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Old Dec 28th, 2017, 14:46 PM   1
Guppy051708
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Induction without pain meds...how horrible is it?


If you get pitocin and dont opt for pain meds or G&A, how bad is it in comparison to natural eithout painmeds? Ive heard horror stories, but is it really that bad? Ive had three ubmedicated births. Two very long and one less than 2 hours. One of my long births was bc lo was faceup and that backlabor was crazy painful. The other birth was manageable despite length (both over 30 hours, no interventions or meds). My third i had double contractions so intense but honestly preferred that over my other two. So what are pit contractions like without pain meds? Is it.managable or is it truly god awful?



 
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Old Dec 28th, 2017, 17:08 PM   2
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I donít have natural labor to compare, but I was induced with Pitocin (was in magnesium too which was terrible). The contractions with Pitocin for me were not manageable. There was absolutely no rest phase between them- in fact for me there was no ďbetweenĒ. It was absolutely constant and never ending. I ended up getting an epi 4 hours after my water broke (it broke from the Pitocin causing so much pressure).

With that being said, I know many women who said it wasnít that bad and did it without pain meds!



 
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Old Dec 30th, 2017, 19:54 PM   3
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Oh, man.....I had to get pitocin with DS and I was so against meds and wanted a natural birth. It was the worst pain ever. They said it was the pitocin, but I was also in back labor. I finally got an epidural at 9 cms!!! I hate pitocin....



 
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Old Jan 1st, 2018, 02:53 AM   4
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I had pitocin with DS and did not want an epidural. However, after 4 hours I was in so much pain and unable to move due to the monitors that I opted for an epidural. If I have to be induced this time I will be getting one sooner.



 
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Old Jan 1st, 2018, 15:35 PM   5
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I've never had a natural labour so cannot compare unfortunately, however the pain was shocking. To be honest, I don't think the pain was the whole of the issue it was the fact that you have no rest breaks. Its literally one after another.

I don't know if it was the same for everyone else but because I was on the drip they also had to monitor DDs heartbeat so your basically confined to the bed as moving around stopped the tracking.

I was stuck at 3cm for hours even after GA and Diamorphine. I ended up having an epidural (which I didn't originally want) and had a natural birth

I'm sure each ladies experience is different as well as pain threshold and tolerance.



 
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Old Jan 2nd, 2018, 03:16 AM   6
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I'm so sorry to have to give you a negative opinion but my experience, was awful.

I was inducted via the drip after pesseries got me nowhere. I had 8 attempts at an epidural and none worked and by the time I got to pushing, it was too late for any other pain relief. It was not a manageable situation, I was cut, stitched and hemmoraged without any pain relief too and it was absolutely awful.

I think what made it worse, is that all my labour ended up in my back and down my legs and because I was induced, I was on the monitor meaning I was basically strapped to one position for the whole 8.5 hours and it was intense.

I would wholeheartedly say please keep your options open for pain relief. I am good with pain in general but the only reason I handled it was because I had to. It's scared me into having an elective csection this time.

Again, I'm sorry to have to give you a negative but I wouldn't want anybody going into that unprepared x



 
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Old Jan 2nd, 2018, 17:55 PM   7
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Personally I wouldnít try it, though I do know someone who has and was fine. I was induced with my first and it was much worse than the natural labour I had with my second. With induction you go from zero to what feels like 150 in minutes. The contractions donít build naturally as they do with a natural birth. Itís just all mega contractions from the get go without the natural build that helps you to get used to the feeling. With a natural birth you also have all the other hormones circulating naturally that help to dull the pain a bit - with induction you donít have this. I caved and got an epidural after less than 2 hours with my induced labour, I just could not handle it. My second labour, the natural one, I got through nearly 24 hours of labour before needing an epidural so I could rest, I was exhausted more than needing pain relief on its own.

So keep an open mind. You could do like I did with the induction, which was to last as long as I could without pain relief and then get something if you need it. You also have the advantage of it not being your first birth, so it will go faster for you and you will also know what to expect regarding what contractions feel like, so itís definitely possible to do it without pain relief, but if you do need pain relief, like most women do, then you havenít failed or anything. The process is much harder on your body than a natural birth so itís okay to do it differently.



 
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Old Jan 2nd, 2018, 19:22 PM   8
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With my first, I was in natural labour and was augmented about 12 hours in with syntocinon (works like pitocin).

That stuff was excruciating! I was enjoying my labour beforehand. The contractions hurt, but in a good way. I was walking around, swaying, moaning and felt powerful. Afterwards, I was curled up in a ball crying uncontrollably.

I caved in and got an epidural, which I was so against. Baby went into distress and I ended up with an emergency c-section.

My last c-section, with Emma, was taking ages because I had a surprise uterine rupture, and was getting my tubes tied. The spinal was wearing off rapidly towards the end. Still hurt way less than that bloody syntocinon in my first labour!!



 
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Old Jan 3rd, 2018, 09:22 AM   9
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I don't have a non medicated birth to compare to, but I too was induced (pitocin) with my first....it was awful!
They couldn't get my contractions into a regular rhythm. One minute the drip was turned down and my contractions would taper off....and then the next minute they would increase it and my contractions were coming too close together.
I gave in after two days and got an epidural.

They do say that inductions are more intense and more painful as your body is being forced into something it wants to do naturally.

I hope you have a better experience than all of us if you end up getting one xx



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2018, 04:40 AM   10
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My first birth was an unmedicated induction. It was definitely the hardest and most intense of my births (but the other two were short and easy) but it was doable. Back labour on top of it was the worst part, or maybe the second worst part after not being allowed to push for 2 hours.
I wanted to walk but there just was no break between the contractions that I didn't want to move off the floor in the end. But I think if someone had pulled me up and insisted I move itwould have been much better.



 
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