I was induced with my second before my support system was going to be there, luckily I had hired a doula, she was great.It was a 2 hr labor partly because DS was ready I had been trying to hold out til my support system could get there, but I was able to do it without any pain meds.I was scared becuase I thought it would mean an instant C section since this was back in San Diego and they love doing them.
Things that helped: staying out of that dang bed! They broke my water,hooked me up to the fetal monitors and pitocin and IV fluids and BP cuff and then expected me to spend the whole labor in bed using a bedpan on a stool next to the bed!
Luckily my doula knew what to unhook me from so that I could use the bathroom like a normal person and do some good squats over the toilet.I had to pee so much from the fluids I would have voerrun that stupid bed pan anyway.
The nurse wsn't happy but she didn't insist on me getting back in bed.
I spent most of the labor in the nice cool bathroom.I moved to leaning over the side of the bed and did and said whatever I felt like.
The contractions were really intense especially at the end, they never let up so if I hadn't already been ready to push I think I would have asked for pain meds if I could have gotten that sentence out but I was pretty locked into labor land.They tried to make me wear an oxygen mask but it was annoying me so I threw it aside.
You can do it!!
I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!Have a safe quick birth and enjoy your sweetling!