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being induced more painful?

Brenale - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 138 moms have responded )

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Long story short my first dilvery was very bad and almost didn't make it. my NEW doctor for my second isn't going to let me go past my due date to prevent the baby for being to big to deliver. Is it more painful being induced then naturly got into labor? a little sceard for what's to come!!!

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Emily - posted on 01/29/2010

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iv only had one baby so i cant compare, but with my one, i was induced. and of course its going to be painful[its the process of giving birth no matter the way you do it] the contractions,for me, were pretty intense. my pain was majorily in my back i got my epidural at 4cm and it eased the pain for the most part i could only feel a small amount of pain on really strong contractions and i could still feel my baby movin around in my belly. it was also kind of nice bc they give you like a 12hr. estimated time when baby will be here from start of pitocin to end and it was almost right on for me! my whole labor was about 10 hrs. so not bad at all.
just remeber its different for everyone. no ones body is the same

Amy - posted on 01/29/2010

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Unfort. it is MUCH MUCH more painful even with the epidural but it usually doesn't last nearly as long.

Alexandra - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced into labor after my pregnancy went over-term by a week. The contractions before the induction wasn't so bad, but the ones after the induction meds were pretty painful. After the epidural I was fine though and didn't feel much pain at all until the final part of pushing.

Lindsay - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced and it was extremely painful but tollerable with pain meds and fast! I was induced and delivered my son 12 hours later. The hard part for me was not the strong contractions but my contractions were no more then a minute apart for most of those 12 hours. Good luck it will be worth it! I had a hard end to my pregnancy so I was so glad to be induced. Just keep thinking it will all be over soon (the pain) and I will have my beautiful baby that I have been waiting so long for. That helped me!

Lauren - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced the first two times and just had a natural home birth with my third. The natural delivery was by far the easier! With the inductions, I felt like I didn't have time to breath in between contractions and they were terribly strong. I had no epidural with all three.

Also, with inductions, you have to watch out for the c-sections!

Addison - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced and my contractions weren't too painful, but they were upping my pitosin dosage too fast and my son's heart couldn't keep up with my contractions because they weren't increasing the pitosin gradually and I had to have an emergency c-section. I was only in (real) labor for a little over 4 hrs. and I didn't have an epidural. The contractions themselves weren't too bad, they just come on faster and stronger.

Shareena - posted on 01/29/2010

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Being induced for me wa a hard long process. I went into the hospital early because my blood pressure was too high and my doc didn't want to cause the baby any harm so they induced me. Every for hours I was spread eagle and it felt like my doc or the nurses where trying to reach for my throat through (you know where)! It hurt bad. That lasted for 24 hours and I only dialated 1.5 cm. Then they broke my water and that made the real pain come so I got an epi. and a c-section. I was hoping for a natural birth, but having high blood pressure restricted me to the bed because I had to constantly be monitored.

Because I was placed in the hospital 12 days before me EDD being induced was not peaches and cream for me.

Kristen - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced with my son, I did like it because you knew you were at the hospital and the nurses and doctors were able to monitor you and the baby the whole time... I went to five cent and than got an epidural and fell asleep, they woke me up when it was time to push and I remember the whole thing and it was not bad at all, the only bad part was the pain up until the epidural which slowly progressed and after the contractions hit the 80% bar on the screen was when I had enough and they gave me the epidural.. all in all it was a good delivery and I have a healthy baby which was my only concern... The night before and up until they gave me the potocin(think i spelled that wrong) I was worried but after the contractions started I felt better because I was already at the hospital so if something went wrong I knew the doctors and nurses were right there to help me if something happened...

Jenny - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced in July, had an epidural around 3cm and it didn't end well. The pitocin (the hormone used to start your labor) combined with the epidural deceled my son's heartrate after every contraction and I ended up having to have a C-Section. I wouldn't recommend getting induced if you don't have to be.

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was induced with my second and never wish to be again. I don't know if it was because my first labour and delivery went so well that made the second seem so much worse or if it was from being induced. I was worried about being induced as well all along and from my experience I had every reason to be. My contrations were far more intense and my progress was really slow ... less than 1cm in almost 6 hours... had to be put on oxygen they had a few scares with the baby as well, But I also know ppl who were induced the second time and it was a breeze for them.

