Pregnant with first and being induced.

Jamie - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 104 moms have responded )

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I'm 38w1d pregnant and my doctor decided that on Wednesday (in five days) I'll be induced. I have gestational diabetes, my son is a little on the big side (not too badly), and I have a little bit more amniotic fluid than I should (once again, not too badly). Just one of these things and the doctor wouldn't really worry too much, but with all three combined, it was decided not to let me get to my due date.

As the subject says, this is my first pregnancy. I have an idea of what to expect from labor, but I have no clue what to expect from being induced... Was anybody on here induced and able to give me an idea of what to expect?

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Shanna - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hello i was induced with my first 2..... there is not alot of differnece at all they will just give u some hormones to make the labour come on and also insert some liquid into ur vagina...... but its just the same as normaly labour but u will know when i happeneds lol

Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2010

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i was induced because i went 5 days past my due date and they thought my baby was on the big side. they started me on a pitocin drip but my contractions didn't start until 2 hours later when they broke my water. the nurses kept coming in every couple minutes to turn the amount of pitocin i was getting down because they said my contractions were too strong...they were lasting about a minute and a half with only 30 seconds in between so it was not fun.

what you can expect kind of all depends on your situation...all inductions require an IV with fluids, and constant monitoring of the baby's heartbeat, and your uterine contractions. when i went in, my cervix was "favorable" so they were able to start me on pitocin right away but if your cervix isn't ready they will have to give you something to soften it, such as cervadil, before they can synthetically stimulate your contractions.

i had a really hard time trying to deal with the contractions while hooked up to all the machines, and the IV and i think that was the worst part for me. i needed to be moving around to help cope with the pain but i felt like i was tethered to the bed. everything is what you make of it and as long as you have people there to support you, you'll do just fine. and even the worst labor experiences are forgotten as soon as you see your little one's face :)

good luck!

Lisa - posted on 06/04/2010

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I went in for an nduction and ended up starting labor on my on. They still gave the the meds to induce me though to get things going faster. Basically all they do is give youan IV with petossin to start your contractions and depnding on how well you progress, or how fast, they might up the dose of it to get you moving better. the only thing different from being induced and going into labor on your own is jsut that, everything else is the same. It's jsut that you have to be given meds to start your labor. Also with Petossin(Spelling?) the contractions can be stronger than usual, but that's only because it makes things move along faster. Good luck to you and enjoy the birth of your 1st child!

Jackie - posted on 06/04/2010

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I had natural childbirth with my daughter but my son was induced. He was being stubborn. It was 2 days before my due date and my doctor was out of town so we decided to induce my labor. I went in at 9 and they incerted Cervadil at 10. It was suppose to thin me out then they were going to put Patosin in my IV in the morning to induce my labor but we didnt make it that far. Within 2 hours of putting the Cervadil on my cervix I was in full blown labor.
I had no pain meds with either of my children and my son was harder. My daughter was 6lbs 6oz and my son was 7lb14oz so that may be the difference. I had back labor with both. I didnt think that there was much difference myself.
I was terrified much like you are but all-in-all it wasnt that bad.

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