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Going in for induction

(28 Posts)
Simian0 Sat 27-Apr-13 07:14:16

Today! Gulp.

41 weeks today, but have high BP so going in now. Feeling mix of excitement and intense nervousness! Had sweep yesterday and plug's still there so could be a very long process with pessaries etc.

I guess you could say "sh*t just got real people!". Gah!

Any words of advice from prior inductees? I have a stack of magazines/books and a fully loaded iPad. wink

Sorry no experience to help you with, but I am going for one on Monday so I will hold your hand if it helps {{{hugs}}}

Simian0 Sat 27-Apr-13 07:53:11

Oooh holding yours right back then missus! Good luck with yours. wink

extracrunchy Sat 27-Apr-13 07:53:25

No experience but thinking of you! Just keep remembering you'll have your lovely baby very very soon smile

extracrunchy Sat 27-Apr-13 07:54:16

Ooh and my best mate found colouring books very soothing before it got serious! Might be worth a try...

whattodoo Sat 27-Apr-13 07:56:45

If you can, keep moving about a bit. I sat on my birthing ball while I was wired up to the monitors.

Good luck!

carrielou2007 Sat 27-Apr-13 08:00:38

Good luck grinit can take quite some time so yes to lots if things to do! I'm having my third confused induction tomorrow for another overdue bubs we're all in it together grin

Simian0 Sat 27-Apr-13 08:05:41

Thanks guys! Love the colouring book idea. Just about at my level. wink

3 inductions? Wowzers! I'm guessing that because you're not sobbing uncontrollably (I hope) at that, that it can be so bad.

Fear of the unknown is a terrible thing eh?!

Then at the end of it all I'll have become a parent! Holy moly! confused

MrsHiddleston Sat 27-Apr-13 08:08:13

I was induced at 40+11... take some snacks, chocolatey yummy snacks and crisps and some bottles of drink (juice, water). Take your iPad, phone, earphones, camera. Take your hospital bag with all your baby thing - obviously. Take some money, change for vending machines. IME you won't be able to read a book, so I wouldn't bother with a book.

Try to keep mobile while it's happening (to a certain extent). Good luck. smile

Just keep thinking of the baby, that's what I'm doing. Eyes on the prize grin I'm going to pop a colouring book in my bag too.

What time are you setting off simian

MrsHiddleston Sat 27-Apr-13 08:11:56

I've never experienced a normal labour, only 1 DC and he was induced so I'm afraid I can't compare.

Ultimately I didn't experience childbirth either because for me it ended in csection (not to worry you). Actually just in case (because intervention is more likely with inductions) if you have a nightie or a massive tshirt take that as well because pjs are no good if you end up with a csection.

Rhubarb78 Sat 27-Apr-13 08:17:02

Good luck op. My advice is to walk a lot in between pessaries/ monitoring etc. I swear it made my waters break spontaneously and therefore sped things up. Me and dh just did laps of the hospital! Also, the epidural is your friend if you go on the drip smile

PassTheCremeEggs Sat 27-Apr-13 08:18:47

The majority will say it takes ages - I was the opposite. Pessary in at 1pm, contractions started 2pm, 4cms by 5pm, baby out at 2am.

What I wasn't prepared for is induced labour can be pretty intense - I was having 6, sometimes 7, contractions in ten mins (I think 4 is the ideal?) - think early about what you might want pain relief wise!

But - the norm seems to be hours of waiting for things to happen so take plenty of books and card games etc. Good luck!

MrsHiddleston Sat 27-Apr-13 08:19:55

Oh yes indeed... Prepare your DP. If you think you're going to want an epidural once you're on the drip (if you go on it) let him know so he can discuss your wishes with the midwife if you're unable to.

I had an epidural after 3 hours on the drip and it was AMAZING! smile

MrsHiddleston Sat 27-Apr-13 08:20:56

I'm so excited for you (and I don't even know you)... You're bringing back memories of the birth of my beautiful DS. And you'll soon have a lovely DC of your own!

Twinklestarstwinklestars Sat 27-Apr-13 08:23:14

I've been induced twice and it was fine, fast but fine, am hoping to be this time too as they think it will be a super fast birth and I don't want to give birth in the car! Def keep moving around. Good luck!

Simian0 Sat 27-Apr-13 09:36:29

Thanks all. Feeling bit more reassured now. Key is to 'keep moving'. I'm a proper fidget-bum anyway so won't be good at lying down much.

EverythingIsTicketyBoo - am cabbing it in to the hospital around 11am. Just getting DP to triple-check the bag contents. wink Nervous much?! grin

He'll be less than useless at epidural time if it arises. The mere mention of the process in antenatal classes had him draining in colour and dry heaving. He's terrible with needles and has to leave the room when I've had bloods taken. Ha ha. Berk. grin

Simian0 Sat 27-Apr-13 09:37:21

Awww MrsHiddleston, that's really sweet. Glad I've given you some good flashbacks! grin

Oh I am so excited for you Simian please pop back and update us if you get chance smile I am getting really excited/nervous about Monday!

Simian0 Fri 03-May-13 06:21:16

Hi all, just to let you know Edith (Edie) was born on Sunday morning. Induction was hard - had nothing but paracetamol for hours during contractions as they had no room on the labour ward and had to keep me on antenatal ward. Then was rushed in for emergency csection as her heart rate kept dropping with my contractions. But, after a rocky start and a few days in hospital we're now home and she's doing really well. An absolute dream baby! At 8lbs 11 I was somewhat glad of the csection after all that. wink

EverythingIsTicketyBoo - how did you get on missus?have been thinking about you.

GeordieCherry Fri 03-May-13 06:28:54

Congratulations! Lovely name, Edie's on our list too thanks

Deearnamaternitynurse Fri 03-May-13 06:40:47

What a gorgeous name I love it, one of the triplets i was working with was called Eddie. Some things I suggest to clients who are due or going overdue is reflexology this works wonders as it increases the circulation, also loads of walking. Lastly lucozade. Oh one more thing pineapples.Feel free to send me a message with any questions you may have.

Deearna- maternity nurse,night nanny, multiples expert birth coach,expert columnist, feed and sleep consultant,

Congratulations Simian and welcome Edie, you have a beautiful name thanks

Bless you for thinking of me too, I was started off on Monday evening and on Tuesday 6pm, 8lb 14oz of beautiful Kaitlyn arrived smile

Simian0 Fri 03-May-13 09:52:19

Thanks GeordieCherry. wink

EverythingIsTicketyBoo - congratulations hon! That's great news, and another lovely name. wink Hope you're finding it good and enjoying yourself. I've even been quite amused by the baby blues bit. Bursting into tears has made me giggle each time. Silly hormones.

Bringbring Fri 03-May-13 10:08:29

Congratulations on your lovely babies.

I just wanted to add that induction is ok. However I do take offence to people offering well meaning advice about eating pineapples or going for a walk. Trust me, this just sounds like patronising crap and of no help for those whose need practical advice (takes ages, pessary pre contraction are horrible and you don't get pain relief) for anyone who's ever faced an induction for going overdue!

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