Being induced June 26th, 2009...Im Scared

Adrienne - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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Hi....I have had a realllllly hard and bad pregnancy since day 1. I was dropping blood clots the day before christmas and my dr. thought I was miscarrying. I had a horrible Christmas because I was so scared. I have had bad bleeding a few more times throughout my pregnancy. i am 38 weeks and last week I got PUPPS! Uhhh I cant win! For everyone who are not sure what PUPPS is it is a HORRIBLE rash that covers your body that is itcher than poison ivy. I am being induced June 26th,2009 due to the rash and I am scared to death because everything I have read has scared me realllllly bad. Does anyone have any advice that would help with my fear?

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Sarah - posted on 06/12/2009

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well i dont know if this will help but i had a great induction i too like you was petrified i was induced 3 weeks early due to p.e or easier terms high blood pressure i had my waters broken drip put in and 3 hrs later i was holding my baby girl no drugs required the nurses at hospy all said to me being my first and induced i wuld be in labour for at LEAST 12 hrs even more and i would be asking for an epidural boy did i prove them wrong so really induction does not neccarcerily mean more pain etc just think at the end u will get top hold ur precious bundle in ur arms and everyhting else in the world just does not matter as u have creted this little person and u did a good job at it...

Jen - posted on 06/12/2009

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Just try and relax! Being induced can be a somewhat long process, but it's AMAZING how quickly we begin to forget the things that we have endured for our children. Try and prepare yourself for a longer stay at the hospital ( that way if it goes quick then you'll just be more psyched...some people do get through it quickly). I was induced with my son after the little bugger was 8 days late and they decided to force him out lol. the induction did get a bit intense toward the end, but I took the epidural after a while, and it was a completely different experience after that...I called my mom after my epidural was put in, and she actually thought I had given birth already because I was so relaxed lol. Just remember that each person has a different experience and that you do have options in the matter...try to just take it in stride. you will have the greatest gift of all when it's over! i don't know if any of this helps at all, but if you have any questions that i can answer for you, just let me know :-) good luck, and congrats

Alison - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi Adrienne! I had some difficulties through my pregnancy. One of them being cancer. Then on down the road my blood pressure kept going up and i kept swelling more and more. They finally told me they were sending me to the hospital so they could monitor me. Later on that evening they told me they were keeping me over night and going to induce me at 5:30am. I was terrified. I didn't have everything ready at home and I had no time to really take it in. I didn't want anything else to go wrong and it being our first ones I was highly scared of the pain. But the nurse I had was awesome. She was like having my own mom there. I ended up getting the epidural, which some people are scared of getting. Some I understand why. But it worked wonders for me. They will take care of you like you were a queen. They will make sure you are comfortable. I ended up delivering in the OR because having twins they want you there just in case you have to have an emergency c-section. Thank goodness I ended having them both normal. But just before I went in there my nurse even said a prayer for me. Some how that calmed me down and off I went to the OR. So just be sure to take deep breaths and know that they will take good care of you. Take care and good luck! Keep me posted. :)

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Shante - posted on 06/16/2009

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Hi Adrienne, I was induced when I had my two year old on April of 07. It was not bad at all, I had to have it done because my son was to big. For some mothers the process is longer than others. I was induced at 12pm and he was here at 5:08pm. That was bad and I had him Natural. Just try to relax as much as possible and enjoy the quiet time now cause you won't have after the 26th.

Shey - posted on 06/16/2009

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hey don't stress i was induced at 41 weeks i was nervous, excited and scared at the same time knowing that i was finally going to be a mum but i knew i was in the best place!!! and if bub's is ready to come out it won't take long in labour( hopefully) the hard part was the after birth coz i had bleeding at 33 weeks witch ended up being more complicated thean expected but all went well the labour was short and bub's was big but healthy the best news a new mum could want after a new baby is born!!!!

User - posted on 06/16/2009

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the worst part of the induction is the numbing shot you get before your epidural. its quite relaxing after that ... you just wait! feel fortunate you didnt have to wait and wait till natural labor comes and then walk and maybe get sent home. you'll be fine!! i've had 2 inductions which both ended as c-sections and the babies and i are fine!

Katie - posted on 06/15/2009

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Tell everyone to stay away from the hospital and you will let them know when they can visit you after you come home. Only let a couple (literally, like 2 unless you get a doula, which I think would be a great thing for you, then 3) of people in the delivery room.

