Induction..

Allyson - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone! I am a day over my due date today and my doctor said if I don't have my baby by next Tuesday (5 days from now) that we are going to need to talk about induction because I have high blood pressure due to the pregnancy. I was just wondering if anyone can tell me their induction stories about how things went, how painful the contractions get, etc. I am a bit afraid to be induced. Also is there anything I can do myself to speed things along?

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Megan - posted on 05/31/2009

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You can try all sorts of things to help speed things along (no promises though). Having sex could start labor- because semen has a hormone in it that can stimulate contractions, Exercise can help. Massage- especially special foot massages are believed to help. -but your baby will come when it feels like it or the doctor says so! I was not induced to start labor... but was induced during it to help the labor progress. And for me the contractions came hard and fast BUT--- that is much easier that trying to slowly progress through hours and hours or even days of labor that isnt progressing. Dont let anyone fool you- Labor hurts... BAD and it is hard work! And with and induction it will come FAST- but it is tolerable and the moment your about to throw your hands up and quit (go to meds) they say "Your 10 centimeters dialated and it's pushin time!" and then you'll feel like your sh''in a bowling ball and you'll have a baby (or at least thats how mine went) ... Dont be scared of the induction... just focus on that baby in your arms!

Katherine - posted on 05/30/2009

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I got induced with my first baby due to he stopped moving, the contractions were constant but only lasted 2 hours 50 minutes. i was suposed to be induced with my second but i did alot of walking up and down hills and stairs, the day before i supose to be induce i went into labour and had him naturally. so try walking alot and good luck.

Crystal - posted on 05/30/2009

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I am a 26 year old mother of 3. With my first I was induced due to being overdue as well. About an hour before pushing my babies heartbeat dropped. She was diagnosed with bradycardia. Once I put on the oxygen mask things were just fine. The worst part was wearing a mask while pushing. I pushed for 45 minutes and she was out 7lbs. 3oz. My second child I was induced because I had a blood pressure reading of 200/173 (very scary) I seemed to have a ton more pain then the first time, but that not because I was induced. I pushed for 9 minutes and he was out 7lbs. 0oz. My third I went into labor by myself 4 weeks early. When my Dr. first saw me I was dialated to 4 and in an hour I had progressed to a 5 they decided to keep me and watch me since I lived 30 minutes from the hospital I was deliverying at. The nurses and Dr.'s noticed that my body was fighting the contractions and so they decided to put me on pitocin and give me a epidual so that I could relax a little bit. Well I felt nothing. They had to tell me when to push and I pushed for 3 minutes and he was out 7lbs. 4oz. Perhaps I don't know the diffrence because I was on Pit with all 3, but your going to make it through it and your going to do great! GOOD LUCK!!!!

Amanda - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was induced with my first child. My water had a small rupture so they started me on pitocin. I was on that all day with nothing to eat. I wasn't feeling any of my contractions while on that and they weren't regular so I was taken off it. The next day the doctor came in and broke my water again and the contractions hit me hard and in the back. I got an epidural pretty much right after my second contraction and my son was out about 45 minutes later. It went pretty fast.
I am pregnant with my second now and am due June 6th. I am halfway through my labor but my labor hasn't started yet. I am 3 1/2 cm dialated and 90% efaced. If I don't start on my own by Monday morning I will be induced. Mainly the only thing I have done to get this going is walking and more walking. But absolutely everything else I have tried has not worked.
Best of Luck to you.

Lauren - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was induced and they broke my water around 8 in the morning and gave me the petosin (Spelled wrong, but the drug to start the contractions) By 12 I had an epidural because the contractions were so intense. What I thought was humorous was that I was only dialated about 4-5 centimeters when they gave me the epidural, but it felt way worse than that:) But after the epidural, I felt wonderful. My son wasn't born until after 8 that night however, so it was a long day. I wouldn't be afraid. I have been told that when you are induced and get petosin, it tends to make the contractions more severe, but if you plan to have an epidural, I wouldn't stress. Hope this helps!

