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Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My doctor says shes going to induce me november 16th, is it labor more painful when your induced?

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Tanya - posted on 10/30/2009

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I was induced with 4 out of 5 kids and I loved it. No last minute running around with your head cut off when you are actually in labor. I would recommend it to anyone. My doctor actually will induce a week early and I could choose my child's birthdate. If your going to have complications your going to have them wether you are induced or go in naturally. The contractions are harder when induced but you can get an epidureal whenever you want for the most part. I know people who were induced and delivered with no drugs at all. I wish the best for you and your soon to be bundle of joy!!!!

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Nicole - posted on 11/03/2009

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i was induced with my second and its not really more painful but it was less than half the laboring time of my first.

Nicole - posted on 11/01/2009

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I was induced with 2 of my 3 kids and from my experience it WAS more painful but I actually preferred being induced because my labor was alot quicker than it was with my one child that i went into labor on my own. Its more painful because there really isnt a break between contractions once they turn up the pitocin. I was in labor for 36hrs with my 1st child [the one i went into labor on my own] and with the 2 that i was induced my labors lasted 5 & 11 hrs. So more painful yes, but quicker too.

Ashlee - posted on 11/01/2009

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i was induced and its really not bad until after your water is broke for me they started with a little pill behind the cervix to help it start thinning and dilate and that was enough to kick start contractions for me and after a few hours they started the pitocin and the contractions got stronger after that then they broke my water and thats when the got a lot worse i had planned on not getting an epidural but after 12 hours i broke and got one which turned out to be really good b/c i had be dilating pretty slow i would get a half centimeter further every 2 hours but after the epidural things finally progressed i ended up in labor a total of 16 hours which is on the shorter end of things for an induced labor but yes they do say its worse when you're induced and there is also speculation that it can cause minor complications such as my son did get stuck almost had to have a c section but ended up with vacuum assist and it can also cause a bit of jaundice my son had to have photo therapy when he was a week old you should research it a bit so u know what to expect major complications are very rare though and i will also agree with Tanya it is amazing to not have to run around at some ungodly hour in the morning because your water just broke all over your bed and my fiance was able to request the time off work it was really nice

Heather - posted on 11/01/2009

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I was induced as well. I agree with Tanya, it was great. And I don't think my labour was that painful, truthfully. But I will say, my husband stayed with me ALL day and most of the evening, I was induced at 9am then given another tablet about 3pm. 9pm came along and still nothing, so they told my hubby to go home and get a good night's rest and gave be a seditive for me to sleep, but 12am rolled around and I didn't realize I was in labour because I didn't have contractions until little one was nearly born, the contractions were in my back, so it felt like a really bad backache and that I had to poo really bad :p lol sorry if that sounds gross, but it's true.I was 6cm at 7am and gave birth, everyone thought no rush, so my hubby missed the birth :( he said he isn't leaving me next time, no matter what! lol

Mary - posted on 10/30/2009

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i was induced with my second child. doc came in broke my water and them said he was goint to give me pitocin. well i knew i wanted an epidural. so i asked if i could have my epi first. my doc had no problem doing that for me and i did not feel a thing. about 40 minutes later i had my baby! that was the ideal labor for me.

Becky - posted on 10/29/2009

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I was induced with my first and had natural labors with other 3....all my labors were about the same pain wise except for my third which was a very short labor (1hr 55mn) so honestly it is hard to say. I had drugs for first but still felt all of my labor and other three were all natural. It really depends on you tolerance for pain. Good luck on your baby and let us know when you have him/her....

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First off, being induced doesnt always work lol
I was 41 1/2 weeks overdue when my mid-wife told me that i was going to be induced because i had a 9 + lb baby. (It was my birthday when i found this out I was excited). Anyway, I went to the doctors the next day to have a stress test done to make sure everything was alright. I wasnt dialated or anything. I was very disappointed lol so later that night they set me up with cifadel? something like that its a shoe-string like thingy that they insert underneath ur cervix...didnt dialate me at all. so they reied pitocin didnt work at all. so they sent me home. when i went home i had extreme back pains. extreme to the point of tears! the next day they tried the cifadel, i finally dialated yay! to 3 cms. then they tried the pitocin. the midwife tried to rupture my membranes (doesnt sound attractive at all lol) so they had me walking everywhere. then fianlly my water broke. i had intense back labor horrible. i think personally that being induced intensifies the pain but its managable

Rachel - posted on 10/27/2009

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Quoting Jessica:

thank you. shes wants to induce me becuase my babies stomach is measuring small and the fluid is a little low


That sounds like a medical reason!  :)  I know a lot of women have better experiences than I did with induction.  Practicing your breathing and relaxation techniques really manages the pain.  I did it for 12 hours with no pain medication and only had to accept the epidural because my body was so worn out and the epidural would allow me to stop feeling the contractions and rest.