Mary Ellen - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was induced and didn't have any extra pain, when they broke my water it got pretty intense but you can always get the epideral

Ashley - posted on 01/29/2010

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If you do not plan on having an epidural, you do not want to be induced! The pitocin makes the contractions stronger and a lot more painful, and from what I hear it is a very common drug to use when getting induced. I was induced and they had me all the way up to the max dose of pitocin since i wasn't having contractions still(no pain meds), and realized they had been pumping it into my hand the whole time. They kept it on the max dose and finally got it into my actual vein, and then the contractions were horrible! She was here like 3 hrs after they fixed my IV, but the contraction went off the chart every time for 10+ seconds. It was horrible. I plan on doing a natural birth again, and will not be induced unless there is no other way!

Katie - posted on 01/29/2010

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My due date for my kiddo was July 21st and my Doc didn't induce me till Aug 27th...Now I was already 100% aphased and 2centimeters dilated...So your situation is totally different than mine...However that being said, I did not feel that it was more painful...It kinda felt like a cool stream into my arm but, only for a couple seconds then nothing else! Plus, I also had an epidural when I got to about 5 centimeters...By the way it sounds you had the worst of it already and I hope you have a great delivery this time around :) Good Luck and Best Wishes!

Sally - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced for my only pregnancy. My doctor said that, because the labor comes on more quickly, you only THINK it's more painful. When it's natural, you have more time to adjust and get used to the increasing pain. Labor is labor, I think. And I think every pregnancy is different. I went 5 hours before I got my epidural though, and then I didn't feel ANYTHING.

Chandra - posted on 01/29/2010

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It was much more painful for me when I was induced and on top of it all the put a hole in my spine when they did the epidural, I couldn't sit up or walk for the first two days of my youngest life. They ended up taking blood from my arm and put it in my back to plug the whole with a clot basically. I would never do it again I'm terrifed now that I'm prego again. My situation is not typical but is a real risk for ayone who gets and epidural make sure you ask lots of questions. I may even have nerve damage now and the doctor did not tell me of these risks before hand. I hope you all the best!

Jessica - posted on 01/29/2010

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To me, the nice thing about being induced is you don't have the same anxiety as when you go into labor naturally. I was induced at 8pm on a Friday night and I knew I would have the baby within 24 hours no matter what. I delivered at 3:30 the next afternoon. I think that made the whole thing easier because I didn't have to do it at home and wonder when it was time to go to the hospital. The contractions were bad, but probably not any worse than they would have been. Good luck!

April - posted on 01/29/2010

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I had to be induced with both of my kids so I guess I don't really have anything to compare it to but it really was not that bad honestly. My nurses did everything they could to make me as comfortable as possible and when it came to the time for my epidural that helped SO MUCH! From what I have seen though everyone's body reacts different, my labor came kind of slow even with the inducing but I know some say it comes kind of fast and hard but I bet everything will go great! I would definitely ask your doctor before hand though if you have any questions or concerns so maybe you will feel more at ease going into it. Good luck and Congratulations!

Donna - posted on 01/29/2010

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NO it is Not.. All 3 of my girls were induced.. If you ask me it makes labor shorter and much less painful. Don't be scared or worried. If you are going to have an epidural then pain will be very minium. In fact my longest labor was 6 hours.

Ingrid - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced for my first pregnancy and the medication makes the contractions come on strongly and quickly. I just know that normally when you are not induced the contractions come on a bit slower. Next time around i'm not going to allow the doctor to let me go late either!! good luck with everything

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I found being induced much more painful! My natural labor/birth went much quicker and the contractions were not nearly as painful. And since the labor/delivery was faster, I'd have to say that the contractions were more powerful.
Courtney suggested an Epidural, I had to have one while pregnant for emergency surgery... I'm very glad I never had one while in labor. Instead of the pins and needles feeling of libs that have fallen asleep, it was HORRID itching. And not just in the legs/lower body, it was ALL over.

