days late, but my daughter was 2 weeks late. I REFUSED induction! I wasn't about to do that b/c I had heard horror stories and I wanted another natural birth like my 1st. When I was pregnant the 1st time my husband & I took a childbirth class that teaches you how to breathe through the pain and let your body work like it should. It also provided us with knowledge of what happens during each stage of labor. This is extremely helpful! My advice is to have a birthplan that you give to the nurses at the hospital when you check in and also a copy for your file with your obgyn. This will make things go smoother because they will be aware of your expectations and won't try to force anything on you in the heat of the moment.



Unless it is medically necessary, do NOT let anyone break your water. What they don't tell you is not only can it make things difficult, but it also allows germs into the body that can affect the baby. It can also actually stop labor and this is why many women end up with c-sections. During my 1st birth, my water broke just before I began to push and the 2nd time, my water broke as my daughter crowned. The bag of waters actually helps you dilate fully because it pushes down on your cervix and it can minimize tearing. I had 2 stitches the 1st time and none the 2nd. And one of the best things you can do is labor at home for as long as you can before going to the hospital or birthing center. This will give them less time to try and talk you into stuff b/c you are vulnerable when in pain. I wish you luck & a happy, healthy baby!

Angela - posted on 02/20/2011

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My daughter's birth was induced and the first nurse gave it to me too quickly and up'd it too fast. Well, it was unbelievably painful and I started seizing 3 times. It ended up after 13 hours of this and contractions literally 5 seconds apart, they had to put me under to perform a c-section. Point of my story - always make sure you have a responsible adult there with you to make sure the medical staff is being responsible.

Saskia - posted on 02/20/2011

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Number 1 was a C-Section and I got induced with number 2 and 3. Number 2 was a nightmare. It took forever and it was soooooooooo painful (I was at just 2cm and had just 10 seconds in between each extremely strong contraction). Number 3 was great and almost not painful at all, it just felt like stronger Braxton-Hicks. Don't get yourself worked up, every woman is different and so is every delivery. Just see what happens and go with it.

Brittany - posted on 02/23/2011

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Ive only had one child. So I do not have anything to compare. My daughter was over two weeks overdue. My body showed no signs of going into labor. So they induced me with the drip. At first I could handle it. When my contractions got two minutes apart I found myself getting really weak and tired. That was only after 5 1/2 hours of labor. My mom and my nurse convinced me to get an epidoral. After I got it the doctor broke my water and I still labor for 12 hours. When my daughter finally came out. Now I did have a doctor that was tryingto get me to have a c section. My daughter was sunny side up. But I fpught him and my whole family. I wantwd to have my daughter come out the natural qay. I got my way and my daughter was and still is perfectly fine. Nextbaby I want to have a natural home birth.

Geanna - posted on 02/22/2011

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Well I havent had a child without a pitocin drip but I can tell you that mine wasnt all that bad. It could be in part to my choice of pain reduction (visualization technique). The worst part was while I was pushing and then when his head crowned. Of course another thing that could be the cause is my labor was really slow (25 1/2 hrs from the time they started it to when he was born). It was almost like my body was like nope your not doing this now lol.

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Candyce - posted on 02/23/2011

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@ Samantha - I've heard the first takes longer (I've only had one and he took two days, so I have no idea). My sis was in labor for ages with her first, on drugs and induced, but her other two came out so fast, they didn't have time for drugs, lol. She still had a taco in her hand for her second, and her third popped out 15 minutes after her water broke, as she was getting in the car!

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Samantha - posted on 02/23/2011

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i think it just depends on your body and how fast the doctor is running the IV. my first was natural and it was more painful then my second wich was induced.

Candyce - posted on 02/23/2011

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I started natural (nearly two days total labor), but once I got the epi, labor slowed, so they gave me a pitocin drip to speed things up. Since I was drugged, I didn't feel any pain, but did notice stronger and faster contractions, like when I first went into the hospital. My sister was induced with her first, but she was also drugged. From what other mothers have told me, I'd avoid induction if you're going drug free, unless medically necessary.

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Roberta - posted on 02/23/2011

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I was induced with my first (2 rounds or cervidil and a small amount of oxytocin drip) and not my second. I did not have pain medication for either.

The first was more difficult but it really wasn't bad, I didn't ever think that I wanted pain medication. I felt more in a dream world with my first then my second and I depended a lot more on my doula during the first.

