At 38 weeks Im hoping that I will go into labour naturally and wont need to be induced - however I know babies are unpredictable so am preparing myself for the idea of induction.
One thing Ive heard from a few people who have been induced is that labour tends to be more painful/intense as strong contractions start more or less straight away rather than having a gradual build up?
There seems to be a bit of a fear of induction amongst women.
To anyone who has been induced, and experienced a 'natural' labour, how do they compare?
With my 1st i was induced about 4 hours of major contractions that weren't going anywhere. I was on gas and air so i didn't feel anything but according to the monitor they were very intense and the next contraction was coming before the previous one had finished.
With my 2nd the initial contractions were a lot more painful than with my 1st but they didn't get much worse. I did most of the labour on gas and air again but did manage about 1 1/2 just prior to pushing without any pair relief at all. There was no way during my 1st labour that i'd of been able to do that.
So i would definitely say that they were worse when i was induced.
I was induced with my daughter. It really wasnt painful for me I only had 2 hours of actual labor. I mean its a long process depending on how they do it. FOr me they put the gels in first and then after I did 6 hours of walking around on and off they put the pitocin right before I went to bed. They broke my water the next morning and I had my daughter 2 hours after that. There really wasnt any complications or more than the usual pain youd expierience. Just more time in the hospital.
I was induced twice. Once with Picotin, and my labor/contractions didn't feel any worse/intense than my one natural birth.
But my second induction, I had the gel put on the cervix, and YES contractions were much more painful for me. But labor lasted just about the same amount of time (must be me, cause all three of my labors were between 7-9hrs).
Just so you are informed, it is rare for the body to not go into labor. Inductions are used way too much, and for no reason at all usually. If your Doctor says you need an induction at 41 weeks because you haven't gone into labor, that is actually normal and 41 weeks is not even late. You're not late unil 42+ weeks, and even then, some babies just take longer or your due date is off by a few weeks.
Having said that, yes a induction normally hurts more because your contractions aren't naturally getting more intensed, they are forced to be more intense and closer together than normal.
I've only had an induction so can't compare but if I had to do it again I would say no to induction. My edd was changed based on u/s but I am convinced I had my dates right. I gave in at 42wks (their date), had all stages of induction, ended up with an epidural. In the end due to ds heart rate going up I had an emcs.
With an induction your chance of interventions increases dramatically. I had planned a water birth using hypnobirthing but went through a horrible experience instead. I regret agreeing to be induced.
I'm so thankful for this thread. My doc has asked me about inducing the last two appts and I have said no both times which he was completely fine with. I go back this coming Monday which is my due date and if I haven't gone into labor by then I will ask his opinion on inducing. I have also heard that induced labors are harder, but I have no experience yet. I do know that my mom was induced after her water had already broken and it completely stopped her labor. They finally did get it started again, but she said it was the worst experience of all 5 of her labors. Hope that helps. Good luck!
I was induced, and my labor was fantastic. Labor contractions are only stronger if you are given Pitocin. For my induction they didn't give me pitocin, just Cervidil. I was in labor for about four hours. It was so amazing. I honestly can't wait to to do it again.
im currently 41 plus 3, my waters went with my mucus plug this morning at 8am went through hospital to be checked around 10.30 was told to go home until contractions got more intense n closer and if not they are inducing me at 7 in the morning ..... im so scared.... my contractions have come to a stop all together and feeling really stressed about this induction... have tried everything! i mean everything to get baby moving .. nothing does any1 know length of time you naturally go into labour after your waters break and plug goes? mine was over 12hours ago now ...x
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