Waters broke 30 hours ago, baby back to back, induction tomorrow - any advice?

(19 Posts)
Saddlebagger Wed 13-Feb-13 21:04:39

Waters have been more of a trickle tbh!! Booked in for tomorrow 8am induction. Not what I'd planned but ok with it.

Only slightly concerned about back to back pain plus have read talk of increased strep b risk ( if I was a carrier - which I don't know as its not a standard test) if the baby sits around in the waters for ages. However have been told they'll put me on abs drip.

Anyone's been in a similar position that can offer any advice??

Bit nervous!

DS2's birth was similar - waters broke 7am Friday, went in for induction Saturday evening and he was back to back.

I had occasional contractions during the day on Saturday, but when I got to the hospital I was a few cm dilated so the midwife agreed to hold off the induction drugs because I really didn't want them. The midwife seemed to give me a bit of a sweep which really hurt but moved things along. We walked the hospital corridors for a few hours and the contractions started to come more regularly. Went back to the delivery suite at midnight but I was still only 5cm. The contractions were really odd ... intense for 20mins them not a single one for 20mins after. Tried to stay mobile or on hands and knees. When I was having contractions the pain was really bad, g&a didn't touch it. Really exhausted as well as I'd not slept all weekend. Finally got to push and DS was born fairly quickly, face up (which DH said was freaky!) but no tears smile

I think you need to expect pain, a long labour and stop-start contractions. Try to rest when you can and good luck x

Saddlebagger Wed 13-Feb-13 22:08:14

Thanks madness. Good to hear it happened to someone else too and you survived and your baby all healthy smile.

You can do it!

I didn't have an AB drip but they did say initially that I needed to be continually monitored, which meant being stuck on my back on the bed. But I kept asking if it was really necessary and after a while they agreed that I could just be monitored for short periods meaning that I could keep moving around.

Do you know if you are having a boy or girl? Have you got names picked out?

Saddlebagger Wed 13-Feb-13 22:19:12

Thank for the vote of confidence smile!

I was hoping if AB drip that I could still move around a bit with it..

We're just talking names now, attempting to think of the exciting not worrying bits. I'm ok with immense pain just interested in the little one coming out ok.

Can't wait to meet it and find out if its a boy or a girl!

TepidCoffee Wed 13-Feb-13 22:21:46

My advice (very seriously) is get as much sleep as possible tonight!

Have you written a birth plan? Maybe review it quickly, stress that you want to be active. Discuss with your partner what intervention you are happy with if your labour doesn't progress and what is an absolute no no for you - you might end up too exhausted to think it through and your partner needs to stand up for you.

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Wed 13-Feb-13 22:35:34

I couldn't move at all with the drip i'm afraid. They took me off the monitor every once in a while to take the drip to the loo but that was it.

I'm not a good case as the drip didn't work and i ended up with a Csection.

My experience was that the drip made the contractions very painful very quickly. Apparently this was at least in part because DD was back to back (sorry).

I ended up with an epidural and if i had another induction i would just go straight to that! Thing for me though was that it was so slow and not progressing so they basically said after 7 hours of very painful contractions that i was no where near being there. At which point i thought 'fuck it, give me an epidural'. But it can go fast for some people, in which case i think i could have coped, if there had evenbeen an end in sight iyswim?

Just go with it. I had a horrible birth but then most people do for one reason or another. The thing is the result is worth it so try not to focus on having the baby and just focus on the baby.

GOOD LUCK! thanks

activatetherhythm Wed 13-Feb-13 22:40:20

Very best of luck. You can do it and you WILL do it! Really hope it goes as smoothly as possible for you.

activatetherhythm Wed 13-Feb-13 22:41:22

Forgot to say, I found an epidural necessary and very welcome!!

specialknickers Wed 13-Feb-13 22:48:36

I had an induction with my face up, back to back baby. I had the full on drip, no pain relief. It was quite intense, but worth every contraction. When ds arrived, my first thought was, great, he will NEVER have to do this... and then, that I would do it all agin for him in a heartbeat!

Am pregnant again and I still would.

You'll be fine. It might or quite be the birthing experience you had in mind, but unfortunately so much guff is talked about childbirth that most people don't anyway. It won't matter a jot when you have our baby safely in your arms.

Good luck!

Saddlebagger Wed 13-Feb-13 22:57:29

Thanks all. Soooo good to hear these stories and advice.

Great idea to go through with partner again tonight about what's great and what's not, but also play by war to see how the labour goes.

Thanks again! Not sure what I'd do without MN...

Emsyboo Thu 14-Feb-13 05:37:40

Hope you are getting some rest I had drip but was so tired didn't care about mobility enjoyed gas and air.
Goodluck hope it is quick for you but be aware it may not be cant wait to hear your baby has arrived safely and you are doing great smile x

NAR4 Thu 14-Feb-13 09:57:57

My waters broke with my 4th child but no contractions. I had strep b as well. Had to have a drip to keep my labour going and constant monitoring and also an antibiotic drip throughout labour. Like yours, my baby was also back to back. After 15 hours of not progressing past 2cm, despite v strong contractions I opted for an epidural, which I found fantastic. The labour lasted 38.5 hours in total and I struggled to push DD out, but all was fine in the end and I am now pregnant with number 5 EDD today, so it didn't put me off more.

My advice would be to keep an open mind and take whatever pain relief you feel you need at the time. I'm sure baby will be fine and it will all be worth it the moment you hold your baby in your arms.

Hope things are going well Saddle

NAR4 Fri 15-Feb-13 14:08:54

Hope baby has arrived Saddle. Please update us when you have time.

Saddlebagger Sun 17-Feb-13 11:47:14

Hi All, our baby girl arrived at 9am on the 15th. Ended up being a pretty gruesome labour but the midwives were excellent and obviously it's now all worth itsmile.

There was no issue with stret b, because of the waters breaking early I was treated with antibiotics and since I'm allergic to penicillium I only needed a different type every 8 hours instead of 4.

Tha back to back was agony though and she was not budging at all so required ventouse and have come away with some perineum stitches... Ooch. As I left the delivery suite the midwife said 'don't worry your second will be much easier'...uhhuh, might wait a bit before fully testing that theory.

NAR4 Sun 17-Feb-13 11:49:41

Congratulations Saddle. Its always worth it once you have your baby.

MrsHoolie Sun 17-Feb-13 20:07:59

Congratulations and thanks for the update!

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