Did you have a good or bad experience being induced?

Erin - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I'm 39 weeks and due Sept. 25th. After 41 weeks, they plan to induce me. I think I want to wait a week and a half after due date before being induced. I have heard some horror stories. The only positive is that this one woman had a speedy labor in 48 hours! Mainly I heard labor is longer when you're induced, if your cervix isn't ready you will most likely have a c-section, etc. So please tell me your story (positive/negative) and how it went for you. My nurse said they would start it off w/ IV. They wouldn't break my water or strip membranes 1st.

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Athena - posted on 09/22/2009

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My experience's with being induced were both good. With my daughter i was a gestational diabetic so i needed to be induced because of the risks of my baby having either high or low blood sugar levels when she was born, also i had pre- clampsia. I was induced around 8am with this Gel thing, then i remember the doctor checking on me and because i wasn't progressing as fast as he wanted me to, i heard him say that he wanted to do a C-Section on me. I was so Flippn scared koz that was not what i wanted, so i told the nurse and the doctor NO! i want to carry it out normally.After that i think they broke my waters then gave me another dose of that Gel or it might've been the other way around. Well as contrations were getting closer i had the Gas for my pain relief and when it was time for my baby to come out i was sucking up the gas so strongly and it was working for the pain only to find out that when i had my daughter my husband told me they had turned the gas off a little while before giving birth. They were feeding me oxygen....But because i was so into the breathing in heavy and breathing out i didn't notice anything different...lol. So from the 1st induction it took 13hours and my baby was born.

Tiffany - posted on 09/21/2009

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I was 39 weeks when I was induced. I was in labor for 23 hours and 42 minutes. My cervix were not ready. If you do get induced my advice is get the epidual as soon as you start to hurt after they break your water if not you are gonna be in some major pain. Once you get that you dont really feel much until the baby is ready to come then you feel alot of pressure. Once you agree to have a vaginal delivery they dont do the c section unless something is wrong.

Krista - posted on 09/21/2009

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I was induced with my son. It was an ok experience. I only have my one baby so I don't know the difference. I was in labor forever! and I pushed for hours but because I knew it was coming I felt like I was in control. After 2 and a half hours of pushing I had a C section anyways but the induction wasn't bad. The petocin started wearing off around 7 cm... not a good thing but I dialated the rest of the way on my own. I will tell you when they broke my water it was the stragest feeling ever. It's like someone made you pee yourself....ewwww!

Wendy - posted on 09/21/2009

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I was induced with both of my boys. They were alright. With Dylan, they started the iv about 11 am. I got an epidural and it worked. I was ready to push at 11:30 that night, he was born at 11:48 pm. With Cody, they started the iv at 9 am. I also got an epidural, but it did not work with him. He was stubborn, he wouldn't come down. So, I just kept rocking. He was born at 9:51 pm with no doctors in the room. The nurse and my mom delivered him. Both times they broke my water, it did not hurt. I kinda wish I had had one without being induced, just to know the difference.

Susie - posted on 09/20/2009

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Oh my - I had an AWFUL experience. I was due June 19th and they induced me on June 11th at 10pm. First, they put some paper behind my cervix which they said would cause reactions but allow me to sleep through the night. Well needless to say, that did not happen. I started having awful contractions immediately. They had to remove the paper because this wasn't normal and in the morning I got my IV of pitocin. Again, awful contraction and Dylan's heartbeat didn't respond well. They cut that off and inserted a 'balloon' into my cervix and blew it up - it should cause 2-3 cm in about an hour or two. Didn't happen either ---- awful contractions and it had to be removed immediately and I got my epidural. Well that was about 1pm on Thursday and I didn't go into REAL labor until about 11om that night. Dylan was born after about 45 minutes of pushing (the best and easiest part) of the entire process! I know woman always say they never want to be late ---- I would be 2 weeks late next time if I don't have to experience that! Although I know many woman who say being enduced is fabulous! I wish you the best of luck and a speedy and painless delivery!! :)

