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LucyB1 Thu 10-Jul-14 21:35:05

40+3 here and worried this is the way on going

Parietal Thu 10-Jul-14 21:54:27

I was induced twice - both worked out fine. I was able to keep walking and move about despite drip & monitoring. I had gas + air then pethedine for no 1; just gas&air for no 2. In fact, for no2 I chose an induction because I didn't want to go into labour in the middle of the night & have to sort out childcare etc.

trappedinsuburbia Thu 10-Jul-14 23:35:45

Natural first time, induced the second.
I preferred being induced, I handled the pain better and i felt it was more controlled, less panic, no stitches and gas and air.

LucyB1 Fri 11-Jul-14 08:21:01

I have heard its more painful. Is that not the case?

WiggleGinger Fri 11-Jul-14 08:31:42

Induced with DD. It worked well. Had the pessary at 11Aam she was born at 19.50pm do quite quick.
Yes it hurts but labour does hurt.
I can't say if its more or less painful than spontaneous labour as I don't know.
I think it can be more intense if its happening quickly.
But I felt it was more controlled as it was more of a medical procedure rather than just being left to get in with it.
Really really don't worry about it.
You might not need a drip,I didn't. You might find also that you go into labour yourself, I wasn't induced until 42 exactly so there's still time.
Hope all goes well x

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Fri 11-Jul-14 13:13:14

Also, at 40+3, you have a good chance still of going into spontaneous labour smile

Paddingtonthebear Fri 11-Jul-14 13:28:16

I know two people who were induced, me and my friend.

I was 40+14. Pessary inserted at 11am. I found it really uncomfortable. Contractions started at 3pm and were unbearable by about 5pm. Gas and air then given. Taken down to delivery suite at 6pm ish. Told to expect baby that night. Hugely fast and painful contractions, they couldn't keep up with her heartbeat so they had to put a trace on her head. She was positioned back to back. It went on all night, I had pethidine and an epidural. She arrived by forceps at 10am the next day, I had a 4 deg tear and required two hours of repair in surgery/theatre then two blood transfusions. DD was bruised but fine, weighed 7 pounds.

My friend was induced on her due date. She gave birth within 4 hours and her actual labour was about 90 mins. No pain relief required, she had a small graze did to the speed of delivery that didn't require any stitches

I think it's all dependent on the baby position and how the labour goes!

Brace for a novel wink

I was induced at 37 weeks due to high blood pressure and starting to show signs of pre-eclampsia.

Pro-pess was put in at 6:30am on the Tuesday morning, followed by another at 6:30pm. Spent the day walking around the hospital, getting tightenings and losing my plug.
Prostin went in at 6:30am on the Wednesday. By lunchtime I was ready for my waters to be broken, but there was no space on labour ward. Spent the Wednesday night having mega contractions.
The next day I was fed up, just wanted the baby out! Thankfully after a lot of bouncing and walking, there was space on labour ward at just after noon, so they took me down to break my waters, found that my hind waters had already gone but I'd assumed I was peeing with my crappy pelvic floor and didn't tell anyone, just kept replacing pads. They broke my forewaters, really quick and painless - I was still on paracetamol at this point.
There was meconium in my waters so they put me on the drip at about 4:30pm, told me to expect things to be fairly slow and to be prepared that if I didn't progress, it'd have to be an EMCS. Continued with paracetamol for about two hours on the syntocin, doubling the dose of the drip every half an hour. It was actually fine - I danced through contractions and sang in the delivery room. I had my music on and my musicals playlist came on - cue me, my OH, my mum, the two midwives and the ward sister singing Hakuna Matata confused
After about 2 hours, I started with gas and air, and asked for diamorphine as I'd heard people say bad things about the drip. The pain was pretty intense and the diamorph did very little for the pain, but meant I could sleep in between contractions, which I did (I also hallucinated massively, believing I was in a field and my baby was about to be delivered by goats, a man playing the bagpipes and polar bears in socks, but they had to wait because I was salmon fishing with my dad).
Carried on like that for about three and a half hours, when I felt a lot of pressure down below. I thought I needed a poo but I ignored it and tried to hold it in. I was worried about pooing myself in front of everyone. Finally after about an hour of this feeling, I told them because it was really bad. They told me to just let it out and I said I couldn't, so they examined me and found I was 10cm dilated and probably had been for the last hour. So then it was pushing time. 3 pushes, 9 minutes and she was born grin