I had extreme complications at 31 weeks and got rushed for an emergency c-section, so I couldn't heed my own advice (even though I did turn my phone off and didn't tell anyone except close family that I was even in the hospital until I got home), but I have so many friends who tell people to come see them and then can't relax and concentrate because they are being ogled by their "support".

Hire a doula. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. http://www.dona.org/ to find one. Since you are so stressed and worried about the experience, think about hiring one for the birth. They will help your husband help you, keep you calm, make minor suggestions for your comfort. They are not medical professionals and will not interfere with the doctors or medical decisions, but they are great support for you.

Think positive! Yes, many people have problems and you have had your share. No pregnancy is perfect. You will check in to the hospital, get an IV, go into labor, and, within a few hours, have a healthy baby that you will adore and your pregnancy experience will be done. Just because other people (including me) have had issues doesn't mean you will.

Shannon - posted on 06/15/2009

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When I was pregnant with my first I heard a lot of horror stories of child birth. I was pretty freaked out but then people do have babies every day so that relaxed me. I also had to have the pitocin for my 2 pregnancies the contractions do come harder but I'm so happy for the epiduril. Good luck and just relax. It will be over with soon.

Krista - posted on 06/15/2009

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Hi i had an interesting pregnacy but week 16 days over finally got induced when i was naturally going into labour which shit me as i wanted to do it naturally, it was quite full-on but i was in good hands i just recommend you have someone there you can freak out too. I was sort off good to because i knew he would be out, one bit of advice try to stay away from the morphine it slowed my labour right down to a halt.

Sabrina - posted on 06/14/2009

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Hey there!

I had a terrible pregnancey as well, i lost 15 pounds to begin with and then from day one i had Hyper-emesis, meaning i threw up 8 to 11 times a day , even on the day she was born. I passed out multiple times and had to get IV treatments, I was also induced a week early, i know i havent been what you have but this baby your carrying is a tough one just like mine and is sticking with you no matter what! I got the epidural when i was 2 cm, it was the besssssst ever! A lot of people say it hurts but serious it feels like an ant bite, just a small sting and then your all good. I wish you the best luck and dont be worried, your body already knows what to do!

Belinda - posted on 06/13/2009

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I was induced with my daughter and I too was terrified. I think it's almost worse knowing when you are going to be in labour because you have time to stress over what it will be like!! I agree with everyone about trying to relax and pamper yourself before the day. There is nothing you can do now that is going to change how your labour will go so just try to relax and enjoy some you time before your little bundle arrives. I was induced with a drip and breaking of waters and my labour from start to finish was only five and a half hours long which is pretty quick for a first. It does hurt and it gets pretty intense towards the end but if you can cope with the pain, as soon as the baby is out it is such an amazing and relieving feeling that it is just incredible. Then when you get handed your beautiful baby it makes all the pain totally worth it. All labours and the amount of pain for people is very different. I used the air and gas and I had a shot of pethidine but that was it. Just remember if you need pain relief it is available. Also try to remember that the more uptight you are the longer labour can sometimes take, and try to keep in mind that the pain won't last forever, and that each contraction brings you one step closer to meeting your bubba. Having a good support person there is also very helpful. Try to enjoy the next few weeks. It is a truly amazing experience to bring a baby into the world and I hope after a really hard pregnancy that the birth is a joy for you xoxo

User - posted on 06/13/2009

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I have had 3 children total. My first is 9 now and she was induced due to being 2 weeks late. I was only 16 at the time so I understand about being scared. I would not let my mom leave my side the whole time. My second is 6 and she came natural, all on her own. My youngest is 9 months and she was supposed to be induced. I started having contractions with her in the middle of the night the day of. However, since the hospital was set up to induce, the went on and did it. The gave me the medicine to induce the contractions which only made labor go by that much faster. I had her 2 hours and 32 min after i got to the hospital. My first time was nowhere near that easy. I was in labor for 12 hours and 42 min before she ever came out. My mom told me that it gets easier as you have more children and that everyone has a different experience. So just remember that when the nurse asks if you want something for the pain, don't be scared to say yes please. I had no epidural with any of my children but when they gave me the little bit of pain medicine in my iv, things seemed to progress much faster.

