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Induction without being strapped down? C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
3rd Aug '13

I don't want to be induced. I realize, however, that I was induced for medical reasons the last two times and there is a good chance that might need to happen again. However, I would prefer to still be able to move around during labor.



So, my question is, if you were induced, did they insist on constant fetal monitoring? Were you strapped to a bed the whole time? I was strapped down for my two inductions and it SUCKED. I just don't know if they will flip shit if I try to walk and move around.

user banned 2 kids; Hamilton, Ontario 19220 posts
3rd Aug '13

I just asked for them to take it off for a bit so I could move around.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
3rd Aug '13

Depends in what your dr allows. Talk to them about it. Mine let me use the birthing ball. But honestly I am weird cause I didn't wanna move. I handle that cramping pain better when I lay down and relax A&D try not to think about it and try to nt contract any of my muscles lol.

LA REINA™ New York, NY, United States 16429 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting C.K.I:" I don't want to be induced. I realize, however, that I was induced for medical reasons the last two times ... [snip!] ... strapped down for my two inductions and it SUCKED. I just don't know if they will flip shit if I try to walk and move around."


I was strapped down every time I got pitocin. I was allowed to go to the bathroom for a while and then they would tell me to use the bedpan.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
3rd Aug '13

Look into your rights. They can't make you do anything....at all. So if you want to get up, don't ask, tell. They can do periodic monitoring. It isn't an and/or situation...as in you can either be monitored alll the time or go without monitoring at all.

Just the Sea's mom 1 child; Keokuk, IA, United States 1888 posts
3rd Aug '13

When I was induced I was not strapped down although for most of the time they did monitor me....minus when I had to use the toilet. If I wanted to get up and walk my dr. would have made it possible to do just that...however I didn't choose to walk before she broke my water, I just wanted the process over with.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46811 posts
3rd Aug '13

I wasn't strapped down at all during my induction.



I got up and walked, I went into the whirlpool tub for a while, had a cool shower when I got too hot....

LA REINA™ New York, NY, United States 16429 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" I wasn't strapped down at all during my induction. I got up and walked, I went into the whirlpool tub for a while, had a cool shower when I got too hot...."


That sounds amazing. I was so uncomfortable because the straps to the monitor were itchy and the monitor was uncomfortable because it poked my belly.

C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting lolajessup:" Depends in what your dr allows. Talk to them about it. Mine let me use the birthing ball. But honestly ... [snip!] ... that cramping pain better when I lay down and relax A&D try not to think about it and try to nt contract any of my muscles lol."


I kind of want to bring a ball to bounce on. With my last, I dilated from a 6 to a 10 literally as soon as I sat up to get the epidural so I feel like gravity really does help. I plan to talk to her during my next appointment Tuesday.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46811 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting BOB MARLEY
LA REINA™ New York, NY, United States 16429 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" The hospital I delivered at was very progressive, especially for it being almost 17 years ago. Every ... [snip!] ... to skin contact in all births including c-sections, and they had a rooming-in policy (unless the infant had medical issues). "


That sounds like such a great hospital. My hospital was happy to send people on their way with free bags of formula and loads of samples. I wish there were more hospitals like yours. My biggest complaint was to be bedridden during labor when all I wanted to do was walk around and have my husband hold me and rub my back.

C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting BOB MARLEY
LA REINA™ New York, NY, United States 16429 posts
3rd Aug '13
Quoting C.K.I:" Sounds exactly like the hospital I delivered at :( Bastards. A shower and bath during labor sounds amazing."


I agree. Sitting and or laying in bed is really no fun and the monitors were uncomfortable to wear all the time and sleep with.

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
3rd Aug '13

I was allowed to do whatever I felt as long as they could check every 30 minutes if everything was fine and that was for my VBAC with Pit.

graysensmom2010 TTC since Nov 2013; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Terre Haute, Indiana 201 posts
3rd Aug '13

I wasn't strapped down, but I had a catheter in because they didn't want me getting out of bed because my blood pressure was outrageous and I was on magnesium. They said that the medication could make me dizzy, and possibly faint. If I wasn't in that situation, I'd be telling them to let me get up. I don't see any point in being strapped in unless someone is at risk of harming themselves or others. I would be pissed.