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Induction Info Needed!!!

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#1 Muners

Posted 12 April 2005 - 03:32 PM

Went to my OB this morning and we have discussed that I am to be induced this Thursday morning at 7am, I will be 5 days overdue.  She explained that she will put Gel on once I am admitted and then break my waters later to keep contractions going.  I have been reading and alot of people keep talking about having a drip.  My OB has not mentioned this to me at all and was wondering if anyone knows whether they can just do the gel without the drip??  Also, have heard that being induced can be alot more painful than no intervention, can anyone enlighten me??


#2 Tongue~In~Cheek

Posted 12 April 2005 - 03:55 PM


I didn't have to have the gel put in as I was already 1cm dilated.  The OB broke my waters and then got me to walk around hoping that labour would progress naturally.  In my case this did not happen so they told me they would put the syntocinon drip up.  

All my research beforehand told me that the drip starts up labour rapidly and therefore the labour can be more painful than a naturally progressing labour where you often dilate slowly, sometimes for a few days without really realising it.  

Once they told me they were going to put the drip up, I asked for an epidural.  I knew I didn't want gas, as I wanted to be clear headed, and I wasn't allowed to have Pethidine as we knew my baby was going to be small due to IUGR, so they didn't want to depress her breathing.  

I laboured for 8 and a 1/2 hours (30 minutes pushing).

With any luck the breaking of the waters will hopefully be enough to bring on your labour without the drip.

Good luck


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#3 -rach-

Posted 12 April 2005 - 04:00 PM

Hi there original.gif

You should put this in "Your Pregnancy" section, more people will see it and you'll get more replies.

As far as I know (please don't quote me on it LOL) they use the gel to ripen or soften your cervix. The drip is used to bring on contractions.

My waters broke but contractions didn't start. The following morning my waters were re-broken (just to check it wasn't just the hind waters) with an amnihook (doesn't hurt) and the drip was inserted.

With the drip, contractions are instant, mine were also much more intense and closer together than natural. My drip was turned off whilst I waited for my Epidural, the contractions almost stopped, they went to 10 minutes between each contraction or something.

I was nine days over. Hope it helps...

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#4 Figmoon

Posted 12 April 2005 - 04:04 PM

hi' i was induced as my waters were leaking, no contractions for over 24 hrs.My cervix was 1 cm dilated and soft so i had a Syntocinin drip ,no gel.The gel softens your cervix making it easier to dilate.I chose gas/air as i wanted to experience labour.It was not unbearable, discuss your choices with your carers and be fully informed with your choices not your drs.When you understand your choices,you are in control and able to decide what is best for you and your baby.

#5 nayjay

Posted 12 April 2005 - 05:01 PM

My #1 was induced with the gel.  Contractions started immediately.  13 hours later DS was born.  No drip was needed. #2 was induced with a drip because my waters had broken...gel can't be used if the waters have broken due to risk of infection, I think. Being pot term you may only need the gel to kick things off.  as for pain. It is a bit more intense than labouring naturally IMO. #4 was born 4 days after PROM. I didn't know I was in labour until he was about to be born...I was waiting for the BIG ones (contractions)...not necessarily everyone's experience though.
All the best with your induction and birth. Not much longer.  How exciting!!!

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#6 cintasmum

Posted 12 April 2005 - 05:16 PM

I was 11 days overdue (this being my first child) and was induced.  my OB had to break my waters and i had the drip as well.  the contractions started straight away and became strong and quick.  they had to slow the drip feed down as my contractions were coming too fast as i was not dilating quick enough.  i was induced at 7:30 am and my dd was not born until 7:03pm by forceps.  i have also been told that an induction is worse than natural labour, but i have nothing to compare.  good luck and i hope everything goes well.

#7 Guest_g4444_*

Posted 12 April 2005 - 08:31 PM

It depends how dilated you are. I was already 3cms, cervix was soft. If that happens then they usually just break your waters, however the DR on duty at the hospital the night I delivered prefered to do gel 1st, then break the waters, then the drip last.

The gel worked for me and I had DS in 2.5hours. Definately full on, had no time to gather myself, no time for pain releif as I was already 8cm so I must say it was much more painful and full on than my 1st labour (which happened naturally)

I think the drip is the last thing they use.

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