Since my baby was measuring 2 weeks ahead at 28 weeks (3.3 lbs,) my OB wants me to come in for an ultrasound at 37 weeks (currently 34) to see if we should consider inducing. I know the measurements can be pretty off, so I wouldn't want to schedule it any earlier than 39 weeks. Both our families have a history of large babies although no need for c/s for size.
I often hear about inductions being much more painful and drawn out than if you went into labor naturally but a few ladies on my due date board said theirs was "great."
I would love to hear from others, so if you had a "smooth" induction, tell me about it.
GOLD / wonderful pomegranate / 28905 posts
We got to the hospital by 9/930 and baby was born by 11:05!!! I wasn't even officially admitted yet and barely got 3 drips of pitocin. But it was also my second.
wonderful kiwi / 23653 posts
I had an induction at 39 weeks due to GD. It took a while but looking back I guess it was smooth! I got started with cervadil around 12-1am. Got another round 5-6am (just wasn't fun getting cervix checked and then having the pill shoved up there...). Finally got to 3cm around 1pm (I started at nothing, was totally shut tight). And at that point I only felt very mild cramps. Got on epidural, then pitocin, and started pushing at 9pm.
So everything was fine, it just took a long time and I was so tired by the time I started pushing. I pushed for 2 hrs and I wonder if I would've done better if I wasn't so exhausted from being at the hospital all day without food/water
eggplant / 11287 posts
I was induced with my first and besides multiple attempts at an epidural and it not taking, and baby being posterior/brow presentation, it went smoothly. Pitocin was started at 10 pm and she was born at 130 pm the next day. Her heart rate stayed steady and healthy and my BP never spiked or anything like that. I was able to bounce on the ball, go to the bathroom, etc (just had to drag iv pole).
wonderful grape / 20453 posts
Both of mine were pretty smooth
E: went in for an induction and started with a pill. My water started to leak a few hours later, so I was put on pitocin. 9 hours later, I was pushing. Took 2.5 hours, though
T: induced for high BP and protein-started on pitocin at 3pm, felt nothing for hours, then they broke my water at 5 because he was having tachycardia patterns (which he was having before the induction) was in labor around 6pm delivered him just after midnight. Three minutes of pushing. Maybe five contractions!
pear / 1586 posts
I was induced at 41+1 and was a bit dilated/effaced, but not much. (I was pretty sure I'd go late bc my mom went 12-16 days late for all four children and was induced with the last two!)
My induction started around 9:30am with a foley catheter, some very low levels of pitocin (like the highest was a 9 or 10 out of 30, I think?), doctor broke my water around 3pm, got an epidural around 4pm, started pushing at 8:45pm and baby was born at 10:43pm the same day. We never had issues with the baby's heart rate, my BP, etc. Pushing for two hours wasn't fun, but I've read that's fairly typical for a first-time mom. I was terrified of being induced and vaginal birth in general, and the whole thing went really, really well!
honeydew / 7283 posts
I was induced at 36w with DD for HELLP syndrome. I got cervadil at about 6am, pitocin and an epidural a little later on and had a baby at 5:07. I was getting pretty sick though and allegedly babies who "really need to come out" sometimes come faster. It was as easy and painless as an induction could be.
With DS I was induced at 39w because of hypertension and my previous history. I got pitocin at 9am epidural at 12, water broken at 1 and baby at 7pm! My epidural wasn't as good this time but I only pushed for less than 20 minutes. It really was another easy induction.
I'm afraid to try for #3. I'm definitely due for a difficult labor!
hostess / cantaloupe / 6486 posts
Dd1: induced due to pre-e. Started pitocin at 10, my water was broken around 1 and she was out by 415 with only 3 pushes. The contractions were very very intense at the end but an epidural cured that problem.
Dd2: started pitocin at 5am....was at an extremely low level of pain until about 830 when my water broke naturally. She was out by 945. Easy peasy both times.
pear / 1593 posts
My induction was great! I was so scared that it wouldnt end well because of all the stories I read online, so I was very pleased! I was also not dilated, 0% effaced, and baby had not dropped - so pretty much the worst induction candidate
I had a round of cytotec overnight (since I wasn't dilated or effaced at all) then started a second round in the morning which caused contractions to begin within 3 hours, and never had to have pitocin. Contractions to baby was about 8 hours.
kiwi / 558 posts
Long story! Sorry!
I was induced at 40+ 3, because of medical insurance switching from old job to husbands. I arrived at midnight to the hosipal, got checked in and by 2am given 1/2 of pill (cytotec?), then 6am other half of pill. Only dialated to 2cm since being admitted.
