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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Starr - posted on 02/15/2011

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Ive had five babies, three induced, two natural and yes! there is a big difference. induced labor is so much harder. if you can avoid it I would.

Nicole - posted on 02/15/2011

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i had 2 natural and the last one induced. all of them hurt and all of them were quick but everyone is different. even if more people say one hurts over the other doesnt mean you will. Dont go in with expectations cause the outcome might be completely opposite. I hope the best to ya. Just know its gonna hurt no matter what :( unfortunately.

Merry - posted on 02/15/2011

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I went into labor naturally and was managing my pain well. But then they broke my water which is one way to induce or speed up labor. After that my contractions got unbearable. I was in so much pain I started feeling scared! I got an epidural which I really didn't want to get but because they broke my water for me instead of waiting for it to happen naturally it was too much pain for me to handle.
I figure, if you do it naturally, then your body goes at the speed you can tolerate, when we mess with the process and make it faster or harder then normal, then your body might not be able to deal with that strength of labor.

I think it's always best to follow your bodies natural rhythms and most drs tend to be impatient and try to speed it up, not totally telling you that this process can make natural labor unbearable!

Rachel - posted on 02/15/2011

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i was induced and i didnt think it was bad but i was my first pregnancy so i had nothing else to compare it to ..... i just thought that allll labours hurt so u just have to go through it and in the end u have a beautiful baby to cherish

Kristy - posted on 02/14/2011

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I had my waters broken and then was given the drip, my whole labour was 90 minutes, it was so painful. I never want to go overdue again. It really puts me off having anymore kids.

Sarh - posted on 02/14/2011

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With my daughter I had her naturally, I didn't cry or anything until they handed her to me. I didn't have any pain meds and she was 9lbs 13.5oz and I had to have 64 stitches. I looked at my mom and said "That's it?!" lol.
With my son I was induced, the pitocin wasn't doing anything except giving me contractions and pain BUT I was NOT dilating or effacing! Dr finally broke my water like I said and the contractions from the meds and now from my body it was horrendous! My contractions were non stop and I couldn't breath from the pain. But he was born with in about 20mins!

Rachael - posted on 02/14/2011

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Pitocin, as opposed to naturally occuring oxytocin does not allow the body to "warm up" it is more painful and harder/faster.

Tina - posted on 02/14/2011

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I was induced with the drip and i know a few women who have had it to and we all say the same thing.... OUCH! It is way way worse than going natural because the labor is intense NOW... when its natural your body will pick up speed.. I would go all natural All the way every time!! With my first I was induced that was followed by a C-section because she was stuck (not because of the drip). second I had an epidural, though nice to have no pain, I felt detached from it. Third was ALL natural and was such an amazing experience! I could do that many many more times if my hubby would let me!! lol!! =)

Katrina - posted on 02/14/2011

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I had a natural birth for my first (from start to finish 21hours - by my counting). My second was induced, however, I did not need the drip. I had my membrane ruptured by the doctor, walked around for 10 minutes and was well on the way. In total, that labour was only around 3 hours 50 min. It was VERY intense and I think I went into a bit of shock (I was violently shaking the whole time) Very painful but didn't need any more painkillers than the gas...although I think that was at pretty high levels.
If you need it, then I say get induced rather than risk having a caesar later on...but also remember that you should be able to still have some sort of analgaesics during labour, whether its the gas, the injection or epidural...
Good luck to you :)

Samantha - posted on 02/14/2011

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My first daughter was induced with a Pitocin drip, it was horrible! My second daughter I went into labor naturally and it was no where near as bad, still painful,but not as bad. With the induction, everything comes on fast and hard, where when I went naturally, it was a more gradual process (even though my labor was at most half the time of my first). I, sadly, could not do it completely on my own though. I did end up getting an epidural both times, I guess I am just a wimp, but the induction is something I will never allow again unless it is a life or death situation!

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