Sarah - posted on 06/13/2009

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i was induced... the biggest thing to remember is to remain openminded...if you go in there thinking THIS is how its going to be... chances are its not gong to happen tht way and then you will get frustrated because you will feel like you are no longer in contol... if you stay openminded, you will most likely feel that you are making the decisions WITH your dr instead of thinking that your dr is sabatoging you!! (i know it sounds korny but thats the way i thought when was laying there and he was telling me i had to have a section) trust me if you stay cool calm and collected and openminded you will do wonderfully and will be holding your new baby :) which by the way is the BEST feeling in the whole world!!

Aimee - posted on 06/13/2009

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i was induced with my third baby!! it is not as bad as it seems. just take a good book and prepare yourself to stay for a while. times goes by really fast if you can keep your mind busy with other stuff.

Cassie - posted on 06/13/2009

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It looks like you have had you fair share!! lol but not to worry, being induced is not all that bad. The contractions are a little stronger but it all depends on your pain tolerance and your prenatal activities. It can be a long process but your body knows best. Stay calm, cool, and collected!!

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Your body has been through enough already. So just relax. I was induced on March 30, 2009. My guess is because I was 1 cm dialated for 3 wks! They induced between 9am and 930am. My doctor came to check me around 8pm and I was still 1 cm dialated! So they had to start the induction medicine over. Sometime during the night the nurse gave me this wonderful pain medicine. Wasn't the epidural. She said it would make me forgot about what pain I was having for a while. And it did. I felt like I was on cloud 12! I went right to sleep. When I finally woke up, I had to use the bathroom. I moved about an inch and my water broke! That broke at about 1:50am on March 31. So the nurse checked me and you wouldn't beleive how much I was dialated.....2 cm! Then I got an epidural. Such a wonderful drug. A woman must of created it. LOL. After I got that, went to sleep and my son was born at 6am.



So again, just relax.

Natalie - posted on 06/13/2009

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I was induced two weeks early with my son! I couldn't keep anything down and my doc thought that my son was going to get any bigger cause of it! I went in at 8am they induced me at 10am the contractions didnt pick up tol about 4-5pm! They broke my water not to long after that and then at 7:13pm my son was born! I had got the epi but I got it late and it kicked in after I had him! So I ended up doing it pretty much natural! Being induced is nothing to be worried about! The contractions are stronger but I think that the labour process is quicker! IT only took me about 15mins to push out my son! I am actually hoping to be induced with this pregnancy as well if possible! Dont worry bout nothing! Let your nurses and doc take care of you and all will go well! Nothing like seeing your baby for the first time! I am currently 29 weeks pregnant and trust me this has not been an easy pregnancy! Nothing but bedrest and being sick! Well hang in there! And Congratulations!

Kim - posted on 06/13/2009

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I was induced two weeks early because my son was going to be big. I found comfort in knowing when I needed to go to the hospital. This was our first child and my husband was so nervous. It was nice to have a schedule. I did find the contractions to be painful after the doctor broke my water, but once I had the epidural, I was fine.

I know several people that have had horrible pregnancies, but the easiest births. Maybe yours will be a breeze! Good luck to you and know that once you hold your beautiful baby in your arms, all of your pain and suffering was worth it.

Sirett - posted on 06/12/2009

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if you can take lots of bath's, try and relax. Hangout with people who can take your mind of things, maybe treat yourself to stuff like getting a pedi or medi. Start a journal of the things you want to remember with this experience I forgot and trying to remember everything, maybe go shopping and pick stuff up for after the baby is born to do, or cook and freeze the food so its handy. Basically I had complications too and I soon realized what's going to happen will happen and the best thing is going to happen and you are going to become a parent a mother. Remember those moments. Do what makes you happy and comfortable and not anyone else. The nurse's and doctors will treat you like a queen. Bring a Ipod to the hospital or cards lol sounds stupid but I was induced and I played card games (easy ones) nothing to hard but fun ones. I played with my boyfriend and mom and then I listened to my ipod for alot of it. Hopefully that helped I don't know if I answered your Question. Really enjoy this, Really its amazing

