does pitocin mean epi?

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does pitocin mean epi?

Postby rcpmelissa » Wed May 18, 2011 11:31 am

can anyone encourage me that they've had to be induced for one reason or another and they've been able to still have an epi free delivery? we may have a really big baby on our hands and dr is going to watch for size but we might induce on my due date if i haven't gone into labor to prevent him from being too big and having to have a c-section. i would like to TRY and not have drugs if i can but i hear that pitocin contractions are way more intense.

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Postby LaraE » Wed May 18, 2011 11:33 am

I was induced about 10 days after my due date with DS. I did not get an epidural although I asked for one but I have scoliosis and so they wouldnt give me the epi.

My son was 9lbs13oz - very big! And I did it without an epi.
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Postby monkeysauce » Wed May 18, 2011 5:50 pm

They started my pitocin after they turned my epidural off. I'd say that the pitocin contractions weren't worse than the natural transition contractions I'd been having. Everyone thought my "real" ones were pitocin. So it's not some unnatural horror.
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Postby Hunnybunny22 » Thu May 19, 2011 6:27 am

i think induced contractions are more painful. i was induced with pitocin the first time and had an epi at 6cm. this time i had a hormone pessary behind the cervix and i went natural i was screaming for the epi but by the time they half got it in i was fully dilated. they gave me it because baby was distressed and they had to use forceps
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Postby beeeedeeee » Thu May 19, 2011 8:02 am

I went 12 hours on pit without an epi. I didnt think it was that bad. The catheter bothered me way more than the contractions, and thats why I asked for the epi.
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Postby Hunnybunny22 » Thu May 19, 2011 12:31 pm

beeeedeeee wrote:I went 12 hours on pit without an epi. I didnt think it was that bad. The catheter bothered me way more than the contractions, and thats why I asked for the epi.


i hated my cath! twice i have had to have one now
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Postby monkeysauce » Thu May 19, 2011 1:58 pm

Yeah, the catheter is insult on top of injury, isn't it?
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Postby Remonah » Tue May 24, 2011 10:24 am

i went about 10 hours w/ natural ctx, and about 8 when they put me on pitocin...All was fine and the ctx really didn't even hurt that much worse....until they broke my water!!! Youch!! Then my ctx were literally on top of one another! My natural birth plans quickly changed to getting an epi...only for it to work on a small portion of my right side, and then I could feel EVERYthing else!! So pitocin ctx AFter the padding of the bag of water is gone, feel pretty painful, but considering I did okay still feeling all of this, you can probably still make it through without an epi..
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Postby victoria_1024 » Wed May 25, 2011 9:54 am

I was induced with my DS and did not have an epi (not by choice, it wouldn't work) and it was fine. It hurt like hell but it's do-able. My labor was only 5 hours though, not sure how it would've been with a longer labor. With my DD I had spontaneous labor and no epi, biggest difference pain-wise was no breaks between contractions with the pit, which makes it feel more intense.
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Postby BeccaM » Fri May 27, 2011 2:05 pm

My Bradley birth instructor had 4 kids, all with a little bit of Pit at the beginning to get things going (she was 2 weeks overdue with all!). She used Bradley birth techniques and never had an epi or any drugs with any of her children. She said it was painful, but the midwives worked with her on the Pit and they started at a very low amount and only gave her just as much as her body needed to jumpstart labor.

I might add--don't lose confidence in your body or what it can do! It's quite possible that you will be able to vaginally deliver a big baby with no drugs whatsoever! Your body was created to do this! It helped me when delivering my son (who was 8 lbs 2 oz, so not huge) to focus on that my body could do this. Positive thinking truly is powerful.

ETA: They told me my son could be over 9 lbs but "they" were wrong. (Due to mild GD). I don't always trust u/s anyway.
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Postby BeccaM » Fri May 27, 2011 2:07 pm

Good point. If at all possible don't let them break your bag of water too soon. I've heard bad stories about breaking water prematurely and how painful it is. I would prefer to wait until the last minute! Mine broke when I was 9 cm and I went right from that to pushing. I had a very doable labor, though long, it wasn't overwhelmingly painful.
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Postby shermy » Fri May 27, 2011 5:11 pm

Okay this might be obnoxious since it wasn't at all what you asked....I KNOW you want a med-free birth - and you have GOT THIS! There were some great tips in this thread.

I just wanted to offer up a ---- if you do end up getting an epi, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD POSITIVE EXPERIENCES. I was terrified to get one, but after several hours of 6 min long contractions with no more than 30 sec-1 min between them at 6 cm, I bowed out of the race and got an epi. Which allowed me to push for 5+ hours.

The GD blood test made me cry, I had to hold my hand for my first prenatal appt. blood work, but the epi - didn't even notice it. I had a catheter? coulda fooled me! I just wanted to throw this out there because I was so so so so so soooooo scared pre labor about epi's. Not so bad actually!

I am with Becca though, your body was made to do this. You have got this. The pain doesn't last forever and you will do amazing no matter what happens!

Also, I found hypno birthing really helpful during those 6 min ;) also, my husband counting REALLY helped me. I have no idea why. My husband counting got me though each contraction. He says he will never count again....hahahaha. Poor guy.
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Postby Fawkes » Sun May 29, 2011 11:04 pm

I was induced and had a very quick labor (3 hrs 35 min). I went from, "I think I'm having contractions," too, "Holy He**, Why aren't I getting a short break!" They were one on top of the other (double and triple peaking) and while, out of desperation, I asked for the epi (I never really wanted one) I couldn't stay still to get one.

All in all, I'm glad I didn't (and won't be asking for one if I ever get (and stay) pregnant again), but if you want to do this, you can. Get somebody there to help you focus. I know that I lost focus too many times to count and I think that's what hindered me and encouraged me to ask for the epi, even when I didn't want one. It took a nurse grabbing my face making me look at her and breathe at one point. They all thought I was only 5 or 6 cm and I was actually going through transition. I had zero warm up.

Anyways, it's do able. I have nothing to compare it too, but I imagine all contractions hurt.

I also didn't have a catheter, I didn't think it was common practice unless you got the epi, because obviously you wouldn't be able to get up and pee.

Good luck! And remember, Ultrasounds can be a bit off. So unless you have more than one reason (not just the ultrasound) ruling that the baby will be large, don't let them force you into something you're unsure of. DD measured 7 ish pounds at 35 weeks via ultrasound. But at 39 weeks she was only 8 lbs 2 oz. (I had gestational diabetes, so we were concerned about a large baby as well, especially because of the ultrasound)
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Postby shermy » Mon May 30, 2011 12:38 pm

Fawkes wrote:Good luck! And remember, Ultrasounds can be a bit off. So unless you have more than one reason (not just the ultrasound) ruling that the baby will be large, don't let them force you into something you're unsure of.


This! You will know what is right when the time comes. My 6 lb 9 oz baby was supposed to be 8+ lbs.

I was just huge ;)
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Postby punkykittysexpecting » Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:31 pm

i had to get induced at 37 weeks with my dd. i had pre-e and my bp wouldnt go down. i went without getting an epi. i went with my plan to the closest i could, which was not getting one. so you can do it hun!!
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