being induced

Heather - posted on 06/07/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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i will be getting induced a lil over a week from now. Is it really as bad as my friends make it seem. They say it hurts and the contractions are totally worse and it takes forever. I getting a lil nervous.

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Stefanie - posted on 06/08/2009

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hey i was induced and even though the contactions were quite intence from the begining i was only in labour for like 8 hours. i was reslly worried too because you always hear of people being in labour for days wen they get induced but my labour was pretty good. one thing to remember when your labour is that there is going to be an end lol, because you may get to the point where you think it go on for ever but keep thinking that and before you know it the end will be there and youll have a gorgeous little baby and the pain will feel like nothing compared to the joy youll have of your baby.

good luck

Amanda - posted on 06/08/2009

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I have 2 girls and have been induced both times.I am now on #3,so I guess it wasn't so terrible,lol.My first experience was horrible,the labor itself,because my epidural didn't take,and the second time was even worse because they figured out that for some reason my body just won't take an epidural.Strange? I agree,but at 8 1/2 cen. with my second baby girl 8.2 ounces,they finally decided I was truly in pain and my epidural didn't take that tme either they finally just gave me a saddle block.So for the next 5 min. of labor I felt no pain!It was wonderful I am now on #3 and we can't wait to find out what it is going to be.Anyways,lol I am rambling,being induced really wasn't that bad,even though thats all I've ever known,Just make sure that you ask your nurse any and all questions you feel the need to,when it comes go time find a focal point,and as you go through your contraction focus on it and breath.It really helps!! The induction itself wasn't bad at all it's just to speed up the labor process,so it can make the contractions more intense,just breathe through them,and think of your sweet baby.It is definitely all worth it in the end! God Bless!

Kelsie - posted on 06/08/2009

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Induction seems worse I think because you have all that time to worry. You get nervous and think about all the pain and everything that go wrong. I don't think it was that different (although she is my only baby). Just breathe and think about how exciting it is to hold your baby for the first time. Absolutely the most amazing thing ever. When I do it again it's gonna be all natural. My epi only hit one side...contractions are hard, they suck, but women were made tough so we can handle that kind of stuff. Inductions speed things up because they control how much petocin you get, so yea it's harder, but it's quicker too. Good luck, just remember the gift that's gonna come out of it!

Ginger - posted on 06/08/2009

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Ive had it both ways being induced by pitocen and an all natural birth.. they both hurt alot in the end, but I would have to say I didnt like to be induced it brought the labour on faster and harder than what happens naturally.. Im also going to be having my 3rd baby any day now(Im avoiding being induced as much as possible).. so for that I hope everything goes well for u and maybe you will go into labour on your own..good luck youll be fine no matter what happens:)

Allison - posted on 06/08/2009

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I agree by saying i think everyone is different. i personelly was induced and in labor for 12 hours, after 12 hours i still wasnt dilating past 4 (i was at 4 when they started to induce) and my blood pressure was shooting up so i had to get a C-section! that was just my luck! as far as pain i went the first 4 hours no drugs and after that it was too painful! but i dont have a comparison-she was my 1st and only!

i hope it goes smooth and fast for you! congrats :)

Elizabeth - posted on 06/08/2009

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I had to be induced with my first baby recently. It hurt, but I think labor would hurt no matter what. The induction med can make your contractions stronger and closer together than normal, but they watch you closely and won't let it get too crazy. And don't be afraid to ask for an epidural. I felt like such a wuss because I asked for the epidural after only a couple of hours, but I was so much more comfortable after I got it. I think it took 10 hours before I was ready to push and then 2 hours of pushing, which isn't that long. So don't be scared, you can do it!

Claire - posted on 06/08/2009

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i was induced i had the gel unfortunatly i went into labour on my own b4 anything had started to work and when it did it wasnt as bad ive heard its the drip thats not very nice but ive never had it so i cant comment but yes i hurt due to fact of going in on my own and the drugs to get me going kicked in goodluck. the gas and air is great btw :0)

Amanda - posted on 06/08/2009

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It all depends on how you react to it and how many children you have had. I have two and was induced with my second child...things went much faster with the second so i hardly felt anything with the epidural. It is going to hurt, having a kid is no picnic. Good luck!