Kylie - posted on 09/20/2009

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Quoting kylie:

hey there, this is with the last one i have been induced twice
i felt the same way when they told me i was to be induced,packed the bags went up waited around untill they had the bed ready..i was supposed to go in at 7pm but instead turned out it was more like 11pm ..i'v had four kids so i was used to the normal nerves but it was differnet this time as i knew the exact date i was going in, plus they thought that he would be to small and have to go to I.C.U. I went in they monitered me for a while check if he was relaxed then they used the gel which was on a strip and it kind of looks like a flat tampon then they gave me a tablet and i went to sleep..i woke up at around 2am and was in full contractions..3-4hrs later i had my boy and he was perfect with nothing wrong..



with my daughter i was also induced and this time it was with the I.V line..my waters had broken the night before and i had been at home waiting untill it was time to go..as the contractions got worse i decided it was time by the time i had gotten the babysitter for my sin and my partner had the bags in the car the contractions had stopped we called the hospital and they said they would be ready for us.. When i got there they did all the checks monitered the bub and the doctor decided she (my baby) was going to be difficult so they hooked me up to the I.V as the nurse walked from the room her words were call me when the pain starts again and i'll give you something..lol..i dont think she made it to the door even..i went straight into the full on contractions and 45minutes later i had my little girl..the problems from having a fast birth is that your body is in shock for a while and you shake a bit and you feel a little cold. also you dont get to have a choice really if you want drugs they had pretty much had time to hook up the gas and that was it..I would say both times were good fast and no more pain then my other two births,..

Kerri - posted on 09/20/2009

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My experince was postive. I went in and they started inducing. Broke my water and then when the pain started coming it was pretty intense but they can give you the epidural (if your going to get it) pretty early. So i only went through about an hour or so of the labor pains (and that was only because Im stubborn and my bf had to make me get it so early lol) and once you get the epidural you dont really feel anything. I was having major labor going on according to the monitor but i wasnt feeling any of it. Anywas my labor was onyl about 8 hours and I only push him out for about 30mins. and notice I said pushed him out. Not once did they say anything to me about me having tohave a c-section. And i had a few friends before me that were induced and they didnt have to have a c-section either! Good luck. you will do great and Im sure you cant wait to meet that little bundle of joy!!!!! Oh and I hope I helped!!

Kylie - posted on 09/20/2009

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hey there, this is with the last one i have been induced twice

i felt the same way when they told me i was to be induced,packed the bags went up waited around untill they had the bed ready..i was supposed to go in at 7pm but instead turned out it was more like 11pm ..i'v had four kids so i was used to the normal nerves but it was differnet this time as i knew the exact date i was going in, plus they thought that he would be to small and have to go to I.C.U. I went in they monitered me for a while check if he was relaxed then they used the gel which was on a strip and it kind of looks like a flat tampon then they gave me a tablet and i went to sleep..i woke up at around 2am and was in full contractions..3-4hrs later i had my boy and he was perfect with nothing wrong..

Chantel - posted on 09/20/2009

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I had a positive experience. I was induced with both my girls. The first time I had the balloon done and it came out on it's own at a/b 11pm and the next morning the dr. broke my water at 7 and I had her by 11:30 am. The second one I was dilated to a 4 and they gave me some pitocin and I moved along until I got my epidural ( which didn't feel nearly as bad as the contractions) then it slowed. I was in labor for 12 hours but I felt no pain at all.

Heather - posted on 09/20/2009

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I had a HORRIBLE time! I went in at 8pm on a Thursday and got the Cervadil at 1045 , I was 100% but not dilated at all. IT wasnt til 2 pm on Friday that they manually dilated me and broke my water (when they broke my water I thought it felt kinda cool..lol) But once finally dilated they gave me the pitocin and epidural...one of which made me shake, so I was given meds for the shaking and then I started throwing up :) At 1 AM on Saturday morning I was able to start pushing, but her head was facing my back, so she wouldnt come down. At 430 I had a csection...she was 9 lbs 2 oz.....sooo....every story is different!! Positive note, my mom was induced and was done in 9 hours with me...so, just depends on the baby and your body :) Good luck!!

