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Re: Inducing Labor

Re: Inducing Labor

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Posted by Kim Fair on May 08, 2000 at 14:40:08:

In Reply to: Re: Inducing Labor posted by Sandra on May 04, 2000 at 06:02:16:

Thank you so much for your information. Every little bit helps. If you think of anything else
I should need to know, please let me know. Thanks again!

: I had nearly 4 weeks of labour starting and stopping so when I was induced I was already 2cms dilated. They started me with a pessary at 1pm on the Friday and within half an hour my contractions were 10mins apart. they got closer and closer and my waters broke about 4pm. although the contractions were getting stronger I wasn't dilating as quick as they hoped and they wanted to put me on the drip (Syntosin - not sure how to spell that!) - but I knew from my classes that that would make things speed up a lot so I said yes if I could have an epidural first! Sure enough the contractions got a lot bigger a lot faster! I ended up with a section anyway - but because the head never engaged and I only got 8cms dilated. If you need inducing it's not too horrendous - but be prepared for things happening very quickly. I was all prepared for the early stages of labour with practised breathing, positions etc. but you don't really get enough time with an induction to be prepared - all of a sudden the contractions are really strong! I wasn't expecting it all to happen so quickly so got a little panicky but I'm sure if you're prepared it would be a lot better. Good luck!

: : My first child, my daughter, weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. I had a lot of problems getting her shoulders
: : through. The doctor was only going to let me push for 2 hours and then do a c-section if I could
: : not push her out in that amount of time, but for some reason they let me push for 2 hours, 50
: : minutes. I think the hardest part was getting her shoulders through. That is why they want to
: : induce me before the baby gets too big. Doc says he wants to avoid a c-section this time also,
: : if possible. Also, doc induced my labor with my daughter, however I was 4 centimeters dialated
: : at the time she started labor for me. (Does that make sense?) I would like to know about
: : any one who was induced. What is it like to be induced without being dilated at all??? Thanks!

: : : That seems rather a strange reason to induce labour to me! is there any other medical reason? I had an induction first time round and it was not pleasant! According to my NCT teacher it is the head coming out that is the worst bit - and the size of head between smaller/larger babies is not that much different. She reckons it is actually easier to give birth to a larger baby as they are stronger and can do more for themselves. Can't say for definate as my baby was Caesarian but she has had 2 and has had over 1000 women through her classes so she's more expert than me! If you want more details on what it's like to be induced please ask.
: : : Sandra

: : :
: : : : My doctor has talked about inducing me a few weeks early so that the baby won't get too big. My
: : : : 1st child was 8lbs., 15 oz. What is the earliest that a doctor will induce labor?

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