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To think induced labours are more painful?

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amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 20:57:15

Have been told by diabetes midwife likely to be induced anytime after 37/38 weeks.

Everyone I've spoken to who has had an induced labour has said the pain was much more horrendous than when they went naturally with there other DCs.

AIBU to think induced labours are always more intense or is that not always true?

BitOfAKerfuffle Mon 18-Feb-19 21:06:36

Not true in my experience. I was also told this by a lot of people and was really panicking about DC2 labour

DC1 very quick labour arrived at hospital 6cm dilated baby born under an hour later but it was really really very intense it didnt feel like contractions more like one very very long contraction no time for any pain relief other than a quick bit of gas and air when pushing i felt really out of control.
DC2 was a preterm induction 36 weeks already 4cm dilated (no pessaries required) so ARM and synto drip. Total labour from them breaking waters and drip up was 7 hours, i had gas and air and managed fine, it felt much more relaxed and i felt much more in control and was able to breathe through the contractions and remain calm despite it also being a much more complicated labour and delivery with a few uncertain moments of whether it was going to end in an emergency c section.

If i could choose which labour to have again it would definetely be DC2 !

LittleBirdBlues Mon 18-Feb-19 21:07:24

There often is no build up during induced labour, so your body doesn't get a chance to raise its pain threshold. It does depend on the type of induction though I think. There are gentle ways, and then there's the last resort hormone drip.

If you can, I would ask to start gently so that your body gets a chance to go into labour on its own (sweeps, pessaries etc). If going for the hormone drip, perhaps check what the lowest possible dose of hormone would be and make sure they start with that and then increase after some time if necessary.

In my experience, labour is ALWAYS painful, no matter how it's done. But you will be fine.

ZigZagRevive Mon 18-Feb-19 21:08:30

Not to shut down your question but nothing is true/ fact/ certain with labour, they are truly all different and impossible to compare. I have given birth three times and would still feel it's pointless to tell anyone who wanted to know what it was like how it felt, because the many factors at play won't be the exact same for them. And then on top of that they don't have my body. And their baby is not in the same position as mine was. And their pain threshold is not mine and so on.....
Induction, similarly, can be different for different people and there are positive stories.
Honestly, I did dislike my induction but not because it was painful, just because when it finally did start (two pessaries - nothing: needed the drip) it went from zero to full on in seconds. Seconds. I don't think that's always the case. It was not painful, just......I don't know, not nice. However, all things considered it was necessary.
Good luck with it all. Induction or not I would do it all again just to have that new born experience once more.

Crunchymum Mon 18-Feb-19 21:13:48

My induced labour was with DC3 (DC1 was augmented so I got to 6cm and then it was waters broken / synotocin drip. DC2 was completley natural). They all fucking hurt grin

Is this your first baby? I was induced with DC3 due to GD (at 38w) and in was told it was because I needed my blood sugar levels and insulin levels monitored during labour and delivery. I had a 24 hour propess put in, had pain almost immediately but it was bearable. 22 hours into the propess I began having proper contractions and baby arrived very quickly. We struggled to find a MW and a room for me to deliver, let alone have any of the monitoring I was meant to have. Nothing to do with my GD was checked (until I took my blood sugar levels after eating for the first time after having baby!!)

adelias Mon 18-Feb-19 21:14:47

Spoke to a midwife today who had had two labours. One 'normal' and one with the hormone induction drip, she confirmed that the drip was a lot worse. I've only experienced the drip, it was horrendous 😢

PlinkPlink Mon 18-Feb-19 21:15:45

I was worried about this.

Has GD. Was booked in for induction.

However, I had stated all alomg that i wanted it to happen as naturally as possible. At my midwife appointment, she gave me a sweep. Kicked things off quite well.

2nd sweep put me into active labour.

So, you don't necessarily have to wait for the induction 😊

Bluntness100 Mon 18-Feb-19 21:16:01

I think this is true in certain circumstances. I was given prostaglandin vaginally over night, then taken down to the labour suite first thing, but it had not induced labour, the doctor wished to give me a second dose, but had to get permission from my consultant, as I was consultant led, and he said no, my labour would be too painful, and I recall he said it would be more painful after one dose, but two would not be acceptable so he wouldn't allow it.

So I think it depends, but ultimately what matters is you and your babies safety and you need to trust them to do what's right. There are several ways to induce labour and I don't know if all of them make it more painful or to what degree. It could just be minor or not at all.

Wellit Mon 18-Feb-19 21:16:28

No I was induced and was over very quickly and managed on gas and air til the end

CountFosco Mon 18-Feb-19 21:16:52

Not always. I've had 2 induced (with drip) and one natural. First was the worst because I was exhausted (2 disturbed nights on antenatal ward before labour induced with drip) second (natural) and third (induced with drip when waters broke at 36 weeks) were both OK since had slept the night before. Second was best because labour was about 6 h so built up gradually, third was very intense (2h30min labour, 10 mins from 5cm to birth) but done without much pain relief.

