For Those Who Had Induced AND Natural Laobrs

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EricaG - February 24

I was induced at exactly 37 weeks and all was fine. Abby was 7 lbs 5 oz. and 19 inches long. she did have trouble latching while b___stfeeding though. You should know that there are risks a__sociated with a baby being born at 37 weeks, such as premature lung growth, low birth weight, trouble regulating their own temperature, delays in hitting milestones, and like Abby, trouble latching. If possible it is best for the baby to stay in the womb until 40 weeks. in those last 3 weeks they put on approximatel 1.5 lbs!


haynmama - March 13

I was given pitocin w/my 2nd birth because he was head up, so they thought it would speed things up. It was awful, it was way more painful than my 1st. I don't know if it couldve been the way he was faced or the fact that he 9lb 8oz. But I thought the pains were stronger and closer together. Labor was about 4 hrs, so I guess it made it quicker.


Renee924 - March 21

I've only had one baby and she was induced so I dont know if it was a faster delivery time than I would've had otherwise or not. Same goes for contraction pains. I do know that they came really close together almost immediately. We started pitocin at 6 a.m. and my water broke an hour later. They started off coming about 2.5-3 minutes apart. They gradually got more painful, but I think I could've dealt with the pain if I had more time between the contractions to rest. As far as it's effect on pushing, I started pushing six hours after pitocin was started and had her after about 30 minutes of pushing. All in all, I was pretty happy with it. Oh and I was induced at 39 weeks.


DueInJuly - March 21

I was induced at 1 day past my due date. It was brutal, and I do not plan on ever getting induced again, unless the baby's life is in danger. My water was broken at 5:00pm, and 9 hrs later I was still only 3 cm (only dilated 1cm more than when I got there), and was having horrific contractions and no break in between. They recommended I get an epidural then, so they could administer Pitocin to speed things up. I did get the epidural and within 1-2 minutes of having the Pit drip started, my baby's heartrate plummited and they had to stop the drip and put me on oxygen. I don't recommend Pitocin to anyone, and think it is a very unsafe way of forcing the body into labor. I plan on using LaborBoost Labor Cream this time, and to induce labor naturally myself.


Kristin11 - March 21

Iwas induced with my dd because my water broke (36 weeks) and I did not start contracting effectively.I was 3cm when they started the Pitocin and stalled and stayed there. She was born about 12 hours later at 6lbs 5 oz and 21 inches long. The contractions prior to the pit were a gradual increase in pain, but as soon as th pit was started they were back to back and very painful.


djh - March 22

So, in this informal poll, I am concluding thus far, that it is no wonder women fear labor, especially augemented labor. The scientist in me understands the neccessity of Pitocin, but the woman in me feels that used injudiciously it has made labor more painful than it has to be (for the most part). Sara H, well put about natural oxytocin versus synthetic! I believe natural oxytocin fits nicely (or has concurrent chemicals that do fit) on either the Mu or Alpha receptors thus reducing pain perception. This is an interesting topic and I really appreciate all your comments and stories. My sister in law just gave birth Friday to her first baby with: no drugs (not even a Tylenol) and she said she never felt like she would need it even during transition, no tearing, no fear and no pitocin. Her labor was approximately 8 hours long and my nephew was 6 pounds 13 ozs. Oh how I wish I could have done that!



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