To expect my induction on Friday to be horrific

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MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 05:19:31

I was 7 days overdue with my 2nd baby on Sunday. My 1st baby was 12 days overdue, went into labour naturally, back to back, ventouse, traumatic delivery etc. etc. I went to the hospital today for a sweep but it could not be done as my cervix was posterior. I have polyhydramnias (too much fluid) with this pregnancy so baby has only just dropped head down into my pelvis after being breech throughout.

I have been talking into getting booked in for an induction on Friday at 12 days only. I am petrified as I have never known anyone who has had a good induction - all have tales of days in hospital, excruciating pain and often a c section anyway.

I am starting to think I should just kick up a fuss and try to just go straight for a c section even though it's not something I would want.

I had an epidural with my 1st baby and cannot image going though all the interventions I did without one so am really scared of having to have painful procedures without adequate pain relief. I even find vaginal exams excruciating when in labour.

Any advice? I cannot sleep due to this worry. I just want it all to be over now.

bragmatic Mon 24-Feb-14 05:23:19

My induction was unpleasant but bearable. But I'd had a 'easy' birth before hand, so I think I'm one of the lucky ones.

After two un-traumatic births, I'm still a big believer in elective c-sections for mothers-to-be who are worried to the point of extreme stress.

I hope you go into labour this evening and have a lovely new human in your family this time tomorrow.

Good luck and take care. x

EmmaBemma Mon 24-Feb-14 05:27:01

Sorry to hear about your experience with your first labour and your worries about this one.

My experience is, I had an induction with my first at 10 days past due date and it was fine - straightforward 5 hour labour or so, and only needed one pessary to start me off. I had a spontaneous labour at exactly the same gestation with my second and there really wasn't much to choose between the two experiences in terms of duration or pain (though the second one, I knew what to expect so wasn't so scared). I'm not the only one, there are plenty of others! I think it depends on when you're induced - at 12 days it's likely you'll be close to going into labour yourself so might only need something to tip you over.

Good luck.

Weegiemum Mon 24-Feb-14 05:38:42

I had a similar first labour to you - apart from the fact I started naturally at 4 days before edd (and very glad I was as dd1 was almost 10lb!)

I'd a svd with ds.

Induced with dd2 at 36+6, because I was becoming increasingly unwell with a kidney problem in pregnancy. My cervix was "entirely unfavourable" according to the midwife. I was given a pessary at 6am and actually went back to sleep for 2 hours. Walked round and round the ward until lunchtime, contractions were short and sharp, but getting longer. At 1pm I was 1cm!

As the afternoon went by I thought I was kidding myself that things were progressing. Examined at 5 - 5cm! I was sore so as there was a spare delivery room I was taken through so I could have some entonox. After that 2 min walk I was suddenly 9cm and dd2 was born with no further help (apart from catching!) at 6.03pm.

It wasn't quite as easy as with ds, but a walk in the park compared to dd1!

Wishing you lots of luck on Friday (and especially hoping for a spontaneous delivery before then!!!). It'll be so fantastic to meet your new baby!

Mine was long but I definitely wouldn't describe it as horrific. I was 39 weeks (diabetic) and only needed the one pessary. I read heat for the early part of it, walked miles around the ward and managed most of it on gas and air (I did have some pethidine).

I didn't need an epidural, no forceps or ventouse, no tears or episiotomy.

I'd go in with an open mind and take it as it comes, panicking just makes everything harder. Good luck thanks

Doingakatereddy Mon 24-Feb-14 05:57:33

I had induction with DD and it was great! Spent few days been induced so took ear plugs, dvd's & snacks and just put my feet up. Labour lasted an hour and only ended up with forceps as baby twisted herself around.

First labour with DS was awful, truly awful - full list of intervention. So like you I was terrified BUT it came ok in the end, second time rounds you know you need to dig in & also listen to your body.

Try (know it sounds crazy) but try to relax, fab cd you have t listened to since dancing days or a great book. Eat chocolate - do whatever it takes but relax. You'll have a baby a snugly newborn baby at the end & it'll all be worth it!

notoneforselfies Mon 24-Feb-14 06:00:18

Mine was a positive experience. I had one at 37 weeks due to premature rupture of membranes. They broke my fore waters, I laboured for 3 hours but didn't progress enough, but was is a lot of pain so they have me an epidural simultaneous to the syntocin drip. Then happily lay there for 6 hours in no pain (but with otherwise full feeling of contractions, able to walk about etc) and pushed him out in 5 pushes unassisted. 2nd degree labial tear but couldn't feel any pain due to epidural and it was all healed 3 weeks later.
If you have an induction then go for the epidural too! C-sections, though common, are still major surgery with the inherent risks and long recovery time, and really should be attempted to be avoided at all cost. (Advice given to me by friend, a surgeon, just recently after some horror stories) Induction needn't be bad at all with the proper pain relief. Best of luck to you.

Trooperslane Mon 24-Feb-14 06:14:15

Mine was totally fine. Baby came fast and only had gas and air.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

ShutTheFuckUpBarbara Mon 24-Feb-14 06:21:16

My friend was induced for her 3rd and gave birth after a 40 min labour!

alarkthatcouldpray Mon 24-Feb-14 06:21:41

Mine was fine (DC1); similar experience to Emma.

At midnight I had a single pessary which MW struggled to get in as cervix was posterior & unfavorable.

By 0701 I had delivered. Gas & air & single shot of pethidine. Was discharged the following day.

The worst bits were the examinations esp the one where the pessary went in. The rest was pretty much a normal labour as far as my second experience of it would indicate.

Obviously there is luck involved too but there are many positive stories of induction out there.

Only advice I wish someone had given me was to stay active. I lay in the bed like a frightened rabbit. They shouldn't need to monitor after a single pessary so you have the chance at this point to walk, bounce on birthing ball etc.

Good luck!

goshhhhhh Mon 24-Feb-14 06:24:47

My experience was very much like Emma's. It was fine. Good luck!

BearsInMotion Mon 24-Feb-14 06:29:54

Mine could sound bad - gels etc didn't work so from the first attempt to baby was about 60 hours. But most of that was sitting around waiting, or sleeping! In the end I had an epidural before the drip went in (which is what I'd asked for) and actually slept through part of labour! DD arrived 12 hours after the drip, ventouse delivery, but again all well
managed and everything was explained. Recovery wasn't traumatic, in fact a few people were surprised athlw fast I was up and about, when I was bored stuck at home!

JennyCalendar Mon 24-Feb-14 06:38:15

I had an induction with my first birth. I was worried beforehand, but it was fine.

Pessary inserted at 8pm. Contractions started at 8am the following morning and DS born at 5pm. I had a lovely midwife with me throughout, no intervention and although painful, it was bearable with gas and air.

Jinsei Mon 24-Feb-14 06:41:46

I was induced on the 14th day after my due date, and dd finally arrived 3 days later. I won't lie, it was pretty traumatic, and I ended up having an emergency caesarian anyway. However, I know others for whom it wasn't too bad at all, so I guess it's just the luck of the draw.

AuditAngel Mon 24-Feb-14 06:45:32

I was also admitted for induction due to rupture of membranes, about a week before my due date, baby's head wasn't engaged, he was happy where he was!

Admitted Friday night, pressurise on Friday night and Saturday morning had no effect. I was really bored and cheesed off at this point, mainly because it was August and ridiculously hot.

Put onto drip in the evening, MW sent DH home for a shower and something to eat, telling him to be back within 2 hours for when the contractions started, meanwhile I had a sleep!

