kiwi / 584 posts
@jaguar: I think I would have just gone for the C-section knowing that I wouldn't progress past a 7 and he wouldn't descend either (hindsight is 2020)
pomegranate / 3764 posts
@mdf106: I think this little girl will be pretty similar. I'm expecting a VERY large bebe.
@Mrs. Pickles: Oh yes, hindsight for sure.
@2PeasinaPod: I'm trying hard to focus on the baby and not the labour.. just so freaking excited!
kiwi / 631 posts
I was induced at 39 weeks due to my water breaking with no contractions. I was barely dilated, and only 50 or 60% effaced. I was given a pill to help soften my cervix, then induced via pitocin on an IV around 4 hours later. It took 24 hours until I was ready to start pushing. My son was a peanut, but he still took around 2 hours of pushing to get out. The beginning stages were pretty boring, and during the later stages I was so tired and only wanted to lay in bed with a blanket overly head. Not fun, but I am thankful I was able to give birth vaginally.
@auggiefrog: That part I hadn't thought of - it taking a while to get going with some boring stuff. I had it in my head it would be BOOM, labour! Good reminder that it might not be!
nectarine / 2115 posts
I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational hypertension. We use prostaglandins to ripen my cervix. They told me it might take several doses before my cervix was ready but after three hours I had a single contraction and then my water broke. From there my body took over and I progressed quickly without needing any other induction techniques. My son was born just a few hours later!
grapefruit / 4361 posts
My reason was I was 41 weeks and wanted the baby OUT. They used 50mg of oral misoprotol and breaking my water at the same time, then pit once I got to 8cm.
I was 1cm dilated and 90% effaced. It tooK 24 hrs of labor and 1 hr of pushing. I had back to back contractions for most of the time. I wasn't allowed to get an epidural so instead they gave me doses of Dilaudid every 90 min between 5-8cm.
I came away from it thinking 2 things:
1) Never do two methods of induction at the same time, it was like a double whammy. Very overwhelming pain.
2) Don't let the doctor break your water until you're at least around 5 centimeters. My hospital takes the 24-hr limit pretty seriously and I almost ended up with a C-section because of it.
persimmon / 1345 posts
I was induced at 41 weeks for my LO1 bc she was in no hurry getting out. I had been 2-3 cm dilated so just pitocin. I was put on standby for an open bed and the hospital called me Sunday morning at 4 am to come in by 6. I negotiated til 7. It was actually really less stressful. We leisurely had breakfast, parked in the hospital lot, and walked in together. I started pitocin at 10am, had my water broken a couple of hours later, got an epidural (bc oh the pain!), progressed slowly but nicely all night long. Until.. I got stuck at 9cm and it had been around 24 hours since labor started. So was taken into a csection and had my baby girl. I had no strong opinion on csection so I trusted what the doctor recommended.
Three years later, I had my second via vbac bc he came too early and too fast in the middle of he night. Same hospital but my husband was driving like a madman, we were rushed in by wheelchair while our car was parked illegally, and as soon as I got there, they were telling me to push and he came less than a hour later.
The induction was far less stressful
@mrsrain: Oh wow!!! How cool is that?
@DesertDreams88: Okay - I will definitely suss out the water breaking rule at my hospital. They mentioned an option of starting things OFF might be breaking the waters, so good to know.
@misolee: Gosh, two totally different experiences!
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