I was fortunate to have midwives attending my births at the hospital, they treated both normally though I had to have constant monitoring because of concerns for the baby (induction and high blood pressure), they use a wireless monitoring system so I didn't spend any time in bed and wasn't tied to anything but the IV pole for my first. I spent time in the tub for both and I think that really helped.

I would never induce with a good medical reason. I am so glad that I didn't have to induce with my second (my blood pressure was high but labour started at 38+1 and all the tests had been fine up to then).

Ashleigh - posted on 02/22/2011

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i was induced, worst pain ever in my life. it was horrible, i understand naturally would also be terrible but i had a drip in my arm for 18 hours forcing me to have strong contractions and i just dilated to 3 cm's on the 18th hour, in the end i needed an emergency ceaser. i cried when they told me i was having a ceaser because i was so happy the pain would be over, the next morning i had the head midwife and my obstetrician come in and discuss with me that my labour was so bad because i was induced and my body hadnt had time to prepare its self for labour, they told me if i had of gone in naturally it would have been a much smoother delivery! im very happy i was induced though as my little mans placenta was almost dead and they told me he wouldnt have lived if i had of waited to go naturally!

Jimmilia - posted on 02/22/2011

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With my daughter I had natural birth. No medication I had few switches 7 pounds 8 ozs baby girl

Viktoria - posted on 02/22/2011

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My first sOn I was in pain as my contractions were very strong! But 3 hours I stayed at 7cm, till the broke my waters. Then I had the urge to push right away! Was told not to as I'd damage the inside! Finally like 45 minutes later I had him!! Then my second my contractions again were very bad but even worse as it was in my back!! Within 45 minutes my water broke n like 10 minutes later I had him! He came out face up which is why the pain was in my back! But I did both deliveries drugfree!! N the same is planed for my lil girl due next Friday! Only the meds I need for my strep b n I need the iv in case I hemorrhage it can be stopped right away!! As they did with my first son!!

Katelyn - posted on 02/22/2011

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I was induced because of diabetes... I found it painful, only because the doctor had to make the drip much higher a dosage then normally. thankfully they gave me the epidural before it really kicked in. Ive only had one, so i dont know what its like to go natural.

Mary Renee - posted on 02/22/2011

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YES!!!!! I was induced because I was "late" and I would never ever go that route again! It was so painful. Instead of contractions that are 7 minutes apart, to 5 minutes apart, to two minutes apart right before you're dialated and give birth, my contractsions were 1.5 minutes apart for THIRTY HOURS!!!!!!!!!! It was hell. I had to get an epidural when I was only 1 centimeter dialated because I had been having contractions that were so close together for over 15 hours and still wasn't any closer to have a baby. It made me exhausted and put my baby in distress. When he heart rate dropped (do to the intense contractions she never had an opportunity to recover from) they almost gave me a C-section (women who are induced have a higher rate of needed a c-section) but another doctor I never saw before popped up out of now where and said "I think we can pull it out" They ended up manuall stretching me to 9 centimeters and then pulling her out with forceps. Thank god she was only 6 pounds.

HOLY CRAP! DON'T DO IT! Go natural.

Helen - posted on 02/22/2011

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I was induced with the drip and all i can say is "holy F*** intense is putting it mildly i had my baby girl in two hours and after begging for an epiderual I was told it was to late.. Afterwards I was glad it happened that was as i was up walking around ten minutes later

Joanna - posted on 02/22/2011

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My daughter was difficult. Even with induction it took 2 or 3 hours for labor to start and I had the epidural before contractions started.
With my son, labor started and a few min later he was out. He hurt like hell too!! Even being 3 pounds.

Genie - posted on 02/22/2011

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i went natural with my first and felt no pain and i was induced with my seccond and the epadural did not work

Adella - posted on 02/22/2011

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I have three children, one started naturally the others were induced with the drip. I did not feel like there was a difference between the induced and the natural. My oldest started naturally by my water breaking and the back labor was awful. I was not progressing so they started the drip. My second had awful back labor as well, but my third did not. I did get the epidurals with the first two but not with the third. I was able to only have one shot of i.v. meds. I think it more depends on the person and baby.

Whitney - posted on 02/22/2011

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Watch the Buisiness of being born at least I am pretty sure thats what its called. Its a very informative documentary that Ricki Lake put together. I really enjoyed it and talks a lot about being induced and natural labor. I personally had a natural labor and with my 1st born had him out in 4 hrs of being at the hospital.