MatildaTheCat Mon 18-Feb-19 21:19:18

If you have a syntocinon IV running you will need to have the fetal monitor on continuously which means it’s hard to be very mobile and move around to ease the contractions. The contractions do also build up less gradually and can become quite intense quite quickly.

This is partly why more women undergoing induction choose to have an epidural at some point. Which is absolutely fine.

Good luck.

Spotsandstars Mon 18-Feb-19 21:21:19

Yanbu in my opinion they are. BUT labour is painful! You just got to get through it. I had an epidural with my second induced labour and it was fab.

Didntwanttochangemyname Mon 18-Feb-19 21:21:53

I was induced for DC1 and it was much easier than DC2 who came naturally.
People telling you that it's more painful are just doing that really dickish thing of trying to scare you.
Try to get your head around the fact that yes, it's going to really hurt no matter how it goes down, but you'll get a baby at the end of it.
You can do this!

PickettBowtruckles Mon 18-Feb-19 21:21:58

I went into labour naturally but didn’t dilate past 4cm. 12 hours after waters breaking and contractions the doctor decided I’d need the hormone drip as I wasn’t progressing. The lovely midwife in charge of the unit that day spent some time talking with me and advised I have an epidural first as I was struggling with the natural contractions and she said the contractions from the hormone drip can be quite intense. I did opt for the epidural which they sorted before starting me on the drip and I progressed overnight and was dilated fully by the morning. If I ever had another and needed induction I’d definitely ask for the same process again!

ReaganSomerset Mon 18-Feb-19 21:27:16

My NCT teacher told us that, yes, they are. Natural contractions cause the release of 'happy hormones' in the brain, which help you cope with the pain. Synthetic hormones used for induction purposes don't do this, so they hurt more. They often also cause contractions that are closer together and more intense.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 21:34:14

Eeeeek thanks everyone! To give some background, I am shit with pain and my threshold basically doesn't even exist 🙈😂

I'm really nervous but will try not to work myself up about it. I'm sure he will be worth it

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 21:35:04

Also the hormone drip sounds horrendous.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 21:37:17

This is my first baby by the way, so I will have nothing else to compare this labour to

ReaganSomerset Mon 18-Feb-19 21:37:55

I think they start with a pessary and the waters, only going to the drip if that doesn't work, so you might not need it, you never know.

formerbabe Mon 18-Feb-19 21:39:13

I had one spontaneous labour and one epidural with either.

The induction was so much more painful...and no build up, just straight into contractions.

SnuggyBuggy Mon 18-Feb-19 21:39:28

I had the drip, I was strongly advised to have an epidural with it and was glad I did.

Stupomax Mon 18-Feb-19 21:43:03

In my case the second (or was it third?) pessary tipped me into labour and I got through it with gas and air and a bit of pethidine. I wouldn't call it massively painful. I never felt like I needed an epidural (which is a good thing as I wasn't allowed one).

If you need the drip I believe it's much more painful and it's recommended that you get an epidural at the same time. If you think you'll struggle to cope with the pain then that seems like a good plan.

Buddytheelf85 Mon 18-Feb-19 21:43:35

Obviously everything varies from person to person - there will always be people who had ok inductions - but the NHS website does say:

*Induced labour is usually more painful than labour that starts on its own, and women who are induced are more likely to ask for an epidural.
Your pain relief options during labour aren't restricted by being induced. You should have access to all the pain relief options usually available in the maternity unit.
Women who are induced are also more likely to have an assisted delivery, where forceps or ventouse suction are used to help the baby out.*

Boulardii Mon 18-Feb-19 21:46:15

I don’t want to be dickish and scare you. However, since you asked, I will share my experience.
If I was to have another child I would do everything I could to avoid being induced as my experience is that it’s much harder to manage the pain. I coped with gas and air for the first 2 normal deliveries, but the 3rd which was augmented was far and away the worst. I had more drugs and took longer to recover. I also became much less cooperative for the hospital staff.

Good luck.

NatureGal Mon 18-Feb-19 21:50:48

First two labours natural and precipitous (under 2 hours). Had no pain relief. Painful but fine. Third Labour induction, had pessary twice and it didn't work. Waters broken, syntocin drip start to finish in half an hour. No time for pain relief and not going to lie it was painful, (husband said looked like you were being torn apart from the inside). No foetal monitoring though but bp went through the roof and left with bp issues. No discussion about epidural, and couldn't even get gas and air in time. It won't be happening again, with this pregnancy.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 21:52:40

@Boulardii no, thank you for being honest!!

