Any experience with Cervidil? Did you still have to have Pitocin? Epidural?
Any experience with Cervidil? Did you still have to have Pitocin? Epidural?
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wonderful grape / 20453 posts
i had cervidil, my water started to leak about 5 hours later, so they put me on pitocin. labored with that for about 6 hours, got to a 9cm dilation, and got an epidural. start to finish, it was about 16 hours
papaya / 10343 posts
I had Cervidil. I was "almost 1" and 50% effaced when I got my first dose. Ended up needing 1 more dose and a very low dose of pitocin. (Also a foley bulb, since we're talking about things to speed labor up). I did get an epidural as well.
pineapple / 12793 posts
I had contractions on my own 13 hours before going to the hospital. I was checked in with very high BP dilated to maybe 1cm. I had cervadil for 18 hours before pitocin. Then had pitocin for 12 hours before an epidural. Then the epidural for 14 hours before an emergency c-section when DD wasn't reacting well to contractions. Not the most fun I've ever had, but DD turned out pretty good.
I hope your experience is better!
grapefruit / 4663 posts
I came in to be induced due to high blood pressure. Iwas having slight contractions and had cervidil at midnight and 4 am. I got pitocin at 8:30 because the contractions hadn't intensified and had a baby at 2pm. I did not get an epidural. Its the way my hospital starts all inductions and I had no issues with it.
nectarine / 2878 posts
With my first, they placed cervadil overnight and it did nothing. Got Pitocin and an epidural the next day, ended in a C-section. My second labor went much smoother but I went into labor on my own and used a foley bulb to help as well.
pomegranate / 3904 posts
I had cervadil placed. My water had broken like 12 hours before, I had no contractions, and I was maybe 1 cm dialated. I immediately (like within 20 min) started having strong contractions right on top of each other. After an hour or so, they actually had to remove the cervadil because I was contracting too much/hard. No need for more than one dose or Pitocin.
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
Great experience. I was not having any progress and was not favorable for my first child.
Cervidil overnight helped my water break naturally at 6 am and I started natural contractions until about 2-3 pm when I got the epidural and a bit of pitocin. Successful vaginal delivery
coconut / 8279 posts
@CatchAFallingStar: I had cervidil. (it looked like a sticker on the end of a string). I had it placed around 7/8pm. I rolled over in bed at the hospital around 5am and my water broke. Out came the cervidil and labor started with 20 minutes.
(Baby was posterior and crooked so I was given an epidural to relax my muscles so that they could try to turn him and avoid a csection.
He didn't move much, but I didn't have a csection! )
coconut / 8472 posts
I got to choose between cervidil and a foley bulb. I chose the foley bulb, which I kind of regret. But what swayed me against the cervidil is they told me they treat you like you're on medication - so they come in your room every couple of hours to see how you're doing. I didn't really want to spend all night being woken up over and over. As it turns out the foley insertion SUCKED and I started contracting at 2am and never really got any sleep anyways.
pomegranate / 3275 posts
I had cervadil with my first. I had no progress. NOTHING. I walked into the hospital, had it inserted at 9pm and by 9 am I was at a 6! I needed Pitocin and an Epidural, but I got to 10 cm by 3pm. Needed a C-section, but not because of the cervadil
pear / 1986 posts
I had cervadil, a foley bulb, pitocin, and eventually an epidural, but all in all it was an easy and relatively fast induction with a vaginal delivery. Cervadil was placed overnight and I delivered at ~11 pm the next night. I waited a long time to see if I could make it without the epi, but in the end it was a good thing.
grapefruit / 4213 posts
I started with a closed cervix. They placed the Cervadil and Pitocin was started many hours later, after I caught a few hours of sleep. Once the Pitocin really kicked in (combined with back labor) I got an epidural.
pomegranate / 3355 posts
I was induced, cervadil was placed over night and it didn't do much, I got to 1 cm. I ended up having to have foley bulbs and Pitocin and I did get an epidural.
pomegranate / 3779 posts
I was induced for low amniotic fluid. I had 3 rounds of Cervadil- not bad, but they hook you up to an IV and I had to lay prone most of that time and had pressure cuffs on my legs to prevent blood clots, which were annoying every time I had to get up and pee. After the 3rd round, they started me on pitocin and I had an epidural a few hrs after that and then a successful vaginal delivery.
pomegranate / 3577 posts
@ShootingStar: Heh, I ended up with both cervidil and a cook catheter. (Like the foley, but a double balloon.)
I only ever dilated as much as the cook catheter mechanically dilated me and I threw in the towel for a section after pitocin for 17 ish hours.
cantaloupe / 6171 posts
I had cervidil but it didn't do much. I was 37 weeks though and baby hadn't dropped at all and I hadn't had any contractions (induced bc of low fluid)
honeydew / 7091 posts
8 am My water broke
2:10 pm Still no contractions and inserted cervidil, 1 cm and 30%.
5:15 pm Start feeling contractions
6:25 pm Take out cervidil, 2-3 cm 100%
9:30 pm 4-5 cm 100%
11:50 pm 10 cm, 100% (need to labor down for a couple hours)
1:20 am Start pushing
2:34 am L was born!
I think the cervidil was crucial - it helped speed up the process. This was on a Sunday, so I did not have my regular Doctor, and he kept trying to force Pitocin on me (which I did NOT want).
Baby #2 I had to get induced, so we just started with the Pitocin right away (which paired with an epidural is really not bad).
honeydew / 7295 posts
I had it and started having very intense close together contraction immediately. 11 hours later I was not dilating much so I got the epidural and they did give me some pitocin once my water broke on its own. After that its was 6 more hours and I got to push.
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I had that, I think! I got 2 doses of the vaginal kind. Took around 8 hours total to dilate to 3cm and from there I got epidural and pitocin.
ETA I didn't feel much when I was on that. At 3cm I only felt bad tightening and I'm a total pain wuss!
cherry / 156 posts
Cervidil worked great for me!
My water broke at 6pm on Friday but contractions didn't kick in on their own. I don't think I was even 2cm dilated and not really effaced. They gave me a small (quarter?) dose vaginally at 8am Saturday morning, another one later that day and a third (still small) dose at 8am Sunday morning. Active labor kicked in HARD one hour after that third dose and LO was born at 1pm. No pitocin or epidural needed. (I REALLY wanted to avoid an epidural and was terrified of "pitocin contractions" so I asked to avoid it as much as possible.)
Also, they hooked me up to a monitor the first night (pre-cervidil) and checked on me periodically but I don't think they bothered waking me up except for once or twice. I think once they saw it was going to be a slow start they backed off. I didn't get hooked up to a monitor again after that. Also, no IV until I was in active labor when decided I wanted an epidural after all. Turns out I was in transition and they held me to a dose of Fentanyl. I can't even say how much I loved my nurse! My experience with it was great.