It was such a happy, uplifting experience. I have nothing but great memories of my induction smile Sorry for the essay!

Flisspaps Fri 11-Jul-14 21:10:58

Also remember that induction is an option not an order.

You should be given info on the risks and benefits of induction AND of expectant management, and make a decision on the best course of action for you - not based on hospital/trust policy smile

Gen35 Sat 12-Jul-14 18:48:14

I was induced with dc1, took 3 days as the pessary caused contractions every 2 mins but no dilation cervix, so taken out after 8 hours, then drip. Had epidural, it was all fine (until the php but that wasn't induction related). I felt it was best to be induced as stillbirth in family, we were sure of our dates and I would do it again as I will probably get there again with dc2. Hope you don't though, you still have time! It's not great but it wasn't that bad either.

DinoSnores Sat 12-Jul-14 22:09:52

Induced at 39 weeks due to complications. Was 3cm so they broke my waters, but nothing happened. Went on the syntocinon drip, which was more painful than my natural labour with DS, mainly because with DS, I got a rest in between each contraction and I didn't on the drip. Got an epidural, nice and light so I could still move my legs and feel contractions, they just didn't hurt until I was pushing, which I did for about 5 minutes, and then DC3 arrived! She was over 9lbs and left me with only a tiny graze.

It was lovely and I recovered, if anything, far more quickly than my home birth.

Boogles91 Mon 14-Jul-14 19:35:59

I was induced at 38+4 and found it a pleasent experience smile i had the propess inserted at noon and the next day it was taken out and i was 2cm, they were going to break my waters that day but had an influx of babies being born so had to do it early the next day. By then i was 3cm and had my waters broken at 6:45am and from 7am started contracting regularly and by 10:30am i was fully dilated. Lil man was born at 2:15pm smile i was supposed to have the drip but my lovely midwife put a stop to it as she could see i was doing so well on my own. I had gas and air from 5cm throughout the rest of the birth. I was already 1cm and 3/5ths engaged before they put the propess up so our boy was obviously on his way :p i also had two sweeps before they broke my waters, this didnt hurt at all. I just didnt like the pains from the propess, as all they could give me was paracetamol and codiene for the pain wich did naff all lol and had a restless night. I guess it worked out for the best that they broke my. Waters the day after as soon as id finished loosing my plug, the pains calmed right down and i was able to sleep, so i was well rested for the next day ahead. I had 2 2nd degree tears inside, 1 1st degree and an episiotomy, as much as i tried my best to push his head out, i just cwouldnt stretch enough hence the cut. But the tears was because i was struggling so much. He had a swollen head for a few hours bless him sad a week on and my stitches are healing fine but i have some sort of prolapse and the midwife cant be sure weather its uterine ir my bladder. The lady who stitched me up did a really good job, you can hardly tell at all smile i just hope my prolapse doesnt effect my feelings down there and corrects itself as its not a major one. All in all it was a pleasent experience x

Hedgehogging Mon 14-Jul-14 20:39:11

I was induced but ended up with a section for failure to progress (big baby, OP presentation and I'm only 5 foot so the odds were against me!). I found it all a lovely calm experience I must say. Pains were tough but I took pethidine halfway through and it was amazing- really dulled them down and I was able to press on for a good few hours more after that.