I had 7 hours of contractions, using gas and air then Meptid. After 13 minutes of pushing DS's heart was slowing down so they gave me an episiotomy and he literally flew out with the next contraction and slapped down on the bed.

I had a retained placenta so had to go to theatre for removal of that and was stitched up in theatre.

This was my first child, I was warned by MW not to stay at home too long with labour for no. 2 as 7 hours from head not engaged was deemed pretty quick.

Good luck.

underachievingmum Mon 24-Feb-14 06:53:52

Will post as I can offer a good induction outcome too! I had induction at 38 weeks (gestational diabetes) for number 2 - although had spontaneous vaginal delivery with number one.

Pessary at 8am, established labour by 5pm, moved to labour ward for epidural, baby at 11pm. Didn't even have to push he just kind of slid out. Numbers 1 and 3 I definitely had to push!!

No more or less painful than my 2 spontaneous labours - had epidural for all three!!

Good luck - I found a relaxation audio on my phone useful for helping me sleep when I got anxious about it and during the early stages of labour. How do you get on with midwife? Is it worth discussing it her?

stillfrazzled Mon 24-Feb-14 06:59:42

If it helps, I had an induction with DS1 and felt exactly the same as you - esp as I'd been terrified of labour anyway.

Waters being broken, gels etc didn't help so I needed the syntocinon drip. However, I was far enough along that I could have the epidural before I started.

Result: lovely, relaxed, pain-free few hours, then pushed DS1 out with only one tiny tear that didn't need stitches.

It was actually a great experience. Don't worry, but DO insist on pain relief.

TamerB Mon 24-Feb-14 07:01:14

I am surprised reading all these stories. My first was induced because he was so late. It was very straight forward. The only unpleasant bit was having my waters broken. I think that must have been about 9am. Nothing much happened, I remember having some lunch. He was born at about 5pm and I just had gas and air. Very fast at the end.

lougle Mon 24-Feb-14 07:02:08

All 3 of mine were induced (39+6, 35+3, 38+5) and my cervix was posterior and unfavorable. All inductions went smoothly, with only a 2nd degree tear for DD1 (hand by face in delivery) and no tearing for the other two. No intervention for any of them, and short labours (4, 8 and 3.20 hours respectively)

Daiso Mon 24-Feb-14 07:09:49

I too had Polyhydramnios and they wouldn't let me go past my EDD - in fact I was induced a week early due to high BP.
I was induced on the Tues and baby didn't come until Thurs BUT most of that time was nothing happening. Once they broke my waters (which was an experience due to all the fluid!!) Baby arrived within 7 hours. Was also back to back - I won't lie, it was super painful and eventually I begged for an epidural at 7cm but as soon as I had that, it was amazing!
My advice would be to go for an epidural as soon as you are allowed it (that's if you are not against them) and I think it will make it more manageable.

wigglesrock Mon 24-Feb-14 07:10:46

I have 3 children & my second birth was an induction. I'll be honest it was the "easiest" of all 3 of mine. Dd1 was a back to back birth - very very difficult. Dd3 was 1 day early so very unexpected, quick & a bit of a shock.
When I was induced with dd2, I had 2 gel packs, was only monitored for about 30 mins, it was my most active birth, I was barely on a bed. I'd gas & air, a few stitches & that was about it.

Ginnytonic82 Mon 24-Feb-14 07:12:30

Mine was very positive, I had it at 37 weeks due to premature rupture of the membranes. The pessary didn't work, so I had my fore waters broken and popped on the drip. It took just shy of 2 hours for my little man to arrive and I only needed gas and air so the pain was manageable. Fingers crossed for you, I hope you have a positive experience too.

firesidechat Mon 24-Feb-14 07:12:35

I had two inductions and always wished I had experienced a "natural" labour, but my daughter's recent "natural" child birth has cured me of that.

I won't say too much about my daughter's because it's not really my story to tell, but it was back to back, very long (over 24 hours) and painful and the birthing pool was eventually abandoned for a drip on the labour ward, to her great relief.

I was induced with both of mine in the morning and had the first by 10.20 pm and the second by 8.30 pm. In retrospect it was all very simple and civilised. I wasn't too tired or too weak to enjoy the experience and I've happily come to terms with not going into labour by myself.

If it's your second it may well be very quick for you too OP.

TwistedTrout Mon 24-Feb-14 07:15:15

Loving the positive posts, my induction was awful. No point going into details as won't help you with your anxiety. I have watched threads on induction since, to see if there is a way to make next time less traumatic. It seems that pessary and breaking waters are great, epidural and Syntocinon drip good. My advice is don't go ahead with Synt drip without an epidural. Have that in your birth plan. Good luck and fingers crossed you go into labour before friday .

Wuxiapian Mon 24-Feb-14 07:16:39

My induction labour was my quickest, easiest, most straight-forward out of 3 births.

Don't worry, you'll be fine.

buttercrumble Mon 24-Feb-14 07:16:42

My induction was fine , baby arrived 10 hours later. I don't think giving birth is a pleasant experience anyway, but the results are amazing. Good luck I'm sure you will be fine thanks

Splatt34 Mon 24-Feb-14 07:16:48

It is a LONG time till Friday. My DD1 similar to you. DD2 unsuccessful sweep at +5, further sweeps at +7 & +10. Booked for induction on the Thursday at +12, I was dreading it. With no warning I went into labour at 22:30 Wednesday night and she was here 2.5 hours later.

Get on your bounce ball, order a curry and some pineapple, go for a walk and any other methods. You may not need the induction.

ballstoit Mon 24-Feb-14 07:24:13

I was induced on due date with dc2 (reduced movements). It took a while to get started, but that was okay, I spent a morning in bed reading a book!

Once things got going, she arrived within 4 hours. I had an epidural and forceps, but I had both with dc1 too and laboured for 24 first with him. I felt very well looked after, got the pain relief I asked for as soon as I asked for it.

Also, in terms of planning things, I was able to drop dc1 off to parents the night before and get him settled, and my DSis sorted childcare for her DC so she could come too.

Try to spend some time on all fours over the next few days, mW told me that was the best way to get baby to get into the right position.

Retrofairy Mon 24-Feb-14 07:27:09

I read the NICE guidelines before my induction and it does seem statistically that you are more likely to have intervention, so you are quite reasonable to be concerned.

littlewhitebag Mon 24-Feb-14 07:29:11

I have had three induced births. The first two labours were brought on by a pessary and in fact birth no 2 was wonderful. Walked about until point of pushing, some gas and air and out she popped. Birth 1 was okay too but i wasn't really sure what to expect and the pethidine knocked me for six.

Birth three was different as the pessaries didn't work so i was put on a drip on day 4. It was a very fast, intense birth but again managed with gas and air only.

Please don't worry. Every birth experience is different and this one could be great for you. Try not to get too tense and anxious as the more relaxed you are the better.

Good luck.

lastnightopenedmyeyes Mon 24-Feb-14 07:29:56

OP I reckon you'll go into labour yourself before Friday smile Try not to worry.

I had dc2's induction booked for day 10 but she came on day 8 after a good sweep on day 7. Was induced (straight to drip) with my 1st. If they put you on the drip insist on an epidural and you'll be absolutely fine. I did it on just gas and air but wish I hadn't grin

Normanpriceisnotarolemodel Mon 24-Feb-14 07:41:12

My first baby was born after induction. Nightmare birth, really not good, I won't go into details.
Second baby also 2 weeks late. I was dreading the induction. It was absolutely fine though, I didn't even need an epidural despite baby being back to back. Once things started (which took a while) everything happened really quickly, and baby turned just before coming out, which was the most painful bit.
You'll be fine!