 



Did you know labor pain is partly caused by stress and tenseness?  Your ab muscles, when you are stressed, worried, etc., contract against the muscles that are contracting for labor and it is that fight between the opposing muscles that causes some of the pain.  So, if you can practice relaxing and breathing, you can help your body work with the contractions.  Having someone with you (husband, mother, close friend) there with you to help you relax is really helpful too.  My husband and mother-in-law (believe it or not!) were the best support people during my delivery, rubbing my back, cool cloths on my head, reminding me to breath, talking to me in relaxed even tones, etc.



 



Congratulations on your new baby and best wishes again for a quick, complication free birth!  The labor lasts just a fraction of a second when compared to the lifetime of joy with the new life joining you.

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009

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well...I only have one child and the I was induced...I was suppose to come in at 3 am on November the 21st but my water broke November 16 at 12am, I got to the hospital and I was not progressing like I should, so they induced me, and then like a hour later I got the epidural. It was bad, it brings on labor faster...unless you want to wait till you dilate fully which may take a while, I would suggest it.That just happens to be the day my daughter was born on. Hope everything goes good for you, and congratulations....its the by far the BEST feeling in the world...to be a MOTHER>

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009

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thank you. shes wants to induce me becuase my babies stomach is measuring small and the fluid is a little low

Rachel - posted on 10/27/2009

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Just out of curiosity, did your doctor say why she wants to induce?

I really wanted a natural birth and had read a lot to prepare me for that. But, because my son was so big (9 lbs), my doctor convinced me to induce. I have since learned that there is no medical necessity to induce for just a 9 lb baby.

If I could go back, I wouldn't have induced. I ended up having complications and a 23 hour labor. My contractions never got on an even rhythm. They were like roller coasters for five minutes at a time with very short breaks in between. When they induced, I was only 1cm and after 12 hours I was only at 5cm. And, because the contractions were so off, my body was exhausted and they told me that that I would probably have to have a c-section. I had to accept the epidural just so I could rest. Fortunately, the epidural mostly wore off by pushing time, so I was able to feel the contractions and push naturally.

But, I was so exhausted by the whole thing, that I had difficulty breastfeeding and wasn't able to make good decisions about the care of our son - they ended up circumcising him AND giving him his first shot within 5 hours of his birth because we were too tired to think clearly and say "NO, that is not acceptable." The circumcision and shot made it even more difficult to breastfeed because he was so drowsy. I found out later that both options should not have been performed in the first 24 hours.

From what I've learned since then, mostly from reading various websites, books and a great movie called "the business of giving birth", is that there are good times to induce and bad times. There is a scale of (I think) 1-5 that doctors should use when determining whether to induce. My score was a 1. Part of that had to do with me not being dilated past a 1 yet.

I believe that induction and c-sections are important medical procedures to use when medically necessary. But, when it's not medically necessary, we women were made to give birth! We can do it and it doesn't have to be traumatic. I was scared to death about childbirth. But, I did a ton of research and read some great books by knowledgeable and trained authors that helped calm my fears and give me tools to have a relaxed and normal birth.

If you get a chance to watch that movie, let me know what you think! (I got it from Amazon for just a few bucks.) It was amazing to see real births without drugs or induction and to see the women actually be able to walk afterwards and not drugged up and too groggy to enjoy the moment.

Unfortunately, a lot of doctors are inducing for convenience. But, there is compelling evidence that most inductions are not necessary and they can, in fact, lead to increased need for intervention, including c-sections.

Anyway... I just realized I got really off topic! Sorry about that! Regardless of whether you are induced or not, I wish you the absolute best delivery, a healthy baby and a great start of a fabulous new chapter in your life!

Carolee - posted on 10/27/2009

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I only have one child so far, so I can't say if it's more or less painful... but the one thing that I was thankful for was that you get a warning! You can be totally prepared for the pain... well, as prepared as you can be for pain. I did have kidney stones and false labor with my pregnancy, though. Being induced was less painful for me than the kidney stones, until I had been in labor for 20 hours... then it evened out on the pain scale. (I got an epidural then.) I wouldn't worry about it. Congratulations!

Jess - posted on 10/27/2009

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hi,

my water broke when i was 2 days over due with my daughter in the middle of the night, but @ 8am the next morning the doc decided to induce me as they thought i might have had meconium in the water (babys first poo.. turns out i didnt) so what i did under the instruction of a friend was ask for an epidural before they induced as i had been told it was much more painfull!! but that all backfired when my epidural didnt work... lol. so in the end i felt 90% of my induced labour untill finally the 3rd epidural with cesarian strenghth drugs kicked in and worked! but looking back on it although i cant compare it to normal labour without induction i dont think it was anything to awfull and if i need to be induced again i would probably opt for no drugs... it wasnt a picnic but it wasnt bad as id assumed. and the up side is an induced labour is usually quicker! good luck and remember at the end it dosnt matter the pain seems to have never existed anyway :o)

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