This seems hilarious to write down, after everything we've gone through so far... but can anyone here talk to me about inductions?
What was your reason for one, what methods were used, how did it go?
This trouble making baby is still baking (!!) and looking beautifully chubby, which is wonderful - but because her size is massive and my placenta is making for reduced movements, we're starting to look at birth options in case she doesn't fall out of her own accord.
Seriously - talk about going from one extreme to the other!
(My OB is leaving it up to me, but wouldn't induce until 38+ weeks **IF** nothing has begun on its own before then, which is still highly likely - this cervix of mine is causing total mind games!
blogger / pomelo / 5400 posts
I was induced both times. No. 1 was because my water broke at 38+4 but contractions didn't start on their own. No. 2 was because I was 40+2 and needed the baby out because (no lie) my neighbor graciously offered to watch my older son after my in-laws (original child care plan) picked a weird fight and ran off, but she was leaving town in a few days.
Just pitocin as far as I know. Both times it was given at 8ish in the morning. I had an epidural with both. No. 1 came close to 10 p.m. at night, No. 2 was speedier -- 4:45 p.m. I was very lucky to have uneventful vaginal births even though No. 2 was almost a 10-pounder.
grapefruit / 4418 posts
My OB wanted to induce anytime after 37 weeks for severe SPD. I was terrified so waited until the last possible date she let me go (38+5). My first came on her own at 38+1, so I was hoping #2 would follow suit, but she didn't. I was 1.5cm/50%/-2 the day of my induction and was expecting a long day ahead. Pitocin started at 9:30 and I made very little progress by 11. The doc broke my water and around 12 I decided I'd get the epidural since things were getting a little painful (I wanted my pain to be at a zero - I'm a wimp!) long story short, by the time they finished the epidural 45 mins later (that failed BTW!) I was basically crowning. The entire process was 4 hours and I pushed 3 times. It was way easy and I thought my first labor (15 hours/1.5 of pushing) was a breeze. I'd definitely be happy with another induction next time. It was weird picking babies bday, but also really nice to have it planned so we could prepare our childcare, etc. we dropped DD off with my inlaws like we do every other Monday and went to the hospital. It was not stressful at all.
Good luck! I cannot wait to see this beautiful miracle of yours!
hostess / papaya / 10219 posts
I was induced with my second but it was more elective as I was 40 weeks and my cervix/body was very ready. We didn't do any ripening as I was already ripe! just started pitocin at 945am and broke my water at around noon. Baby was out at 345. It was a simple straight forward induction.
clementine / 849 posts
@jaguar: I love that your baby is chubby and comfy in there after the long journey you've had!
I was induced at 39 +4 because of low fluid levels. They were fairly low on a Friday and by the second scan that Monday they had gone even lower so I was admitted that day. Pitocin started at noon (I was already 3cm dilated and 70% effaced) and I didn't really feel painful contractions until 4. Got the epidural at 6, took a delicious nap, water broke maybe 10ish, started pushing around midnight, baby was out at 2:50am.
I learned the hard way that Pitocin ramps up your contractions more quickly. I went from laughing with DH to crying in a ball within 2 min! The epidural was absolutely necessary. But I'm glad I waited until I could to get it, because I was stuck on the bed with a catheter for the rest of my labor.
Inductions can take forever or be quick, but the upside is that the doc has a bit more control by lowering or upping the dose. Mine watched the monitors and adjusted the dosage throughout.
So incredibly happy for you!
grapefruit / 4717 posts
No experience, but I can't believe you're starting to think about an induction after all the drama! I'm so glad she stayed put!
persimmon / 1095 posts
I was induced with my first due to a slight water leak at 40+2. Since I was full term, they told me I wasn't leaving without the baby. They did measure contractions that I wasn't able to feel. Started pitocin at midnight, water broke at about 1 am, epidural at 9 am, baby at 2:30 pm.
No problems and I have no issues with the possibility of another induction in January.
pineapple / 12793 posts
I was induced a few days before my due date for PIH and a high leak. I was not ripe at all. 57 hours from the start of my induction they called for a c-section. DD1 was LGA and posterior.
I have had repeat c-sections with my subsequent babies.
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@Mrs. Yoyo: That's great! My fear is induction not going well and ending up in surgery after labouring - but obviously we have no real control over any of this, hey?
@catomd00: This baby better be cute after all the stress, hehe. It DOES feel weird picking a day - especially after G coming so early on her own, and being on nervous pre-term watch this time, but it would also be helpful for childcare too.