Belinda - posted on 06/08/2009

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It's completely different for everyone honey. I was induced with my daughter and I was petrified after hearing my sisters story of her induction and awful labour, especially since this was my first. But from the moment they gave me the oxytocin and broke my waters it was only 5 1/2 hours til my daughter was born. It does hurt but once again it's different for everyone and different people respond to pain in different ways. I had an injection of pethidine with my labour which I don't think did a great deal to be honest. I think the important thing to try and remember is that although it is really hard at the time, labour does not last forever, and the pain is not from something going wrong or damaging you. It is actually a good pain, a pain to help your body prepare for your baby who is about to be born. Focus on the beautiful little bundle you'll be handed at the end and have a good support person and it'll all be worth it. And if you find you need it, pain relief is always available. The amazing thing is that you really do forget how much it hurts after a few days. I remember a week after the birth thinking that I knew it was really painful but I couldn't really remember it being that bad. The only reason I knew it must have hurt quite a bit was because I remember when I was about 8cm dilated and thing were getting intense, and i was thinking..... Oh, this is why people get epidurals!!...... But if you can stand the pain as soon as the baby is out you get this amazing rush of relief and I felt really good straight after. Good luck with everything and sorry for the long post!!

Sharlene - posted on 06/08/2009

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I was induced with my daughter (1st child) i enjoyed it, they only drug i had was the way to make me go inot labour then my body took over which meant no more drugs, i did it without any other drugs and was 5 hours all up, 33mins pushing. I also gave birth on hands and knees. Listen to peoples experiences and take what you want from it, Of course its going to hurt but so does going natural, its all going to hurt some way or another, but you forget the pain as soon as that beatiful baby is in your arms. I may be having another induction with this one too

Kate CP - posted on 06/07/2009

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Two words: it sucks.

I managed to go into labor on my own but the contractions stalled out, so my doctor put me on the ever-dreaded pitocin. Yes, it was God awful. I managed to have a pain med free labor and birth, but I wish I could have done it without the pitocin. It really did make my contractions a lot worse. There was no break in between them. If it hadn't been for my awesome coach (my mom) I probably would have freaked out. If there isn't any medical reason to induce then I would let nature take it's course. If you have to be induced then just know you CAN do it and if you need it there are different methods of pain relief available and you shouldn't feel guilty about taking them.

Deborah - posted on 06/07/2009

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with my son/first child i had to be induced because my water broke and i didnt get labor pains it was seven hours after being induced that he was born! yes it hurts but they hurt without it almost just as bad! my first daughter/second child i was schedule to be induced on the 20th of february and i went into labor on my own at 1:30am and she came on her own! and my third child i was suposed to be induced on the 28th of october and i went into labor on my own at 1:00am and she came on her own as well! its funny how things work out!!! good luck!!!!

Mishell - posted on 06/07/2009

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You have to expect a lil pain and it can take a while but you have to look at it this way would you rather have your water break and panic or be safe and sound with you loved ones pampering you!!! Trust me this is the way to go... Plus once all is said and done you have a beautiful baby and you TOTALLY forget every thing your body just went through. Good Luck!!!

User - posted on 06/07/2009

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Hi, I was also induced with my first daughter. I was in labor for 11 hours. The dr. was suprised thinking that I would have been in labor much longer. The contractions started to get pretty painful. I held out as long as I could before getting an epidural because I did not want it to wear off by the time I had to push. After that I didnt feel any pain untill it was time to push but even that part was not that bad. I just wanted it to be over with. Lots of luck!

Christy - posted on 06/07/2009

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I was induced with my first daughter last year and It was painful..of course...I dont have anything else to compare it to cause it was my first. I heard the same thing, that the inducing med. makes it worse. I was only in labor for 9hrs from the time they started the med. till she was born. I dont think that was long...it must depend on the person as to the length of time. Good Luck!!!! Hope all is well

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