I'd rather people be honest so I know what to expect and prepare myself (kind of) than not be truthful.

fadingfast Mon 18-Feb-19 21:53:23

Both of my labours were induced, the first at 37 weeks, second 38 weeks. First time took 24 hours in total, first pessary didn't work so had a second (I think it was 6 hours later?). Started things off quite slowly so they eventually broke my waters and put me on the drip to speed things along. I was also advised to have an epidural, which I'm glad I did. Had to have assisted delivery in the end (ventouse) and think I only escaped a caesarean by a whisker. Second time around was much quicker, once my waters broke I dilated very quickly and second stage lasted just a few minutes. No drip and no epidural. All round a much better experience. Very much depends on position of baby. Also I expect the epidural meant additional interventions. But I was still very glad of it!

Terramirabilis Mon 18-Feb-19 21:53:25

Reality is, induction doesn't sound like it's optional for you (as is the case for many, most? who have it.)

I had one "natural" that started at 13 days overdue - I could have voluntarily agreed to be induced once I was seven days overdue per hospital policy but didn't want to.

I had one induced due to a concern about the baby's health (although not an emergency). They spent hours upon hours trying more gentle methods of induction which did precisely zero. The drip was the only thing that did anything and I ended up with what was technically a <3 hour labour (albeit with 18 hours of failed and pretty painful attempts to induce before it.) Fortunately the baby was completely fine and the supposed health issue didn't actually exist.

Induction may be associated with greater likely of further interventions, but as with everything pregnancy, that's completely beside the point if induction is likely to give you the best outcome based on your circumstances. Some like you will have health reasons of mother or baby, some tend to go hugely overdue like me and therefore end up being induced to avoid the risks of postterm birth. Just read up on your pain relief options and don't give a moment's consideration to anyone (including your own brain) who tries to suggest you are "failing" or "not doing it properly" if you have an epidural. Epidurals are great! I've had two.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 21:53:27

I'm thinking with induction it's best to get an epidural, even though I've said all the way through I don't want one sad

Almostfifty Mon 18-Feb-19 21:57:32

I was induced for my fourth child. It was definitely a sharper pain than the other labours, but I managed with gas and air same as I did with the others.

Try moving around, it worked for me. Good luck!

Flatwhite32 Mon 18-Feb-19 21:59:27

I've only got one DC and was induced. The contractions were agony, but a bit more manageable with diamorphine. I soon forgot all about it when DD arrived though smile. Good luck!

ReaganSomerset Mon 18-Feb-19 22:01:00

I'm very anti-epidural due to massive needle-phobia, but if they needed to give me a drip to induce I'd definitely have one! At the end of the day, OP, it's just one day and whatever happens, you will both be fine. And that's all that matters, really.

stopfuckingshoutingatme Mon 18-Feb-19 22:01:21

The drip really hurts
Oh lord - they shouldn’t give it without an epidural

Normal childbirth was OK after that bad but bearable

Sorry to scare you , but wanted to be honest . Be very assertive that the pains are highly intense and if they advise it you request an epi

And if they can’t offer that ask for a more gentle method flowers

And easy to say but stay calm

LadyBunker Mon 18-Feb-19 22:04:51

No, I don't think you are, as I've had one completely natural labour, one augmented and one fully induced and augmented and I cannot have epidurals. So I can tell you conclusively that in my experience, induced and/or augmented labour is most certainly more painful. The difference in pain between my completely natural birth and my birth that was induced with pessary, waters broken at 1cm and drip up to full whack for hours on end was like the difference between a having a sharp little stone in your shoe and stepping on a plug barefoot.

dragonmummy17 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:09:00

I had induction with ARM and drip after pessary only got me to 2cm after 36 hours.
Induced at 39 weeks due to reduced growth and 2 episodes of reduced movement.
I managed to stay active on the birthing ball and pushed on all fours despite constant fetal monitoring- you don't have to be stuck on the bed
I used gas and air and diamorphine. By the time I asked for an epidural I was 7cm and too late.
Each birth is different though... if you think you need an epidural then push for one

tinkerbellla Mon 18-Feb-19 22:14:31

Apparently you can insist on getting the epidural set up beforehand which I didn't know and wish I had! Not sure if that's actually true but worth asking. Mine only worked for 30 mins but was amazing. If only it hadn't worn off for the pushing bit shock.

Tunnocks34 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:16:42

My induction labour was brill, has and air only and labour lasted about 90 minutes from first contraction to my son being born..

I only had the pessary though, and when the nurse inserted it I was already 1cm dilated so I guess I was close to naturally going into labour.

All in all I found it a much less painful experience than my first natural birth.

user1471426142 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:16:43

If I need the drip again I will ask for the epidural before the drugs go in. I managed for about 4-5 hours on the drip before I needed the epidural.