GummiBear74 Mon 24-Feb-14 07:48:03

I was induced on my due date, my waters having gone 48 hours earlier. Examination at 8pm when they gave me the gel showed a very unfavourable cervix. I spent a couple of hours bouncing on my ball and playing cards with DH, then sent him home to get some sleep while I tried to do the same (he could've stayed, but nothing was happening, so it made more sense for him to get some sleep in a proper bed).

I started feeling period-type pains at about 12.30am and got so uncomfortable that they gave me codeine and paracetamol. After what seemed like hours of monitoring (they thought the baby's heart rate was too regular, or something!), they checked again prior to insertion of gel number 2. To my surprise, they told me that I was already 4cm dilated and the second gel wasn't necessary. I called DH back and DD was born just before 6.30am, in a birthing pool, with only gas and air for pain relief.

From reading the previous posts, it seems as though quite a few others have had a similar experience - induction doesn't necessarily mean that you end up on the drip. Fingers crossed that it's the same for you, OP, and I hope these stories are reassuring for you.

LBOCS Mon 24-Feb-14 07:52:30

Another positive story here - I was induced at 38+4 as I had preeclampsia. I had the gel at 12pm, my waters went as I rolled over at 10pm, which put me into established labour, and I had DD at 10.30 the next morning. I had an epidural for pain relief but no drip, no interventions.

glorious Mon 24-Feb-14 07:56:01

I felt like this on the Monday before my Friday induction appointment. I went into labour on the Tuesday, DD born on Thursday smile (long though!)

TamerB Mon 24-Feb-14 08:01:45

Basically it is like normal births - some are easy and some are difficult.
Very often people start before the induction date- I did with my third.

bobblewobble Mon 24-Feb-14 08:03:47

My first was a traumatic birth. Went into a labour after a sweep 4 days before due date.

My second I was induced due to high blood pressure, 3 days before due date. Was given what I think was pessary that they said would take 24 hours at around 6:30pm. (was a complete unfavourable induction) I was in pain at 4am, convinced them to check, as they said there was no point. I was 5-6cms with waters bulging. They said when waters went I would go back down to 2-3cms but they would take me to labour ward anyway. Off I went to labour ward in a wheelchair at 4.20. Went to the toilet waters broke, they dragged me to a bed and she was born about 4.40.

So in my experience induction was fine. I had undiagnosed Eclampsia so was very unwell. However from the pessary? that would apparently take 24 hours to work before they could give me the next stage of induction to her being born was just over 10 hours.

Not all inductions take forever, even those before due date.

Tailtwister Mon 24-Feb-14 08:04:37

I was induced with DS1 as I had obstetric choleostasis. The pessaries did nothing, the syntocin drip did nothing initially and had to be turned up to flu whack (so high the midwife had to get written permission from the consultant). I don't remember too much about it after that, but I did eventually get an epidural after which is was very manageable.

It was a good birth as far as I'm concerned. DS1 was a forceps delivery (lift out, so not too bad) in the end and he was safe and healthy.

From what I can see there are huge variations in induction deliveries, just like in unassisted ones and some people get going with just a pessary where others need more. If managed properly (like I believe mine was) it's possible to still have a good labour.

Be aware of the possibilities and your options for pain relief should you need it. Lots of people have had great experiences with inductions. Hope all goes well OP and try not to worry.

lljkk Mon 24-Feb-14 08:10:31

I've heard loads of good induction stories (honest!, quick & straightforward, and I haven't read the thread, either). Try to be hopeful, OP. I suppose if you go in with low expectations then things can only get better.

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 08:10:37

Wow! Just logged on to find so many positive replies. Thank you so much, I literally have tears rolling down my cheeks with relief that sometimes induction isn't so bad.

They are phoning me with a time to go in today so I will clarify a few things with them to try and make myself feel better.
- availability of epidural before drip
- if husband can sty for the duration once they have started me off
- if I can have a side room rather than be on a ward when I am induced

Will let you know what they say as I think these things would make me feel a bit better.

cory Mon 24-Feb-14 08:19:31

I was induced 3 weeks early with my first, didn't need any pain relief apart from gas and TENS and certainly wouldn't say I was traumatised.

With my second I was induced at 36 weeks and did admittedly end up having an EMC, but that was because his heartbeat went down (IUGR baby); I would have been happy to have laboured on. Still wasn't a traumatic experience at all. And I'm not particularly brave.

stillfrazzled Mon 24-Feb-14 08:22:03

Honestly don't worry - but don't let anyone talk you out of pain relief if it's what you want.

Fwiw my second birth was a c section and also fine - by the next day I was up and walking with the odd twinge, and by day 3 I'd ditched the painkillers.

You'll be fine and so will your baby - especially if you don't beat yourself up about not going into labour. Whatever gets the baby here safe is the right thing IMO.

Hoppinggreen Mon 24-Feb-14 08:45:30

My experience was positive, much more so than my first non induced birth.
It did take a while though to get started and I couldn't get much sleep in the ward with people going into labour all night!! I took my own pillows and snacks and plenty to read. Eventually I refused any more exAminations unless I was moved to a side room as I was expected to be checked every hour or so while visitors wandered around and children kept pulling the curtain back etc? I was told I could but if labour didn't start soon I would have to move back to the ward ( would have refused). Once the baby started moving it all went fine, I was relaxed and felt very in control and got my epidural when it was time. I pushed twice and there he was!! Had a shower a couple of hours after that and was home 6 hours from delivery making lunch. Once labour actually started I think he was born on about 5 hours, it was getting him moving that took the time.
I was terrified of induction too having heard all the stories but mine was fine.
Best of luck xxx

JapaneseMargaret Mon 24-Feb-14 08:53:27

I've never gone into labour naturally - both DC were induced.

The first wasn't great, but it wasn't awful. Epidural which didn't fully take and a ventouse delivery. 6-7 hours all up.

No. 2 - well, let's just say it was lucky I was induced, as it was about an hour from first actual twinge to holding babe in arms, absolute zero time for any form of pain relief, at all!

Pretty much a few extremely strong contractions and a whoosh, log-ride situation. Yes, I tore, and so once DD was safely delivered, the lovely midwife gave me G&A while she stitched me up.

Induction isn't necessarily doom and gloom - just make sure they let you move around during contractions, rather then lying on your back in bed.

notthegirlnextdoor Mon 24-Feb-14 08:56:58

I also had a very traumatic first birth.

My second pregnancy was riddled with complications due to this.

I was induced with second baby early. Pessary at 11am. Not much happened just mild period pains. Was checked at 5pm and they broke my waters at 6pm and was told they were setting up an epidural for half 7 as I wasn't progressing and would need the drop. As it turned out my daughter was born 94 minutes after they broke my water, naturally with no intervention. Even the consultant was gobsmacked that I'd delivered naturally and that fast.

Hope this helps.

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 08:58:30

I am worried about not being able to move around in labour. For the last few weeks I have been absolutely crippled with SPD and at the moment I am only able to walk painfully, clutching 2 walls :-(

tobiasfunke Mon 24-Feb-14 09:05:05

I was induced with the drip due to my waters going and no real action after 3 days. Get yourself an epidural when you are having the drip then you won't be screaming for one if it is painful. Where we are they are happy to give an epidural if you are being induced that way. Pity I didn't know at the time.

