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#1 of 5 Old 07-19-2007, 08:21 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anybody else experienced a painless induced labour?

After 3 days of PROM, I agreed to an induction of labour via syntocinon drip. Over the course of 9 hours, my drip was turned waaaay up, the midwife said it was twice as high as what was usually required to establish labour.

During that time, I was monitored with CTG, and after about 6 hrs, it eventually showed I was having contractions, about 4 per 10 minutes. An internal showed that I wasn't dilated or effaced at all.

I couldn't feel those contractions. It wasn't that they didn't hurt - I literally couldn't feel them - I didn't know I was having one unless the CTG told me I was. Any ideas why? Could it be because my cervix wasn't effaced or dilated? Is it the cervix, not the uterus, that causes the pain? I'm so curious about this, because it's the opposite to everything that I have heard about induced labours - that they tend to be more painful.

So has anybody else experienced this?

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Are you sure you were not given something else in that intravenous drip or a shot somewhere else? If you were not effaced at all, why did they decide to initiate labor? There is a Bishop's Score that helps to calculate the best time and condition to induce labor and effacement with some dilatation is necessary for success.

I had a friend who had a painless induced labor, but she had an epidural with it.

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I've been induced with Pitocin before and have had it not really work. I would have contractions but they were not painful, more like BH. They really didn't do anything either as far as dilation. My nurse told me that she had never had to turn the pit up that high before. What ended up putting me into labor was breaking my water. It went VERY fast from that point. Did you dilate and efface from the painless contractions? If not how did you get into active labor?
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I didn't have pain with pit, but I was using self-hypnosis.
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Are you sure you were not given something else in that intravenous drip or a shot somewhere else? If you were not effaced at all, why did they decide to initiate labor?
There was definitely only the syntocinon in the drip. They wanted to induce me 3 days prior, when my waters broke spontaneouly, but I refused. I eventually agreed to be induced, as I'd had no contractions in those 3 days & was getting tired from all my natural induction methods (hadn't slept in 3 days as I wanted to stay upright).

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Did you dilate and efface from the painless contractions? If not how did you get into active labor?
I never ended up going into active labour, or dilating/effacing with the 'contractions'. I had a scan eventually, which showed that bubs was oblique, and his head wasn't in my pelvis (thus no dilation/effacement). Weird, as the OB had told me a week prior that his head was engaged :
I ended up having a c/s

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I didn't have pain with pit, but I was using self-hypnosis.
Actually, it's interesting you should say that. I had been practicing hypnobirthing visualisations all through my third trimester. I wasn't using them during the induction (didn't need to lol), but maybe all the practice helped somehow.

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