Nervous About Induction

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Kiersten - November 29

I had another doctor appointment yesterday and I'm still stuck at -3, 1cm and 25%. Been this way for the past 3 weeks. We've set up a "can't go later than _____" induction date, but I'm just wanting some experiences from you ladies! Have any of you gone into an induction not being far along and had it turn out ok? I'm nervous about c-section risk and have tried everything but caster oil to try to help things along, but no go. I don't want an endless labor that results in having a section. I wish I could just wait until the baby decides to come, but we're moving (it's a firm date and can't be changed) end of December and really need to start thinking about this. Can you guys share some experiences with me to relieve my mind?


Faye84 - November 29

This will make you feel ALOT better. My water broke when I was 38 weeks pregnant, Went into the hospital, ( at 8pm) they waited over night to see if my labor would progress on its own... It never did, i had contractions here and there but nothing regular. They started me on Pitocin at almost 10am. If i wasnt at 10cm by 9pm i was going in for a csection... I got to 10cm at 8:45pm My daughter wasnt born until 9:41pm That night. I pushed for an hour. Oh and i was 100% effaced and was at 2cm for two weeks before my water broke. Oh and if you do have to be induced dont be nervous, Its not as bad as people make it seem. people were making it seem like they give you the shot directly, its actually in a bag, and you get it through your IV so you dont even notice it. For me my contractions took a little while to start coming. It didnt hit me right away with full b__wn contractions, it eased into it.


Kiersten - November 29

Thank you Faye! I've had numerous experiences with IVs (attacked by a dog; no fun) but I just really wanted to try this with no meds. Boy you cut it close! 10cms with 15 minutes to spare! :) I am so thankful for my midwife. She's already told me that she'll start things out nice and slow to see how my body reacts to the Pitocin, but I'm just a wuss! It gets discouraging going in week after week after losing my plug, having tons of (sometimes pretty painful) BHs and it does NOTHING! What a rip! lol I know it will work out fine, I'm just almost a little disappointed in myself that nothing's happening. Thank you!


Faye84 - November 29

I felt the same way!! i too lost my MP at like 35 weeks. Im sure youll do great. Good luck with the no meds !


javidsgirl - November 29

i had a induction at 39 weeks because i had pre-clampsia i had been at 3 cm and 25% for a while as well.i went into labour myself on the 5th of aug but only went to 4 cm and 50%then stalled so i was given pitocin 12 pm on the aug 6 and she was born 3:41am on aug 7th i pushed for an hour.It didnt hit me right away with full b__wn contractions ethier untill about i would say an hour and half later they started to get intense


Jilloh - November 29

I was induced with DS. I was closed, no progress, when I went in to be induced. So you have already progressed farther then I did before being induced. My son turned out being delivered just fine 12 hours after the pitocin started/8 hours after they broke my water he was born.


wantanotheraftertr - November 29

Have you tryed acupuncture? I am scheduled Dec 11th for induction my chiropractor is going to start acupuncture next week to try to help things along I have heard this work! I am also scheduled for a ma__sage the day before with all eject b___tons being ma__saged. I figured it counldn't hurt to try! Good luck to you!


Kiersten - November 29

Jilloh, how painful was it? Did you use any meds? That is very comforting to hear that everything turned out so well. I'm just so scared of a failed induction, even though the rates of that at my hospital are pretty small. Were you ladies confined to your beds or were you able to move around? My midwife said no shower, which is a big bummer because that was one of my main pain managers. Were you all still mobile or "strapped down" with the IV and monitoring?


Cerulean - November 29

Jilloh, I am also interested in hearing more about your experience as I am completely closed and being induced on Dec. 5th. They are having me show up at the hospital at 6:00 pm and they will give me Cervadil and then they will start me on pitocin at 7:00 am the following morning. Did you get anything like Cervadil before the pitocin or did they go straight to pitocin for you? My doc didn't give me alot of information just told me to show up at I don't even know if I am allowed to eat before I go in or if that should be avoided. I am also curious about if you ladies were made to stay in bed. Kiersten - what date are you scheduled to go in?


Kiersten - November 29

Cerulean: Hi! Not sure yet. Waiting for my doc to give me her schedule. Probably th 6th at midnight. One week from today- yikes! :) GL to you and your LO! Are you excited? Nervous? Now that I've calmed, I'm getting really excited.