BumPotato Mon 24-Feb-14 09:06:40

I had two inductions, both at 40+14

My labours were both under 3 hours, though full on. I had a few stitches for the first for a "graze" and no stitches for the second. I had gas and air and morphine plus an anti sickness drug for both.

I had quick recoveries both times.

I would have no qualms about being induced again.

girlwhowearsglasses Mon 24-Feb-14 09:35:38

Just to say - do you have to be induced? You aren't obliged to you know

I had twins, and in the face of a lot of people trying to schedule things on specific dates my mantra was to decide how I felt each day. Watchful waiting, even if it means going in for some monitoring or a scan, can allow you to relax a bit; so instead of deciding that you will go in on x day, you say, I'm ok today, If everything is ok I can wait until tomorrow... They are obliged to let you be induced on any day you want if they have advised induction already, you don't have to go by their dates.

I also think for anyone else out there it can be difficult if you have a specific date held in your head - once that date is gone you can start to feel very uncomfortable and want it all over with, even if there is no pressing need to induce. I learnt this from expecting twins; the value of pacing yourself psychologically is immense. I was being asked continuously when I was due - and from 34 weeks or so the answer could have been 'any time from now to in six weeks'. I tried to prepare myself for the longer time frame. Partly this was because I regret very much allowing myself to be induced with DS1 at 41 weeks when there was no actual reason. To this day I feel it has affected us both as its clear he did not want to come out, and held on in there until he was cut out. I think it's part of his obstinate tenacious personality.

Hotmad Mon 24-Feb-14 09:44:16

I had a good experience being induced with DD1 at 13 days overdue. My waters decided to leak slowly the night I went in so drs said straight for the drip in the morning, it was intense but I had pain reliefs and epidural and my active labour was 4 hours!!! I pushed her out too naturally with only a 2nd degree tear so I was happy with whole event. I prepared for worst and was surprised so maybe that's a good way but don't worry too much as the baby will come out one way or another!!!

hopingforsleep Mon 24-Feb-14 10:18:51

I don't have anything to compare it too but my induction was fine. The worst thing was how long it all took (started 40 +12, DS arrived 40+15) but that was partly due to no space on delivery ward and so having to wait almost 24 hours for my membranes to be ruptured after they were ready to be. Was put on the syntocinon drip but fairly low level so managed fine on gas and air. I had been really scared before hand and only heard negative stories so am always keen to share my more positive one

AnythingNotEverything Mon 24-Feb-14 10:25:30

I had a good experience of both polyhydramnios AND induction!

With DC2 I had a sweep at 40+5. Failed due to baby being head down but not properly engaged, and therefore the consultant couldn't get the pressure he needed. I went in for induction the next day to find I was 4cm dilated. They broke my waters (ie caused a flood in the delivery suite!), contractions started and progressed well. Baby born five hours later.

Don't panic. But take a book just in case! Oh, and take extra knickers. If they break your waters you'll leak a lot and may soak through a few pairs while in labour.

mrsjay Mon 24-Feb-14 10:29:53

I was induced with one of mine I went straight onto the drip (cant remember what it was called) but it was sore of course it is sore but it can't be any worse than what you went through my first labour was horrific I can still remember it when i talk about it <shudder> 2nd was fine was very quick and i felt more in control maybe because i knew what was happening or i was expecting the contractions , the only thing is the pain was quite intense very quickly but apart from that imo it was a doddle,

TSSDNCOP Mon 24-Feb-14 10:33:20

I was induced on request.

No sweat.

lottieandmia Mon 24-Feb-14 10:34:06

I had an induction for my third baby. It was the least painful labour of them all. But I only needed the first stage of the induction - no nasty syntocinon drip. A couple of hours after they put the gel in, baby was out.

I was very upset about having to be induced as I had wanted a home birth. But I decided to relax as much as possible when I got to the hospital so that my body will comply with the induction. If you've had a baby before then there's a better chance you won't need the drip.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 24-Feb-14 10:40:26

I was induced twice and actually found it a pleasant and relaxing experience smile

I had a low dose epidural put in before the drip started because I was high risk and they wanted to be able to get me prepped for a section quickly if things went wrong. So I didn't feel much pain.

Everything was done in the delivery room so it was always just me, DH and a midwife. We chatted, laughed and generally had a good time. There was a student midwife brought in to observe my labour with DS because she had seen a very natural birth the previous day and they wanted to show her that a highly medicalised birth could be just as positive an experience - and it was.

Admittedly there were huge issues with DS once he was born but it was nothing to do with the induction.

All in all I'd have no concerns about being induced again; honestly, it can be a really relaxed experience. Try not to worry.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 24-Feb-14 10:42:29

Two post dates inductions here and heading for another on the 6th at 39 weeks.
Both straight forward pessary inductions, first 10.5 hrs, with pethidine, knocked me out completely and I slept through most of it, second 3.5 hours with just gas and air.
I'm nervous ill admit for the next one, but optimistic too. I have ideas about what I want and what baby can cope with and im going to play it by ear.
Not all inductions are horrific. Every birth is different.
Good luck. x

schokolade Mon 24-Feb-14 10:43:28

Mine was short - 6 hours from moment of induction until I had DD in my arms. 1 hour 15 mins from first contraction. It was intense, but short. Good luck!

TooSweetToBeWholesome Mon 24-Feb-14 10:47:26

Mine was fine. A bit boring waiting for everything to kick off. Had earphones and watched some comedy on my phone and listened to some hypnotism apps and relaxed.

Reiltin Mon 24-Feb-14 10:51:12

I had an induction at 10 days overdue. It was really sore putting in the second pessary and the first 2hrs after they started the drip was excruciating. I went from 2cm to 3cm dilated in those first 2 hours and then got the epidural. By the end of the next two hours, I was at 10cm and started pushing. I got the first pessary at 10pm Saturday night, the second at 10am Sunday, was 2cms at 4pm so was brought to the labour suite to have my waters broken. Baby arrived at 1:57am Monday morning. All in all, not too bad. I'm told. Though I was very pleased to get the epidural gringringrin

crazykat Mon 24-Feb-14 10:53:26

My induction wasn't pleasant but not awful. The worst part was the sweep and pessary being put in. Apart from that it was pretty much the same as with my other three spontaneous labours.

It was 12 hours from induction starting to ds being born. The contractions were about 3 minutes apart from about 3 hours after the induction was started and stayed that way until he was born. I had gas and air and pethedin and could move about until the last couple of hours when they had to monitor the heartbeat which was purely procedure not because there as anything wrong.

I had to stay in overnight as I was induced early due to gestational diabetes but ds blood sugar was fine and we went home the next day.

I can see why you're worried but I think we tend to hear more about the awful inductions resulting in c-section just like we tend to hear more about awful labours with bad tearing, rather than the relatively easy labours which all went smoothly with a quick recovery.

Try not to worry too much as it will make you tense. Yes there's the possibility you'll have to have a c-section, but there's just as much possibility that you'll have no complications that goes well.

canyourearme Mon 24-Feb-14 10:55:23

I had sn induction with no4. It was fine, honestly. I only needed the pessaries but would of had an epi if i had the drip.

cobaltcow Mon 24-Feb-14 10:57:25

Both my inductions weren't good. Both babies were back to back and in the first I wouldn't fully dilate.

Ended with an EMCS for first and forceps and ventuese for the second. Had epidurals though so not much pain and two healthy babies.

