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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?

Middlrm Tue 19-Feb-19 11:40:09

It’s a scary time I have no idea but I had a very quick non induced labour started 4:30 am and had him out by 17:32 got to hospital fully dilated and ready to push at 2:30pm ( had to wait to be seen as they thought I was fussy new mum and not even in phase one of labour ... walked all the way to say care and waited my turn 🙄so started pushing 3:15 ish I believe ) down side no time to think about pain relief options / water birth and could barely breath in the gas and air. Upside it happened quick and I knew there was an end in sight and the promise of a cup of tea ... I don’t have the stamina for a long birth ... my point is the birth could be quick without help I think our bodies do what they are going to do and we have no control.

Birthing ball and maternity tens machine got me through it ... totally recommend and the time I was in the bath at home helped so I would look into a water birth if You can.
Everyone is different I have a pretty decent pain threshold so I was calm and therefore baby was calm.

If you feel pain more acutely then consider other options like epidural you need to do what is right for you and your baby.

You may get lucky and you go into labour naturally I was overdue and so pleased I escaped the inducement doesn’t sound fun I agree.

goose1964 Tue 19-Feb-19 11:48:19

I think the problem with induced labour is that there is no build up, one minute nothing the next it is full steam ahead. I had 2 inductions one ended in forceps the second no problem both large babies, one 9 lbs 7oz and the other 10lb.

whataboutbob Tue 19-Feb-19 12:32:15

In my experience yes, a lot more painful ( no 1 induced no 2 spontaneous). I was unprepared and tried for a “ natural “ ie non epidural labour. 10 hours later I relented and had one, which saved my sanity and probably enabled me to avoid a Caesarian.

CheesecakeAddict Tue 19-Feb-19 12:44:51

My pessary labour was very painful but I didn't have any pain relief so it was bearable.
The that was a bitch. So much so I will refuse to have that again. Absolutely no way. Cut me open and pry the baby out

whataboutbob Tue 19-Feb-19 13:23:52

goose1964- ouch!

Mabellavender Tue 19-Feb-19 13:42:55

It’s impossible to say op, because everyone’s different and role have different pain threshold.

I have given birth 6 times, the first time I was induced at 42 weeks with the peasant, which worked at 3 and a half hours later I had my boy in my arms and I had no pain relief except for gas and air while I was having some stitches.

Next 4 labours were spontaneous and between 2 and 4 hours long. Had gas and air with all of them.

Last time I was induced on edd, due to reduced movements. My cervix was already 2-3cm so they broke my waters and an hour later I went into labour, contractions started at 3 minutes apart and we’re strong from the start, and 4 hours later with only 4 minutes of pushing blush she was born. Had gas and air again but have to say near the end the pain was very intense.

Mabellavender Tue 19-Feb-19 13:43:31

Peasant should say pessary grin

ReaganSomerset Tue 19-Feb-19 13:45:42

@Mabellavender best autocorrect error I've seen all week. grin

NabooThatsWho Tue 19-Feb-19 13:53:54

The only advice I can give is as soon as they mention putting you on the drip, demand an epidural.

The drip is fucking evil. Epidurals are fucking amazing.

ShesABelter Tue 19-Feb-19 15:29:46

It depends how they can start you I believe in my case they just burst my waters. The contractions did come thick and fast but was over in and hour and ten mins and wasn't any worse than my second.

Tipsylizard Tue 19-Feb-19 17:05:00

I have had two inductions (pre-term for medical reasons) and they were both a bit painful but I have nothing to compare it to. To be honest I think all labours are painful in one way or another. I would have another baby in a heartbeat (even though that ship has now sailed....) and would have no qualms about an induced labour again.

What did help me I think was the whole hypno-birthing thing - helped me stay calm so it wasn't too stressful all round. Good luck and congratulations!

Thegreymethod Tue 19-Feb-19 17:39:30

I've done both and the induced labour was no more painful than the others. Try not to worry and take it as it comes. Good luck!

ethelfleda Tue 19-Feb-19 18:01:26

I’ve only had one child and the labour was induced. It was painful alright but I have nothing to compare it to.