Natalie - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was induced two weeks early with my son! To me I seen that just getting the contractions to get going seemed like the longest part of the process! Once you get going and they break your water ( doesnt hurt at all) thats when the contractions usually pick up! But from that process to delivery from what I experienced and seen is that it goes pretty fast! The contractions are the most painful part of labour and that is all that you have to worry bout dealing with if you are going natural! I went into the hospital at 8am and my son was born at 7:13pm! It just took a lil bit for my contractions to pick up but once it did I think it took no less than 15 mins and my son was out! So there is nothing to worry bout! Just bring thingd to entertain you cause you will be at the hospital for a bit! Hope it helps!

Melissa - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was induced with my second child I was in labour for 3 weeks only 3 cm dialated my ultrasound scared them so they finally induced me after that I was only inlabour fo 2 hours just try to remember every delivery is the worst the what to expect while expecting book really helped me with my deliveries my first was natural second I had an epidural I was exhausted from 3 weeks of pains every night and they wanted me to have one due to the fact they had to turn him and i had back labour my blood pressure dropped alot I was freezing but nurses were great getting me warm blankets.... The labour was a bit more scary then my 100% natural one but my pregnancy was also all differant. Just keep in mind all deliveries are differant this one is yours you stillown it your choices no one elses if you want to try natuall induction I tried the pump your breast for 20 min it naturally releases oxitocin? Not sure of spelling its like 1:30 am here haha I tried this didnt work for me biut as a warning it can bring on false labour as well so the key is to time it so not to stress your self out hopefully you can just enjoy your pregnancy sleep it up until that baby comes out for ou to meet... Good luck youll do awesome

Charlie - posted on 05/29/2009

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i was induced the day after my due date due to my baby being so long , not enough room left , please dont b scared off by my story i was induced the contractions came hard and fast but i didnt dilate at all , day two STILL in labour really getting over it now STILL no dilation , meanwhile ladies are havin babies left right and centre all around me , i really want him out today !!!! had to be physically dilated ouch!! worse pain than actually giving birth !! had the gas did nothing but make me laugh hours later and in a load of pain end up having an epidural , they put it in the wrong spot so everything went numb EXCEPT where my contractions were , so exhausted i actually went to sleep and woke up with " its time to push " it took 4 pushes in 10 mins the nurse said its the quickest shes evr seen someone push a baby out lol he came 11:25 at nite on his daddys birthday .

Tiffanie - posted on 05/29/2009

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Hi there when I was preg with my daughter 4 in a half years ago I had really high blood pressure and they had to induce me. They put this iservidile in me it looks like a peice of paper with a long tail on it. Its suppost to make the uterus contract. The doc put it in me and said that it should work and I would be in labour the next day. He came to check me about an hour after he did the procedure then my water broke. The only thing is with an inductin I feel that it hurt a lot more than natural labour. Good Luck

Lisette - posted on 05/29/2009

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my second daughter was 2 weeks over due so i was induced, to be honest i didnt find ther was alot of difference other than i new she was on her way the contractions started slowly and gradually became more intence and well,u no the rest "healthy baby".its easy to b anxious this is your first time,but you will be just fine,it is hard work but you get a beautiful baby and an immence sence of pride with wat youve just accomplished,so best of luck. (ps. sex is a good one to bring you on strate from the doctor something in the semen loosens the cervix)

Julie - posted on 05/29/2009

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I was induced once I was 8 days overdue and trust me I wanted her out then. She was putting pressure on my spine and every so often one of my legs would give out...not a good combination when you have to get to the bathroom to pee. Anyways.

I went into the hospital and they monitered the baby for an hour listening to the heart beat and had a belt to check contraction strength if any. They checked me and gave me the smallest amount of gell possible cuz I was already fully effaced and 1cm.

I started contractions right away every 2 min very strong. Then I reacted to the medicine and had diarreah and vomiting. Not so fun but I guess the good part is I didn't have to poop when I pushed. 3 and a half hours after the gell my baby girl was out and well. With 3 hours of labour and a half hour of pushing. I didn't have time for pain medication but I didn't really want to have it anyways so I was cool with that.