I have heard of folk who had no problems.

Often wondered if I'm just crap at giving birth or if the inductions had anything to do with it.

cobaltcow Mon 24-Feb-14 11:00:00

Oh and both mine were syntocin drip after breaking the waters failed.

ShatzePage Mon 24-Feb-14 11:00:17

I was induced with my first at 37 weeks-went from 3cm dilated to 9 cms in just over an hour! Whole labour was only an hour and 45 mins. I then had 2 csections and honestly would choose natural labour any day. All the best!

everythinghippie29 Mon 24-Feb-14 11:20:37

I had a positive induction as well and I was terrified, very upset and expecting the worst going in. grin

With regards to the questions you are going to ask, I asked pretty similar ones and they told me DP would have to go home if I wasn't in established labour (at least 4cm dilated) I was in pain but was only 2 cm and they let him stay the whole time and I went through to a private labour room as soon as I needed gas and air, so although they might have rules in place that might sound bad, I think that they are pretty flexible with inductions!

I was also able to move fairly freely despite the monitoring so don't worry too much. One of my funniest memories is DP watching the contraction monitor go up each time and declaring 'ooh, that was the biggest yet!' (Like I hadn't noticed!)grin

Good Luck and congratulations! thanks

everythinghippie29 Mon 24-Feb-14 11:24:28

Oh, I should add that I ended up having a spinal and forceps delivery with an episiotomy but the stitching again, everything I didn't want but got a healthy baby and circumstances mean that the surgeon did my stitches and they were amazing and I felt fine less than 2 weeks after the birth. grin

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 13:07:11

Well, they've just phoned to say that they can't fit me in on Friday for an induction. There's no way I'm having an induction at the weekend as you hear all these horror stories about lack of staff so that's that. When they

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 13:07:50

Phone back I'm telling them I've changed my mind. Not sure what to do now :-(

Pigsmummy Mon 24-Feb-14 13:13:36

Have sex and walk a lot. I danced to Will I Am and gyrated. It brought on labour the day before induction appointment.

If induced remember these lovely ladies and if you can stay in your feet for as long as possible. Little baby will be amazing!!

stopgap Mon 24-Feb-14 13:20:15

I had a great induction experience four weeks ago. My first birth was natural and easy at 41 weeks, but this time I was induced at 39+5 because of GD.

The midwife tried a sweep at 39 weeks. That didn't work. The midwife tried to break my waters at 39+5. That didn't work. So many hours after breaking my waters, they started me on the lowest dose of Pitocin. It got things moving, they raised the dose once, and four hours later DS2 was born, no tearing, no stitches etc. I opted for no pain medication, as I wanted the experience to be as straightforward as possible, and avoid the slowing down of labour that so often ends in an emergency c-section, particularly as a. I'm in America and b. I naturally have really low blood pressure, and didn't want an epi to cause a further drop. The contractions were more painful than my natural labour, but the labour was shorter and things were definitely bearable.

Clutterbugsmum Mon 24-Feb-14 13:23:05

My second induction was on saturday and was the sames as the first (except pesseries had drip 1st time) went from nothing to having baby with in 3 1/2 - 4 hrs. Plenty of staff around.

everythinghippie29 Mon 24-Feb-14 13:24:35

Oh no. Tell them you want to leave it until Monday. As long as there is no major risk to you or baby it shouldn't make a difference and you might pop naturally before then!

Focusingkingqueen Mon 24-Feb-14 14:11:52

I had an induction. It was 3.5 hours from start to finish with no years and no stitches. Can't complain a bit

lottieandmia Mon 24-Feb-14 15:17:11

My induction was Friday to Saturday (very early hours) and I remember them telling me the anaesthetist was around if I wanted an epidural.

lylasmam2012 Mon 24-Feb-14 15:31:22

I was induced at 14 days over. Gel applied at 10.30 and had her at 18.48, was a pretty great experience apart from the aftermath but that was down to her being 11lbs and had nothing to do with the induction!

ForTheLoveOfSocks Mon 24-Feb-14 15:49:05

I was induced with both my DD's.

DD1 - pressary put in Friday morning, broke waters Saturday tea time and put in drip. Ended up with an epidural, forceps and 3rd degree tear. She was delivered 9.30 Sunday morning. The only bad bit was when the pain got too much and I needed the epidural the doc was busy.

DD2 - broke my waters 4.30 am, she was delivered 12.01 noon. Had the epidural again but no drip and no intervention. 2nd degree tear this time.

My second induction was a much better experience than my first, but tbh I didn't think either were that bad.

ukatlast Mon 24-Feb-14 16:14:03

You can fully medicate an induction with an epidural or at least I managed too? If you'd prefer it by all means ask for elective C-section instead though or agree that if it is not progressing well you will opt for C-Section.

mrsjay Mon 24-Feb-14 16:14:45

yes i was on full drugs when i was induced

ukatlast Mon 24-Feb-14 16:15:12

to do so....

I have had two successful inductions. DD born 65 hrs after first pessary, 14.5 hrs after drip, with epidural. DS born 24 hrs after first pessary, 3 hrs after drip, on gas and air.
I can, without a doubt, tell you that DS birth was so much better without the epidural! DS came too quickly for any pain relief (believe me, even the gas and air wasn't working!). I could move around, managed to go to the toilet, showered myself afterwards (rather than a particularly embarrassing wash down by the midwife with DD!) etc.
Don't be put off by horror stories! They tend to be the minority. Think dilating thoughts!!!

moosemama Mon 24-Feb-14 16:33:28

Ds1, 8 days overdue, went into labour naturally, he was back to back and I was in labour for 3 days - failure to progress and had scalp monitoring. I was told it was an epidural or c-section as my muscles weren't relaxing and the epi would help with that, which apparently it did, but I still ended up with the kiwi ventouse.

Ds2, 8 days over due again, went into labour naturally again, but stayed at home until an hour before he was born and managed with just gas and air.

dd, 2 weeks overdue, breech on and off right up to the end, cephalic version the afternoon before - 1 night spent sat bolt upright to stop the little monkey turning again hmm. Induced with first pessary at 2.30 pm (was told cervix was still very posterior) - dd arrived at 3.30 pm after me trying desperately to get the midwives to listen to me for half an hour, when I told them I needed to push! It was painful and intense (no time for any pain relief other than the tens I was hooked up to, but didn't get chance to use properly) but incredible and much easier to get over than the other two, probably as it was so fast I didn't get so exhausted. Not a bad experience at all.

Out of the three, ds2 was probably the best way to go, but dd's was a very close second.

Sixgeese Mon 24-Feb-14 20:03:53

I have been induced twice, both lovely short labours. Six hours after the first gel, both times, I have been dilated enough for my waters to be broken. Up to then I have had no pain at all, wouldn't have even known I was in early labour. Then it was 2 hours before DD1 was born and 1 1/2 hours before DD2. Yes it was painful, but labour hurts, and both induced labours were over very quickly. I tore slightly with one, but didn't with the other.

I tell everyone who asks that my inductions were nothing like the horror stories that people tell of their birth experiences.

notoneforselfies Mon 24-Feb-14 20:07:09

My induction was on a Sunday and there were a LOT of staff around! Too many!

mymiraclebubba Mon 24-Feb-14 20:11:28

Hi op

I haven't read all therapists but wanted to let you know that due to ill health on my part i had to be induced early with dd and it was amazing (although I have nothing to compare it to!) but I did have to have am epidural as at the last minute my various consultants decided I wasn't allowed any other pain relief (am allergic to codeine and have xchronic asthma and as it had flared up I wasn't allowed gas and air)

The pessary gel did feel like someone had set fire to my lady bits which was the only really unpleasant bit tbh. They let me spend most of the night sat in a birthing pool which was lush!

