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My Induced Labor Story Inked_mommy 1 child; Elizabeth, New Jersey 197 posts
28th Oct '13

September 20th 2013. - 8am .

I was told by my doctors that I would need to be induced at 39 weeks because my daughter was IUGR & she would be better off outside the womb .
I was so nervous the night before but as 8am approached I was feeling a whole lot of emotions.
I reached the hospital and spoke with admissions , and they told me that they weren't sure if I was going to be induced just yet . I was upset because It had took a few days for me to mentally prepare myself for this day . I went to Labor & Delivery and they started me on NST testings to monitor the baby . The midwife came and asked me a few questions and after realizing my daughter was IUGR , she decided to check my cervix and I was just one centimeter dilated , She told me they would go ahead and start me on cervidil , to soften my cervix & in 12 hours we would remove it and if no progress then redo the process.
For some odd reason I started having a lot of contractions and my daughters heart was beating way too fast . They checked me and I was only about 3cm , and came with the decision it was best to remove it and break my water . They broke my water and even though I still wasn't in pain I decided to get the epidural . ( BTW it did not hurt when they broke my water ) I thought it would considering a lot of woman say that there is a uncomfortable pinch . I did not feel anything . )
After a few more hours I started feeling some pressure down there and I knew the time was getting closer . They checked my again and I was only 9cm dilated . My fiance was an amazing guy not only was he there by my side through out everything but he also let me know when I was about to have a contraction so I can start my breathing techniques . ( Also no matter how much I breathed or tried to meditate , nothing .. helped the pressure on my back .)

September 21 2013
Next thing you know the doctor came in and checked me and told me we were ready to have this baby .
They set up the room and got everything ready , and next thing you know she was telling me to push . It was the best feeling to push ! especially with all that pressure on my lower back. I must have pushed for about 10 mins. Three small pushes and her head was started to show , another push and her head was out , and another last one ... & she came out .

Isabella <3
5 pounds 14 oz .
18 inches long .
September 21 , 2013 .
12:32AM.

I thought that I was going to be able to see her as soon as she came out but I didnt . She wasnt breathing and they had to make sure she was okay . I started bleeding a lot , and they had to give me a shot on my thigh to try and stop the bleeding . It was pretty scary when I saw all these different people trying to help me and seeing my daughter on the other side being worked on. I finally heard her cry and it brought the biggest joy to my life . I didnt care about the stitches anymore , I just wanted to know my babygirl was okay . Even with the fact that my epidural had wore off and I felt every single inch of it .

As soon as they were able to they put her on my chest and breastfed her . What an amazing feeling to see my little girl . They ended up telling me that I was anemic during my pregnancy which I was never told and now even more because of the blood lost. Thank god I did not need a blood transfusion but I was being monitored very closely . They only gave me maternity room later on around 11am in the morning after delivery because there was no room . The worse feeling was being in labor in delivery after having the baby & having to hear other woman go through the screaming and pain they were in during their delivery .

My placenta was so small , maybe the size of a small pumpkin . They did tell me I had low protein in the placenta but I guess that was the reason why Bella was not growing . Im just happy that me & her came out okay and for all the mothers dealing with IUGR babies .. im here if you need someone to talk to .. as well as anyone else ... bless every single one of you .

BTW It did not sting when I had my first pee . & I did have a catheter put in . So that goes to show you not to base your delivery and postpartum experiences on everyone else's stories .
My period lasted for 4 weeks , & slowly turned into brownish discharge and at 5 weeks .. Its a brownish sometimes yellow in color .. I pretty much am done .. Just waiting for my check up on friday and be given the green light to get back to business because im dying to make love to my fiance <3 haha





BabyGaga User Due January 1; Tokyo, NJ, Japan 51 posts
28th Oct '13

Quoting Inked_mommy:
September 20th 2013. - 8am .

I was told by my doctors that I would need to be induced at 39 weeks because my daughter was IUGR & she would be better off outside the womb .
I was so nervous the night before but as 8am approached I was feeling a whole lot of emotions.
I reached the hospital and spoke with admissions , and they told me that they weren't sure if I was going to be induced just yet . I was upset because It had took a few days for me to mentally prepare myself for this day . I went to Labor & Delivery and they started me on NST testings to monitor the baby . The midwife came and asked me a few questions and after realizing my daughter was IUGR , she decided to check my cervix and I was just one centimeter dilated , She told me they would go ahead and start me on cervidil , to soften my cervix & in 12 hours we would remove it and if no progress then redo the process.
For some odd reason I started having a lot of contractions and my daughters heart was beating way too fast . They checked me and I was only about 3cm , and came with the decision it was best to remove it and break my water . They broke my water and even though I still wasn't in pain I decided to get the epidural . ( BTW it did not hurt when they broke my water ) I thought it would considering a lot of woman say that there is a uncomfortable pinch . I did not feel anything . )
After a few more hours I started feeling some pressure down there and I knew the time was getting closer . They checked my again and I was only 9cm dilated . My fiance was an amazing guy not only was he there by my side through out everything but he also let me know when I was about to have a contraction so I can start my breathing techniques . ( Also no matter how much I breathed or tried to meditate , nothing .. helped the pressure on my back .)

September 21 2013
Next thing you know the doctor came in and checked me and told me we were ready to have this baby .
They set up the room and got everything ready , and next thing you know she was telling me to push . It was the best feeling to push ! especially with all that pressure on my lower back. I must have pushed for about 10 mins. Three small pushes and her head was started to show , another push and her head was out , and another last one ... & she came out .

Isabella <3
5 pounds 14 oz .
18 inches long .
September 21 , 2013 .
12:32AM.