Tinyteatime Mon 18-Feb-19 22:16:45

Mine was horrendous, and that’s compared to a back to back 1st labour. Just get an epidural if you are put on the drip. It’s a godsend.

PerfectlyPetty Mon 18-Feb-19 22:18:53

I’ve had three induced labours.

First time I was put on the drip and it was awful. I had an epidural, lots of intervention, nearly an emergency c section. I put it down to the epidural which I only needed because of the drip.

Second and third inductions I point blank refused the they gave me the pessary grudgingly but not the drip. They were much better and I delivered both with no interventions and more quickly and less pain.

I would do anything to avoid having the drip again tbh.

ATBhinchers Mon 18-Feb-19 22:19:19

Fuck me yes. It hurts so bad. Literally. But you forget about it after a while!

switswoo81 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:22:08

2 induced labours , one for plus term one for gd.
Baby one the epidural was given at the same time as drip started. (3cm)Lovely experience slept for few hours pushed a bit baby out .
Baby two drip in , went from 2cm
To 9 cm in about 90 mins. Horrendous Epidural in baby born twenty mins later.
My advice if the drip is suggested get the epidural... no need to suffer that.

Nat6999 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:23:45

I didn't cope well with my induction, I had the pessary for 24 hours, my waters broken & then the syntocin drip. I couldn't cope with the pain, I was hysterical, the pain went from zero to 100 straight away, I was begging for more pain relief, the gas & air didn't help, just made me feel very sick & dizzy, they refused to give me diamorphine, my only option was an epidural. I had to wait over 3 hours for an anaesthetist to come to give the epidural, I'd got pre eclampsia, was extremely unwell, my blood pressure was dangerously high, over the next 24 hours they ramped up the syntocin to the highest level possible but I only dilated to 8cm before they forced me to have an EMCS. I had a massive haemorrhage, HELLP syndrome & ended up in high dependency for 48 hours, drugged up to the eyeballs. The care I received once I moved on to the post natal ward was extremely poor, everything I'd gone through had affected my mental health very badly, nobody sat down & explained why everything had happened, nobody asked me if I was ok, I'd gone 5 days with practically no sleep but was expected to be up & about, I got no support from the midwives on the ward, I was very tearful & got told off, that I was attention seeking & feeling sorry for myself. After 2 days, I discharged myself to go home to the care of my own midwife, my husband & my mum. I had very bad post natal depression that lasted years & symptoms of PTSD, I still have nightmares about what happened to me 15 years later & have been left with a massive phobia of hospitals & medical treatment. I never had another baby, I don't think I would have coped with going through birth & delivery again.

PencereTencere Mon 18-Feb-19 22:24:31

I've had two inductions and so don't have anything to compare them to - but both were very intense and swift. Each time the baby was born within 12 hours of the induction starting, though intervention was needed both times.

Blissx Mon 18-Feb-19 22:24:55

Although I went into labour, with my first naturally, I was put on the drip after 4 hours of pushing, to try and ramp up the frequency of contractions to get DD out and my goodness, the drip was far far worse than my natural contractions (that were already final stage intensity). No wave to start or finish, just ‘bam’! No warning. I couldn’t bare it.
So yes, I truly believe that ‘drip’ contractions are far far worse than natural ones but the pessary (which I have since had) is NOT worse than natural contractions-the pessary is far different to the ‘drip’ and fine.

Sweetooth92 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:26:45

Don’t stress about it, my son was a starange one, waters broke but labour didn’t establish. Home birth fell through as BP read high (read normal once arrived at the hospital annoyingly) I was point blank refusing to stay in so needed to deliver within 24 hours of my waters breaking that morning to avoid being kept in after delivery so Insisted on the hormone drip straight away rather than waiting another 8 hours to take me to the 24 they would usually begin to help things along. The anaesthetist repeatedly told me to have an epidural as induction is painful and I’d want it but I refused one. DS was delivered with gas and air only and I wouldn’t say it was overly painful at all. Don’t work yourself up about it and just take each stage as it comes. Go in with an open mind and take what you need when you need, rather than convincing yourself to have one now 😊 good luck

stopfuckingshoutingatme Mon 18-Feb-19 22:28:31

Poor OP
Whilst not discrediting others horror stories please don’t assume it will end in disaster

But push for epidural

Crunchymum Mon 18-Feb-19 22:31:45

I have done an augmented labour and my induction without an epidural (I'm not boasting, but want the OP to know an epidural isn't always required. I opted against it with the augmented labour which ended up with the drip and I wouldn't have had time for it with my induced labour!)