Tiffany - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was induced and i was having really bad contractions when they broke my water so i dont no if that actual part hurts but the contractions from having platocin hurt like hell. but then again all contractions hurt. i took the epidural bout 5 hours before my son was born and that was awesome i suggest gettin the epidural good luck

Melissa - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was induced with my first baby, and it doesn't necessarily mean it will go faster. My labor took 21 hours. For the first 9 hours though, I was not in any pain. The result of everything ended in a c-section, mainly because my son was in an unfavorable position and the doc didn't want to break his collar bones. I never had experienced a natural birth, so I don't know if it would be better. But I do know that being induced forces labor, rather than your body naturally doing it.

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced with my only one. it took me 33 hours to have the baby. whenever you think its the right time. get the epidural. it helped me dilate i was at 2 stuck there and in 3 hours i was ready to have her. but anyways yes if you wait too long to get an epidural it is very painful. the epidural its different. im terrified of needles...so i was freaking out...but after you get over that...epidurals are awesome. i had my daughter in under 20 minutes after starting to push...so good luck hope everything works out.

Kat - posted on 01/29/2010

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I dont have anything to compare too as i only have one child, I was in fake labour for 3 days and exruciating pain ( I will never forget) and finally ended up having a C section as her hearth rate kept dropping. If i was having another baby i would opt for any other option than induction. From reading the stories on here some moms say its better!! everybody is different.... Best of luck!!

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2010

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ive only been induced and i think tht the only difference is that being induced is a lot more intense!! cos i didnt really have a break betwwen contractions the whole way through 8 hours of labour! i dont see how it could be any more painful tho!! but deffinately very intense!!!

Roisin - posted on 01/29/2010

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i have had 2 inductions. It is more intense so yes more painful. you need to be prepared to take pain medication or use tens machine which was very effective with me. the advantage is it is planned so there is no big dash to hospital, it is more relaxed and you can easily organise childcare for other children etc. I certainly dont regret it and would do it again if needs be. The main thin is the outcome - a healhy baby and mom!

Desiree - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was indused with my second pregnancy and it went well, very well and fast within 6 hours she was out and feeding. Although I really didn't know how natural deliveries went, because I had a c-section with my first (twins). And when I had my third, naturally again and uninduced, it was much more painful. Although everyone is diferent and every pregnancey and delivery is different so don't be to scared you'll get thought it and it probibly wont be as bad as you think.

Julia - posted on 01/29/2010

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With my first born I was induced at 2 cm at 6 AM HORRIBLE!!!!!!!! I went about 11 hours without a epidural finally caved in and got it. She was born a 10PM With my second I went all natural no pain meds nothing. I fully recommend all natural much easier recovery. I didnt take birthing classes my husband and I just read a birthing book. Being induced everyhting is slow and painful...wouldnt recommend unless there is a health issue

Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced myself but know that how each person reactions is different. This is my first child and from other people said I had the perfect pregnancy. After they induced me I did not have any contractions until the doctor broke my water. My little one came just over 2 hours later, Needless to say there was not any time for any meds! Was the contractions bad? I say yes and no. I hope that all goes well for you and congrats!

Jena - posted on 01/29/2010

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i personally loved being induced. my doctor actually started to induce me around 11:00 am on september 1. after a few hours nothing was happening so he decided to give me my epidural and then break my water around 4:00. being induced i think really helped with the pain especially because he gave me the epidural before breaking my water. after a few hours kiley was born at 8:49pm. personally i thought it was amazing and i had no pain at all i just felt the pressure.

Sherri - posted on 01/29/2010

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for me being induced my second time was better than my first. i was i a controlled environment and new i was safe, whereas at home i was in labor and almost gave birth in the living room, barely making it to the hospital.. the contractions came on faster being induced, but i was in labor for 3 hours pushing 5 minutes compared to my first of 14 hours labor and 45 minutes pushing.. i think if i could redo my first with an induction i would be happy.. but every person is different, including their pain threshold.. dont be scared, just let it happen and know theyre are trained professionals there to help.

Lucia - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hello..Good morning. I was induced due to the fact that my daughter was 9 days late. I cant compare the feeling between being induced and not, but what I can tell you is that it was painful. In my opinion what made it so bad was the fact that I was not able to get out of bed and move around for the duration of my 16 hour long labor because the doctors were afraid that my contractions would come too close together early in labor. I do wish you luck and remember the big payoff at the end, your beautiful child!!!