Alex - posted on 09/18/2009

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I wasinduced at 37 wks because of my bp. My Dr broke my water at 7am and started pitocin immediately after. I read on a previous post that the breaking of the water didn't hurt. Well, mine did! It was extremely painful and then by 9am the contrations were so intense that I could not talk through them. I was given one dose of IV meds wile I waited for the epidural. They started wearing off way before it was time! Once I finally recieved the epidural though, the rest went smoothly. My son was born at 8pm that evening after pushing fo only an hour! I guess every experience is different,but I will not b induced again if I can help it! Congrats and good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 09/18/2009

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My induction was the best! My cervix wasn't ready, but no one told me anything about c-sections...they started me on pitocin on Tuesday morning around nine am, and at 2:57 Wednesday morning I gave birth to a very healthy baby boy without the words "c-section" ever entering the room. The iv drip is a slow buildup, so you have time to get accustomed to the sensations of contractions. By the time I was getting uncomfortable I had an iv painkiller, and when it started wearing off I got the epidural and didn't feel a thing after for the duration of my labor. The best thing, I think, is to request it before your pain gets unmanageable. I can't imagine having a better experience.

Lacey - posted on 09/18/2009

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I had a nightmare experience being induced. Please do NOT listen to a nurse. Make sure to talk to the DOCTOR!!! The nurse induced me without my docs order and then lied about it and tried to cover it up. My daughter was breeched and was comin out feet first. It went so wrong. Emergency c-section. I was put to sleep for it and woke up to poloraid pics of her before the flew her to another hospital to stay in the NICU. The nurses do not get to make those decisions without your doctors orders. Do not let her. Please take care. I will pray for you and your health. I am not trying to scare you, I just am trying to let you know that there is a way that theses are supposed to go and let you know how to talk to your doctor. Mine was scary and I dont want yours to be.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2009

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i was induced at 39 weeks because my ultra sound said that my baby was big, and if i wanted to deliver vaginally that he couldnt get much bigger. they started the iv at 9 in the morning, and no contractions until 3 pm, the thing is that i had no break in between contractions and they were intense, but he was born at 1030 that night vaginally so it all worked out and he was 9lbs 12ozs. they waited till 7pm tobreak my water.

Leah - posted on 09/18/2009

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I let my doctor talk me into inducing me on my due date. I had had issues with my blood pressure, and my son was pretty big. I had said that I was going to do it all natural and try not to use the drugs, but the contractions that the pitocin (the IV) cause are longer, harder, and not regular compared to natural contractions. It wasnt long before I was consenting to IV pain-killers. Even that wasn't enough relief as the contractions were completely random. I felt so out of control. I feel like if I had been able to anticipate the contractions, when they would start and when they would end, I could have handled the pain. I ended up getting an epidural too, and that killed all sensation below the waist. The birth went fine, but I feel like I missed out on parts of childbirth, like feeling the contractions start and then going to the hospital. I also didn't like how drugged I was, I feel like I experienced the birth looking through a window, instead of actually being there. So I will not be induced again if I can help it at all.

Jamie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I had a horrible, But it wasnt because of the induction it was because my daughters head was stuck in my pelvis so no matter how much medicine they gave me nothing worked, all of a sudden her heart rate dropped and I got rushed into have a c-section. It was then discovered that her head was to big.

Carolanne - posted on 09/18/2009

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I had a very positive experience. I'm actually glad I was induced because I knew what to expect. I was induced on my due date. I checked in the night before. I was only 1 cm. dialated when I checked in. The night before they inserted a baloon thing that ripens your cervix. It was uncomfortable when they inserted it, but not too bad. The next morning I was at 4 cm. They removed the baloon, broke my water (which was completely painless, just felt a warm gush of water) and hooked me up on pitocin to get the contractions going. Honestly, my contractions never got very very strong, i've had much worse menstrual cramps. But when I was at five I went ahead and got the epidural just so I wouldn't get to the real painful ones. The epidural didn't feel too good going in, but it helped IMMEDIATELY. And the pitocin kept me from slowing down dilating. It only took me an hour after breaking my water to be at 10 cm. And about an hour later I had my baby girl! It was completely painless and pretty quick! I was a lucky one, but don't be scared it's never the same for anyone and if you relax you'll be fine! Good luck!!!!!

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