LittleCandle Mon 18-Feb-19 22:33:33

Mine were pretty much the same. I was induced first time and natural the second time. Neither time did I have a build up. I was slap bang into a quick labour, so there is no truth to this. Some people find labour horrifically painful and others don't. It depends on the individual.

curtaintrail Mon 18-Feb-19 22:36:07

I had a drip induction after a failed foley catheter. It took ages for my labour to start (and I was 15 days overdue).

T'was quick active labour, mind. But I wouldn't say hugely painful. Am 5'2'' and baby was average weight. I had done anti natal yoga beforehand but my abiding memory of the labour immediately afterwards was 'oh I could do that again!' Couldn't have been that painful, then!

BackpakBackpak Mon 18-Feb-19 22:40:00

My induction (drip) was terrible.
And after pushing and forceps I ended in emcs anyway.
Next baby I said I don't care if I have vbac or cs but I'm not getting out of the car if anyone mentions the word induction.
This was all bluster on my part though and a desire to have some control/say because realistically, if it was deemed necessary again I would have done it again. But definitely got all the drugs lined up in a row well in advance.

blackteasplease Mon 18-Feb-19 22:43:12

I had induction with both of mind. Really nothing too awful, even though I have nothing to compare it to as never had spontaneous labour.

Didn't need an epidural or even pethadine with either. Had gas and air. But obviously don't be shy to ask if you do need it!

Dc2 was facing the side (I don't know the phrase for this) and it was still ok.

ExPresidents Mon 18-Feb-19 22:44:48

I have had one of each - my induction was due to waters breaking but labour not starting, there was an infection so I was straight on the drip. It was really a completely different experience to my natural labour and the pain was much much harder to cope with.

Like many PP the midwife advised me to have an epidural at the start and I refused it. If I had to be induced on the drip again I would absolutely take the epidural. I just wish I’d known how different it was and that I wasn’t ‘failing’ by being unable to cope. It really is a different pain.

thirdlittlepig Mon 18-Feb-19 22:45:45

With DC1: I was exhausted after sleepless nights on the antenatal ward. Made t through 6 hours on the drip using gas and air. Midwife advised me to get an epidural as she said I had several hours to go. It was the best advice I have ever received - DC wasn't born for another 12 hours so the epidural was a godsend. Slightly scary having it put in while experiencing quite intense contractions though.

With DC2: knew what the steps for induction were so was able to say no when midwife suggested I experience the pain of the drip for a while first - instead asked for the epidural before getting started on the drip. I highly recommend doing this! No pain!

Get as much sleep as you can, when you can. And be aware the drip can make you vomit and shake uncontrollably...

Louiselouie0890 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:48:10

The induction was fine the hormone drip absolutely was not.

I was in so much pain my brain switched off. it's so hard to describe but i couldn't remember to do anything e.g to eat or drink or brush teeth etc. Went to the doctor's and he explained that your brain can shut off from your body when in so much pain. I went from crying, moaning the usual to having conversations about my midwives lunch break and how preety she was and she needed to rest all while I was in labour. Thank God I was induced but went naturally with my second I enjoyed it so much more.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 22:48:18

AIBU to think they're reluctant to give epidurals??

blackteasplease Mon 18-Feb-19 22:48:48

Oh I didn't have the drip but they changed the nature of the pessary between the two occasions. The second time it was a kind of gradual release pessary that stays in there, rather than dissolving all in one go. Or something. Might be more akin to the drip, I don't know.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 22:48:52

@Louiselouie0890 oh dear sounds horrendous!! sad

Louiselouie0890 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:51:55

Although there is a ton of pain relief so take advantage of it. By the time I asked and they got round to it it was to late for my epidural. Always said of o had another I would just have epidural first

blackteasplease Mon 18-Feb-19 22:52:19

Oh I vomited and had shakes with mine but I didn't realise that was anything to do with induction drugs!

I didn't personally want an epidural because I don't like having my movement restricted. But if I wanted one Id make sure i got one. I think you just have to be really definite. Do you have a birth partner? It's part of their job to insist for you.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 22:54:56

@blackteasplease yes birthing partner will be my boyfriend.

I'm going to have to discuss with him that he needs to be persistent for the epidural if I want one because it sounds like they are reluctant to give them or try to talk women out of having one?

Ella1980 Mon 18-Feb-19 22:55:15

I had a prolonged induced labour with my first (he was 14 days overdue) plus meptid and epidural as the whole process became too exhausting and painful. Had the pessary put in on the Weds at 8pm and baby wasn't born until just after 6am on the Friday morning!!
Made the decision I would refuse an induction with second baby. Luckily I went into labour naturally at 10 days late and found it much less painful with just gas and air. Also much quicker but he was my second baby.
Unlikely I will have any more as I'm 38 now but would refuse an induction if I were to. I'd opt for additional scanning instead.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 22:56:59

@Ella1980 I really want to try to go naturally but I don't think that's an option, even with additional scanning sad

ChipsAreLife Mon 18-Feb-19 22:57:47

Defo be open to an epidural with an induction.

