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INDUCTION: THE SECOND TIME ROUND


Today I am 10 days over due and have been pregnant for 290 days. I have been preparing myself for induction ever since the day I went 'over due'. In our area they don't seem to book inductions until you are 40+ 12 days unless they believe baby should be born sooner for any reason. I've had a pretty easy pregnancy this time round and haven't been high risk unlike last pregnancy so there's been no reason to be induced early. 

On Tuesday afternoon I went for my routine 41 week midwife check up and was sent up to the maternity ward at the hospital shortly afterwards to be monitored as I'd been experiencing dizzy spells for the past week and my fetal movements had decreased slightly. The maternity assessment ward was shut that afternoon so I was sent up to the labour ward instead. I ended up in the induction ward, in the very same bed that I was induced in with Amelia. What a coincidence?! It felt so strange being back there, it brought back so many memories.

Once I was hooked up, I was told I would need to be on the monitor for half an hour which soon turned into an hour! I was having regular tightenings so the midwife wanted to monitor them for a while longer to see how close together they were coming. After a couple of hours at the hospital I was good to go and was even given an induction date although they think I'll go into labour on my own before then as baby boy is well engaged and ready to go. But we'll see, I'm not holding out much hope. 

I was asked to go back in again yesterday to be put back on the monitor, at least this time I was prepared so was able to take along some magazines and a drink while I was waiting. Again, movements started off very slow but once they had a feel around he got moving and was having regular movement along with tightenings again. I have a sweep booked for tomorrow, which I'm going to cancel as I don't want one. The midwife booked it for me even though I insisted I didn't want one, but now that I have an induction date set I'm happy with that. 

I was induced with Amelia at 42 weeks so I have a rough idea of what to expect this time round. My experience of being induced is actually quite good minus ending up in theatre having a forceps delivery,  I've heard from many mums that their induction was awful and a very long process so I was actually dreading it before hand. I've been told that my labour was pretty fast for an induction, so I guess she was ready to come out but just needed a little push! I had the pessery inserted around 3pm, walked around the hospital, took a bath and started contracting around 6/7pm and she was born at 2am the following morning so I'm hoping that this labour is the same or even quicker! 

I have been given an induction date if things don't happen on their own so at least we have an idea on when he will arrive and I can make sure the house is ready. I'm feeling pretty relaxed about being induced again and actually looking forward to it...am I crazy? 

Did you get induced? How was your experience?

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29 comments

  1. i was induced with erin (hormone drip) and i loved the entire experience. hope hes here soon! i keep checking your social media for a BA!

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  2. I was induced at 38 weeks with my son, went in at 6 am got the induction meds at 7 then had him at 1130 am. Now my second baby was due 12.17.14 she came 12.18.14. I started contractions at 8 am went to the hospital at 1030 am and had her at 1115 am. She was ready to come out!

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  3. I went into labour at 42 weeks with my second, half an hour before being induced! My first was 5 days late and decided she wanted to born on her dads birthday!

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  4. I was induced after my waters started leaking took 5-6 hours to get for two to three cms and one and a half hours roughly from 4 cm to baby! Loved it up to the 4 cm bit as went from 4-8 cms in a few minutes and had nothing still in the induction suite!

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  5. I was induced at 40 weeks 5 days because of high blood pressure and thought it was fine! My contractions weren't especially painful, especially after I had an epidural of course. The only problem was my first epidural ran out while I took a nap, and they couldn't get me another in time before baby decided it was time to come out. I was in labor around 8 hours and ended up with a perfect baby girl so I can't complain!

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  6. I was induced. Hated it and I'm actually fearful of ever having one again! It's funny how we all have such different experiences. My body took "too well" to the induction and I basically had contractions non stop with no break in between. They had to give me and injection to try and slow my contractions down! It all ended up with them pushing that red button I had around 30 people in the room, I was then put to sleep and had an emergency c-section!! It was so bizzare as I had never read that happening before! But it's nice to hear that some people actually have had really good experiences, I think I was very very unlucky! I'm so excited for you, not long now!! Xxx

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  7. Good luck. I was induced at 40+4 due to pre eclampsia. My daughter was born after 16 hrs 44 mins I ended up with emergency forceps at the end as the cord was round her neck twice. She was fine though.

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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  8. Good luck! I was booked in for an induction with my little one at 4pm, but he arrived naturally at 2pm. I guess your little one doesn't want to leave his mummy just yet.

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  9. I was induced with both of mine. Both were pretty good experiences, though the second was really great. Had 2 pessaries, but it was breaking my waters that really did it! I went from 1cm to her arriving in 3 hrs of waters breaking! Was intense, but managed it drug free and without assisted delivery.
    Best of luck x

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  10. I was induced twice first time because I was overdue and had to have the drip second time as I had to have baby early at 39 weeks and second time was so much nicer there was no drip just as soon as my waters were broke I went into labour and he was born 40 minutes later . Contractions were not as painful either and I recovered a lot quicker. Everyone said to me inductions are awful but I actually found both of mine ok and better then the normal labour I had with my middle child. Good luck xx

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  11. Good luck Kerry! I think the best thing about an induction is the fact you can prepare ahead especially with Amelia its probably for the best. Im not allowed to be induced this time so if baby doesn't come its a c-section. Im guessing this may be your last post so good luck with everything and i hope it all goes well xx

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  12. I was booked in for an induction on the Wednesday but went into labour naturally the Monday prior to it. My labour was so long though that I ended up being transferred to the hospital from the birthing centre on the Wednesday evening for the hormone drip anyway! She was born the following morning.