Rebecca - posted on 06/12/2009

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well i got induced the day after my due date. i went in at 8 in the morning and they broke my water at 11 am and i wasn't dilation very fast when i started having cramps they gave me the choice of a pill that makes you feel like you are drunk or the epidural. i was afraid of getting a needle stuck in my back so i took the pill well that worked for about 10 or 20 mins. then i said i want the epidural. they gave me it and then i didn't feel anything and i slept my boyfriend woke me up at about 1 or 130 am and told me that i was dilated to 9cm and my doctor was on her way. i didn't feel anything until the day after when the epidural wore off and then i felt it so just remember to expect to be sore after. that was my experience and the worst thing was my pregnancy. i was sick the whole 9 months. well i wish you luck keep us posted

Esther - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was induced because I had high bloodpressure and my doctor was worried I might develop preeclampsia. It was SOO not a big deal. As everyone else has said, just relax and roll with the punches. I did not read one word on what it would be like to give birth and definitely did not have a birth plan. My theory was that this baby was going to come out whether I knew what I was doing or not and I didn't want to read all the horror stories that apparently you have been reading. Why worry about things that will probably never even happen to you? There will be doctors there and nurses who have been through this exercise a million times before so just take your cues from them and from your own body (which miraculously knows exactly what it needs to do) and you will be perfectly fine. My son was facing the wrong way (looking forward instead of back) so I had back labor the whole time and the cord was wrapped around his neck twice so he wasn't coming out easily. I pushed for 6 hours, they had to give me an episiotomy and they had to use forceps. So in theory (and by the nurses accounts) I had a difficult delivery. And yet, it was truly not a big deal AT ALL. Let me repeat - AT ALL!!!! I had the epidural and the pain never got worse than bad menstrual pains. I never felt them doing the episiotomy & didn't feel the forceps. If anything it was just the worst work-out I ever had because I had to do sit-ups for 6 hours and I'm the most out-of-shape woman ever. But in moments like these you can move mountains. I honestly could have walked out of the delivery room no problem if they had let me. So don't let all the horror stories scare you. As you have read on this thread, for every scary story, I'm sure there are at least 3 like mine. You will be fine.

Lisa - posted on 06/12/2009

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Really don't worry, I was induced with both of my daughters, both because they had stopped growing. my first labour was 7 hrs, start to finish. i only went in for a 38wk check and they wouldn't even let me go home to get my bag. she was born weighing 4lb 3oz(i think about 1900g) i had every painkilling method they would let me have but really shouldn't have bothered because it was so quick. my second was similar but they let me go home and get my bag that time. they put gel in to induce labour at 9am. no drip to increase contractions this time...first contraction at 3.30 born at 6pm. didn't even have time for any drugs!! both of my girls are perfect, and apart from the rush there was no real panic. everything was very straightforward and with my second daughter we were home about 18 hrs later. If you can manage it, the more you can relax, the better the experience will be. i wish you the best of luck and it must sound really strange but the whole labour process is so rewarding if you focus on the end result!!!

Amber - posted on 06/12/2009

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Don't be worried just think you know for a fact you will meet your baby soon!!! I too had a horrible pregnancy and was induced at 38 weeks because my baby stopped growing and my blood pressure. It was not as bad as I thought I thought if I got induced I would probably have an epidural, but really wanted it as natural as possible. I didn't even need one though until I found out I had to have an emergency c-section so I got one and the relief was great. Once your baby is born you forget it all. You are on like the ultimate rush with the most intense emotions it was the greatest day of my life even with all the drama. My best advise is that breathing that I learned got me through any contraction.

Traci - posted on 06/12/2009

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Don't be afraid of induction. My 2nd and 3rd pregnancies were inductions. I was TERRIFIED just like you. With my son I asked my doc if she would just break my water to start the labor and she agreed. From the time she broke my water till the time my son was born was only 5 and a half hours. I didn't have any pain medication and it wasn't that bad. My other induction my doc broke my water, but after a couple of hours, I failed to go into a steady labor pattern. I begged her to only use a tiny bit of pitocin, because i was afraid, and once she gave me that, my daughter was born just over an hour later. Again, no pain medication.



In my experience, inductions speed along the labor process, so don't be too afraid! My first baby was not induced and my labor was 19hours, 2nd baby, induction, 5.5 hours, 3rd baby, induction, 7hours.