I opted for an epidural before the synto drip and felt basically nothing after that. I hadn't been progressing well prior despite being very mobile etc and the drip didn't move anything further along. I sort of felt I might end up a section from the get go given all of the above but would have been game to press on. In the event DD passed some meconium and that combined with FTP meant the decision was made for section.

CS was actually a really positive experience even though recovery was slower. But I got mobile asap and took regular pain relief and bounced back well I think.

I would have liked a natural birth but I was happy to go with whatever was needed and in the end I can look back on it all and be happy. So not too bad then grin

redexpat Tue 15-Jul-14 15:11:48

In at 6pm, DS born at 5am. Had a couple of injectoins as the contractions stopped, and one to get the afterbirth moving.

boopdoop Wed 16-Jul-14 10:51:03

I was induced at 40+12, was a bit gutted to get to that point but it was fine. Induced at 10am, waters broken for me at 5pm, in birthing pool, 6cm, at 9.30pm. In the end DS was born by CS at 5.30am after an hour of pushing due to him being 10lb7oz and being in a bad position but the induction part was fine, and I would be ok if I had to have it again in the future. Hope all goes well.

WantAnOrange Wed 16-Jul-14 14:47:15

I was induced at 38 weeks due to premature waters going. I found things happened very very fast afterwards. I went straight to intense contractions and was unable to cope. Unfortunately, as inductions are often very slow to get started the midwife didn't take me too seriously and I ended up being rushed up to delivery quite suddenly after a very stressful time trying to get across how quickly my baby was coming. I think what I'm getting at is that is can be very drawn out or very fast and do trust yourself and your body and say exactly what you are feeling and what you need. You are probably right.

My first labour was natural and second was induced and I'd say the induction was more intense. The induction itself was easy and not uncomfortable at all and obviously very effective! It's not something I'd want to do again but it wouldn't be the end of the world either.

RAFWife12 Thu 17-Jul-14 11:18:33

I was induced early due to pre eclampsia. Pessary inserted at 10.30pm - was told I'd need at least 2, probably 3.Checked at 6.30am and was dilated 2cm and having mild contractions so waters broken. Checked at 8.40am and 4cm so discussed epidural - cannulas inserted etc. Asked for gas and air to tide me over. DD arrived at 9.20am.
Just goes to show it doesn't have to be a slow, complicated thing. I never did get my epidural...

weegiemum Thu 17-Jul-14 11:25:07

I was induced with dd2 (dc3) as I was facing kidney failure at 36 weeks. I was induced at 36+6, 12 hours from pessary to birth. Both my other dc were early. It wasn't more painful than the others, in fact once I got going it was similar to ds (10 hr labour, 38.11) and much easier than with dd1, 37 hours back to back with drip, ventouse etc.

So my induction was great, I'd no bother and once she was out my kidneys started to recover straight away.

mrsleomcgary Thu 17-Jul-14 16:03:08

Type 1 diabetic so induced at 38+3. Pessary went in at 11am, told there were no signs of my going into labour anytime soon on my own so to expect to be in it for the long haul. Started feeling twinges at 1ish and had paracetamol, which I promptly threw up! In and out of baths and lots of walking about in constant pain until 5pm when I was examined again and told if made zero progress! Second pessary went in and more baths and walking about. By this time I hadn't eaten as I was being sick so got moved to a private room an given a shot of anti-nausea meds and morphene. Contractions started pretty quickly after that and about 1am I was 1cm dilated. At 3am I was 4cm and moved to labour ward. Examined again when I arrived at 3.30 and was 8cm but told baby was still high up so if I wanted an epidural I could have it. 4 failed attempts at an epidural later I can't stop myself pushing and midwife discovers I'm 10cm dilated and baby is coming! DD arrived at 4.30am, exactly 60mins after I got to labour ward. She was my first baby, dread to think how quickly the next one will be out!

mrsleomcgary Thu 17-Jul-14 16:04:23

By the way, I've heard that drips are a lot more painful than the pessary so if ou need the drip its a good idea to have an epidural before it goes in.

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