I thought that I was going to be able to see her as soon as she came out but I didnt . She wasnt breathing and they had to make sure she was okay . I started bleeding a lot , and they had to give me a shot on my thigh to try and stop the bleeding . It was pretty scary when I saw all these different people trying to help me and seeing my daughter on the other side being worked on. I finally heard her cry and it brought the biggest joy to my life . I didnt care about the stitches anymore , I just wanted to know my babygirl was okay . Even with the fact that my epidural had wore off and I felt every single inch of it .

As soon as they were able to they put her on my chest and breastfed her . What an amazing feeling to see my little girl . They ended up telling me that I was anemic during my pregnancy which I was never told and now even more because of the blood lost. Thank god I did not need a blood transfusion but I was being monitored very closely . They only gave me maternity room later on around 11am in the morning after delivery because there was no room . The worse feeling was being in labor in delivery after having the baby & having to hear other woman go through the screaming and pain they were in during their delivery .

My placenta was so small , maybe the size of a small pumpkin . They did tell me I had low protein in the placenta but I guess that was the reason why Bella was not growing . Im just happy that me & her came out okay and for all the mothers dealing with IUGR babies .. im here if you need someone to talk to .. as well as anyone else ... bless every single one of you .

BTW It did not sting when I had my first pee . & I did have a catheter put in . So that goes to show you not to base your delivery and postpartum experiences on everyone else's stories .
My period lasted for 4 weeks , & slowly turned into brownish discharge and at 5 weeks .. Its a brownish sometimes yellow in color .. I pretty much am done .. Just waiting for my check up on friday and be given the green light to get back to business because im dying to make love to my fiance <3 haha









WOW what an amazing and overwhelming journey that was! I am glad everything worked out! Congrats on the baby!

I have a question. (I am a first time mommy and a lot of this stuff is new to me)
If you are induced and the doctors decide to induce you (give you pitocin or whatever) to jumpstart your labor, do they break your water then and there or does that happen later? Like when do they break your water?

Inked_mommy 1 child; Elizabeth, New Jersey 197 posts
28th Oct '13

Thank you so much for your reply and taking the time to read .
They actually started the cervidil on me first & then broke my water .
I believe they break your water after they start your induction especially if it wasnt broke on its own.
Are you going to be induced ?

BabyGaga User Due January 1; Tokyo, NJ, Japan 51 posts
28th Oct '13

Quoting Inked_mommy:
Thank you so much for your reply and taking the time to read .
They actually started the cervidil on me first & then broke my water .
I believe they break your water after they start your induction especially if it wasnt broke on its own.
Are you going to be induced ?

Yeah no problem! I am curious reading about inducing and labor. Oh I am not sure about that I am only 8 weeks but I am very curious to know how being induced works

Okay that makes sense. So the steps are induced, then break your water, and the contractions start? Or do the contractions start when you're induced? Sorry for all of the questions...clearly I am a new mommy lol




Inked_mommy 1 child; Elizabeth, New Jersey 197 posts
28th Oct '13

I was having a lot of Braxton hicks contractions before my induction .
When they did the cervidil I started having real contractions but they werent strong .
It didnt hurt me at all , but after breaking my water .. they did get intense . I must say They didnt hurt though , just a lot of pressure on my lower area . I felt like I needed to poop really bad and had to hold it in .

BabyGaga User Due January 1; Tokyo, NJ, Japan 51 posts
28th Oct '13

Quoting Inked_mommy:
I was having a lot of Braxton hicks contractions before my induction .
When they did the cervidil I started having real contractions but they werent strong .
It didnt hurt me at all , but after breaking my water .. they did get intense . I must say They didnt hurt though , just a lot of pressure on my lower area . I felt like I needed to poop really bad and had to hold it in .

oh okay. Is it best to always go to the doctor when you are having braxton hicks just in case its the real thing?




Mama2(three)Boys ♥ Due August 29 (boy); 2 kids; New Jersey 8628 posts
status 28th Oct '13

Congrats!!! im glad shes healthy!

Inked_mommy 1 child; Elizabeth, New Jersey 197 posts
28th Oct '13

Not exactly.

Braxton hicks are normal . Unless you see them a lot and coming close to each other. I had them during my pregnancy a lot and the baby seemed to be doing okay and not stressed .

BabyGaga User Due January 1; Tokyo, NJ, Japan 51 posts
28th Oct '13

Quoting Inked_mommy:
Not exactly.

Braxton hicks are normal . Unless you see them a lot and coming close to each other. I had them during my pregnancy a lot and the baby seemed to be doing okay and not stressed .



oh okay then...you just have to pay close attention to the signs and know the difference between the two, got it! :)

lalalalove [+2! ♥] 2 kids; Gainesville, Florida 2071 posts
28th Oct '13

congratulations mama! pushing was my favorite part of my birth experience! and i had an epi and cath but it didn't sting when i had my first pee after, i've never heard that before. i can't believe they didn't tell you that you were anemic through your pregnancy, my doctors checked my iron at like every appointment to make sure the levels were good.

CokiMonsta 1 child; Virginia 341 posts
28th Oct '13

Congrats this is awesome!!!
almost identical to my story too.
induced at 39 for IUGR (just pitocin though) my little girl was 5lbs 10oz and though she went into distress I got to have her vaginally. The only person on l&d that night out of a full packed floor to not have a csection.
<3 enjoy your little bundle of joy!!! When she plumps up you'll be like holy crap!!!! A 5lber is so so tiny.

edit; I'd like to also mention my placenta was tiny too! I had 20+ ultrasounds plus went to a specialist who did not catch it!!!! My iron was a 7 the entire pregnancy too. Too similar eh?