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Anyone had the injection to speed up placenta delivery?

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u32ng Sun 06-Jan-13 20:11:05

I'm 36+5 so the impending birth is very much on my mind! I'd decided a while ago that I'd be happy to have the injection to speed up the delivery of the placenta but I read somewhere recently that it can make you be/feel sick.

Would appreciate it if anyone could say from experience whether this is true or not.

I don't cope well with nausea or sickness so it would be helpful to know so I can make a final decision on it - thanks!

Shriekable Sun 06-Jan-13 20:57:59

Had it with both of mine: injection didn't hurt, no sickness, can't even remember delivering placenta (too busy with new baby I suppose!), no pain after. I was 38 for 1st and 41 for 2nd x

BlablaSos Sun 06-Jan-13 21:01:49

I didn't have it but wished I did. I was there standing with a bowl in between my legs for ages, blowing into a bottle to speed it up (!), whilst my husband was able to coo over our baby!

timeforgin Sun 06-Jan-13 21:03:44

I had it (I have one son, used gas and air) and it did make me feel sick (I didn't know this was a side effect at the time) - I wretched once but didn't vom and as I recall the sickness feeling passed pretty quickly, eg within half an hour. Not sure of relevant, but as someone mentioned above, I am prone to travel sickness and had all day nausea (no vomming) until about 19 weeks.

Jayne266 Sun 06-Jan-13 21:05:54

I had it I didn't notice the injection OT if I felt sick and even passing my placenta lol I just had my darling boy in my arms! I would do it again

Jayne266 Sun 06-Jan-13 21:06:31

Sorry OR not OT

AnyaKnowIt Sun 06-Jan-13 21:07:36

I had it, didn't feel sick but didn't speed anything up either

Zipitydooda Sun 06-Jan-13 21:14:15

Had it twice, I can't really remember it and definitely never felt sick; I was too elatedly cuddling my babies!
Third time I wanted to wait as I wanted the cord to stop pulsating before it was cut and by that time the placenta then came away naturally anyway. I would have had it a third time if necessary.

I didn't have the injection with DC1 as was keen to keep things natural.
Placenta delivered fine but had more bleeding afterwards, then had an injection to help with this. A few clots followed in 24 hrs afterwards (sorry if TMI !)

With DC2 I was less of a purist about things and had the injection before stage 3 and have to say I found things slightly smoother with less minor issues.


Personally after baby arrives it's nice to focus on cuddling them and first feed.
IME injection makes for less fuss placenta wise.
Never noticed any side effects from injection.

Bubblegum78 Sun 06-Jan-13 21:17:17

I had it with all 3 of mine, no sickness or nausea and I suffered from HG so trust me, I would have noticed!

Good luck. xx

treenbean Sun 06-Jan-13 21:28:35

i had it,it came out fast painless and was great.getting it with my 2nd aswell who should be here

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 06-Jan-13 21:36:41

I had it after the placenta was out to try and stop the bleeding (I had a natural 3rd stage, and delayed cord cutting). Didn't really notice it, but was pretty out of it at the time.

Cravingtomatoes Sun 06-Jan-13 22:23:42

I've had the injection (syntometrine?) for each of my 4 labours and was violently sick each time! (I was so sick after the last labour 6 weeks ago they had to give me anti-sickness drugs). I am really sensitive to anything I take though. Despite the horrible vomitting, I always wanted the whole thing over afterwards as quickly as possible, and I think you're less likely to haemorrhage??

gaelicsheep Sun 06-Jan-13 22:25:25

I had it twice with no extra ill effects. The first time it was not planned but the second stage was so long and I was losing a fair amount of blood so they insisted and by then I couldn't give a damn. The second time I opted for the injection quite happily. Why put yourself through even more hell when you don't have to?

I experienced no sickness either time. However the second time they refused me my tea and toast for ages and ages saying I would just throw it back up. I begged, I got it, and I didn't.

enjay0811 Sun 06-Jan-13 22:54:53

Had it with dc1, didn't really notice n placenta came away easily with mw tugging a little, no sickness. 2nd time, threw up violently afterwards and had horrendous afta pains. Not goin to have it this time unless advised to, due April.