I had the pessery gel and started contracting very quickly soon after but couldn't dilate and it was so painful I just cried and begged them to help me which they did. It was amazing! I ended up with complications and had a crash section but I was so calm because of the epidural, was the best decision I've ever made!

But also everyone is different and lots of people have very positive experiences. Good luck

ChipsAreLife Mon 18-Feb-19 22:59:24

I had no issue in getting one and was 2cm. They say they don't allow them till 4 but I think they say that to deter people asking. If you want it, have it!

Ella1980 Mon 18-Feb-19 23:06:07

You'll be OK. My advice would be that if it starts to get a bit too much then please don't be scared to ask for an epidural. I waited waaaaaaaaaay too long to ask for one which was silly really as I still ended up having one. Are you overdue or is the induction necessary for other reasons?

turncloak Mon 18-Feb-19 23:06:50

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

I was induced (via pessary) with my first DD. The contractions came on very quickly and very strongly, I didn't seem to have any build up whatsoever, which was a huge shock as I wasn't expecting it at all. I was screaming for an epidural about an hour after arriving at the hospital. The midwife tried the old "Let's wait and see how you get on" approach and I nearly ripped her head off. I was crying and swearing, which is hugely out of character for me. Once the epidural kicked in, it was brilliant. I calmed down, had a sleep, and then woke up 10cm dilated all ready to push.

Nobody's handing our medals for pain and suffering. Definitely get your DP to back you up in regards to the epidural. They certainly tried to talk me out of it, but I was persistent.

blackteasplease Mon 18-Feb-19 23:07:52

Do speak to your boyfriend first, as I think men don't automatically know they are there to be your advocate, and when you are in labour already is not the time for them to find out!

Blondephantom Mon 18-Feb-19 23:08:05

It isn’t that they are reluctant to give epidurals. More they need an anaesthesiologist so there can be a long wait/didn’t make it in time scenario if they are caught up in theatre.

I was induced with a drip in my last labour. The feeling sick was the worst bit for me. The pain was manageable and I took comfort from the fact it wouldn’t get worse. I have a low pain threshold generally but not during labour.

I’d advise to know all your options and have an idea of how you might want to handle certain scenarios but then wait and see how you feel. Nobody else’s labour will be the same as yours and you may find you feel differently during it than you do now.

Ella1980 Mon 18-Feb-19 23:09:37

Sorry-just read the bit about diabetes. You're absolutely right to go with induction if that's what they're suggesting and just remember that you can request an epidural if you want one and it's safe to do so as it's your choice.

campbellsmum Mon 18-Feb-19 23:37:15

I had an induction with my first and went naturally this time round. Second was worse as back to back but induction wasn't much easier, however I'd say it would have been a lot worse had I needed the hormone drip. Without that I don't think it would be more painful.

Tbh it will hurt either way, if epidural is right for you then go ahead. I just had gas and air with both, it was sore but manageable (I'm a proper wimp normally) x

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 23:42:31

Honestly thank you everyone smile

I've loved reading everyone's experiences

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 23:43:43

Also seems like YAY to the epidural!!!

Raisinbrain Mon 18-Feb-19 23:48:13

It's not always true! My second was induced and I found the pain was manageable (using the methods from Juju Sundin's book). Unlike my first labour which was awful.

amrscot Mon 18-Feb-19 23:49:30

@Raisinbrain what pain relief did you have?

Raisinbrain Mon 18-Feb-19 23:52:13


Had gas and air and an epidural with first baby.

JasperKarat Mon 18-Feb-19 23:54:00

I had the hormone drip at 37 weeks after my waters broke, and I wasn't getting past 3cm , I also had GD. I have no comparison (PFB) but my pain threshold isn't great and it f#£*@ng hurt, baby was back to back too at one point I remember saying to DH I'm going to split in half - I'd had a lot of gas and air... My combined spinal and epidural was amazing (gave me combined because they ramped up the drip and I went from 4cm to 10cm in 40minutes and it was agony) , I could move etc but no pain until the spinal wore off and the epidural didn't work, ouch is an understatement. My advice to anyone would be have all the drugs, there's no need to be a martyr.

Raisinbrain Mon 18-Feb-19 23:54:00

I was open to the idea of an epidural but I didn't need it in the end.