It was a good experience. I don't really remember much thanks to those wonderful hormones the body produces normally. Everyones body reacts differently.

I have to say if I am late with the next one (due in oct) I would be fine with being induced again. three and a half hours is nothing especially compaired to most womens labours. Plus no matter how much pain or how long labour is the prize at the end makes it totaly worth every second.

Lauren - posted on 05/29/2009

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I was induced with my son when I was almost 2 weeks overdue. I had a great induction, I was in labor within 4 hours and had a great labor... But I opted to get an epidural. The delivery on the other hand was rough and long, but it had nothing to do with my induction, and everything to do with the way my son was facing! It just depends on the mom and her body how it's going to be...



Some things to try to speed things along are a lot of walking, at least a couple miles a day. Make sure you have someone with you or a cell phone, just in case! You can also have sex several times a day, orgasms cause your uterus to contract and therefore may bring on labor. You can also try to stimulate your nipples, which also causes uterine contractions. Or try to take a long car ride, but don't go too far from your hospital... Drive in circles if you have to! I tried all of these things, and I would have contractions, but as soon as I stopped walking, they would become less intense and eventually go away, but that's because he was facing the wrong way. I wish you luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2009

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i went in to be induced, they decided in the end that they could just 'burst' my waters to get things going, which worked a charm!! i don't know if that's better than being induced with drugs, but if they think it could work then they might try that. i was 14 days overdue tho!! :)

Catrina - posted on 05/29/2009

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I would suggest getting your plan ready for an induction. What you will want etc. My 1st son was 3 days late but came naturally and almost born on the freeway in the car. My 2nd son - he was a week overdue and they induced me. Since I had all natural with my 1st I was attempting to do so with the 2nd. Well I got a new nurse who was training and she set the pitocin to high and had me go from being ok - to what in the hell did you do to me! I get an epidural at 9 centimeters - way to late! By the time it was set in place and I laid back down - my son was born. Now with my 3rd son, I begged to be induced since I got pregnant 2 months after my 2nd son was born. My body needed him out! I knew my plan! I asked for the epidural BEFORE they even put the pitocin in my IV...was NOTgonna go through that hell again!

However all 3 of my labors were natural and combined total is less than 12 hours! Soooo I'm stoked about that! I wish you the best!

Christine - posted on 05/28/2009

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I was induced with our son (our first baby) when he was 5 days overdue. My BP wasn't high, but that's just how my doctors did it - they don't let you go more than a week over. I wanted to go into labor naturally, but nobody's little tricks worked. :)
I was hooked up to everything by 7am and started having hard contractions around noon. Before that I just sat around and watched TV.
I had an epidural around 1pm, started pushing at 3pm, and my son was born at 5:03 pm. That's really only 5 hours of the owie stuff. I had a good experience with induction although I hope in the future I'll be able to go into labor naturally. The one NICE thing about being induced is that they break your water in the hospital so there is no mess. :o) The one thing that bugged me about it was that I had to be hooked up to monitors the whole time, including an internal monitor at the end (yuck). But I could still get up and use the bathroom whenever I wanted and use a birthing ball.
Stay positive and thing about that little baby the whole time! :)

Michelle - posted on 05/28/2009

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iv'ebeen induced twice both times a breeze... first time i had to go in overnight for cervidal... my total induction with him once pitocin started was 6 hours 18 minutes and 2 pushes... about 3 hours of that was 'labor' induction was ue to high blood pressure and was the day after his due date... with my daughter i was induced on her due date * protein in urine* total induction 3 hours 58 minutes about an hour of that was labor no need for cervidal with her... i did b oth births without an epi so it's not that bad

Krista - posted on 05/28/2009

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I don't have experience with induction but please consider heavily the risks. Induction is not natural, it is basically forcing your baby out before it is ready and that can be very traumatic. Has your BP been steady? If so how high? There are many natural ways to encourage things to start. Having sex, nipple stimulation, at home enemas... Also there is a theory about eggplant parm too...I know it sounds weird but I heard about it and tried it and went into labor within 12 hours. Please just research as much as you can before agreeing to do anything to your body and your baby. Best wishes to you and your baby for a peaceful birth.