@travellingbee: That's awesome! My doc said he'll do a manual check next week (as well as dildo cam) to see if things are still as ripe as ever, because it should make for a relatively smooth induction - but when does anything ever go smoothly with kiddos?
@YogiRunner: I lost my MIND with Pitocin during Georgia's labour, so at least I'm prepared. Can you believe I've gone from being worried about a tiny infant to birthing a bloody t-rex baby?
@pregnantbee: Right? This whole thing is insane.
@Mrs. Toad: That's great to hear!
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@oliviaoblivia: This bub is also posterior, for what it's worth. The back pain is insane already!
honeydew / 7622 posts
I was induced for GD. First miso then pitocin. My water broke after about 30 hours. Then I got a epidural. T was born 14 hours later. Long labor.
pineapple / 12793 posts
@jaguar: how big do they think she is? My first was very big and had a big head. She had a cone head despite being a c-section. She never descended.
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@youboots: My first labour was long, so I'm anticipating similar this time - but we'll just have to see!
@oliviaoblivia: So I'm almost 36 weeks and she's measuring (est of course) 3.2-3.3kg. (Around 7'2 already.) Georgia was 3.5kg (7'7) at 36+4, so I seem to just bake big bubs!
pineapple / 12793 posts
@jaguar: my third was 4.876kg at 38w4d. I know big.
persimmon / 1445 posts
I was induced on my due date because I had an amniotic tear and low fluids... I got admitted to the hospital at 6 pm, my ob/gyn manually broke my water at about 8 pm, hooked me up to Pitocin almost immediately, and I gave birth at 4:15 am (with an epidural). The only reason I didn't like it is that they had me hooked up to continuous fetal monitoring so I was stuck in the bed from when I was admitted. I'll do it again if I have to but I'm hoping not.
grapefruit / 4291 posts
@jaguar: I don't love all your complications and your long journey but I love that you're having the full range of pregnancy experiences! They need to find some students to study you!
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts
I was induced and my L&D experience was amazing. I was given some cervadil and then had my water broken. I got an epidural and then slept. The next time I was checked it was time to push. I pushed for about 40 minutes and then DD was born. It was about 14 hours from walking into the hospital to holding my baby, which I think wasn't bad for a first time mom plus an induction. I have only positive thoughts about my experience.
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@oliviaoblivia: I reckon we'll be over 4kg even if we wait til 38 weeks to induce! (If she continues at the same rate, anyway.)
@caterw: That's very true; the limited movement will be frustrating, so something I should bring up with my OB.
@Kemma: My OB is fascinated! He can't figure my cervix out for the life of him - it seems to just be the way of things. (But as he said today, he would never risk a 29 weeker with a short cervix or a 30 weeker with a dilated cervix going into labour alone, so he stands by his bed-rest decision - as do I!)
@Mrs. Pickle: That's awesome!
kiwi / 549 posts
With ds I was induced on my due date for PIH. I was not favorable at all. Pitocin only at 9am. Ob broke my water ~6pm. Epi ~8pm but only Bc they kept telling me that it would help bring my bp down. Ds was born the next morning at 6am after ~20 mins of pushing.
With dd I was induced at 37+3 again Bc of PIH. I was prepared and quite expected an induction. Pitocin only at 9am. This time midwife said I was ~3cm when we checked into the hospital which was a big shock Bc i was 0cm 3 days before and had done nothing. I was getting very little breaks between contractions. The computer monitor showed mountain after mountain of contractions and I was like where the heck are the valleys so I could just breathe for a sec. Asked for epi ~1pm. Anesthesiologist could not get it in after a few painful tries so I told him to stop. I was not surprised Bc it was a nightmare the first time w Ds. Got Nubane but it's not meant for pain relief just made me loopy and doze in and out of sleep. Ds was born at 3:30 after 5mins of pushing.
Overall both positive inductions and I'm prepared and will probably end up w another induction if we decide to get pregnant again. Ob also said I'll probability have to go au naturale w/o epi. And I'm ok with it.
Good luck if you end up having to be induced. I've read quite a few other positive induction stories too.
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
So I had a failed induction with my twin pregnancy and resulted in a scheduled (not emergency) c-section.
As you know I PPROMed (water broke) at 28 weeks and was on 6 weeks on hospital bed rest. I was scheduled to be induced at 34 weeks since that is the golden number in PPROM land. After 34 week, the risk of infection for mom and baby goes up and it is safer for both to have the babies come out than to stay in.
