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#1 sasdavis

Posted 19 January 2005 - 01:41 PM

I am 22weeks pregnant with baby no.2. my DD was born 18mths ago.  i was two weeks over due with her and so i was induced. i'm sure labour isn't ment to be easy but i felt like i wanted to jump out the window with my 1st contraction, so much pain which never gave me more than 30seconds break from 1st to last contraction.

i was ashamed of the way i was acting, the whole thing was so awful. people kept saying 'oh but yuor only in the 1st stage'  my entire labour was under 4hrs.

anyway the thought of going thru it again just terrify's me so if anyoneout there has been thru induction & natural labour i would really like to hear about it

#2 Feral-Lausii

Posted 19 January 2005 - 02:40 PM

I have had 3 natural labours and one induced. My natural labours were all fast and manageable. the induced labour was the most painful, the contractions are much more intense and I didnt really feel in control.

I would choose natural over induced any day!

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dd 93, ds 99, dd 01, ds 03, ectopic 10/04. m/c 12/04.

#3 Eponine

Posted 19 January 2005 - 03:03 PM

I also have very overdue babies.  My first was natural delivery 10 days over(with an epidural) and went 14 hours.  My second was induced 4 days over (my choice as I couldn't bear going so over again) - gas only - and lasted 3.5 hours.  I'd go the second labour again as the first - despite the epidural - was exhaustingly long.  I missed a nights sleep and took longer to recover from it.  I'd say only 1 hour of the 3.5 was really painful - and yes I was screaming my head off with bum in the air for all to see (very dignified!!).  
You'll probably find it easier the second time around as your body has done it before.
If I was to go again and was overdue I would opt for induction as it's fast but would probably ask for an epidural from the start.
Good luck - hopefully your baby with decide to come naturally and on time.

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#4 ~Julia~

Posted 19 January 2005 - 03:35 PM

My first labour was natural & lasted 12 hours, the second was induced & lasted 6 hours. I had an epidural for both. The second was more painful but that's because I chose to have less top ups...but with a 6 hour labour didn't find myself getting exhausted like I did with no. 1 & was more able to handle the pain. I actually preferred to have the epidural wear off a bit as I hated the feeling of total numbness in my legs.

In my opinion, even though no. 2 involved a bit more pain it was 100 times easier than no. 1 because it was so quick. In fact when the midwife told me she expected bubs to arrive in around 2 hours I told her I wasn't ready for him to come that quick & I wanted to go home & think about it a bit more. LOL.

Good luck.

DD Holly  29/5/2003
DS Matthew 14/1/05

#5 Guest_Stacye_*

Posted 19 January 2005 - 05:41 PM

Our DD was a totally natural drug free labour and although my first baby and not knowing what to expect I thought it went well over the 6 hours.

Our DS was induced, again a drug free birth, but I found that far more intensive from the get-go.  Once the contractions hit it was hard and fast for the 4 hours, but because he was my 2nd birth I was totally at ease with the whole process.  (Except for the end bit which is a while other story!).

I hope your birth experience is a good one.

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#6 BabyM

Posted 19 January 2005 - 06:03 PM

Hello there .. I will probably contradict the popular school of thought, but I have had two inductions (the most recent on 7/1) and the first one was as harrowing as most stories you hear .. long, hard and fast from the outset, all pain relief options utilised etc.  However, the second one was amazing.  Had the gel the night before .. niggly pains all night and into the next morning .. water broken at 1.30pm next day .. still niggly contractions .. drip inserted at about 7pm .. started at 10mls an hour .. upped half hourly twice (to 30mls an hour).  After an internal at 9pm only had me a 3cm and 100% effaced, the midwife suggested the shower (removing all the monitors etc and getting off the bed was bliss) .. the next 51 mins were fairly harrowing but I managed with not one wiff of pain relief and a very beautiful daughter at the end.  Officially the labour was 3 hrs and 1 min long (they measure it from when your contractions become regular) and a non-existent pushing stage (she was out in one contraction as I stood beside the bed before the OB could get back to the room).  Overall, I would not change a thing.  I was extremely fortunate though to have a midwife who had my wishes and best interests at heart (for instance, she argued with the OB when he suggested upping the drip again) .. I couldn't have done it without her.  Sorry for the long-winded reply but I was indeed surprised that an induction could be a fantastic experience.  I think it must depend upon your carers/OB etc as to how it turns out.  I certainly wouldn't have believed after my first experience that it could be anything but disturbing, but this time around was beautiful.  Best wishes for your birth and I hope my experience can at least add a different perspective for you.

Kind regards.

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EDD 19/01/05
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