Lee - posted on 01/29/2010

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oh one last thing as noted you are all hooked up to monitors and a catherter. so make sure you um well if you gotta do a #2 you best bedoing it b/4 you get hooked up. or they would make you use a bed pan. gross!
It's tough not being able to walk around when your in so much pain, or eat or drink, just ice chips and a sucker now and again.

Lee - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced at 38 weeks on the dot, the Dr. said I was high risk but really I don't feel like I was.
Anyways by no means was my son ready to come out then.I was in labor for 17 hours and no exaggerating pushed for 4 hours. It took 17 hours to get dialated to 10cm. Even then he was not trying to come out. It was all by force and that suction thing on his head.
I would not wanted to be induced next time around.
If you are measuring big or the dr has said the baby is already bigger and at this point starts gaining 1 lb per week then if you wait til 40 weeks you may end up w/ a 10 lb baby.
This said induction is necessary but during this whole process the dr. may end up suggesting a csection anyways to go ahead and protect the baby.

Having only 1 birth under my belt I can only guess that it's not that the the contractions are worse being induced it's and especially for me about forcing the baby out when he isn't ready to come out. It's not about the pain and all the epidural in the world isn't going to make him be ready.
On the plus side it was kinda nice to say ok it's 3/30 I'm going to have a baby today adn the family be prepared and all, but that really is the only plus side I had. I hope this helps

Heather - posted on 01/29/2010

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I had to be induced at 36 weeks because his cord was wrapped around him...anyway. yes it hurt really bad:( i'm not trying to scare you but get ready, my Doctor said the contractions are more painful because your body isn't ready on its own and its forcing it. after 2 days of labor they gave me a c-section. good luck with the birth of your baby and its all worth it in the end:)

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was induced for my second child and i thought it was much easier. labour is painful in itself but i found no difference. i actually found it to be a little easier and faster. but i was neduced 2 weeks early because i also had avery rough first delivery and they did not want me to go to full term because if she got as big as my first who was only 7lb 11oz i would not be able to deliver her. but again, i found being eb=nduced to be fine, no more painful, but no less either...lol good luck!!!

Aundraya - posted on 01/29/2010

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When I was pregnant for my daughter, I planned to have her naturally, but when my due date came and went my doctor informed me that I would have to be induced. I was still going to do it without an epidural, but there were some limitations now. I couldn't get out of the bed and walk around to help with the pain because they had to have a heart monitor on my baby at all times (they are required to do this with all induced patients) and every time I'd move they'd lose signal. So basically I was confined to the bed or the exercise ball. This made it more difficult, because if you are attempting natural birth, the one thing they tell you is to switch positions every 30 minutes. Granted, if I had to do it all again, I would. I just hope that my next baby comes on time so I don't have to be induced.
My mom on the other hand had me naturally and she said it made the contractions hard a fast, but it was over quicker. I guess it's different with each mother and each baby.
I hope you can still go through the labor naturally, because in my opinion it the best choice for you and your baby. Either way, your baby will be here soon, and at that point you could care less how that little angel got here. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2010

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Yes, it is. It causes the contractions to more intense. I was induced with 2 of my 3 girls. The first time, I got an epidural as soon as the pain set in. With the second I was determined not to get one, but once I got to 7cm I couldn't take it anymore. But just remember that we were built for this. It's nothing that you can't handle, and in the end it is so worth it. Hope this helps and good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced with my first baby, but not my second. For me, being induced was so much easier on me. I was in labor with my firstborn for 12 and a half hours and made it through without an epidural. I was already having contractions two minutes apart when I went in to be induced but I couldn't feel them. Once I started feeling them, the pain gradually intensified, but my body had time to adjust to them. I did get pretty worn out though. I went into labor on my own with my second, and the contractions came on so hard and so fast that I was actually fighting against them (the contractions). I finally had to ask for an epidural just to help me relax, and after that everything moved quickly and smoothly. I ended up being in labor 13 hours the second time around.

Rachel - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced with my son, I only have one so I have nothing to compare it too. The only thing is if they increase the patosin too fast the contractions get really intense! One of my nurses did that, then when another one came in to check on my contractions she turned it down, otherwise it went just like going into labor naturally, just a bit more controlled.