I was started on pitocin at around noon. At the start of induction, I was 4 cm dialated, 100% effaced and -1 position. Around 5pm, I was 6cm dialated and I decided to get the epidural in place. Not because of pain (I was breathing and talking fine through the contractions ) but because the high risk of c-secction for twin pregnancies and I wanted to be awake to hear the babies cries if I had an unscheduled emergency c-section.
After the epidural and while the pitocin was continually increased, at around 11pm, there was talk about me having a tired uterus because I was still at 6cm. They turned of the pitocin to give my body a rest, plus I was super nauseous. They turned it back on but no luck in further dialation.
I think around 1am, they discussed my options. Wait or do c-section. They mentioned that there was a spike in my temp (not quite a fever) but that maybe it was early signs of an infection. Babies were fine at this point. I was super tired so I decided to do the c-section. I knew the high risk of c-section in twin pregnacies so I was fine with it. I was not upset. Anxious of being cut open but happy to be able to meet my babies.
After the babies were born, the test results showed I did not have an infection. They think that me PPROM so early probably contributed to me having a tired uterus and not being able to progress passed 6cm.
My twins born at 34 weeks were tiny and healthy and only had a 15 day NICU stay. Both released on the same day, which I heard is rare for twins.
Oh, even though, I had a failed induction, it was still a positive experience (probably because I wasn't in a lot of pain before and after the epidural). The worst part of it was the nausea from the epidural and/or high amounts of pitocin towards the c-section.
grapefruit / 4043 posts
I was induced, I suppose, even though labor had started in its own. My contractions weren't strong enough and I had a high amniotic leak. I was started on the lowest level of pitocin around noon. Every hour it was increased a step. I didn't get the epidural until close to 10 that night. I just labored through the contractions. Sure, it got tough. But it's labor. I got the epidural because i still didn't dilate past a 1 and the contractions got to 2 minutes long with like less than a minute before the next would start. I was trying to wait until I got dilated to a four or five before getting the epidural because I've heard the epidural can slow dilation. But the nurses wouldn't check me often because of risk of infection. I don't have an issue with when I got the epidural but I'm so glad I got it. The ensuing dramatic delivery would have been just ridiculous for all involved if I had chosen to do it without the pain blocker. The epidural was fine - I could feel everything except pain. I could still move my legs to an extent. But it did cause me to throw up a bit.
Good luck if you have to be induced. I really was fearful of being induced but now that it's all done, I'm just happy to have my baby out any way and that we both are safe.
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@iluvboba637: That's great reading your stories, except the epi part!
@bluestriped bee: I think that sounds like a wise move - especially prepping the epi just in case. So proud of you!
@agold: What a trouper! I am probably 90% excited to have an end date in sight, and 10% nervous - but I would be that way about regular spontaneous labour too!
nectarine / 2987 posts
Related to your comment above, and not sure if you're allowed, but I had good luck shifting a posterior baby by spending lots of time on hands and knees. Basically anytime I was just hanging out the last month or so it was on hands and knees. Worth a shot?
hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts
With DS2, I was induced at 38 weeks with my second due to concerns about a growth restriction. He was measuring small so I was monitored for that throughout 3rd tri. Between 36-38 weeks they measured no growth, so I was induced at 38. The irony of it all was that I was on modified bed rest from 30-36 weeks because of contractions (and because I had had preterm labor with DS1). The induction was really easy. I was already dilated to 2-3 and maybe 80% effaced, so my OB just broke my water - didn't need pitocin or anything. That was at 1 p.m. By 6 p.m. contractions were fast and furious. Got an epidural at 8:45 (requested it at 6:30!) and he was born at 9:59. He was totally healthy, just small.
pear / 1788 posts
I was induced at 38+1 for hypertension. 1cm, 30% effaced. It took 30 hours, but was successful! Got cytotec first, and dilated to a 2, added pitocin and got to 3, broke water and got to 4 (that was the first 24 hours) then contractions with the pitocin were unbearable so we added the epidural and 5 hours later I was at a 10. They let me eat the first 15 hours, and I had a great team of nurses. It was a good experience!
honeydew / 7622 posts
@Mrs. Pickle: I'm hoping this is what I get next time around. Sounds like an awesome experience. I had GD and PreE so I'm expecting another induction with #2. (Not pregnant)
kiwi / 584 posts
@Mrs. Microscope: our experience for the first part were quite similar,
except I stopped progressing at a 7 after my epidural and had a C-section after 36 hours of labor. However, even though I had a failed induction overall the experience was nothing but positive, I had a great medical team and support people, I got skin to skin right after and my son latched on when I was in the recovery room and after a week at home I felt pretty normal
kiwi / 549 posts
@jaguar: please don't let my epi story scare you. Apparently the discs in my spine are very close together and I was very swollen from the iv fluids. I'm sure I'm just an anomaly
grapefruit / 4545 posts
I was induced at 3925d with DD2 (I was scheduled to be induced with DD1 but I went into labor 3 hours before!). It was an elective induction bc 1) I was in a favorable position for delivery and 2) I wanted to deliver with a doctor I knew.