JasperKarat Tue 19-Feb-19 00:00:37


AIBU to think they're reluctant to give epidurals??
My midwife said early on after she'd fine a stretch and sweep and I nearly kicked her in the face, baby is back to back, it's early so your body isn't really ready and the drip is going to make it hurt, I can't tell you what to do but would you like an epidural (whilst nodding at me) 😁 I gladly accepted, after she left the room for a bit I said to DH do you think she knows I definitely want an epidural and he said oh yes you were very clear... . She'd been a MW for 32 years and DS was her last baby, when I suddenly dilated really quickly, even though I was in a lot of pain and in the midst of having the epidural I still managed to have a joke with her that he wanted to arrive before she retired, there was no judgement from medical staff at all and I thought they'd be reluctant.

Bunnybaubles Tue 19-Feb-19 00:09:56

I've been induced twice and gone naturally once.

Both inductions were worse than my natural.

My natural started nice and easy, little niggles every 20 minutes apart and didn't progress intensity wise till I was quite far into my labour. The intensity built up gradually.

My inductions (last one was last year) put me straight into intense painful contractions every minute apart early on. But as soon as my waters broke and I was moved to the labour suite I was able to get the epidural and the rest of it was relaxing. I slept after my waters broke at 2cm right up until I had to push 7 hours later.

So from my experience, it's only worse for a little while.

I'm pregnant again, I have GD again, so I will be induced again this summer. Congrats and good luck, you will be just fine.

amrscot Tue 19-Feb-19 00:12:16

@Bunnybaubles when are you due? And how are you getting on with the GD so far?

Redyoyo Tue 19-Feb-19 00:19:22

I was induced twice dd2 came with one pessary no drugs. Dd1 i needed 3 pessarys a 24 hour wait then a full induction, with drip and all. The full induction was very controlled every time the turned the drip up i was offer pain relief, first strong painkiller tablets, then gas and air, then diamorphine i never had an epidural though. It wasn't as bad as folk make it out to be, well mine wasn't and i asked to be induced the second time.

Rachie1973 Tue 19-Feb-19 00:28:06

3 of my 4 were induced. I admit the first was longer and more painful but I’m inclined to think 1st babies are a little more difficult anyway. I had an epidural.

The other 2 inductions were quick. Quite intense due to speed but over quickly so coped with gas and air.

All 3 inductions needed a drip so I think it really can be different from person to person and baby to baby.

Bunnybaubles Tue 19-Feb-19 00:36:07

@amrscot I'm due July. Doing ok-ish with GD, I was diagnosed at 12 weeks (Same with my last pregnancy). I'm 18 weeks now and just started the Lantis injections yesterday. That's on top of the 2 metformin I take with my evening meal. It's always my evening / morning readings I struggle with. I'm the same as you, I'll be induced between 37 - 39 weeks.

How are you getting on with it? Are you on medication or controlling it with diet?

Nofilter Tue 19-Feb-19 00:36:21

Hi OP,

I didn't have this experience either. I was induced and had an epidural at 4cm and the pain wasn't even bad during that time. It happened fast but I just really made myself relax, breath, meditate (not for everyone but worked for me)...

So I don't think it's a 100% give it's more painful at all.

Not that I know what it's like 4cm+ as it's my only child.

Good luck and try not to take in so many peoples advice,experiences as it will unnecessarily freak you out.

You'll be ok xxx

username1212 Tue 19-Feb-19 00:38:40

I had GD and was induced 2 days before my due date after an unsuccessful sweep. I've nothing to compare it to and however horrendous it may sound, it really wasn't that bad. My experience of being induced - had pessary inserted and nothing happened for about 12 hours, was quite boring really! I then took a reaction to the pessary and went from nothing to contractions 3 minutes apart. So as others have said, there's no build up and midwives said it is more intense. I had to have the pessary removed and they gave me injections to slow contractions down (didn't work) once I was at 2/3cms they moved me to the labour suite and broke my waters. (Contractions still 2/3 minutes apart) when I was 7cm they made the decision to put me on the drip as it had been so long. I had absolutely no problem getting an epidural. After 34 hours, my baby boy came (on his due date) and all is forgotten (almost haha) My advice would be to get a tens machine! X

username1212 Tue 19-Feb-19 00:39:05

Good luck! You'll be grand xx

amrscot Tue 19-Feb-19 00:45:13

@Bunnybaubles diet controlled for now, was diagnosed at 28 weeks.

All of my readings have been well below target, I haven't changed too much of what I'm eating, just cut down massively on sugary sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks. I've also introduced more proteins and switched from white bread to whole meal.

