Induced Labour: Our Members Tell Their Stories
Sometimes there are certain circumstances during pregnancy that may lead to you having an induced labour, which means your labour is started artificially.
You will be offered an induction if the risk of prolonging your pregnancy is more serious than the risk of your baby being born sooner. A few of the main reasons for having an induction are as follows:
"I'm being induced next week due to gestinational diabities. This is my first baby and I'm slightly nervous. Can anyone share their induction stories or advice? Does it really take a long time for induced labours? Thanks in advance."
- Your pregnancy has gone beyond 41 weeks or 42 weeks, though it may depend on your hospital's policy
- Your waters have broken, but labour hasn't started. The longer you wait to labour after your waters go, the bigger the risk that you or your baby could develop an infection
- You have diabetes, or have gestational diabetes
- You have a chronic or acute condition, such as pre-eclampsia or kidney disease, that threatens your wellbeing, or the health of your baby
Here's what some of our amazing moms on Facebook had to say:
I'm being induced next week due to gestinational diabities. This is my first baby and I'm slightly nervous. Can anyone share their induction stories or advice? Does it really take a long time for induced labours? Thanks in advance.
"No two labours are the same. On my first he was born in 4 hours, no major problems but he was taken to SCU. On my second I was told there would be no sign of baby for at least 24hours, I was sent up to a ward and my husband was sent home. An hour or so later I woke up, went to the bathroom, and 7 minutes later baby was born. No husband, no nurses. I was on my own. So my advice is not to take anyone else's labour stories as what could happen to you because every single story is totally different, even the nurses aren't always right!"
"I had heard horror stories about induced births and I was pretty apprehensive when I had to be induced myself. It actually wasn't that bad, it started just after 9am and he popped out just after 6pm. The midwife started me off easy and then gradually increased the level of oxytocin. I have to say once the dose was intensified it got pretty intense and painful. I got to 6cm by about 2pm and got the epidural not long after. That anaesthetist was my best friend that day! I managed to get a snooze in before I had to start pushing. Don't worry too much about it, you can't predict what's going to happen or how you'll react. All that matters is that you and your baby come through the birth ok. Trust your midwife, they know what they're at. Best of luck with the birth!"
"I was induced on my first: 5 hrs 45 minutes & my 3rd was just under an hour, don't know what the horror is at all about being induced you will be perfectly fine."
"I went into labour 30mins before being induced and still ended in an emergency c-section, but it was absolutely fine try not to worry."
"Whatever way baby comes to you, it will be the BEST EVER feeling you will have... Go with the flow, what will be will be, it's just 24 hours of your life!"
"I too had GD and they took him at 39 weeks...I'm afraid it didn't work for me after 10 hours of induction! I had to have a C-Section the following day. Saying that, it would appear to have worked for a lot of others so I must be in the minority. I really didn't enjoy a nano second if it - hurt like hell as my contractions never let up and wouldn't give me a break. So run with the other comments as I'm a bad example of induction going wrong!"
"I was induced at 8am, labour started at 11.30 and Abigail was out at 1.45. Did it on gas and air, no pethidine, and it was an entirely uneventful labour. The contractions were very painful but there was no pain once the pushing stage started. In fact it was hugely satisfying and relieving and just made the last bit of it tiring rather than sore."
"It will be fine. Every induction is different, as is every labour. I was induced with all three of mine. All very different labours but all fine. I have three gorgeous children. My advice is don't expect too much from first gel if it works great, but most of the time especially on first babies it takes a second gel. Sometimes baby comes quickly, sometimes it takes till the next day so don't panic if it seems to take a long time to get into full labour. Labour itself will not be all that time, it's just getting started can take awhile. First starts with really bad period like cramps which I remember on my first thinking I had gone into labour but realised when labour began in earnest, that those pains were just bad period like cramps. That implies that labour was difficult but actually with all the help of your Midwife use as much support as offered - the ball, walking etc, each labour pain passes and you get respite so you manage to get through each one on its own. You will be fine just listen to your midwife they will keep you on the right path and your baby will be soon in your arms. You will be fine. Good Luck. Ps if it was that bad I wouldn't have had No 2 or 3"
"On my first daughter (Jan 2012) I was brought in to be induced, started on the Saturday evening all day Sunday eventually on the Monday my daughter was born at 10pm by c-section. She wasn't budging. I wasn't dilating so they just brought me down. Having said that, my sister in law was induced on her two and had them naturally within a few hours. Best of luck xx"
"I wasn't induced even though I had GD! It was my 3rd baby & I had gone over 2 & 4 days with the others so I was allowed go six days. Baby was measuring fine so there was no issue. Maybe talk to your doctor if you are very nervous. Walk lots, raspberry leaf tea!!! You might go yourself!!!"
"I was induced and had a very different experience than these other ladies so my advice to you is don't fret as everyone's experience is different but we all get there in the end! Best of luck xx"
"I was induced and waters broke at 9am. 9cm by 2pm and had daughter at 17.34 after an hour pushing. It was much easier and better than I thought it would be but knowing when I was going to have her was great, very handy."
"I was induced 12 days before due date with my first baby. I was very, very anxious but it all went soooo well! My baby arrived within 12h and I only got one dose of gel. It was magic. Everyone is different, you might need more or less gel, a drip or not, it might take you 10h or 15h, simply know that you will be fine. You'll be extremely well looked after and remember - you can do it!! Best of luck"
"Every experience is different. For me, it took 5 attempts over 1.5 days before I went into labour. Once I started it was all over in 3 hours. My only advice is bring earplugs & a sleep mask (little travel pack in heatons is great) so you can try & get some sleep if things don't happen straight away so you're not exhausted when the time comes."
"Due to type 1 diabetes I was induced on both pregnancies, once waters broke both babies arrived within 4 hours, all natural. Very quick process!! Don't worry!"
"I was induced too, took 5 days for gel to work, she was born 3 hours from when they broke my waters , intense but no more painful than my 'natural labour' on my 2nd , good luck you'll do great."
"Either way, you end up with the same amazing result!! Ok, it's not exactly a carnival ride but you'll not remember it the second you’re passed your new little beautiful baby!! Just 1 little tip, try having intercourse, it might help you go into labour naturally, it really does bring on labour but I understand some people just can't!! Good luck and congratulations!!"
"I was induced because of GD too. Everything went really well, I only had contractions for about 6 hours then pushed for about 30 minutes with no complications. All in all a great experience. However, I didn't have to get the drip to start contractions so I believe that can make a big difference. Don't be worrying, our bodies are built for this - good luck!"
"I was induced at 10am and baby arrived at 1.45pm! They did say that was rare though for a first baby!"
"I was induced on my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies, waters were broke at 8am put on oxytocin drip at 11am and my second son was born at 2.30pm and my 3rd boy was born at 4.20pm, I was sensitive to the drip so contractions were stronger and only had gas and air, no labour is easy but the precious baby at the end is worth every minute of it, good luck."
Do you have an induction story you'd like to share? Leave us a comment below.