Maria - posted on 02/22/2011

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I was in labour,3.5cm dilated when had my waters broken, then the drip which really intensified things it is more difficult for your body to adjust to I couldn't stop shaking and getting sick, when I asked for pain relief (pethadine) they told me I was too far gone,you have to lie there hooked up to machines when you really want to move into a more comfortable position and move around, then came the ventouse suction (due to my daughters heartbeat slowing) which slipped off my baby's head,at least with it naturally happening it's more manageable I'd never be induced again.

Terra - posted on 02/22/2011

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My last birth I had an augmented labor and was able to do it completely natural. It was really hard but I had a doula and my midwife to help me through it and keep me focused. I almost gave in while in transition but my doula helped me refocus on the fact that I didn't want and didn't need the drugs and I was able to birth without the drugs. If I have another I will definitely be going natural again. It is 100% possible if you have a great support team, a supportive hospital staff (they knew I was going drug free and never offered anything to me) and are 100% determined to go without. I think if you even let yourself believe that it is an option for you that you are more likely to cave then if you go in knowing that it just is not an option for you.

Amanda - posted on 02/22/2011

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my first child was all natural...the pain was terrible and I was in labour about 48 hours give or take a few hours...but I was young and not use to the whole child thing and got an epidural...so my second one was induced first I had the gel and the next day they broke my water and gave me more gel and by three that evening they put me on the drip and then by six minutes after nine I had my baby..the pain from being induced was extremely more painful then going naturally...but the epidural made me unable to feel my contractions to the point that I didn't know when to push for my first child...but labour wise I would say that the second was way worse then the first but it was much faster...only a few hours and I had my wounderful baby...

Anne - posted on 02/22/2011

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with my first I went into labor with no issues (yes later I had an epidural) and was painful but with my second I was 2 weeks late and had to be induced and we had my dr speed it up so that i didnt have to pay the hospital for more then a day for me and I have to tell you that was extremely painful but part of that was his head got stuck. So keep in mind that EVERY ONE is different and EVERY labor is different the pain I suffered with my second not only worth it was kinda self induced other then his head getting stuck. And my pain thresh hold might be lower then yours or the other women posting on this

Jackie - posted on 02/22/2011

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1st child (4.5 hr labor) i asked for the epidural & got the spinal cause i was already pushing then labor stopped & used the drip to start it again, wish i never asked for anything! 2nd child (2.5 hour labor) i went all natural & we were home by the time she was 25 hours old. Much better all natural. I had a spinal head with the 1st child & spent most of our 1st day home in the e.r. getting a caffine drip. the only time i was not in pain was when i was lying down. My MIL even asked if they raised me too early after delivery w the spinal & the stupid nurse said i was fine.

Paskalini - posted on 02/22/2011

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I had every intention of having a natural birth. My water started leaking and you only have so long for your water to be ruptured before infection could set in so the started me on pitocin drip. I made it 17 hours with the pitocin drip and vomited on my Dr. once before I finally broke down and got the epidural. I am now pregnant with my second and terrified I have 7 weeks left and I absolutely do not want to be induced! At least I know this time if I am induced I will go straight for the meds trying to tough it out with the drip was tourture!

Aimee - posted on 02/22/2011

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My doctor & I decided to induce my labor. I was already dilated 3cm. I found it to not be that bad. Being this was my first, I have nothing to compare it to, but my contractions were not so bad that I could not manage the pain. I was 5 cm when they gave me my epidural. From start to finish, I was in labor a total of 9 hours. I have a friend who went into natural labor & it lasted 20 hours. They actually had to put her on a pitocin drip to push her along. So everyone is different!! Good luck!!

Stacy - posted on 02/21/2011

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I've only had one so i can't say which one is better/worse but I went to the dr tuesday afternoon for my normal 39 week visit. I had just started having contractions that day and then at the office the dr stripped my membrane. After that I started having stronger longer and more frequent contractions so when they got to a certain point i went to the hospital. once i got there they stopped but my dr. told them to keep me and if i hadn't progressed to start pitocin the next morning. they gave me pitocin around 6am epidural around 8am i started pushing around 1:30 and my son was born at 2:17pm. My dr had to use a vacuum because i had a fever and my ons heart rate was high and wouldnt come down. She gave me an episitomy and then with the vacuum i ended up with a 4th degree tear. don't know how many stitches i never asked but you cant get worse than 4th degree so i assume A LOT. Even with the epidural i was having a lot of vaginal pain. like to the point where i broke out in tears when a nurse came in to see how far dialated i was. the anesthiologist gave me some more stuff twice before i gave birth. i'm not sure if things would have worked out differently if i hadnt had the pitocin or if my dr hadnt ruptured my membrane or if she didnt have to use the vacuum....but all in all i didnt feel him come out and just the thought of that pain scares me away from having another. Later my dr told me she had a pretty good feeling i was going to tear because i am so tight down there, so who knows. oh and my son was only 6lbs 4oz.....