    Good luck, Kerry. I look forward to seeing your birth announcement.

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  13. I was induced at 40+12 and my son was born after 7 h. I hope that with my second will be qucker and won't wait so long.
    Good luck!

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  14. I was supposed to be induced on the evening Matthew arrived in the end. So I got lucky there. I hope this time it will be the same as once first baby comes it is highly unlikely I am going to be induced with the second. Haven't heard of anyone like that anyway. I went in 7am in the morning and had him 22.45pm in the evening.
    Today I took a day off work because it is very uncomfortable walking and sitting at the moment. Have GP appointment soon to see how things are.

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  15. You know I've been impatiently checking fb for updates lol.
    I've never been induced I'm afraid Emmy started to arrive on her in 10 days late, sadly she was too big for this to happen unassisted and ended with an emcs. Harry was a planned section as he was supposed to be big too...Not that he was lol.
    Good luck

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  16. I was induced with my second at 40 + 13 weeks. All they did was break my waters and my daughter arrived four hours later! I had a sweep with my third. I don't think it did anything, though my midwife did say to me to make sure I didn't hang about getting into hospital when I did go into labour as I was already 4cm dilated. She wasn't wrong, my second daughter was delivered two days later by her Daddy in the kitchen :-) Good luck, whenever and however your baby boy chooses to arrive. You know we are waiting with bated breath for an update!

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  17. I was induced at 40+12 and my son was born after 7 h. I hope that with my second will be qucker and won't wait so long.
    Good luck!

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  18. I was induced with Chlo at 39wks but she wasn't keen on the idea & I ended up having a section

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  19. My little man wasn't ready to come at all. My cervix was as tight as could be lol. So I was induced with the pessary and the drip. For me the pain was awful, but my midwife did leave me for hours on end without checking on me. As a first time Mum I didn't want to make a fuss, whereas next time I'd be making a fuss as soon as it got uncomfortable! Once the epidural was in I was fine :)
    Ended in a c section but I was in labour a long time and progressing so slowly. Your experience with Amelia will probably be how this little man will enter the world too xx

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  20. I was induced for the first time with my second baby (first baby I went into labour myself).
    I was 40+2 and like you I was super ready so all I needed was a pessary to get myself going.
    I had the pessary inserted just after 9am and my little boy was born 3hrs 50 minutes later at 13.51 with zero pain relief :)
    I had a super quick, positive induction.
    Good Luck xxx

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  21. Never been induced (my daughter was born at 38 weeks) but I don't think you're crazy to be excited - you're going to meet your little boy!!

    Good luck and I can't wait to hear the news of his arrival.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  22. Oh wow that is a quick induction! I had first pessary at 12pm on a Friday, waters went 8pm later that night, baby born 4pm on Monday! was a horrible long experience...

    Georgina
    www.mummy-pixie.com

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  23. Never been induced Kerry but I did have a sweep this time around and it was fine - I actually didn't even think she'd done it yet. And I went into labour the next day and had my baby 11 hours later. Good luck, look forward to seeing your happy news!

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  24. I have a section. So I'm not sure about all the stuff with inducing. But I'm sure it will all be fine and you will have your bundle of joy and sleepless nights very soon :)
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh good luck. How annoying that she booked the sweep when you didn't want it! Will keep checking back here to see how your doing. Best wishes

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  26. I was induced at 42 weeks with my first baby and that was fairly quick too. I was examined at 7am and told that I was nowhere near ready but by 12pm I was having contractions. They annoyingly told me they were 'niggles' and sent me for a bath around 5pm where my waters went! I was examined and found to be 4cm so was able to go down to delivery. My baby was born via emergency section in the end, at 2am the next day- but I did get to 10cm and pushing so it was relatively fast for me too! Good luck for your induction- cant wait to hear your happy news! x x x

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  27. I was induced after my waters broke and things were moving pretty slowly. I didn't really know anything about inductions and wish I had read more. I had decided that whatever was going to happen would happen. When I was told I might be induced I assumed it would make things happen quicker but it took another 15 hours for the Tot to turn up. I've since heard of ladies that went on for days! However, like you, I am looking forward to my next labour in April. I just think I need to read up on all the options a bit more! It probably won't make a difference to what eventually happens but at least I'll be clued up! Good luck!

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  28. I was induced 2nd time at 38wks due to medical reasons and loved the process although had emergency c-section due to heart rate dipping! That was not a good experience. If I have any more hopefully I go natural xx

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  29. My induction with my first daughter was quite fast, I was already 6 days over due so I reckon she must have just be ready to come out. Soon as they started inducing me within the hour it was moving along nicely and she was born within 8 hours. With my second daughter... it took 10 hours before anything proper happened. Even had to go through the unpleasant procedure of having my waters broken. I still shudder to that 6 years on lol. After that the labour was only about 6-7 hours long. But god was those first 10 hours the most BORING hours I'd ever spent ;) still, could've been longer!

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