I haven't had a reading anywhere near going out of my target range (7.8 for post meals) so I'm hoping to keep it this way!!

amrscot Tue 19-Feb-19 00:46:01

@username1212 thank you smilexx

littlemissquiet Tue 19-Feb-19 02:23:58

It all depends on how you are induced, if they sweep you with the gel and it works it should be as close to natural as possible, but if you're induced with a drip then expect some pain, I really don't want to scare you but I was told 9/10 women induced with the drip opt for an epidural like I did, it works by contracting your body for you so you get very little rest from the pain, don't be afraid to have an epidural it's not as bad as people make out and you will definitely benefit from it, also get it at the earliest opportunity so it's not too late if things develop quickly. My motto is if you go in expecting the worse then it'll never be as bad as you anticipated, good luck with the birth you will still have the same lovely outcome at the end of labour and that's the main thing x

Nothinglefttochoose Tue 19-Feb-19 04:18:38

In my opinion (after three kids) induction is so much more painful. I found it absolutely horrendous.

Manikoutai Tue 19-Feb-19 06:15:54

I would also recommend you ask for the epidural to be sited before the induction drip starts.

Epidurals get a lot of bad press in the UK because midwives lobby for so-called natural labour, but actually they do not lead to longer labours or to more intervention. In some countries the epidural rate is 90%, and they still have fewer c sections, instrumental deliveries and so on.

The epidural dosage has also reduced massively since the 80s, so you may well be able to stay mobile. I had an induction for medical reasons, slept while I was dilating 🙂, woke up, squatted and pushed for 2 minutes and my baby was born. I would really recommend it.

Good luck!

Username90 Tue 19-Feb-19 06:24:42

@amrscot I was induced at 38 weeks due to pre eclampsia and I was terrified that being two weeks earlier than my due date would mean it would take longer and be more painful. It wasn’t exactly a breeze but I had visions of it being much worse. One thing I would say is be persistent about pain relief if there’s something you’d like. My boy was back to back so I think the discomfort came with that but I was induced at 13:45 and after being monitored we walked around as much as i could manage and was told to keep drinking plenty too. My waters broke by themselves the next morning at 04:45 and I was 2cm dilated when examined at 07:30 and next time I was examined 6 hours later I was fully dilated. I ended up with a forcep delivery due to his head being massive and not being able to push it out but I would say that I’m so pleased we went for induction rather than waiting to see if the pre eclampsia turned more severe. I hope everything goes well for you x

KatnissKringle Tue 19-Feb-19 06:52:36

I was induced on the drip. I did not have an epidural but highly recommend you do. It was very very painful. That said, I have only given birth the once so perhaps I have a very low pain threshold!

Cwtches123 Tue 19-Feb-19 08:11:30

My waters went while I was under observation on the antinatal ward for high BP. Contractions started but then stoped, I was put on a drip the next day, I was dreading it from all of tbe horror stories I had read but ds arrived after an hour!!!

MegaClutterSlut Tue 19-Feb-19 08:34:41

I found being induced with ds more painful as the pain seemed 'full on' from the start but will dd, I went into labour naturally and it was a slow build up which was better imo

Goldenphoenix Tue 19-Feb-19 09:02:40

Not in my experience - i had an induced drip labour with DD and a very rapid 'natural' birth with DS. They both hurt the same amount frankly! In fact i found DS birth more frightening and painful because it was so quick. Had gas and air with both. Don't worry about it if you can, i coped fine with the drip, you just don't know how you will do so wait and see...

Sgtmajormummy Tue 19-Feb-19 09:21:15

I had a hormonal drip induced birth and no pain relief for DC1.
Worst pain I’d ever experienced. I went from doing the crossword with DH to rolling in agony in about 15 minutes.
And it’s not true you forget how bad the pain was. It put me off having another child for 7 years!

Then I got severe toothache. Now THAT’S the worst pain in the world...

Good luck OP. Whatever happens will be worth it.

Onetwopyjamacrews Tue 19-Feb-19 11:24:33

OP don’t be worried, try to have the same mindset I had which is you’re pregnant now the baby has to come out at some point so it might as well be sooner then you get to enjoy your baby quicker! My induction happened so quickly, 3.5 hours from start to finish, only 36 minutes of real real painful omg i can’t do this contractions then 4 pushes and bam baby. I had pethidine and gas & air but only because they wanted me to sleep (minutes before it got that bad) and I’m not even sure it had time to start working before he was born. I don’t have anything to compare it to but the midwives all said people usually find induction more painful.

Just try to stay calm, know the pain is not for too long and think about your baby. I would also say unless you definitely need a drip, ask for a pessary (what i had) and I would hold off from the epidural at first until you feel you need one. Just play it by ear and good luck you’ll do great

CuppaSarah Tue 19-Feb-19 11:33:24

I've had two, one was tough as hell. But I had Preeclampsia and felt awful and really was not well at all. Everything was more painful than normal, so yes it was tougher than my spontaneous labour in that sense, but not necessarily due to the induction.

My other induction was my best labour by far. The pain was manageable and being in hospital made me feel so much more secure and comfortable, so my head was in the right place.

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