Lauren - posted on 02/21/2011

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With My first, I labored at home, with mom telling me I couldn't be in labor, I was too "comfortable." when we got to hospital, at 5cm, doc broke my water and away we went. Epidural at 6cm. 19 hours total. With My son, my water broke ast home. Went to hospital, 2cm. Took epi then and there. 2 hrs and no progress later I started pitocin drip. Really wasnt that bad for me....

Talia - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have only had one labor so far but I was induced with a Pitocin drip because my water was leaking. The induction was fine, they paced it slowly so I was not suddenly in full blown labor. It wasn't until my water broke completely that the contractions starting getting really strong and close together and at that point I opted to get the epidural (which I had been planning on getting all along). That allowed me to rest comfortably and even nap for a couple of hours and when I woke up because I was feeling the contractions in my tailbone it was because I was fully dialated and ready to push! In all my labor took about 7 hours and I pushed for about 20. I wouldn't do anything differently, then again I don't have anything to compare it to! It bears mentioning that I delivered in one of the top birthing hospitals in the country (I'm lucky to live in a top medical/research city) so their protocols may be more current with recent research than others.

Mindi - posted on 02/21/2011

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I only have 1 child and apparently was in labor for about 24 hrs but I didn't realize it because the contractions weren't as bad as my normal monthly cramps that come w/mother nature's lovely gift! but they put me on the pit drip because I wasn't dialated enough but my water had broke...well actually trickled (I was expecting a gush) which was another reason I didn't realize I was in labor...anyways I got the epidural and I only felt a little pressure and pain as the contractions got closer together, but I chose to have the epidural and I'm glad that I did. My son came out looking like a cone head from being in the birth canal a little too long but he's fine now, I also got a shot of morphine during the night and delivered my son in the morning...my son is very smart and will be 3 yrs old at the end of April. Good luck! :)

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2011

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I was induced with my son.....I was 40+3weeks and total labour was 3.5hrs!!! The main reason I didint like it is because I was pretty much stuck to the bed and I really wanted to walk around or something....was only in the last part of the labour I finally moved to the bath and shower before returning to the bed to give birth coz I didnt want to give birth in a shower LOL

In saying that, I dont want to be induced with this munchkin, due in July

Jarima - posted on 02/21/2011

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My two births were induced. It is no that bad, but when the contractions started hitting me hard the second time around I had to ask for some meds. LOL

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2011

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Pitocin can not make your uterus contract any stronger than your own hormone oxytocin. Pitocin is used to 'start' or 'speedup' the labor process. I was induced, AROMed and went anesthesia free, it was fine. I was also on a medication called Magnesium because I was pre-eclamptic. NCB is hard, with or without pitocin.

Toni - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have had three births. @ of which I was given patossin, and the third I had nothing. I had an epidural with the first, so I can't really judge the pain, but the next two were equal in pain. But don't worry about it, as soon as little baby is in your arms, the pain is out of your mind. :)

Kel-Cie - posted on 02/21/2011

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I was induced and it was great! they broke my water at 7am, put me on the drip at 9:30 and I gave birth at 5:19 and 5:29 (twins) I loved my experience and would totally do it again

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2011

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I have two kids n my first one I was supposed to be induced. It was supposed to start out with a pill that softens your cervix n the following day I was supposed to get patossin but all I needed was my cervix to be softer. My second one I got the patossin n they broke my water and I can tell you that my second one hurt worse then my first.

Cheryl - posted on 02/21/2011

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I was induced, but not with a drip - doc first tried to break my waters with a needle (ouch) and then they rubbed a cream inside me, which brought contractions on within 5 minutes. These lasted for about 45 minutes, then slowed down to normal contractions - very far apart and then speeding up as per usual ... I found it quite painful at first, because I had to be strapped to bed (heart and baby monitors) for the first 45 minutes and couldn't move around to alleviate pain. But thereafter it was fine, right up until the end - thank you for the epidural!

Kelley - posted on 02/21/2011

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having had one of my children naturally and one induced, my induced experience was better, xx

Jessica - posted on 02/21/2011

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my labor with my first child was induced and my labor with my second child happened naturally. i am not sure if it was more painful, but my body seemed a lot more ready for the delivery process the second time. with my first delivery, i had a very bad tear and my labor was a bit more rough. i also had an epidural when i was induced, but not when i went into labor on my own. also, i must say that my recovery from delivery happened a lot easier when i went into labor naturally. i am not sure if things would have been different if my first labor was natural and my second was induced. i've been told the second round of labor and delivery is easier because your body has been through it before.

