I would LOVE to go into labor on my own! I have been induced all 5 times for various reasons. With DS1, I had polyhydramnios. Got induced at 39 weeks with pitocin and delivered 15 hours later with no epidural. DS2 was measuring big (over 9lbs at 37 weeks). I was induced w/ pitocin at 38 weeks and he was 9lbs 3oz. No pain meds with him either. With DS3, I had ges diabetes. Pitocin induction at 38 weeks, no epidural. DS4- induction at 38 1/2 weeks. I had borderline GD. Pit and no epi. With DS5, I was determined not to be induced. I wanted so badly to feel what it was like to go into labor on my own and I had heard that non induced labors are easier and less painful. Everything was looking good until an u/s at 38 1/2 weeks. At aht point they found out I again had polyhydramnios, which led to yet another induction at 39 weeks. This time, my doc tried just breaking my water to see if that would do it. I did start contracting but things were going really slow. They started the pitocin about 5 hours after breaking my water. I had planned on another pain med free delivery. I figured I had delivered 4 times without it and could do it again. I was not prepared for how painful it would get. It's funny that it was my "least induced" labor (didn't start pit right away and when they did it was low dose, but man oh man, it was definitively my most painful! I ended up begging for the epi at 6 cm. It was awesome! By the time they finished it, I was complete though. The nurse said she didn't want to waste it and let me rest for about 30- 45 minutes before pushing. I felt nothing while pushing. HUGE difference from the others! I was worried that I would have to push a lot longer because of the epi (I only pushed 2-3 times with DS2,3, and 4) but it only took about 10 minutes.
People have said "oh don't you wish you had gotten the epi with all of them?" and I can honestly say, no. I am really glad I got to experience it without one and I wouldn't change it. With this one, I'm going in with no expectations. If I can go without one, I will. If I feel I need it, I'll get it. I am really hoping not to have to be induced though. The only problem is I'm due right at Halloween and DS bday is Nov 1. I really want to be home with the boys for both. My doc will induce at 39 weeks if my body is ready. So, I may take her up on it.
Connor, Landon, Liam, Noah, Keaton, Amaris and 9/04 12/04 11/11 1/12
Repeat c-section here, especially since my twins both have posterior placentas. So I'm just hoping for an uneventful, smooth c-section.
Kyle 11/10/05, Connor 09/10/07
Faelynn & Finnley 09/24/12