Arrived at 8am, hooked up and Pit started at 9am. I was 3.5cm and about 80% when I arrived (as I said I was in a good place and a favorable induction candidate). Pit from 9am-12:30pm only put me to a 4cm - I freaked out. I thought my induction was failing. FWIW - Pit was up to 11 out of 20.
Dr suggested breaking my water but instructed me that if I wanted an Epi I should probably do it before I have my water broken. Epi placed at 1:30....water broken at 2:45 (5cm at this point)....Baby was out at 3:45...it was crazy fast once they broke my water...
Best of luck to you. I was terrified of choosing an induction and then something going wrong and regretting it. At the end of the day I asked my Dr what she would do and she informed me she had zero concern inducing me ... I trust her so I went for it...
clementine / 828 posts
I was induced for my second, at 39 weeks, for suspected large size. My induction was very similar to my first labor, which was spontaneous. I think that inductions after a previous vaginal birth are more likely to be successful.
They started pitocin at 9 am, I was 1-2 cm, but pretty effaced, and the head was very low. At 1 pm I was 5 cm, and they broke my water. Before this I was not in much pain. I got an epidural at 2:45, when I was 8 cm. This time was very painful, and each contraction was noticeable worse than the previous one. After my epidural I still had a lot of pain on my left side, same as my first delivery. I am pretty sure my epidural slowed labor, which is also similar to my first delivery. I started pushing at 5:15 pm, and pushed for half an hour (only about five contractions). Pushing was much easier the second time, even though baby was half a pound bigger. I was nervous beforehand, but it was great experience. We got to do skin-to-skin right away, for a long time. I remember when DH called his parents to tell them, he still did not know how big the baby was.
I really liked having my doctor deliver, and not having to miss sleep for labor. It was also great for planning childcare for my oldest, and for work.
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I had an induction at 39 weeks due to GD.
It was ok, it was just long! Started Cervadil at 1am. After 2 rounds of it, finally got over 3cm after 12pm the next day to start epidural/Pitocin. Then waited till 9pm to push, baby out just before 11pm.
When I got induced I was totally shut tight, not effaced, nothing! So it took forever, and kinda sucked cuz I was stuck to a bed, and then we also had a heartrate scare that almost got me an emergency C-section. But since everything turned out fine, I would just say that it was long. I feel like I wouldn't be pushing that long if I hadn't been in the hospital without food for so long prior.
honeydew / 7235 posts
I had to be induced with my second at 10 days overdue! He did NOT want to come out.
I had been having minor contractions off & on but nothing major. I was walking miles to try to get labor going but he was stubborn! I was also only barely 2cm dilated.
I went in to the hospital at 7am, got hooked up & monitored, saw i was having some minor contractions. Placed misoprostol (sp?) at 10am, monitored for 1 hour, then allowed to walk the grounds of the hospital, go get lunch. By 2pm the contractions were getting stronger, got back to hospital room, got in tub at 3pm when the contractions were getting painful. Water broke at 4:30/5 when in tub - got out & hooked up to epidural by 5:30, and by 7:30 I was 10 cm.
Due to pushing for 5 hours with my first baby, we waited an hour an I 'labored down' before pushing... I ended up pushing for an hour (big baby - 9lbs, 6 oz & he was sideways) and delivered at 8:30 pm!
I felt lucky to have a really good induction! They let me choose between the Pitocin & Misoprostol, and i decided to try the miso first, and if that didn't work then i was going to go with the pitocin 4 hours later, but luckily didn't need to.
GOOD LUCK - it's so great that you've made it this far!