Hope it goes Ok for you!!

mymiraclebubba Mon 24-Feb-14 20:13:51

Should add no real tearing from giving birth but dd was a wriggle bum and wouldn't stay on the monitor so I had to have the head clip and that tore my labia badly but that was nothing to do with the induction

Allegrogirl Mon 24-Feb-14 21:17:00

I had two syntocin induced labours as waters broke with no contractions with both babies. Got offered epidural from the start with both. First labour was 7 hours from drip going in, second was 4 hours. Both from 1cm dilated.

Had lovely gas and air second time as I was convinced the second degree tear was due to epidural. Turns out it was due to my children inheriting dh's massive head. Still I was glad to go epidural free the second time even though the mw thought I was a bit mad. Hurt like hell but a really positive experience.

Wouldn't choose to be induced but good outcomes for me.

PansOnFire Mon 24-Feb-14 21:43:15

I don't have time to go through the whole thread but I have a little bit of experience to share. I wasn't induced initially with my DS but my contractions failed so I had to be induced - it was after about 12 hours of no progress - I was given a drip to make contractions more effective and was given an epidural before the drip was administered. I didn't have to ask for it, I'd been wailing like a banshee and DS was back to back which made things more painful (I have heard, but nothing to compare to yet!). I found the midwives and drs to be very responsive to what I requested and I felt nothing but relief when they have me induction drugs because I knew they would actually do something that my body thought it was doing but failing miserably at. Please don't worry about being induced, I have read awful stories too but I always think that the worst experiences of anything are shared as it's a form of therapy. The simple and straightforward stories are rarely shared as there's nothing to tell! Good luck, you'll soon have your snuggly newborn and all of your fears will be miles away.

maddening Mon 24-Feb-14 21:55:31

my sister had a traumatic first birth, overdue on 2nd dc - one lot of gel and she went that night - did the breathing in the bath and they wouldn't believe that she felt the urge to push as she had't had the 2nd lot of gel - she was 10 cm and three pushes in the delivery room and her ds was born.

get eating that pineapple - give the hormones a head start!

Nocturne123 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:37:18

I have a positive story !

I was induced the day before dds due date because of raised blood pressure . I had a peasant at 10 am . Didn't have any pain at all until 5pm when my waters broke . Contractions came really fast but dd was born at 10pm ! I didn't even have time for an epidural despite begging for one anyway !

Best of luck and by my experience not all inductions are bad but I feel for those who had bad experiences .

Nocturne123 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:37:49

A pessary ... Not a peasant

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:39:58

Haha nocturne123 that made me laugh. I certainly felt like I had every member of the medical staff up my hoo-ha during my 1st labour but luckily no peasants grin

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 22:40:09

Thank you all so much for the continued positive stories. They do really make me feel better. They have now managed to fit me in for my induction on Friday at 4.30pm - not ideal as I was hoping for an early slot as I am petrified of my husband being sent home.

Anyway, my compromise is that if I get there and they have a side room for me (which they do say they should have unless super busy) then I'll stay but if they try to put me on a ward I shall be leaving as quickly as possible.

Just made the mistake of watching One Born Every Minute...not the best idea in my highly emotional state

RandomMess Mon 24-Feb-14 22:43:04

My first induction was the worst, the others were definitely much better - body just pushed baby out without me doing anything!!! I actually had the last one without an epidural - mainly I think because I was so much more relaxed over the whole thing, was going to be induced, no home birth, big baby, no "perfect" birth etc.

I would book the induction for the Monday when you are 15 days over, sounds highly likely you'll start off on your own before then anyway.

LucyBabs Mon 24-Feb-14 22:46:08

I had a fairly easy induction on my second dc.

First birth was long, ventouse,episiotomy and lots of stitches.
Poor dd had a 3 inch cut on her head from the suction cup.

I was put on the drip at 11pm with ds. It was painful and watching the midwife ramp up the machine increasing the contractions was the worst part.
Ds was born at 3.30am. Success, as far as I'm concerned smile

Dreadful experience here sad

Went in for an induction, failed 5 times. Bishops score of 0 all the way through, with my body in full labour.

Ended in an EMCS

NoodleOodle Mon 24-Feb-14 23:00:03

Positive experience here. I was induced, and had a quick and relatively pain free labour (from what I compare to One Born Every Minute, haven't had any others myself to compare against.)

floatyflo Mon 24-Feb-14 23:05:23

I am booked in for an induction Friday too. I don't know the time as I have to ring the ward 8.30.Friday morning and they will give me a time to come in. I am nervous but just focusing on having my baby here at the weekend!

Is my second baby, first was a natural Labour. I have low fluid and will be 39 weeks.

Doesn't Friday feel forever away! Let's keep each other posted smile

MrsSeanBean1 Mon 24-Feb-14 23:42:33

FloatyFlo - ooooo are you as nervous as me? I have the opposite fluid problem......gallons of the stuff!!

nennypops Mon 24-Feb-14 23:48:10

It's not too likely that they'll send your husband home, is it? Unless labour completely fails to start, in which case you'll probably want to sleep anyway.

With ds1 the hospital sent dh home at around 9 p.m. because everything seemed to have ground to a halt, then they decided that maybe it hadn't and called him back at around 11 p.m., and he stayed till ds was born at 8 a.m. To this day he dines out on his dreadful sufferings what with being up all night, expected to help with lifting me because the midwife was pregnant, and having run out of sandwiches. Poor dear.

With ds2 I had an induction starting at around 6 p.m. because dh was stuck 100 miles away and couldn't get back before then. He stayed with me through a pretty quick labour and I gave birth at 10 p.m. naturally, with no stitches.

HadABadDay2014 Mon 24-Feb-14 23:50:56

I have had 2 induced births with gas and air and slept right through < I am a freak>

One way or another you will have your baby in your arms very soon.

floatyflo Wed 26-Feb-14 20:06:19

I am nervous but no more so than I would be even facing a spontaneous labour. It's very different to how I planned it to be (nice, calm homebirth, minimal intervention) but I am just so excited to know my baby will be by the weekend!

How are you feeling now?

olympicsrock Wed 26-Feb-14 20:15:10

My induction ended in EMCS. I had an epidural before my waters were broken and the induction itself wasn't too bad in terms of pain, apart from one point when the epidural syringe ran out and needed changing. It was agony so don't even consider not having an epidural right from the start. But I couldn't feel at all when i pushed..... hence the section. If i had my choice again i would have opted for the semi-elective cs.