By 10am started on pitocin. I was only dialated to 2 cm for the whole day. I was worried that my body wasn't doing what it was supposed to do, but just keep going on.
Around noon, I got to eat some soup, ice, and jello. Which was totally needed and I asked for because I was starting to feel faint. If you need food or something to drink, Ask For It!!
Watched TV, did Internet, basic stuff. People kept texting me to see if the baby was here yet, and it got to the point that it wasn't happening and I was getting annoyed by the questions and well wishes. At a point I stopped looking at the phone or responding.
By 5:30pm water broke naturally after going to the restroom. and then the contractions really started up! I got the epi at 6pm. Every hour the nurse would come in and check me and if no change in monitoring I could press the epi button again! Which was sweet!
By 8pm the nurse came in and asked me to lay on left side, to get baby moving down the birth canal. At 8:30pm nurse came in again was going to ask me to move to right side, but couldn't find heart beat...put oxygen mask on and it turns out baby had dropped all the way and I was fully dilated at 10 and ready to go!
So active labor was 3 hours which I didn't really feel because of the epi! At 9:02pm she was born vaginally and perfectly healthy! I did 6 pushes and she was out! It was the best induction and birth I ever could have imagined!!
Think positive, rest and relax and know that your baby will arrive when they are supposed to! Hugs and
grapefruit / 4681 posts
I've had one each pregnancy so far. The first seemed like it took longer than the second, but I think I was in the hospital for the same amount of time before delivering both! My first induction started in the morning, I had oral cytotec and pitocin, and I delivered just after midnight. My second started in the evening (so I got to sleep through most of it!), I had cervidil and pitocin, and I delivered around 2 pm. Active labor and delivery were by far faster with my second, but it was my second.
pomegranate / 3192 posts
I was induced with my first because my water broke and I was GBS+ and contractions didn't start on their own overnight. since my cervix was favourable I was given oxytocin. It was about 12 hours from starting the oxytocin to babe in arms. I found the contractions extremely painful since they started out super intense rather than a gradual process (don't get me wrong, I'm sure they would have been extremely painful anyway). I didn't like having to be monitored really closely but other than that, I'd say my induction was fine!!
honeydew / 7811 posts
I was scheduled to be induced at 40+5, but I went into labor on my own and beat the doctor to the hospital by 3 hours! I was overdue, a few cm dialated and had my membranes swept the day before which all contributed.
ETA I also measured about two weeks ahead most of that pregnancy, and DH's two kids were huge (over 9 pounds), but LO1 turned out to be a pretty normal 7lbs 15 ounces
GOLD / wonderful pomegranate / 28905 posts
@blackbird: you had your baby?! How's it going?! Congrats!!
honeydew / 7811 posts
@blackbird: congrats on baby 2!
hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts
My first I had no induction - checked into hospital at 6pm and baby born at 6 am. Got epidural at midnight and had 15 mins of pushing. Was 4cm and 80% at 38.5 wks.
My second was induced for IUGR. Was 2cm and 80% at 38.2 wks. Doc just broke my water at 1 and he was born at 10 pm. Had my epidural at 830 and 15 mins of oushing. No need for pitocin. Easy peasy
wonderful grape / 20453 posts
@regberadaisy: @cmomma17: I did!!! It's going better than I expected! Thanks
pomegranate / 3729 posts
Induced at 42 weeks, 1cm dilated and 50% efaced. Started cervidil at 6pm over night. Then misoprostyl once the next day. Then pitocin started at noon. I was in active labor by 3 and began pushing around 8. She was born at 8:53. I had no pain meds and although it was painful (of course) it was much less than I had freaked myself out about!! I have zerocomplaints about how smooth it was or how well it worked!
pomegranate / 3350 posts
I was induced at 39 weeks with my first and my cervix was not at all favorable so I had cervical ripening for 2 days (first day I was not admitted, went home for lunch and bed). The second day I was supposed to start Pitocin but they decided to try more cervical ripening instead. I ended up staying overnight although they initially planned to send me home. I had some contractions overnight so they started Pitocin late morning. I got my epidural sometime in the afternoon, maybe around 3 or 4pm and 6 cm and he was born just before 6pm with just a few pushes.
apricot / 347 posts
I think it's important to note the difference between a "cold" induction like the one you would be scheduled for, and an augmentation, where the cervix is already effacing and dilating a bit or waters are broken naturally. The first has much higher rate of complication cause the body's not ready.
I had my labour augmented with DD after my water was broken for 24hrs and I hadn't gone into labour. I was 2.5ish cementers when I arrived and the process took 5hrs start to finish on a pitocin drip. 20 minutes if pushing.