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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?


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.

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!!!

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!

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.

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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

Flisspaps Mon 25-Mar-13 06:56:50

ladymia legally you can decline any part of the process.

However once your waters have been broken there is a chance of infection but unlike a spontaneous rupture of membranes, it's not your body or your baby that has caused them to break so the timings are considered to be different to leaving them if they'd broken spontaneously. Think it's 4 hours for induction, vs 24-72 hours for spontaneous rupture.

If you can wait 24 hours or so to see if ctx start without the drip after ARM, you could just postpone the entire induction by 24 hours and see if spontaneous labour occurs.

I think with induction, you really have to accept that once it starts, you keep going until the baby is born (hence the general cascade of intervention) - any intervention risks introducing infection and/or distressing the baby. I'm a big fan of reminding people there's no allowed or not allowed when it comes to pregnancy and birth but I think once you start on the medical induction 'pathway' then you're on it until the end.

Zigzagwanderer Mon 25-Mar-13 06:38:49

I feel very regretful about having an induction. My waters broke after a pessary was inserted, so they took it out.
A consultant said I would only need a very mild dose of oxytocin because I was contracting irregularly, I agreed to it, but it turns out she lied and my drip was cranked right up because I wasn't going to go into labour apparently. I wish I refused because in the end I had to have an epidural with forceps, episiotomy and my baby's face was bruised.
His head faced to the side so I pushed until I was weak before the dr realised (ds heart rate was dipping too), hence the forceps.
I think it would have been different if I'd just been left to progress.
It upsets me that I was lied to. They obviously wanted me out quickly.

scissy Sun 24-Mar-13 23:51:22

induction at 39 weeks for medical reasons. had 2 lots of pessaries at 12 and 6 where I was encouraged to wander around after letting them dissolve for a bit, waters went spontaneously at 3am. needed the drip as contractions weren't progressing enough by 8am. DD was back to back so I asked for the epidural before the drip went in, figured it was easier to do before the contractions were seriously ramped up! drip started at 12pm DD born at 10pm.

had no signs of labour before but it was an early induction.

ladymia Sun 24-Mar-13 23:03:16

I wonder if you can agree to the first part of induction but refuse the syntocinon? hmm

nooka Sun 24-Mar-13 22:54:57

If I ever had another baby I think the only thing I'd put in the birth plan would be no induction under any circumstances. I was put on the syntocin drip for dd's birth and it was to me hellish. Very scary, and after six hours of no progress I had a c-section. But that might have been because I had a very unsupportive midwife, was not enabled to move around, hated the monitoring straps, found gas and air didn't touch the pain, and also as I had a previous c-section it may have simply been more painful. The moment when the epidural for my c-section went in was pure bliss though smile

tilder Sun 24-Mar-13 22:50:27

There are always lots of these stories. Doesn't mean it will happen to you.

I was induced at 38 weeks, two lots of pessaries and then 6 hour labour. I have quick labour naturally too, most painful was a natural labour.

My experience has been yes i had a heart rate monitor, but could move if I wanted to, yes I had extra checks but its good to know things are progressing.

Please don't be worried. Its not that bad. You have a timetable by the end of which you will have your baby. No dash to hospital in labour. Extra monitoring and care.

Read up, know the process that will follow if your labour doesn't progress and focus on the endgame.

mrsbungle Sun 24-Mar-13 22:41:57

Like MrSlant even though I was hooked up to the drip and monitors I was not bed bound. No epidural either. Mine was absolutely fine. No problems at all.

MrSlant Sun 24-Mar-13 22:39:44

I haven't ever had an epidural either. Suck on the gas and air like your life depends on it and I swear you can do anything.

MrSlant Sun 24-Mar-13 22:38:44

I managed active labours with all three babyradio, I just needed help with the drip stand and monitors with no 3. I still walked and bounced and kept upright, the midwives were fantastic. DS2 was only born with me lying down as he came so quick they made me get onto the bed and lie down to give them time to get the gloves on smile. I know people say it is more painful being induced but I have no experience of anything else and I would do it again tomorrow.

INMHE you get the pessary and if you progress enough to make space you have your waters broken. With DS1 there was no syntocin, I just got on with it. DS2 they gave me an hour after waters breaking before they were going to put me on a drip (the doctor came in with it, saw me holding DS2 and backed out again saying congratulations wink) DS3 was more of a problem as I was bleeding so they prepped me for a C section but put the drip up and just let me carry on keeping a close eye on things. I honestly would do it all again happily I only don't because doing toddler years again would break me

ladymia Sun 24-Mar-13 22:36:20

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

babyradio I have not been through it but the info sheet I have been given says it will first be the gel (prostaglantis) then artificial rupture of membranes then syntocinon (for which they recommend an epidural) of course by the sound of things everyone's experience will differ.

Very tricky decision, I do not want to go past 40+12 but very weary of this induction procedure!

leaharrison11 Sun 24-Mar-13 22:33:04

I got induced at 36 weeks because of static growth had three sweeps a few days before and had a show day of induction.

Had pessery ( cant spell ) at 9pm and walked around the hospital like a crazy person for 2 hours contractions started, about 11 , at 6am i was 2 cm dilated and had my waters broke an 2pm , wasnt dilating from 4cm so had the drip and the pains came quick and fast, started pushing at 8pm and delivered at 9.36

Just over 24 hours it was very painful but i also had back to back labour

Good luck grin

babyradio Sun 24-Mar-13 22:25:43

Read with interest because I'm going to be induced at 39 weeks for various health related reasons... kind of terrified now after reading some of these stories...

Am I right in thinking they try you with the pessaries and if nothing really happens they put you on the drip? I was hoping to be able to move around in the earlier stages but presumably if I'm on a drip I can't. If you have the drip in that case is it worth having an epidural as you're stuck in bed anyway? Or is that first time mum logic that doesn't apply in the real world? Is it different being induced early than being induced because you haven't gone into labour naturally?

I'm going to discuss it with my consultant in a few weeks anyway but wouldn't mind some more insight first.

BlingBubbles Sun 24-Mar-13 21:45:59

I was induced with dd when I was 40+4, had 2 rounds of pessary, 1 at 1pm, nothing happened at all, had some more at 20:00, starting getting contractions an hour later. Dd was born the next morning at 7:02.

Good luck

Fakebook Sun 24-Mar-13 21:44:13

I was induced at 40+10 with dc1 with no signs of labour. I don't want to scare you, but it was the worse experience of my life and if they ever tried to induce me again I would flat out refuse.

It was all the internal examinations I was put through. I felt violated and humiliated. With every attempt (sweep, pessaries, manual rupture of waters) I would clench up with fear and was made to feel silly for not letting them get to my cervix.

I also found it much more painful as I didn't have time to get used to the contractions to build up as it would happen in natural labour. I was put on an oxytocin drip, that the mw cranked up so contractions came quicker and more intensely.

That is my experience though. There are loads of other mothers I know who had good inductions like my sister, who went into labour with the pessaries and didn't need drips and epidurals as a result.

MrSlant Sun 24-Mar-13 21:42:03

DS1 40 +10, 36 hours of 'syntocin pains' waters broken for me and a 6 hour labour.

DS2 Due date, One pessary, nothing happened, waters broken; 45 minutes later baby! (what a ride that was)

DS3 40 +12 One pessary, waters broke spontaneously, syntocin +++ because the damn child's head was too big to engage! (He came out in the end and everything was fine)

I don't think I posses whatever you need to labour spontaneously.

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