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Old Jan 4th, 2018, 06:53 AM   11
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I wouldn't know. My first was an induction (unnecessary and stupid) that drug out for days and I ended up needing medication/epidural. Just barely avoided a c-section. Second labor was not induced and I managed to deliver without medication. Third labor needed to be induced for medical reasons, unfortunately, and my body clearly wasn't ready. Another days-long ordeal that I could not push through without and epidural and whatever else.

I'm sure it really depends on the person. However, having had 2 induced labors and one natural one, I can say with confidence that my natural labor and delivery was much easier to manage. It wasn't pain-free by any means, but it wasn't anything like my inductions. My body simply does not respond well to artificial labor. I thought I could go without medication this last time since I'd done it with my natural labor. I was incorrect. So then I dealt with feelings of failure on top of the general misery and anxiety I was already dealing with.

If I ever decide to have another child and I need to be induced, I'm just going to go ahead and get the epidural as soon as they offer it. They don't hand out special prizes for extra misery during labor and delivery. My epidurals don't even work exactly how the should, but even partial epidural relief is better than laboring for days on pitocen without it.



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2018, 10:42 AM   12
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Two out of three of mine were induced but with the pessary rather than pitocin, I'm not sure the pain was much worse than my natural birth, but I actually got the gas and air a lot later with my inductions (!!!) as they ignored me on the ward with them whereas I went straight to labour ward with my natural one. Is pessary an option where you are as I think it is less painful than pitocin



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2018, 04:20 AM   13
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I have been induced twice with the pessary & then syntocin/pitocin. I had to have an epidural both times and they didnít work fully. I still felt a lot of pain. I said at one point Ďif you turn the drip up anymore Iím going to rip the f....ing thing out my arm and walk outí

I would most definitely opt for pain relief ASAP plus I have heard the more relaxed you are the quicker the process which can only be a good thing



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2018, 05:05 AM   14
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Ive had 3 inductions, no natural birth to compare with. I managed all 3 on gas and air. Yes it hurts A LOT but as long as you are mindful and in the zone I feel it is managable. Very painful though. Perhaps try hypnobirthing to help you relax x



 
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Old Jan 6th, 2018, 23:43 PM   15
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It wasn't any worse than a natural birth in my opinion... however it goes from zero to 100 in no time. There's no early labour with pitocin, for me it was just nothing and then bam!

I did use gas and air (but just because I like it and not because it helped with the pain at all lol).

You can totally do it without pain meds, especially if you've done it before. Or, don't be a hero and get the pain meds, and you're still awesome xx



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 05:18 AM   16
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I just realized from reading the comments that, duh, most of you are in the UK and have the option of gas & air. That may really help, from what I've heard. It's not an option here, but I hope that it will eventually make its way into use. I would definitely try that and see how far you can make it. Best of luck to you.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 20:02 PM   17
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I was induced this time round - I had a natural, spontaneous labour last time with DS1. Its kind of hard to compare the two experiences, as my spontaneous first labour, I laboured all in my back. I laboured for 11 hours at home, and then for about 3-4 hours in hospital before opting for an epidural. After the epidural, my son was born roughly 4 hours later and it was an emergency forceps delivery as he went into distress as I was in the pushing phase. The whole process was a shock to my system (when he went into distress and a billion people coming flying into the room - I was very close to having an emergency c-section), I had episiotomy but then still tore as well. They thought it was 3rd degree, so I had to go to theatre, but it ended up being a bad 2nd degree tear. I had to be in recovery for ages, and was so anxious to get back and see my son (he was up with my husband on the ward during this time).

I really wanted a different experience this time, and was petrified about being induced and what it would mean (my sister was induced and ended up with an emergency c-section).
However, although yes this time the pain was incredible by the end (no back labour what-so-ever), I had a quick and ďeasyĒ labour/delivery. For me, the contractions didnít come on thick and fast, it was gradual as they put the pitocin up.. Basically I found them easy for the first hour, started to really feel them in the second hour and then in the last hour they got umbareable - but I was basically 9/10cm by this point, so thatís not surprising.
I think they thought I had ages to go, so they never checked me and I actually got an epidural just before he was born because I could no longer bare it. They put the epidural in and said theyíd give me a few hours before they checked my dilation, however, they had to put a heart rate monitor on his head, as well as put a catheter in, and so when they did this they realised I was actually 10cm and ready to go (my son had started to push himself out and I was still semi getting pain and lots of pressure in my vagina).
Anyway, about 20 minutes after the catheter going in, he was born. I had a great midwife that really help ease him out to avoid tearing, and I only ended up with some slight grazing, and they put one stitch in - but they said that was more to tidy things up then being 100% needed.
My recovery this time has been amazing.. I basically didnít need any pain medication. Swelling had gone down by day 2-3 - and my vagina basically looked normal again at this point. No pain pooping or peeing. No issues from having the epidural.
Even though the pain was more intense at the end, I would take this labour and delivery every time over my natural one!!!

Everyone will obviously have a slightly different experience, but hopefully you will also have a good one too.
If Iíd been checked for dilation, I probably would have birthed my son without any pain relief at all (I just thought I might have had ages to go and couldnít face it at that point - before the epidural, I had no pain relief at all).
I also have 2 friends that have been induced and did it all with no pain relief, so itís definitely possible .



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 21:36 PM   18
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How long were you all in labor for?

If youve had more than one baby, how long was it for each (and was the drip on or not?)

^^yeah they dont readily offer G&A here. I know that wont even be an option.



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 23:16 PM   19
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8.5 hours from drop going in to birth with first, 6.5 hours active labour

1.5 hours active labour (7 hours from first ctx) with second

45 mins active labour for third, about 9 hours from first ctx



 
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Old Jan 7th, 2018, 23:27 PM   20
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About 10 hours from when pitocin was started until he was born.



 
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