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Being induced.. Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
26th Apr '13

I've been in labor for almost 48 hours now. My contractions have been strong and every 4 minutes for almost a day with out progressing. Im only 1 cm and to say that I am in hell right now is an understatement. It would be okay if the contractions where doing something but to be in that much pain every 4 minutes for that long knowing its not even helping is definitely hard. I am being induced today in an hour and a half and Im so nervous. I originally did not want an induction at all but as of now waiting it out just isn't an option any more I just can't physically handle it. I just want sleep. They offered me T3s last night when I was in L&D to help me sleep which didn't help at all and I turned down morphine after looking into it and seeing that there hasn't been really any studies on how it affects an unborn baby. Of course after such an easy pregnancy this happens.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
26th Apr '13
Quoting Brookie99:" I've been in labor for almost 48 hours now. My contractions have been strong and every 4 minutes for ... [snip!] ... there hasn't been really any studies on how it affects an unborn baby. Of course after such an easy pregnancy this happens."



you've been having contractions for 48 hours... you have not been in labor if you're not making cervical change.



hope the induction goes well for you mama!

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
26th Apr '13

If your body isn't doing what it's supposed to on its own, induction is likely to be long and difficult and more likely to end in a C-Section.



Are you walking? Upright? Squatting? On the ball?



Have you had them try to stretch you by hand (hurts a bit, but inhad it done with DS because my cervix was held closed by scar tissue from cancer surgery).



Do you have an epidural yet? That can slow things too.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
26th Apr '13
hQuoting P Pickle Pants:" If your body isn't doing what it's supposed to on its own, induction is likely to be long and difficult ... [snip!] ... because my cervix was held closed by scar tissue from cancer surgery). Do you have an epidural yet? That can slow things too."


highly unlikely a doc would do an epidural if she's not in labor.



op... what are they going to use to induce you?

Kady 5 kids; Texas 2808 posts
26th Apr '13

Hope it all turns out ok. God bless you!

Purple Pumpkin Tits 2 kids; 8484 posts
26th Apr '13
Quoting P Pickle Pants:" If your body isn't doing what it's supposed to on its own, induction is likely to be long and difficult ... [snip!] ... because my cervix was held closed by scar tissue from cancer surgery). Do you have an epidural yet? That can slow things too."


I think most hospitals/doctors won't allow an Epidural until you are at least 4cm dilated.

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
26th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting P Pickle Pants:</b>" If your body isn't doing what it's supposed to on its own, induction is likely to be long and difficult ... [snip!] ... because my cervix was held closed by scar tissue from cancer surgery). Do you have an epidural yet? That can slow things too."</blockquote>



I have pretty much only been walking because the only way the contractions aren't completely terrible is if I am standing when it hits and just sway back and forth. They tried stretching my cervix yesterday afternoon and at 3 am this morning I was still at 1. No epidural they only pain medication I have had is T3s

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
26th Apr '13
Quoting C'est La Vie♡:" I think most hospitals/doctors won't allow an Epidural until you are at least 4cm dilated."


or already being induced. IT's doctor specific. We have doctors who will start the epidural right before induction... but the Pitocin will ensure adequate contractions even if the epidural relaxes her. but, if she's not being induced yet, and wasn't in labor.. they wouldn't do an epidural

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
26th Apr '13
Quoting Brookie99:" <blockquote><b>Quoting P Pickle Pants:</b>" If your body isn't doing what it's supposed ... [snip!] ... cervix yesterday afternoon and at 3 am this morning I was still at 1. No epidural they only pain medication I have had is T3s"


how far effaced are you?

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
26th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" highly unlikely a doc would do an epidural if she's not in labor. op... what are they going to use to induce you?"</blockquote>




They are going to try a gel to help my cervix dilate first and then they just said we would go from there if it doesn't work.

P Pickle Pants 98 kids; California 20522 posts
26th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting C'est La Vie♡:</b>" I think most hospitals/doctors won't allow an Epidural until you are at least 4cm dilated."</blockquote>




That's why I asked. I'm not familiar with epidurals at all having never done one, but I was pretty sure they wait til active labor. But she says she is admitted at L&D and they don't normally admit til active labor either. I was in a similar situation and just sent home til I hit active labor.



OP---I had contractions every 5mins for 3 weeks (stayed 3cm with no change!) before active labor started. It was miserable, but definitely nothing like real labor (I had 36hrs of active labor after I was admitted too! Fun!)

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
26th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" how far effaced are you?"</blockquote>




The nurse that checked me didn't say.