Cytotec Induction

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Kiersten - December 2

My midwife suggested that we use this (va___ally) to get things going. I'm freaked out though because I haven't read that many great things about it. Have any of you had this form of induction and did everything go ok? I'm getting induced Thursday and really want everything to go smoothly. I know the risks of using it for VBAC, but my midwife told me that it's only a concern if it's given in high dosages....please shed some light on this for me! Am I panicking for nothing?!

 

Ashley86 - December 2

I had my son last week with the help of Cytotec and had no complications. I had a beautiful birth and a quick labor and I went in with only just baarrreellly a cm dialated...

 

January - December 2

I had two rounds of it with my baby girl.. had her 3 1/2wks ago and she's great.. no complications.

 

Kiersten - December 2

Thank you Ashley and January for your help! I was told she'd only use (at the most) 1/4 of the tablet. Do you know what your dosages were? Ashley, did you only have one round? Did you guys need Pitocin too for getting things going or was the Cytotec enough? How long were your labors? Did you have any side effects from it? Thank you so much for getting back to me and giving me some peace of mind. It's ridiculous how freaked out I can be over the baby. I was never this uptight before in my life! :) Congratulations on your LOs!

 

January - December 3

1/4 tab is all they can use per dose and they can administer it every 4hrs. Pitocin did nothing for me and made my baby's heartrate decrease. The cytotec was our last option because we'd used everything else including the pitocin and cervadil. I got the tabs at 11pm and 3am.. my daughter was born at 719am and I had a med-free birth. Good luck to you!

 

ldominici312 - December 3

Just as an FYI cytotec can have adverse side effects. It is not FDA approved for inducing labor. you can find information on the FDA website on its warnings and what can happen if you decided to take it. It is better to be aware and understand what your doctor suggests before you make a decision on it. There are a lot of other methods your doctor can use to ripen the cervix.

 

ldominici312 - December 3

Also, don't be afraid to tell her no, it is your body and baby.

 

Ashley86 - December 3

Both January and I were well aware before it was given to us of it being non-FDA approved, but I challenge you to search both pitocin and cervadil and you will find that there are just as adverse side effects...Cytotec is not necessarily dangerous for that reason. I went in at midnight. They administered a quarter of it at 1238 a.m. and another dosage at 530 a.m...at around 6:00 a.m. I had my bloody show and within the nxt hour or so my water broke on it's own...they wereplanning on using pitocin starting at 9, but - never needed it because- progressed quickly. I had little to no pain, just discomfort in my contrx and had I not chickened out I could have gone without the epidural, butI had them place it because I didn't want to do the pushing without one. Active labor lasted about 6 hours for me, counting from the time my water broke to the time he was out. If you are uncomfortable with it though, just ask yourself how you feel about your doctor, mine was one I love and trust and I asked him directly how long he had been using it and a__sured me that he's been using it completely successfully for 10 years. The original purpose of Cytotec if I recall correctly, was to stimulate contrx to help expel the placenta or ruptured membranes...something of that sort...but no one intended it to be used to simulate labor contrx. Research it and make your own decision based on your own comfort level.

 

Kiersten - December 3

Thank you ladies. I had read that it was used for ulcers but have heard pros and cons... What other methods are there besides the gel? I personally know quite a few women who have used it and had great, healthy labors and babies. I guess my main concern is what they would do if my body didn't take well to it or the baby went into distress from the contractions. They sure can't pull it back out. On the other hand, there are risks whenever you induce and I completely trust and love my midwife. I really want to make an informed decision about this and I appreciate all your guys' input. January, was your cervix not ripe when they started you on the Pitocin and Cervadil? Thank goodness your girl was ok. Did your contractions start fast and furious as soon as they placed it? Did you or Ashley tear at all from having a quick labor? I cannot believe that I'll be holding my baby in a few days!! Thanks so much for all of your help.Thank you too Idominic312. I'll definitely be doing more research and giving it serious consideration. What other methods were you thinking of? I know of the pill, gel and stripping the membranes...what am I missing?

 

Ashley86 - December 3

nope! no tearing and no episiotomy. I'm still completely intact down there :P

 

January - December 3

they tried inducing me and it took 3 days!!! when they tried the cytotec I was 1cm and 40% effaced.. which I'd been for over a week.. the pitocin did nothing.. the cervadil did nothing.. only after the cytotec did I have my baby.. my water broke on it's own.. I pushed once and was holding my baby.. no tearing. I work at the hosp that I delivered at and I asked the dr straight out about the fact that it's non-FDA approved.. they told me that they've been using it at that hosp for over 10yrs and they've NEVER had a problem.. I too asked them about what would happen if they needed to get it out.. they told me that what they do is just flush it out with sterile water. It's not like there's NO way of getting it out.. that's also why they only use 1/4 of a tab at a time.

 

Kiersten - December 3

Yeah! :) I'm 1cm, 25% and have been that way for over three weeks! Neither one of you tore? I know that your body stretches to prepare for the baby, but at the same time it freaks me out a little thinking of all that baby going through something so small. Yikes. Good news about the "flushing", thank you January. And only one push?! May I be that lucky! I'm so excited to see if I've progressed any this week. I tell you, it starts to feel a little like "what a rip!" when you go weeks with no change. I've been having tons of BHs, lost my plug several times the past few weeks, diarrhea (tmi!), backache...and it's done squat. My bub is just nice and comfy I guess. LOL Ashley! Glad you're still intact! My dh and I have gotten used to how tight things get during pregnancy, so I'm afraid I'm going to feel like a loose goose afterwards! :)

 

Kiersten - December 3

Meant to ask again...what were your contractions like on the cytotec? Pretty endurable and spaced some or did you feel like it all started strong at once? I'm determined to try this without meds, but I think I'd be more of a wuss if they just started strong as soon as I got the pill...

 

January - December 3

i've had labor without induction and with.. both unmedicated.. i wouldn't say it was worse either way.

 

Ashley86 - December 3

Yea, I'd leave that one to January, she's less of a puss than me lol. I had an epi at 5 but...well rather requested one by then...when they got it in, it turns out I was complete! So, I really only did the pushing part with the epidural, and if I had known I was complete, I might have, but I didn't want to risk losing my chance for the epidural. As far as the contrx, I can't judge like January because this was my first baby but, the contrx weren't sudden and painful for me...it was all very steady...but when my water break it did get a little tougher gradually. Just to where I would have to do relaxation breathing on everyone...but you should really try it...I didn't do all that lamaze stuff...my mom and stepMIL and husband all coached me...and it just flowed like that...I know it sounds silly and I scoffed at the idea of breathing...I actually told my mom when she instructed me to do it...that it wasn't helping and she was like just keep doing it trust me...before I knew it, I was just breathing when I had them like a pro and it helped SO much!!!

 

ldominici312 - December 4

I figured hemmoraging and death is a pretty big warning, which was what happened to my sister who was pregnant with her first baby and past away last year. Even if the percentage of this is low, it is still a possibility. Im not trying to offend anyone here on their experience or knowledge, just wanted to pa__s on what happened to my family because if we knew more about it, or if it was explained better by her ob, maybe we could have done something.

 

Kiersten - December 4

Idominic...I am so sorry for your loss...I can't even imagine. Was her loss of blood from the birth or was it after they administered the pill? I'm so sorry for being rude and playing 20 q's, but if it's not too painful for you, would you mind telling me her story and what happened? My heart just sunk when I read what you wrote...I pray that God gives you and your family peace and comfort. I would appreciate anything you can tell me...

 

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