Just remember....the pain doesn't last forever.Once that baby comes out, it's all forgotten. With my last two labors, I felt like I could run a marathon right afterwards. One baby was 10lb 8oz!!! You'll do fine:)

Jessica - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was over ten days late with my daughter and I had to be induced and let me tell u my labor was a breeze. I went in at 5 in the morning they started the patosion drip at 9...the ob broke my water at 12 I had the epidoral at 2 feel ASLEEP from 3-6...woke up began to push had a little trouble because I was still numb...my daughter couldn't get over my pelvic bone so I had an episodimy ( which is nothing by the way)...gave birth at 7:57... still numbed for the next couple of hours by 11 I was out walking around the hallway...I just hope when baby number 2 comes it will be that easy hhehehehehe!!!

Jocelyn - posted on 06/12/2009

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while i haven't had any medical issues (touch wood) i was induced. i wouldn't call it a great experience, and everything that i didn't want, i ended up getting (i didn't want to be induced, i wanted no drugs, got morphine and an epi, didn't want an internal monitor screwed into babys head, had that happen too, etc) but for the actual labor itself, the drip and everything they give you will cause stronger contractions than you would be having naturally,and other than being strapped to a bed with an iv and not allowed to move around (in my case anyways...because of the internal monitor...) the end result is always worth it. a baby.

Julia - posted on 06/12/2009

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i would definitely say that all these people have the right idea. relaxation is the key here. whatever you need to do to relax in the next little while, do it! facials, mani-pedis that sort of stuff always helps! pregnancy massages if you can.

i was induced also, it was a bit of a shock because i thought i had all weekend of prepare, but then they called me in on the friday (they had told me i wouldn't be going in until the monday) and i had to calm down quickly. isn't it funny how we all know what being pregnant is about , but then the moment we realize the baby is actually going to be here, we feel unprepared? but we're not! it's all about instinct too.

and just think, once you're in there getting induced, you won't have to worry about all those problems that you had to deal with throughout your pregnancy! all you have to worry about is loving your little baby when it arrives! i hope you have a great support system. i know my fiance really helped me get through (as did the epidural! ha!). and even then, the nurses are usually top notch! get as much rest as you can, and nest nest nest! you're blessed with a child! good luck! (hey is all these women and millions more can do it on a regular basis - and still have more kids afterward - you can do it too! no problemo!)

Catherine - posted on 06/12/2009

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my first two births were natural, third and fourth were induced, out of all of them the third was the easiest and the fourth the hardest, though the last did weigh 10lb2. it doesn't matter wether you're induced or not all births can have complications but if you relax and trust your doc you'll be fine

Stephanie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Im sorry that your having a hard time. Being induced is the best thing ever! I got induced with my 5 year old Emma and that was the best thing. It took forever, but it was worth it. I got induced at 6:30am and had her at 6:34pm that night. Im having a boy this time and Im getting induced June 22nd. This pregnancy had been crazy. Ive been to the hospital I dont know how many time....I know at least over 5 times. Anyway I hope everything goes great with you!!

Sara - posted on 06/12/2009

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I had a complicated pregnancy and was induced as well, and it went fine! All the crap I read online scared me half to death about being induced, but I trusted my doctor and knew we was going to take good care of me and my baby. It was not a comfortable process, but I was in labor for less than 24 hours and had my baby vaginally. I think you need to just discuss your concerns/fears with your doctor and try to focus on taking care of yourself until the big day arrives. And don't forget the breathing!!! Congratulations! :)

Kate CP - posted on 06/12/2009

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I managed to start laboring on my own but when my contractions stalled out the doc put me on a pit drip.about 3-4 hours later I had a beautiful baby girl. I didn't have any pain meds but I had an AWESOME coach and support team. I did tear, but only a 1st degree tear. I was able to get up and walk around right after delivering. The worst part about all of it is being so tired after delivering. But, it's called labor for a reason!

