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  1. dc yoga bee

    grapefruit / 4770 posts

    @Rainbow Sprinkles: ouch! You are a trooper!

    @travellingbee: The nurse always cleared each meal beforehand with the doctor. I wasn't allowed anything but crackers and juice on Friday when I was admitted. They allowed breakfast, and lunch the next day, but told me be careful what I ordered in case it came out during delivery 😵. I didn't get dinner the next night, or breakfast, because it may/may not have been close to game time (it ended up not being close!) I asked for lunch since we knew I was having the baby one way or another by day three, and the midwife allowed it. But, since mine wasn't planned, there weren't any initial instructions about not eating. Hopefully, they allow you to eat once you get settled in, and they get started.

  2. IRunForFun

    pomelo / 5509 posts

    @travellingbee: If you need abx you can ask for a hep lock so you can move around completely between doses, plus you can walk while it's dripping as long as you drag/push the pole with you. With the hep lock they can cover it with a glove if you want to use the shower or tub. It's harder with pitocin but if they're willing (ask!!!!) you might be able to at least kneel in bed or at the side of the bed or bounce on the ball next to the bed as long as you have a nurse willing to adjust the monitors as necessary. (Unless you have an epi, obviously.) Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself!

  3. Cherrybee

    papaya / 10570 posts

    @travellingbee: No, nobody told me not to eat. I was able to eat and drink before, during and after. Its a good job, too, because it took 5 days.

  4. dc yoga bee

    grapefruit / 4770 posts

    @IRunForFun: Agree. This was all offered to me on day two. They told me as soon as I got the epi, obviously I would be in bed, and encouraged me to bounce and move but only for 20min breaks at a time. I didn't have complete free reign.

  5. Mrs. Pickle

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts

    @travellingbee: no, I wasn't told that. I was told to eat a good dinner before coming in. I ate a snack on the way to the hospital because I was worried about being hungry. And DH snuck me a couple bites of cliff bar later in the evening.

  6. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @travellingbee: yea and maybe even ask the nurse when you get there if you can eat one last thing.

  7. JoyfulKiwi

    nectarine / 2667 posts

    @travellingbee: ask your doctor about eating for sure! Many hospitals/doctors are allowing some food these days; it seems like the no eating thing is becoming outdated. I'd try to eat for sure before getting admitted. Also, I had my IV pole with me the whole time since I was on pitocin. It was a bit cumbersome, but didn't stop me from moving around since its mobile. The continuous monitoring band is usually what makes it hard to move.

  8. Mrs.KMM

    grapefruit / 4355 posts

    @travellingbee: I was sent to the hospital straight from my 37 week OB appointment and they let me eat cold pizza from the cafeteria immediately before we started the induction. I couldn't eat anything after that though since I had to be on magnesium.

  9. artsyfartsy

    cantaloupe / 6692 posts

    1. First, or second or more pregnancy?
    First and so far, only.

    2. How favorable was your cervix and how many weeks were you?
    I was 1cm (and that was being generous according to my doc) and exactly 40 weeks.

    3. What method did they use?
    Broke my water and pitocin drip.

    4. What was the result? (How did it go?)
    C-section after 14 hours stalling at 4cm. The induction itself went well overall. I had traumatic cervix checks and internal monitor being placed. That was the worst. My labor never got overly painful. I didn't get an epidural until hour 12. Probably because I never was laboring well enough to progress.

  10. Keybee

    kiwi / 735 posts

    First baby
    41 weeks
    Fully effaced and 4 cm dialated
    My membranes had been scrapped in the morning and in the afternoon I was started on a pitocin drip.
    It went well. I started pitocin around 2 PM, the contractions were quite strong starting at 6 PM, and baby was born at 1:30 AM, I felt that 12 hours was a reasonable amount of time for my first.

  11. AngelicOne

    persimmon / 1050 posts

    @travellingbee: Nope I wasn't allowed to eat after about 10pm I think. I had GD, so I did a small bedtime snack around then. I could only have ice chips once I got the epi. I think I ended up going about 36 hrs or so without eating

  12. skipra

    pomegranate / 3350 posts

    1. First, or second or more pregnancy? First
    2. How favorable was your cervix and how many weeks were you? 39 weeks and not at all favorable
    3. What method did they use? Started with Misoprostol (sp?) I think 3 times the first day then I went home. Went in the second morning expecting to start Pitocin but not much progress had been made so another 3 doses of the same. Third day they finally gave me Pitocin.
    4. What was the result? (How did it go?) It was a looong process because of the 2 days of cervical ripening. They were planning to send me home the second night but something showed on the monitors so I ended up staying. That was pretty scary because it happened during shift change and the new midwife was awful and never even came to tell me what was going on. I had a few real contractions that night but even though they dissipated they started Pitocin late morning on the 3rd day. After that it was pretty fast. Once I got the epidural I relaxed for 30 min - an hour and then felt the urge to push. DS was out in 2 contractions.

  13. BelugaBean

    pomegranate / 3516 posts

    1. Second baby (I was 41+3)
    2. I was at 3cm and 70% effaced when I got to the hospital.
    3. They started pitocin at 10:30 and broke my water at 2:45
    4. 7.5 hours start to finish. I was able to go without an epidural and she was out after less than five minutes of pushing.

    I was encouraged to eat until the last minute. I also had GBS and couldn't walk around a ton but that was because of the monitor, not my IV. I could go to the bathroom, she offered me a ball to sit on, and she said I could walk around the bed if I wanted to.

  14. Alivoo01

    wonderful olive / 19353 posts

    1. I did for my 1st, and probably will for #2 as well.
    2. I was 37 weeks. 2cm dilated and 75% effaced
    3. Pitocin
    4. It went really, really well! My L&D was super smooth and I'm hoping my L&D with DD will be similar, if not smoother. Had a few hiccups at the beginning, but after that, all was good!

  15. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts

    1. First, or second or more pregnancy?

    2. How favorable was your cervix and how many weeks were you?
    39 weeks, completely shut tight (I was induced due to GD)

    3. What method did they use?
    2 doses of cervadil

    4. What was the result? (How did it go?)
    Got to 3cm after those 2 doses (took like 12+ hrs)

  16. hilary

    apricot / 363 posts

    1. Both pregnancies (singleton then twins)
    2. 41 weeks and 3 cm dilated (had been for weeks), 38 weeks and 2/3 cm again (not exactly sure)
    3. Pitocin both times, 1st time also broke my water a couple hours in, with the twins my water broke on its own after an hour
    4. First took longer and had me push too early and then had to take an hour break and then back at it....exhausting. But still had her maybe 8 hours after first dose of Pitocin. Twins were super fast from first dose out within 4 hours and a couple pushes each.

  17. jh524

    pear / 1632 posts

    My first
    41 weeks and one cm dilated, 0 effaced.
    Cervix ripening, pitocin & folley balloon
    Labored for 17 hours, folley balloon never fell out but went behind babies head at 5 cm. got epidural. Then dilated to a 9, took epidural away, started pushing. Pushed for 2 hours with no progress. Ended in emergency c section

  18. Mrs. Pickles

    kiwi / 584 posts

    @travellingbee: for sure ask your doctor if you can eat, I didn't and after 36 hours of labor in the hospital I was HANGRY lol

    1st pregnancy
    induced at 39wks due to pre-e, no cervical change
    36 hours of labor, started with cervadil, then did a Foley bulb then Pitocin
    I got to a 7 and asked for an epidural then labor stalled completely
    so I had an emergency C-section as the baby's heart rate was dropping


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