Nicolle - posted on 02/21/2011

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Hi, I was induced. They started me off with the prostin gel and it gave me horrible cramps that lasted a day with no progress made they broke my waters in the morning and I managed to dilate to 3cm with horrible contractions that then slowed down, so they ended up putting me on the drip. It made it all happen so quickly and was so intense and extremely painful I also didnt get any break from the contractions as they just kept coming in waves one after the other. My baby ended up getting distressed and in the end was a forceps delivery :-( It was such a traumatic and extremely intense and painful experience, I would say so more then if it were to just happen naturally. Im hoping next time I will go into labour on my own x

Kelly - posted on 02/21/2011

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I was induced with cytotec (misoprostol) which is a tablet I took orally. I had to be induced when my water broke without any signs of labor. I did not have pitocin. I found labor to be extremely uncomfortable, and did end up getting the epidural. It did happen quickly. From the time I was induced to the time I had my son it was 15 hours. Would have been 12, but he got stuck and had to be turned manually (the worst part let me tell you!). My main issue with the induction was that I was hooked up to monitors and therefore unable to try things to relieve the pain naturally like walking around, using the ball, getting into the shower or tub, etc. I even had to ask for them to unhook me and drag wires and tubes with me just so I could go to the bathroom! But looking back, I guess it doesn't really matter since I ended up with a wonderful child :). My only advice would be to go into labor and delivery with a plan, but be prepared to change your plan, and don't beat yourself up about it! No matter how you have that baby, the end result is still a baby, and what could be better?

Laura - posted on 02/20/2011

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i had a natural labor all 13 hours..contractions were horrible..but a tub full of warm water calm me so much..it does hurt but the ring of fire, if thats how you call it, was actually very relieving..especially afterwards.

Jessica - posted on 02/20/2011

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Well I was induced and I didn't feel them but they made me have a epideral and I still had a c-section because my son's heartrate kept dropping.

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2011

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I had an induced labor with my daughter. Can't really say if would have been more painful. I had really bad back labor and the only thing that helped was an epidural. I defiantly helped the process in getting me dilated faster.

Karen - posted on 02/20/2011

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i have had 4 induced and one natural and i think the natural ws the worst my longest birth was 3.5hrs quickest 1.5hrs and never pushed for longer than 20mins at the end ofthe day they have to come out and its going to hurt no matter how they do it just remember each contraction is one less

Brandy - posted on 02/20/2011

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i was induced 2 wks early with the pitocin.. . i was in labor for 21 hrs wasnt that painful just the contractions but my labor was great.......

Megan - posted on 02/20/2011

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I was induced and my labor was extremely easy. I was in labor 4 hours and only pushed for 20 minutes before she was out.

Shantelle - posted on 02/20/2011

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well i was induced but i had the epidural and it went fine, i havent done it again yet but my experience was good

Marisa - posted on 02/20/2011

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My first daughter was induced and she was WAY easier to deliver than my second daughter. I did not have any epidural or other drugs with either delivery. However second dd was almost 2 lbs bigger than my first one so that could have had something to do with it

Cori - posted on 02/20/2011

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i was induced and had a natural birth. it didnt hurt until i got to the ring of fire or the baby head starting to make it way through. but my daughters birth was only 30 minutes from start to finish. i didnt like the drip i couldnt keep my eyes open and i passed out after everything was done and over with. i didnt get to hold my baby for a good 2 hours, because i was so tired

Amber - posted on 02/20/2011

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everybody is different along with every labour and 9 months of being pregnant.. it is up to you on what you want to do.. :)

Taylor - posted on 02/20/2011

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i had always heard that getting induced was so much more painful because it speeds up the process. i was induced and i loved it. i felt no pain at all and i liked knowing what was going to happen before it actually did. i got an epidyrl after a few hours because im a chicken when it comes to pain, but everything moved really fast and it wasnt anything like i thought it was going to be. some of my friends who have gotten induced liked it as well. everyone is different and is going to have different experiences.

Saskia - posted on 02/20/2011

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And again, it all depends on the woman. My 2nd Girls was 40+4, my water broke but no contractions, so they induced and it was a nightmare. My 3rd one was 39+0 and a scheduled induction because of numerous issues and it was almost like a walk in the park.

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