I'll be honest: I normally say let nature take it's course and let baby come on his own. But, when medical conditions are thrown in the mix then it's best to heed the advice of the docs. You will be just fine, sweet pea. If you need help just ask for it and they'll help you out with everything. Don't be afraid to get into any position you want. If you want drugs just ask for them. You'll do just fine. Good luck and congrats! :)

Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2009

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Although I didn't have any pregnancy complications, I was induced. The first thing for you to do is RELAX!! Everything will be just find sweety. Unless they have told you not to for some reason, go for a walk every day, this will help the baby to drop and hopefully make labor go a little quicker and easier for you. My son was very very low when they induced me, so they just broke my water. If your baby is not low enough they will probably start you on pitosin, which is pretty much synthetic Oxytocin, which is the natural chemical in your body that makes your uterus contract and maybe give you some stuff to help your uteris thin out (can't remember what it's called). Sorry I can't help out on all the other complications you are having or had, but the last thing to be scared about is the induction because shortly after your miracle will arrive. Sometimes the inductions don't take, but because you are so far long you should be just fine. Good Luck sweety!

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Sometimes being induced isn't all that great...here's my story. The day before my due date, I my amniotic sac started leaking, so I went to the hospital and they induced me b/c I was loosing water. A few hrs. later my water actually broke. So I had that lovely drug Pitocin (I say that sarcastically)...it literally forces your body to do something its not ready to do...it sucked!!! I labored for 18 hours with no water in my belly and only got to 4 cm. My daughter was being stubborn and not moving down...So I ended up having an emergency c-section. Now my case was rare...many women have no problem with induction...I will say the contractions are harder and sometimes the Pitocin interferes with the Epidural and slows down contractions and dialtaion and thats what happened to me. I dont want to scare you, I just want you to be prpared, I wish someone would have told me this...I would have held off on the Epidural longer. Say a prayer and relax...your body will do what it needs to do and if it doesn't, modern medicine will be there to save the day. All that matters is healthy mom and healthy baby...whatever you have to do to get those two, you do! Good Luck and God Bless!

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Being induced isn't that bad. I had to be induced and after 7 hours I delivered my baby in 30 minutes.

Dawn - posted on 06/12/2009

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have a good support system in place.. i would get some one that has thick skin and can take the heat. with my last child i was induced and it went well. especially being the 4th of July weekend. I think you will be fine! good luck

Carrie-Anne - posted on 06/12/2009

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Hi
I am a mother of 4 boys, (b. 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007). My first I bleed alot throughout the pregnancy, and had to get induced. My other 3 I had nothing to complicated throught he pregnancies. I was called in to get induced with my last 3 because of my first one having complications. My first prgnancy they only broke the water to hurry it up.
The one good thing abt. being induced is that it is alot quicker, and it doesn't come as a surprize. Another good point is that if you go into labour on your own, espeacially if it is your first it can take a VERY long time to get to the point where they say to come to the hopital, (like 5 mins apart they usually say). With being induced you are there from beginning to end. I fouind it comforting being with them at the hospital where they kept close eye on everything.
Hope this helps

Kylie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Don't be worried at all!! I had to be induced due to severe pain in my hips (turned out I had broken my pelvis and had been walking round on it, moving house, etc for 6 weeks!) They induced me, which wasn't sore and told me they would be back later that night to give me more, but within a couple of hours my contractions had started, I had me beautiful baby girl a few hours later after a 25 min labour! Really don't worry, I'm doing it again, due in 18 weeks, so can't be bad!! Oh and they couldn't give me any proper pain relief due to the risk of doing more damage, gas and air is good!! Please don't worry, you really do forget about everything when you hold the little one! Good luck!

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Oh, I also had an epidural, as soon as I could get one. If you get an epidural they can give you higher doses of petocin to speed up the labor. Also, after having it I literally felt no pain whatsoever except for a few minutes of trying NOT to push because the Dr was in another delivery.. needless to say they found another doctor. I am 100% in favor of epidurals. I could easily carry on conversation during contractions the entire time.

Rachel - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was induced due to preeclampsia, I was terrified. The experience was 100 times better than I expected it to be. My labor from the start of the induction to the moment of delivery only lasted 6 hours. I pushed for 3 contractions, less than half an hour. I do realize not all labors go this way, but I know that YOU don't need to hear any more horror stories. Hey! At least you know a couple weeks in advance, I went in for some tests and they told me I would be induced the next morning. Take the time you have to relax, do whatever you have to do to rest. Pamper yourself as much as you can and get those who love you to take care of all the planning and packing and cooking and cleaning. The best advice I can give you is to create the most calm and relaxed mood and environment for yourself going into it. It will all be okay, and in the end you will have an amazing baby and your life will be infinitely more awesome.

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