Monicadawn80 - posted on 05/28/2009

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well let me first just say that every woman's body will react differently to an induction, but here is my story. i had my son 6 weeks ago and i was induced. i was due on may 2nd but on april 13th i went in for my third non stress test and had some elevated blood pressure readings. i have high blood pressure normally and am on medication, during my pregnancy it was normal until april 13th..my doctor decided to have me induced 3 weeks before my due date..i was given the medication cytotek which is pill they insert into the vagina to help soften the cervix..i received three doses of this on the 13th and one more on the 14th. i didnt feel anything at all. on april 14th they started pitocin but they started with a very low dose and i didnt many painful contractions. since i was 3 weeks early my doc saw no reason to rush things. and btw if you get pitocin you dont get any food until after you had the baby. i was starving after labor...i ate breakfast at 7:30am and didnt eat again until around 1am. they started the pitocin at 12:30pm and stopped it at 4pm because my baby wasnt tolerating it well...but then at 4:10pm my water broke and then the contractions became stronger and they gave me some more pitocin but at a very low dose. it was pretty painful...i had a lot of pressure and pain right at my hips...it felt like my hips were being squeezed in a vice, if you can imagine that. you can feel the contractions coming on...very mild and then strong. i would prep myself to relax my body as calm as i knew how. tensing up makes them hurt more. i did get sick to my stomach as well, dont know if this was due to the medication or just part of my labor experience. i got an epidural at 8pm and quickly dilated to 9cm right after so i started pushing..i didnt feel any pain at all, just the pressure of a contraction. i had to push for 3 hour because my contractions were not very close together. it was exhausted but not painful. my son was 5 lbs 7 oz...i didnt tear or need to be cut at all. i was extremely swollen down there though...extremely swollen but ice helped a lot. i was up and moving around the next day.. just sore. now 6 weeks later i can hardly remember the 4 hours of active labor i was in. my mom was in the room with me as well and she said i made labor look like a piece of cake. i was really nervous about it all and it really wasnt bad. hope yours goes just as easy, good luck

Kirsten - posted on 05/28/2009

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I was due on the 23rd and they are going to induce me on Wednesday if nothings happened...And Im nervous too!

Hope things go great for you!

I had an ultrasound today and things look healthy..I have to go Monday to check the baby.

Carmen - posted on 05/28/2009

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I was induced as a way to try and schedule so my husband could watch from Iraq. I was put on petosin around 7:30 in the morning. I was by myself with only a doula in the labor room. I made it to 7cm without needing any medication. I couldn't relax between contractions, so I opted for an epidural after 9 hours. The epidural worked too well climbing up my back and making it difficult for me to breath. They stopped the epidural and I was at 10cm. I pushed for 30 minutes and she was out. 7lbs 12 oz. Don't worry. It's not bad at all.

Sharon - posted on 05/28/2009

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i was induced with my second child who was 12 days overdue but had a natural labour with my first it was a bit more painful im not going to lie to you but it went alot quicker for me but as they say every labour is different i was induced on the 22nd november 2008 started getting contractions at 12 midnight and at 7.11 am on the 23rd my daughter was born and i found out the reason why it hurt more her back was to my spine plus she weighed 8lb 5oz and im only 4" 11in but the best thing is you forget the pain once you are holding your baby good luck hope it helps

Abbie - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi I am 25 and my daughter is now 3. I was impatient and chose to be induced 4 days before my due date. I never agreed with the doctor's date anyway and had had two trips to the doctor with false labor. Things went very smoothly and the contractions were moderate but back labor and made it hard to concentrate on my breathing. I had an epidural and pushed for an hour on the nose. My adventure went well and I pray yours does too-- Good luck!

Abbie - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi I am 25 and my daughter is now 3. I was impatient and chose to be induced 4 days before my due date. I never agreed with the doctor's date anyway and had had two trips to the doctor with false labor. Things went very smoothly and the contractions were moderate but back labor and made it hard to concentrate on my breathing. I had an epidural and pushed for an hour on the nose. My adventure went well and I pray yours does too-- Good luck!

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