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induced labor birth story

Two weeks before due date, I went to the Dr for another check up – my belly didn’t grow as it should. The Dr told me that they wanted to induce labor, cause my baby wasn’t well in there. I was quite shocked; it was still 2 weeks before my delivery date and I hadn’t even packed my bag!

Well, I called my husband who came with some clothes and things for me.

Since my cervix was not ripe, the doctor put some prostaglandin gel on the cervix. Nothing happened. We waited almost the whole day and at 3 pm I got another dose. The contractions finally started.

By 10 pm the contractions were really painful and came only 5 minutes apart. A midwife came to examine me and I was so convinced that my baby would arrive soon. But nothing had happened. No dilation, no ripening of the cervix. I was so disappointed and also worried – if it could be this painful without anything happening, how would “real labor pain” be

Since it was now quite late, the doctors decided to give me a shot to stop the contractions, to give me a chance to sleep. Unfortunately, that didn’t help either. Another shot and things did slow down enough for me to at least be able to rest for a while. Then the contractions finally disappeared and I slept some. Unfortunately, they disappeared a bit too effectively, because the next day no gel in the world could get the contractions started again. I was very tired and slept from early evening until the next morning.

The next day (the 3rd day!) centimeters me again – no difference. Since the gel was obviously not doing any good, the doctor decided to use a balloon instead. Now something finally starts to happen. 9 hours (!) later I’m open 5 centimetres and exhausted. Will this never end!?

The nurse encourages me to walk around, but I really didn’t feel like it. Well, after a while I did get up and I must admit that it made a difference. The contractions got stronger now and three hours later I’m 7 centimetres dilated. I asked for a walking epidural and got it almost immediately. What a relief!

Strange enough, after I got the epidural everything started to happen very fast. 40 minutes later I was fully dilated and then my boy was born after only 15 minutes more.

No tearing, just very exhausted. And with the loveliest baby on the planet. He was a bit skinny when he came out, but he has compensated that by now… 🙂

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