Oriunda Wed 26-Feb-14 20:15:11

My induction was pretty awful and after 3 days ended in emcs. Definitely get epidural sited before the synto drip. We had to stop the synto after 30 mins and prep me for emcs so it was handy already having epidural in place.

bedhaven Wed 26-Feb-14 21:19:49

Hope it goes well for you. I was induced for my second delivery. Pessary at 11am, labour from 7pm which quickly intensified. Got to hospital at 11pm told only 4cm dilated and had the pessary removed. Crossed the corridor and was crossing my legs as I thought I was going to wee myself. DS arrived an hour later, I hadn't even gotten my dress off! By 13 days late, with a toddler too I couldn't wait for him to come. One major benefit of induction is that at least you're on a schedule and know that by the very latest when your baby will be here. Also whoever is looking after your eldest can be there. My Mum had been on standby for weeks and was much easier to plan than the anytime dash! Best wishes!

monkeysox Wed 26-Feb-14 21:28:41

Def get epidural if you have the drip as it's harsh. 5 hours from start of drip (vbac. So wasn't allowed pessary) 14 mins of pushes and episiotomy and out she came. Epidural was put in about ten mins after drip startedas was so intense. Good luck

curiousuze Wed 26-Feb-14 22:56:44

This is a great thread! (Not read all the posts but first page). My induction was horrific, but gives me hope that if I ever have to have another, it might be ok!

NearTheWindymill Wed 26-Feb-14 23:19:33

dd was my 5th pg. She was induced at 41.5 weeks (I had delivered one ds at 36.3 weeks - posterior - and ds at 27 weeks but he was too poorly to survive).

I was terrified on every level. Went in at about 10am and had a pessary. Not much happened to be honest but we had a good walk at lunchtime. At teatime a registrar came along and said he'd rupture the membranes but I didn't like his attitude and declined.

I think I had another pessary.

At about 8ish my waters broke fore and hind. But there was no movement vis the cervix which was about 1/2mm. They said they would put up a syntocynon drip and I said fine, no problem, but not until you put up an epidural which they agreed to. Whilst the epidural was being put in place the contractions started and they didn't bother with the drip. It was very quick from then - about 90 minutes - and there considerable shock that I seemed to have gone from a standing start to fully dilated in about 20 minutes. DD arrived just before midnight. She was 8.13 and had an apgar score of 9+. No stitches, no particular pain, just a perfect ending to a very long journey.

Good luck OP - sure all will be well. thanks

JennyCalendar Wed 26-Feb-14 23:51:39

Just to add to my positive post earlier, DH was sent home at about 10pm as nothing had started. I was upset at the time and worried he'd miss it (hospital an hour away), but in hindsight it was fine as he was back at 9am the following morning when the contractions had just started.

Once the contractions got going, the pessary was removed. I went and had a bath on the ward, which was lovely, but started to slow my contractions down, so I got out.

In the delivery room I was free to move around as much as I wanted and be in any position. In fact I was encouraged to move around more, but I just wanted to stay on all fours on the bed with my head down!

I also didn't have my waters broken - DS was born in his sac! That was the part I was worried about, so because I was progressing quickly, they said that they didn't need to do it.

OP I hope all goes smoothly for you flowers

glorious Thu 27-Feb-14 07:14:51

Good luck OP!

goshhhhhh Thu 27-Feb-14 08:16:33

Good luck for tomorrow, Mrs SB

whymummywhy Thu 27-Feb-14 08:29:34

Positive induction story here...second baby (traumatic first birth) induced at 42 weeks. Had one pessary and started labour gradually on antenatal ward with lots of lovely ladies. Labour progressed quickly and they removed pessary at 9pm (i insisted on gas and air for that) and dd was born in her sac at 12:26am not even time for an epidural. It was a v positive experience and v quick recovery...good luck OP!

bamboobutton Thu 27-Feb-14 08:46:45

my induction was fine too.

i was 2 weeks overdue, had pessary put in in the early afternoon, contractions started about an hour later. had all the normal labour pains while dilating and if ds hadn't got well and truly stuck needing forceps and the an emcs (he was back to back and was too big to fit through my pelvis, poor boy had a dent around his head for a week after) it would have been a normal delivery.

floatyflo Thu 27-Feb-14 11:49:23

Nice to see lots of positive stories. Tomorrow is d-day, not sure wether to spend today doing some housework and getting organised or just sit, relax and mm all day!

Am really hoping they give me a time in the morni g. Good chance I could call and they have had some women come in over night so will ave to wait until they are less busy. Fingers crossed. I just want to get on with it now.

floatyflo Thu 27-Feb-14 11:49:52

Sorry for typos!!

RunningKatie Thu 27-Feb-14 12:47:07

I've had 2 inductions.

First time was 12 days over, got given a pessary at 7pm, dh sent home at 10pm but i was in a labour room on my own so was sort of ok. 7.30am waters broken & put in drip. Dd arrived at 10.24am. Second degree tear but all done on gas & air, she was back to back but turned early one.

Second time was 15 days late, pessary fell out (!) but i was in early labour anyway so just waited in the induction wing for a room to become free in delivery suite. Waters broke at 9am, left till 11 to see if contractions would kick in. They didn't so waters broken at 11am. Ds arrived at 1pm after 5 mins of pushing. Gas & air again, back to back all the way through.

I was totally elated after ds's birth because i didn't tear. Was on the edge of suggesting to dh we had another immediately! grin

Good luck! I dreaded induction number 2 but it was totally different to the 1st.

Freyathecatt Thu 27-Feb-14 13:02:02

I was induced with my son at 39+3 because they thought my hind waters had gone. The drip was put in at 3pm, i had my first contraction at 4.25pm, my waters broke at 4.30pm and he was born at 5.10pm. Just over 2 hours start to finish. No time for pain relief and honestly, it was ok. So much so i'm considering requesting an elective induction for number two because i've been warned he/she may come v quickly and i'd rather not be caught short.

You'll be fine, just focus on the outcome. Good luck!

Oriunda Thu 27-Feb-14 14:39:37

Floaty, I would eat lots and sleep. My induction was very long (in Friday evening and DS finally born Monday afternoon) and I was shattered by then. Hardly any sleep and hospital food not great. Hopefully yours will be lovely and quick but I'd make the most of your day athome to rest and store up some energy.

floatyflo Thu 27-Feb-14 19:03:13

How are you Op?

floatyflo Thu 27-Feb-14 19:08:07

Thanks Oriunda, decided that the baby won't care if the ironing pile stays where it is, and the kitchen isn't immaculate, and if my ds bedroom is still untidy. I've rested up, stocked my hospital bag with bottled water, bananas and chocolate. Just had a huge portion of my fave dinner (it felt like the last supper!). Am going to watch the soaps and then hit the hay.

That was an incredibly long induction you had? Was it your first baby?

Hope MrsSB is ok!

diabolo Thu 27-Feb-14 19:11:45

I was induced with my only DC.

Only 5 hours of labour on the plus side. With pethidene.

It was however, 5 hours of unending agony (when I see or hear of people having tea and toast during their labour while merrily chatting with their midwife or DP it makes me envy.

But I only spent 2 days in hospital. It would have been less but I contracted some bug they wanted to be sure the antibiotics were killing off before sending me home.

TamerB Thu 27-Feb-14 22:29:03

Not long to go now- hope all goes well.

glorious Fri 28-Feb-14 07:43:27

Oops got my days mixed up, good luck today OP! thanks

TamerB Fri 28-Feb-14 07:52:38

Come back and update us. Good luck!

moosemama Fri 28-Feb-14 09:24:22

Good luck for today OP.

everythinghippie29 Fri 28-Feb-14 09:29:45

Good Luck. thanks

pommedeterre Fri 28-Feb-14 09:34:47

Good luck for today.

My first induction was not great (38 weeks), second (again 38 weeks) was absolutely fine!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 28-Feb-14 09:36:45

Good luck. smile x

floatyflo Fri 28-Feb-14 11:39:29

Hi all, have just arrived at the hospital. Waiting to be put on CTG to see how baby is this morning. Then they will have a look to see if my waters can be broken straight off or if I will need the gel. Shall keep you all posted. Wish me luck. I am incredibly nervous and just hate all the waiting around. But feeling positive!