Does anyone know if labour is also more painful if your water has gone?! I read somewhere that it is and my waters went 24 hours before I was induced (the reason for the induction)

Thegreymethod Tue 19-Feb-19 18:31:23


My waters went 24 hours before one of my babies was born and it didn't make it anymore painful x

whataboutbob Tue 19-Feb-19 19:04:49

My waters went with the second and it was a lot less painful than when they didn’t, and I was induced 1st time round. I think not being induced ( and baby being 1lb lighter) made the difference.

Oly4 Wed 20-Feb-19 08:21:14

Three babies, two inductions. All the same level of pain for me - bloody painful! I wouldn’t worry, just do whatever gets you through it. All worth it in the end!! That baby in your arms is the best feeling

Frenchy80 Wed 20-Feb-19 08:34:37

Dermoid cyst?
I’m new here but have seen some older posts about dermoid cysts.
I had an ultrasound scan several weeks ago and have been told that the radiologist suspects a dermoid cyst - so I was feeling hopeful. The specialist I saw has referred me for an MRI and further blood tests which has unsettled me again.
Just wondering if anyone has had something similar? I have a 9 year old son and nothing was picked up on my scans then so must have developed since.

Tmgc123 Wed 20-Feb-19 08:44:27

I was induced, for some reason straight to the drip. My baby arrived within 2 1/2 hours. I struggled a lot. It was so fast they couldn’t give me any pain killers and I struggled to push (I’ve since read this is a problem with induction). The baby ended up in distress (I imagine cause she was like WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON). I had two midwives and 3 Doctors all shouting at me. It wasn’t much fun.

I know labour is painful but this was ridiculous. I literally couldn’t move. I will be interested to see the difference if I have another one naturally. I certainly wouldn’t allow them to do it the same way again knowing what I know now.

MyBreadIsEggy Wed 20-Feb-19 08:45:49

Wet true in my experience.
My first was induced using the drip, My second was a spontaneous labour at home and I had no form of pain relief with either.
My induction was a hideous shit show from start to finish. I’ve never felt pain like it. Gas and air makes me spew really badly, and seeing as though my Dd was born 3 hours after my first contraction, I was told there was no time for pethidine or epidural confused I remember saying (or shrieking) to my husband that no one can possibly endure this much physical pain and survive it blush Needless to say I did survive it, totally unscathed except for a couple of internal stitches.
My second labour was a walk in the park in comparison. It took 3 times longer, but I gave birth at home and the whole thing was way more relaxed and the pain a million times easier to manage. The natural break between contractions was blissful compared to the 3 hours of never ending contractions that I had during my induction.
I made the decision early in my second pregnancy, and have made the same decision this time around, that I will not consent to induction again under any circumstances. If there’s a medical situation that’s really that emergent and my baby needs to come out, then I’ll have a csection. In the case of a post-dates baby, I will carry naturally to 43 weeks, (accept daily monitoring after 42), the.ln if baby shows no signs of coming, again I’ll have a csection.

goldenslumbers1 Wed 20-Feb-19 09:12:53

I've only given birth once, so have nothing to compare it to, but my labour was induced and I loved the experience. I had practised hypnobirthing and pregnancy yoga though, so I think this stood me in good stead.

I had to have the drip as my waters had gone and I hadn't made it past 1cm in slow labour, so was already contracting. My DH says the midwife managed the drip carefully and I was not made aware when she was increasing the dose, so I didn't have any anxiety about it.

I remember having a very intense hour when I was about 6cm and then I started on the gas and air - I didn't have an epidural because I was so nervous about the procedure.

It ended up being a long, steady labour - I dilated about 1/2 cm an hour and at no point did I feel out of control. I think if you can prepare yourself with good breathing techniques, that will help. Good luck! xx

DarklyDreamingDexter Wed 20-Feb-19 09:27:25

No, I wouldn't say there was a difference. Had one induced, one not. Every pregnancy/birth is different in any case so there's no rule of thumb. Can I recommend you hire a TENS machine? I hired one for my first pregnancy and it helped with pain management. I managed to go through almost my entire labour at home with my TENS machine in place and had my DD within 2 hours of arriving at hospital. I bought a TENS machine when I had my DS and it was a cheaper version and not as effective, but worked somewhat. He was induced and I had no pain relief other than oxygen. You'll be fine! It hurts somewhat, but it's manageable (in my experience).

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