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question about pitocin for induction waiting for 7/29/13 1 child; Haymarket, Virginia 416 posts
3rd Aug

When given pitocin were you confined to the bed during labor?
Im gettting induced on Monday. I don't need cervidil just the pitocin and I don't want to be hooked up to monitors and feel strapped to the bed. I want to be able to roam around my room as much as I feel the need to but it never crossed my mind I might have to stay in bed the whole time.
TIA

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15523 posts
3rd Aug

Will you be getting an epidural?

Hocus Pocus Due September 27 (boy); Japan 1096 posts
3rd Aug

I was able to move from my bed to a rocking chair right next to my bed with nurses help. They switched me every few he's for the first 10 then kept me in bed. But was on monitors the entire time

waiting for 7/29/13 1 child; Haymarket, Virginia 416 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" Will you be getting an epidural?"</blockquote>




I don't plan on it.

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
3rd Aug

Pitocin usually causes contractions to be more intense and fast so you are more likely to want the epidural, in which case you will not be moving around at all. They put the pitocin through your IV so you may be able to move around a bit at first but you might have to have one of those rolling bag hanger things.

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15523 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting waiting for 7/29/13:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" Will you be getting an epidural?"</blockquote> I don't plan on it."</blockquote>



Then they should let you get up and walk around. If you decide You want an epidural then you will be confined to the bed because you need a catheter.

Hocus Pocus Due September 27 (boy); Japan 1096 posts
3rd Aug

I had no epidural and was still confined :(

waiting for 7/29/13 1 child; Haymarket, Virginia 416 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Daniel:</b>" Pitocin usually causes contractions to be more intense and fast so you are more likely to want the epidural, ... [snip!] ... your IV so you may be able to move around a bit at first but you might have to have one of those rolling bag hanger things."</blockquote>




Thanks for bringing that up about the IV hanger. I will have to ask for one if its not in the room. Last time I was at L&D the hanger was attached to the bed.

Lauralie89 3 kids; Pennsylvania 2244 posts
3rd Aug

Not sure..when I had it they kept the blood pressure thing on me the entire time. It was timed to check my bp every 10 minutes I believe so I wasn't able to get off the bed.

waiting for 7/29/13 1 child; Haymarket, Virginia 416 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting waiting for 7/29/13:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... get up and walk around. If you decide You want an epidural then you will be confined to the bed because you need a catheter."</blockquote>




The catheter is the main reason I don't want the epi. I've never needed one and don't ever want one unless absolutely necessary.

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15523 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting waiting for 7/29/13:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... catheter is the main reason I don't want the epi. I've never needed one and don't ever want one unless absolutely necessary."</blockquote>




I'm not saying that you can't do it but an induction with not epidural hurts extremely bad. I had to an induction with no epidural because I had pre-e and HELLP and I honestly wouldn't wish that kind of pain on my worst enemy. I had back to back contraction for 18 hours. Trust me the last thing on your mind will be the catheter.

waiting for 7/29/13 1 child; Haymarket, Virginia 416 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting waiting for 7/29/13:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... pain on my worst enemy. I had back to back contraction for 18 hours. Trust me the last thing on your mind will be the catheter."</blockquote>




If I need the epidural then im ok with that. I just want to go as long as possible with out it.
I just want the option to be able to move around freely as I feel the need to instead of someone telling me im not allowed because its "standard protocol " to stay in bed. Kwim??
Idk. Majority of these responses seem like I might not have very much of a choice but to stay in bed. :/ I guess I will just have to wait and see

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
3rd Aug
Quoting waiting for 7/29/13:" <blockquote><b>Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... responses seem like I might not have very much of a choice but to stay in bed. :/ I guess I will just have to wait and see"


I would ask them before everything gets started. Let them know you want minimal monitoring (agree to like once or twice an hour), and that you want to be able to move around your room as much as possible. At my hospital they allowed moving, but a lot of people just stayed in bed because they assume thats how it is suppose to go, but it never hurts to ask.

waiting for 7/29/13 1 child; Haymarket, Virginia 416 posts
3rd Aug

<blockquote><b>Quoting White Chocolate Milk:</b>" I would ask them before everything gets started. Let them know you want minimal monitoring (agree to ... [snip!] ... moving, but a lot of people just stayed in bed because they assume thats how it is suppose to go, but it never hurts to ask."</blockquote>




That's actually a good idea :) I never can think about questions like this.
Knowing an actual date and time to get labor started has made me a nervous wreck lately.
I knew at least a few people would give me a question to ask the nurses about that I haven't thought of already. :-) thanks

Tara Howell-Straight 1 child; Frenchtown, Montana 215 posts
3rd Aug

Nope after they gave it to me, I could go to the tub, or anything I wanted. After the epidorial is when I was confined, but only because I could not move from the waist down. Also potosin does NOT always work to induce. I was on it for 10 hours with no progression and had to go in for a C-section since they broke my water.