Am wondering where op is and how she is getting on, hopefully hear from her soon xxx

glorious Fri 28-Feb-14 15:07:47

Oh good luck floaty too thanks

stillfrazzled Fri 28-Feb-14 18:56:06

Am sending good vibes to all about to be induced! Wishing you a nice boring quiet labour.

Marking place for update...

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Fri 28-Feb-14 19:15:22

Wishing you a good labour and also wishing I was too. Got another week to wait for an induction... sad

NearTheWindymill Fri 28-Feb-14 21:47:51

I hope there's going to be lovely news on this thread over the weekend. Good luck and looking forward to sending lots of virtual thanks

everythinghippie29 Fri 28-Feb-14 21:49:40

Good luck ladies! thanks

AuditAngel Fri 28-Feb-14 22:19:31

Good luck.

ilikebaking Fri 28-Feb-14 22:31:52

Good luck, enjoy the calm before the storm, if you get any calm.
Don't panic.
Hope you meet your wee one soon and without trauma! xxx

floatyflo Sat 01-Mar-14 04:41:24

She arrived! Hooray that's over with ;)

Gel in at 1pm. Mild but regular contractions kicked in after just ten mins. 5cm dilated when I asked then to check at 7 pm. Labour progressed fast as she was then born at 9.44pm

Had gas and air which worked a treat compared to my sons birth. every time I went to ask for some pethidine or what not, another contraction came on! Def no time for epidural.

However, I PPH'ed. Litre and a half lost. Narrowly avoided blood transfusion. Am well and healthy, and very thankful I had such a vigilant medical team who had me sorted in no time.

I really hope Mrs SB is well and already cuddling her lovely bundle. Hope she comes and updates us

And saggy good luck for your induction next week. I am def adding my induction experience to the positive pile. Keep posting.


floatyflo Sat 01-Mar-14 04:41:44

She arrived! Hooray that's over with ;)

Gel in at 1pm. Mild but regular contractions kicked in after just ten mins. 5cm dilated when I asked then to check at 7 pm. Labour progressed fast as she was then born at 9.44pm

Had gas and air which worked a treat compared to my sons birth. every time I went to ask for some pethidine or what not, another contraction came on! Def no time for epidural.

However, I PPH'ed. Litre and a half lost. Narrowly avoided blood transfusion. Am well and healthy, and very thankful I had such a vigilant medical team who had me sorted in no time.

I really hope Mrs SB is well and already cuddling her lovely bundle. Hope she comes and updates us

And saggy good luck for your induction next week. I am def adding my induction experience to the positive pile. Keep posting.


TamerB Sat 01-Mar-14 07:11:54

Congratulations! So pleased for you! Hope all is OK with OP.

wigglesrock Sat 01-Mar-14 07:17:00

floatyflo brew Congratulations, so glad it went well.

everythinghippie29 Sat 01-Mar-14 08:55:32

Yay, congratulations Floaty

Glad that despite everything it was positive for you.

Enjoy your newborn cuddles. thanks

NearTheWindymill Sat 01-Mar-14 11:38:54

Congrats floaty - terrible grit in my eye!! [Thanks]

BumPotato Sat 01-Mar-14 11:41:28

No lump in my throat, oh no. wink

HUGE congratulations, enjoy your babymoon.

Trooperslane Sat 01-Mar-14 11:41:34

Yaaay! grin

Dinosaurdrip Sat 01-Mar-14 11:49:23

I had similar worries when I was to be induced due to gestational diabetes. I had gone into labour naturally with both DS and had had fairly easy births. I had never heard positive stories following induction however DD was born after 1 minute of pushing and maybe 3 really bad contractions where mw first gave me gas. The other contractions were bare able without gas and air. I know this May not be everyone's experience but just wanted to give you a positive story. Good luck.

Dinosaurdrip Sat 01-Mar-14 11:50:09

Oops sorry really should Learn to read whole thread......congratulations!!

moosemama Sat 01-Mar-14 12:40:15

Congratulations Floaty! grin

<<waits patiently for more happy news>>

glorious Sat 01-Mar-14 13:31:10

wow congratulations floaty thanks Do you have a name yet?

Thinking of you mrssb

MrsSeanBean1 Wed 05-Mar-14 02:22:02

Hi everyone!! Thanks for all your good wishes. Sorry for the delay but we are only out of hospital today. Induction really wasn't that bad, although i did have complications. Went in at midday and had my own room where my husband could stay for the whole time. Pessary inserted at 1pm. Was in agony by about 3pm, found out I was 5cm! Rushed to labour ward where I had an epidural as I was having too many contractions which was distressing the baby. It didn't slow things enough so I was given an injection. However, this made my heart rate too high as well and I spent the next 3 hours shaking uncontrollably. Meanwhile baby's heart rate was too high then dipping too low with each contraction. I was on verge of a c section when they made a last ditch attempt with forceps and baby was born on 1st March at 1.25am. So glad it's all over and he is gorgeous.

Still in a lot of pain from stitches and spd. Also having breast feeding problems hence my stay in hospital until today. Baby blues has hit today and my husband and I are finding having a 2 year old and a newborn impossibly challenging at the moment, particularly as baby does not sleep a wink at night and feeds constantly......maybe that's another thread!

Thank you so much for all your support though this. Mumsnet is brilliant!! Xx

RandomMess Wed 05-Mar-14 02:40:47

Congratulations flowers

Amy106 Wed 05-Mar-14 03:31:06

smile That's wonderful news!

Dubjackeen Wed 05-Mar-14 04:04:28

Brilliant news! Congrats ladies! flowers

glorious Wed 05-Mar-14 07:51:42

Congratulations! So happy for you.

I only have one so can't really help with the newborn and toddler thing but people do say it gets easier so I hope it does for you thanks

TrueToYou Wed 05-Mar-14 08:01:54

So pleased for you, enjoy your lovely baby thanks

RuddyDuck Wed 05-Mar-14 08:21:21

I was induced with dc1 at 34 weeks, and it wasn't too bad although I've got nothing to compare it with as dc2 ended up being a cs. TBH, I was expecting it to be worse than it was because head wasn't engaged etc.

Whole thing took 25 hours, I had gas and air but no epidural. The pushing stage was hard, 95 minutes, but I don't think that was anything to do with being induced.

RunningKatie Wed 05-Mar-14 08:43:14

Congratulations! The baby and toddler juggling can be bonkers, i survived it with the aid of a lot of caffeine. grin

Glad the induction went ok. Hope you're doing alright with the sleepless nights and all.

stillfrazzled Wed 05-Mar-14 14:43:45

Congratulations both! I hope the settling problems are short-lived.

If you need some help with feeding, the Analytical Armadillo is the best (helped me get my preemie out of SCBU ebf after 3 weeks).

steppemum Wed 05-Mar-14 15:01:11

I have been induced 3 times, twice because I was so overdue and once because the was a problem.

The first was like your first, long drawn out, back to back, painful traumatic.

The second was quick and low pain, and I didn't have any pain relief.
The third was like greased lightning - not in labour, mw broke my waters, baby born 1.5 hours later. It was very straightforward and only more painful because she was 10lbs 7oz.

Inductions don't have to be a nightmare, mine were fine.

everythinghippie29 Thu 06-Mar-14 16:54:02

Yay! congratulations MrsSB! thanks

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