Jilloh - November 29

I was so nervous about being induced that I walked and walked and walked and did more walking the whole weekend before my scheduled induction. It was not the way I wanted it as it was my first pregnancy and all. However it all turned out well because the hospital was an hour away and since I knew I was being induced I had the chance to clean the house before leaving for the hospital. It was 6 days before my induction that I learned that I was going to be induced. I was told at that time that I would need to check in at 5am on Monday. I was so scared I started crying at work. I had heard horror stories of labor being longer, labor being harder, and so much more painful when being induced. I didn't want that. I had a doctors appointment on Thursday (4 days before Induction date) and my doctor told me they would be moving my check in time at the hospital to sometime Sunday. I was so scared I felt like I lost a whole day. It was at that appointment that I learned that I was completely closed, no progress, no dialation, and no effacement. However, he (the doctor) was going to do Cervadil on Sunday night at 8. I went and checked into the hospital. They put my IV in and they put the belly monitors on me. The nurse said WOAH don't you feel that....I looked at her and said Feel What? I was having contractions just under 2 minutes apart consistantly, but I could not feel them. They showed on the monitor but I felt them no where. They did not place the Cervadil as they wanted to see where the contractions took me. At 4am I was still closed, still not soft, nothing but they decided to start the Pitocin and see what happened. Just before 8am the doctor came in and broke my water. I still was not dialated. He said I had 24 hours before this baby was coming out via c-section. Breaking the water must have worked. By 11am I was dialated to a 3 and had my epidural (the hospital was super full of women having babies and we had to ask for the epidural in advance before we thought we needed it). At 1pm I was dialated to a 6 and my mom told my husband to go grab some lunch around 2. By 3:30 the doctor had been called I was to a 10 and ready to push. The doctor got there and discovered that my son was looking to the left thus trying to stick the biggest part of the head out first. I had to lay on my left side for a bit until he manually turned his head back face down. At 5pm he was born. (I must say it seems like a long time but it was Spring forward weekend, lol when I was in the hospital so I lost an hour). Looking back induction worked for me. I knew my son was going to be delivered safely. I knew that my blood pressure was the issue. I am glad he was born naturally and it wasn't terribly long. I was able to get up and walk around as long as I took my IV pole with me. I was not able to eat any food from the time I checked in until after my son was born just in case I went into labor at any time. So I was starving by the time I got to eat. I was not able to get out of bed once the epidural was in place since you are numbed from waist down. It was about 5 hours after delivery that all the numbness wore off and I was able to go to the bathroom on my own (after delivery and before the wearing off the nurse emptied my bladder via catheter). Really inducing isn't worth the fuss of worry. It does work differently on different people. Most of the time it works like it should, other times it does not. However, it is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Most people who have had babies will tell their horror stories of labor and delivery, and others will tell the good things. I vowed to only be positive about my experience even though I can't really find much negative about the way I delivered. I am currently 34 weeks 5 days pregnant with child number 2. If the doctor feels it necessary to induce this time I will know how to handle it. I hope all goes well. Remember walking is good even if it is painful it will help keep your mind off of it. Walk this weekend, clean your house, and before you leave for the hospital put clean sheets on your bed and then once you get home your house looks nice and you will have your own bed to feel comfy in. Take Care ladies!


EricaG - November 29

Hi, I'm still in the second trimester but was perusing the third trimester. I thought maybe I could help lay some of your fears to rest. I was induced with my daughter at 37 weeks due to medical problems (gallbladder). The nurse started my pitocin at 7 A.M. Then the doctor came it at 7:30 A.M. and broke my water. At 8:00 A.M. I started having contractions. I was in labor for only 3 hours and 45 minutes when I had the urge to push. The nurse checked me and I was dialated to 10 cm. I pushed for 20 minutes and she was born at 6 minutes after noon. I didn't have any pain meds and I was able to sit in the jacuzzi tub, even with my IV and stuff. And even though she was 3 weeks early my daughter was 7 lbs 5 oz. I wouldn't have traded the labor that I had for anything. It was the perfect labor even though I was induced and early.


Ashley86 - November 30

I jut wanna say any way you labor you're gonna hear horror stories. Things are just as likely to go badly i n any situation. But , they are as much likely to go well. No one pa__ses the boring one about the girl that had a quick and uncomplicated lbor, no, the rx hour labor stories are the juicy stuff. The back labor a friend of a friend had...etc I posted my birth story on here under Phoenix Alexander. I started at a cm when Ii went in.


Kiersten - November 30

Thank you ladies so much! I'm glad I wrote this thread because reading all your replies has given me such a peace of mind. I am so excited to see and hold my lo and I know that I'd go through a dozen hard labors to have him/her. But, one can wish for a nice easy one, right? :) The mobility thing was something I was worried about in the beginning. Good to know I can still get around dragging my little line with me. JILLOH: If walking could make this babe comes, I'd have had him weeks ago! lol I walk a couple miles a day, but must be it's nice and warm in there. I keep telling my husband it's his fault the baby doesn't want to come because all the talk of moving back north is making lo want to stay where it's comfy. Thank you ALL for your replies. Hope to be posting a birth story soon!


Kiersten - November 30

make this babe *come*


Jilloh - November 30

Don't I know it Kiersten if walking could make the baby come.....DS was cozy too. Hopefully this one won't have to have so much effort, lol.


Faye84 - November 30

Kiersten Get a Pedicure or have someone give you a foot message! My sister went to beauty school and was taught that when you get pedicure/foot ma__sages that can bring on labor. When I was in my 3rd trimester I had foot rubs ALL the time. i dont know if it works or not, but hey it feels good!



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