cherry / 237 posts
I was induced for similar reasons. Basically from 27 weeks on I had to be very gentle because I was having contractions that were timeable (sometimes 2 minutes or less) and while they were more than Braxton Hicks they did not change my cervix. So after weeks for basically sitting and lying down and contraction after contraction and multiple trips to the hospital to be monitored they decided to induce me at 39 weeks and 1 day. My OB was afraid that I would ignore them that one time they were actual cervix changing contractions and then end up delivering at home because I had been to the hospital so many times for false alarms. We chose a Thursday so my family who live six hours away could have plenty of notice to join us and also be able to stay for the weekend. My husband owns his own business and since we would be in the hospital during the weekend for the most part it worked out well for him time wise. Silly I know. The induction went well. I went in at 5 am and was given IV fluids and then pitocin, epi and they broke my water. I moved very fast to 8 cm but then stalled out for 6 hours. My OB physically pushed my cervix down to a 9 and I had to practice push and her head widdled it down to 10 cm. I was so close to being a c section mama. They were all pushing me to give up after stalling but I held strong and delivered vaginally. Bonus for our date we picked is her first birthday ended up being on a Saturday so we were able to have her party on her actual birthday and celebrate her the whole day as opposed to having her first birthday on a week day. I didn't think about that when we scheduled the induction but it worked out well!
pomegranate / 3966 posts
Similar story to Mrs D... I had an elective induction, I was already 3.5 cm dilated and my OB was going to be on vacation the following week, and really wanted to be the one to deliver me. It was also winter with a 45 minute drive, so this was the easiest option.
Anyways, pitocin started at 8, I was already having contractions on my own at this point. Dr broke my water at 10:30. Epidural an hour later, and baby at 2:30 after 3 sets of pushes (and vacuum assist).
Super easy and great experience, my DH thinks I'm crazy for not wanting to go this route again. (I'd like to let it progress on its own this time - we'll see!)
cherry / 176 posts
I was induced at 40w1d due to low fluid. They'd been threatening to induced me for 2-3 weeks, so by the time I actually got induced, I'd been to the hospital with my bags packed 6 times. They kept telling me that it was borderline, that I could elect to induce, and that I was "probably okay," until they said we had to induce. They tried miso (vaginally) and it did nothing, so we went straight to a low dose of Pitocin. It kicked in quickly and my body took over so they didn't need to up it. In fact, they had to take me off it for a while because labor got to intense so quickly. I had the epidural because I was so exhausted and thought I might have many, many more hours of labor (I was wrong!). Pitocin started at 8pm, labor started at 10pm, epidural at 3:30am and baby was born at 6:30am. I reacted strongly to the epidural so I felt almost nothing! When I asked to be checked at 6am, baby's head was peaking through my cervix! I had to be told when to push. (2nd baby opposite- Came on his own so fast I didn't have time for an epidural!)
Best of luck to you!
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@MrsSRS: I am literally cleared from the bed resting tomorrow (36 weeks) so I have the fitness ball ready and rearing to go!
@winniebee: That sounds so similar - the bed rest etc, except that this baby is measuring huge rather than small! I hope we have a similar experience with labour!
@Mrs. Microscope: Yay for a good experience!
@Mrs. Pickles: Would you induce again, if you had the chance? Or do something different? x
@iluvboba637: Oh gosh, no not at all - I just feel so awful for YOU that you weren't able to at least get relief that way. I had the epi at the end of my labour with miss G!
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@Mrs D: That's good to know! My doctor said he wouldn't suggest it at all, if he didn't think I'd be ok - obviously no guarantees with ANY labour, spontaneous or otherwise. I've had a decent sized vaginal delivery before, baby is looooow, and my cervix should be good to go, so I'm hoping these might work in our favour.
@mdf106: That's awesome! I'd LOVE to get baby time straight after birth.. which would be a huge perk after expecting another special care stay. If I get past 37 weeks and do an induction past 38, I'm hoping baby is healthy enough to stay with me. How big was your little one after all that?
@snowjewelz: I'm prepared for it to still be long, as G's labour was veeeery long too.
@hellobeeboston: Thank you!!! Gosh, if I could avoid using the Pit as a first choice, I would like that - so good to hear stories with alternatives so I can suss out my OB and see what he would recommend.
@pinkarmadillo: Wow, what a stressful pregnancy. I'm glad you got the birth you wanted in the end!
@josina: Thank you for sharing! x
@AnnabelleG: Wow! Sounds like that epi did its job pretty well with you.
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts
@travellingbee: when did you go into labor with LO1? I'm so worried this baby is going to be late.
clementine / 828 posts
@jaguar: 8 pounds 7 ounces, which was slightly smaller than estimated, but still would have been pretty big at 40+ weeks.
pomelo / 5524 posts
@jaguar: Though I wasn't induced, I did go into natural labor, and ended up with an emergency c-section after DS1 got stuck. Though it wasn't ideal and things were a little traumatic once he was born (ended up in the NICU for a bit), recovery wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Though it's not the ideal birth experience, it's not quite as bad as you fear...and I feared it A LOT!
I also can't wait to hear about this little miracle of yours. After all you've been through, you deserve a wonderful, happy birth experience!