Kymberly - posted on 01/29/2010

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I was induced with all four of my kids. My firsts baby was 9lb 2oz, so my doctor did not want the other kids to get so big, so I was induced 2 weeks before my due date for each. I would say it hurts more up front, or when they are trying to get you started. Each labor is different, so dont always bet that it will be quicker then the first. I had an epidural with all my labors, I am one who prefers to enjoy the labor instead of dealing with the pain. But with my last baby the epidural did not take. So for me it was painful, but not to the point of losing it. You might want to talk to your doctor about the risks of induction because ther are a couple. The biggest thing to be aware of is, with induction you body is being forced into labor, so some people do not take to it as well as others. So it could lead to a c-section if you do not progress in the time the doctors see fit. But since this is your second child, your chance of it go way down. Talk to you doctor about how you feel. If I were you, don't worry about it to much. If the pain becomes to much get the epidural. And just look forward to having another beautiful baby.

Katie - posted on 01/29/2010

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i was induced with my son, the contractions came on fast and string and were painful, i ended up having the epidural as was expecting to be going at it for a few more hours, but ended up in labour for 3 1/5 hours.... so was painful but i think i could have done it without epidural if i new it was that quick...... i tihnk being induced makes it quicker, prob not more painful , just all in all fast really. :) hope that helps

Vicki - posted on 01/29/2010

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I also had the induction like Katie was talking about. However, potocin was involved in both my deliveries. With my 2nd they did straight potocin, and the contractions where horrible. I had to back off of them for a bit, long enough to go to the bathroom and walk around, took about 15 min. It helped a lot, they were strong enough that I didn't have time to breath between them, they were 2 mins long and 30 sec apart and it didn't dialate my cervix. It was painful, but once I backed off of them for a bit, I was able to deal with it better.

Vicki - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have had 2 babies already. The second I went into the hospital a few times 2 weeks before she was due to get gel put on my cervix, bcz my last one was 2 weeks late. The Doc didn't want me to go over the due date, so I went in and got this done 3 times, a hour each time. It gave me contractions, but not enough to go into labor. Then I had to be induced bcz the gel didn't get my contractions jump started enough. OH MY GOD!! The difference between the two are a huge difference, I'd rather do natural labor than have to be induced again. I also had an epidural, I bawled like a baby bcz it hurt, but once it started to work "it was all good!"

Whatever happens you'll be in good hands. Good luck!

Adriene - posted on 01/29/2010

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and it really depends on your dr but most won't give you meds if they induce it will counter react to the plutocin

Katie - posted on 01/29/2010

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My first daughter was born a week late and was on the big side for a vaginal birth...I changed OBs with my second pregnancy, and he was like "hey, if it's all the same to you, if everything's going well, we'll induce a week EARLY and make things easy on you." MAN, DID IT EVER! However, my OB induces with a PILL. I wish I could remember the name of it, but I can't...it brings contractions on much slower and more gradually, more like natural labor. My first hour or 2 of contractions didn't even hurt. The other thing was that, if you are a pain relief kind of mom (like me), my OB also likes to induce that way because "you get to control your pain before you've wasted all your energy on it. Then you get to actually enjoy the birth of your child." He ordered my epidural as soon as my contractions STARTED to get a little uncomfortable. Then, they cranked the pitocin to me, things moved along wonderfully, and my baby was born with ease! I literally looked at my husband (to whom I screamed, swore, and brought to tears the first time around) and said, "wow, I could do that again in 10 minutes if I had to, that was great!" and he agreed! However, a lot of docs still induce with Pitocin. That's what makes it so painful, because it brings the contractions on hard and fast. Ask your doc...if it's possible for you to use the pill and hold off on pitocin until things get going, I HIGHLY recommend it! Good Luck!

Emma - posted on 01/29/2010

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Hi, with my first baby I had to be induced twice at 35 weeks as I developed severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome and personally for me it was nothing, I delivered my daughter after 3hrs15mins with just gas and air and a dose of pethadine.

Anne-Marie - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have been induced and personally found it more painful than when i had natural birth. But everyone is different, try not to worry yourself too much and just remember what the prize is at the end. Good luck :)

Rebecca - posted on 01/29/2010

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nope. it makes your contractions faster.....but girl..you've already done it once! there's nothing to worry about. they just put this string thing around the end of your cervix. looks like a tampon string. then between 4 and 7 hours later..baby! awww.

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