DaveMccave Mon 07-Jan-13 00:37:26

I had it, it made me sick. They only just managed to whip dd off me before I was and I felt too sick to hold her straight away. I won't get it again. I'd rather bond with a new baby in future whilst waiting for placenta to deliver rather than be preoccupied delivering it immediately. IMO, it's just to save them time, not for your benefit.

I had it both times. No sickness.

To be fair, my leg could have been hanging off the second time and I wouldnt have known. I had went from 5cm to 10cm in ten minutes and pushed for 3 minutes and DD2 was born. I was a bit shocked. I was also shaking from the remifentanil withdrawal.

CelineMcBean Mon 07-Jan-13 01:02:38

Had it first time and no sickness but placenta took a long time and I remember the midwife pulling it out envy <- sick face. I also had terrible after pains.

The second time I decided not to have it straight away but to have it later if it was taking a while. Funnily enough it didn't take long at all and I pushed it out in one go without a fuss and I was still holding the baby and in the pool! Best bit? No after pains! It was the only bit of my labour that was different.

I think I bled more quickly after the second which might be a bit scary for some. If I was doing it again I would do the same as second birth; natural third stage but will accept injection if nothing happens after half an hour or so.

maximusminimus Mon 07-Jan-13 01:54:49

Had it once. Noticed neither the injection, nor the placenta coming out. No sickness whatsoever.

CelineMcBean Mon 07-Jan-13 02:26:35

I think, but I'm not 100% sure, that there may be a link between the injection and an increased risk of retained placenta. Might be worth looking up?

Nicky1306 Mon 07-Jan-13 08:25:57

Hi OP, I'm the same as both you and sarge, I HATE feeling/being sick. sad

I was sick during my labour, I didn't get any gas and air until 8cms because the midwife was concerned it would make me more sick. It didn't! I actually stopped vomiting once I got some!
The injection to deliver the placenta did not make me feel sick either and I also dont remember delivering it, think I was too amazed at DD to even notice what was going on x x

SoYo Mon 07-Jan-13 11:43:25

DaveMccave I'm sorry to correct but there's loads of duff info out there & always good to have facts. The reason to give it is there's masses of good evidence that it deceases your risk of PPH over 500ml and all the subsequant complications of that and decreases your risk of retained placenta needing to go to theatre.

Lots of people will deliver placenta absolutely fine without injection, it's just a free more will have very heavy bleeding needing treatment.

Biggest side effect is definitely nausea and vomiting but it's only a few that get this badly and lots of those will have been sick during labour too.

Sorry if I sound like a right arse now!

lljkk Mon 07-Jan-13 12:02:16

Am I the only one who had a sore leg for 2 weeks afterwards?

lljkk Mon 07-Jan-13 12:06:11

ps: I thought the injection increased the risk of having to go to theatre afterwards? Thats what this thread seems to conclude.

shieldbug Mon 07-Jan-13 12:14:53

I had it with ds because I was at high risk of heavy bleeding afterwards. It clearly worked as blood loss was normal. It was in a drip so I certainly noticed it being given, but didn't feel sick and have no memory of the placenta being delivered. I didn't have after pains either. I will also have it with next dc (due beginning of March).

Flisspaps Mon 07-Jan-13 12:34:08

It should speed up the delivery of the placenta and reduces bleeding by making the uterus contract tightly, however, it can also cause the cervix to close before the placenta has delivered meaning you'll need the delightful manual removal <boak>

Prof. Cecily Begley at Trinity College Dublin has done some research, and concluded that there is no additional risk to watching and waiting - if you need the injection you can have it later instead of prophylactically. It works almost immediately once administered.

There was also a suggestion that prophylactic use might make it less efficient in subsequent births where it might actually be needed.

This was what I found when looking into it for my second baby anyway.

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