Pitocin after vaginal birth?

Lacey - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm 31w and have started thinking about my birth plan. Has anyone here had the Pitocin after a vaginal delivery? What was that like? Is it painful like they say the pitocin for induction is? Just curious!

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I had pitocin to help my labor along (my water broke but contractions didn't come together). I did it all without any drugs. Pitocin is not that bad you just have to concentrate and breathe fast. After the baby was born they turned the pitocin all the way up and I didn't notice anything. I was so relieved that the baby was out and I was holding her. I was also getting stitched so there were so many other things going on that I didn't notice and pain from the pitocin.

Sara - posted on 09/10/2009

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No, it's not painful like contractions. I had it to help my uterus contract and slow down the bleeding, I didn't find it bothersome at all. That kneading thing they do after you give birth is way worse!

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Robyn - posted on 09/10/2009

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pitocin after helps expel the placenta and contract the uterus so theres no hemmorage

Bethany - posted on 09/10/2009

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I did my whole labor un-medicated, but didn't stop bleeding because the nurse pulled too hard on the placenta to try to get it out. She threatened to give me Cytotec, but I refused so got the pitocin. I personally thought the pitocin contractions were more painful than my labor. But I also was more focused and relaxed before, so having contractions out of the blue like that surprised me and probably made it worse.

I wouldn't do it again unless it really was necessary. That is part of why I am having a midwife and a homebirth this time around! Don't have to worry about her messing with something that shouldn't be messed with so we can avoid the situation altogether. :)

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