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Induction? Your experience?

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ladymia Sun 24-Mar-13 20:46:56

For anyone that has had one, what was your experience?

At how many weeks did you have it?
Had you had any signs of labour before the induction?
How long did labour last?


workingonitagain Mon 25-Mar-13 07:58:30

Induced with dc2 at 40+11 in the morning got the gel to soften cervix. No real labour pain until 10 pm. Bounced on the ball all day. Baby came at 12am. Best labour so far. Would go with induction again! Good luck

rrreow Mon 25-Mar-13 13:06:57

Induction at 38+1 due to obstetric cholestasis. No signs of labour previously. I was 1cm dilated when they checked me before starting. Pessary given around 2am. Waters broken at 10.30am. DS1 born at 1.30pm.

It was very painful (but it was natural pain, I never got the drip as contractions started properly once they broke my waters) but also very quick. I asked for an epidural but DS came too quickly so ended up doing it with g&a. I had a 2nd degree tear.

If I could choose I'd want a natural labour all the way, but it is likely I will get OC again and will have to be induced again. So having been through it before it's good to know that it wasn't too bad or scary.

BuggedByJake Mon 25-Mar-13 13:15:52

I was induced at 38 wks with 2nd pregnacy. No other reason that that it was twins. Although alot of people had horror stories I was not put off & really don't think I would have made it to 40 weeks anyway.
My waters were broken & that's as far as the intervention went. Labour was very straight forward & lasted around 5hr. I used gas & air.

ladymia Mon 25-Mar-13 13:17:31

Thanks everyone. I'm really torn still about it! I have a few days to decide (Scheduled for Thursday)

Many thanks Flisspaps for that explanation, it makes much more sense to me now!

eltsihT Mon 25-Mar-13 15:32:17

I am due with my second and actually kinda scared of going into labour naturally.

I was induced at 40+14 with ds i was already 2cm dilated had 2 pessarys contractions started, waters broke naturally, baby born with just gas and air within 2 hours of contractions starting.

I liked being in hospital for the whole process, and how controlled it all felt. Really worried about having to get myself to hospital, getting son to grandparents and getting hubby to wherever I am before baby is born.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

Boofuls Mon 08-Apr-13 13:17:28

I was induced at 40+11. Given pessary and sent home to come back in 24 hours if nothing had happened. Went back next day and monitored whilst having some mild contractions but no dilation and all ground to a halt. DS heart beat dropped so they decided to keep me in over night for monitoring with a view to trying 2nd pessary the next day. Sat in boiling hot post-natal ward surrounded by newborns for another 24 hours with nothing happening and labour ward "too busy" to see me. Finally after 4 days they gave me a 2nd pessary but still no sign of dilation and DS heart rate dropped again so finally decided to give me a C-section for failure to progress.

Internal exams were so uncomfortable would hate to go through induction again. Maybe just my experience but the staff were not particularly supportive either and after 2 further nights in hospital recovering from CS could not wait to get home!!

Interested to hear, would CS for failure to progress be good enough reason for elective CS next time round?

Toowittoowoo Mon 08-Apr-13 13:56:54

I'm really suprised by some of these responses to be honest -not in a bad way, I'm just suprised how brave some of you are to refuse an induction the 2nd time around.

My experience was very similar to Flisspaps and it was awful. I also felt like I had no control over the situation and everything was done at the convenience of the medical staff without any warning or discussion with me. Visiting hours were really short and strict so I could only see DH for really short periods so I didn't have anyone to back me up.

It has made me really nervous about it 2nd time around but I just cling to the knowledge that after the worst 6 days of my life I had a beautiful and healthy DD. I just have to trust that the hospital staff did what was best for my DD which is all that really matters in the end.

My only regret is that after an awful and scary 6 days I felt so alone and desperate to go home to be with DH that I was allowed to discharge myself from hospital before breastfeeding was established and, despite excellent support from the community MWs, it failed and we were told to switch to formula. I often wonder if I had been braver and managed to stay in hospital for longer whether the breastfeeding would have been successful.

That said I could not stop crying and wanted DH so badly that things may well have been worse for me and DD if I had not been allowed to go home.

Would I do anything differently this time? Not sure what I could do to be honest and we see such a happy and healthy little family now it all doesn't really matter in end. I'm certainly not sure that I would be able to refuse the induction if I was told it was the safest option for the baby.

Toowittoowoo Mon 08-Apr-13 14:12:00

Sorry I've just realised that I've written a long and depressing reply to you OP - not helpful! It has just been on my mind sinceI found out I was PG with DC2.

I would add that the hospital I was in is notoriouly bad (not sure whether there is anything I can do about thst 2nd time around) and many, many other women who came in to be induced were only on the ward briefly before going in labour. I was the only there for 5 or 6 days so I don't think it is that common for it to be so hard!

mylittlepuds Mon 08-Apr-13 19:06:05

Well hello everyone! I'm allowed to be King Of The Thread as currently in hospital being induced for DC2.

The first time I was induced with DS was terrible. Like others have mentioned - internals: horrendous, hormone drip: horrendous

However...this time I'm prepared. I've had first internal to insert pessary and had gas and air on hand. Didn't feel a thing! I feel positive now as starting off in such agony last time with the MW rummaging about for cervix was awful. So I'd really highly recommend having gas and air on hand for internals.

I'm going to refuse drip as long as poss this time (as long as what's safe for the baby). It was that that lead to awful pethadine last time that truly f****d me up. Then it was onto an epi. So....this time if I have to have the drip I'll be having an epi prior. Keep your fingers crossed for me ladies!!!

Creamtea1 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:21:23

Good luck puds !

I was induced both times. First time at 40+10 as no sign at all of labour. Had 2 lots of gel in morning then in afternoon. Then waters were manually broken at about 5ish (that was painful). Labour started around 8ish I think, by 10 I was thinking I was dying and begged for epidural - turned out was 2cm dilated! Had epidural and relief was immense. Got to 10cm about midnight, then was pushing for 1 hour before his heart rate was dropping off and they decided he needed to come out ASAP. So episiotomy and forceps it was. Awful, had a tear. Was traumatised at thought of doing that without the epidural! He was born at 1.20am.

Second time induced on due date because of pre eclampsia. Gel in at lunchtime, another about 6pm. Labour kicking off around 8pm, at 10pm asked DH to come back (he'd gone home an hour earlier) and I asked for epidural - think I was lucky to get it around 11pm as was 6cm dilated and ds2 was born just before 1am. No interventions this time and was much quicker, smoother and in control.

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