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So I got the cytotec this morning. I was 1.5 cm when I got there and 1.5 cm when I left. Contractions were every 6 minutes and pretty strong. They still are... but they're not doing anything so I just have to tolerate them. They said to go in if I cant breathe through them or my water breaks.. But they set up my full induction for Friday morning. It's nice to have an end date. This process is nearly identical to my last pregnancy. This time I'm not going to even attempt to make it through a Pitocin labor without an epidural. I tried last time and it was a nightmare with 4 attempts at getting it to work. This time I think I'll get it before they break my water. I was really hoping to not need Pitocin and go on my own but my cervix just sucks. I still go in on Wed. for the ultrasound and NST.
I hope everything goes how you want it to. It's exciting to know when you will get to meet baby!
I will say, my second pitocin labor was entirely different from my first. I was also in the camp of "hook the epi up before the pitocin" because of my previous pitocin-induced labor. So when the pitocin word came up this time, I flipped out and was upset that I "needed" an epidural. But the midwife came in and did a whole speech on projecting and that I should stay in the moment and decide what I wanted to do as it happened, instead of being afraid it was going to turn out exactly like last time. (Very motivational...she might have a second career if she doesn't want to be a midwife anymore!). And in the end, I did not need an epi at all. Sure, it was painful, but nothing like my labor with Kieran. I am ultimately glad I did not get an epi based on my fears of how bad it could have been. Because it just never reached that point of needing one.
I am certainly not saying not to get one. Whatever works for you. But I did want to give you that bit of hope that this time won't be the same
I'm so glad you said all that because I'm still really not wanting to get one because of my bad experience with them. I made a ipod playlist for my "normal" labor to get through it and I really want to try. I'm going to play it by ear and just see what happens. I think If i can get them to not break my water until the very end, then I'll be able to get through it. But I know breaking the water is something they use to help bring on labor.. i'm hoping they wont need to. After it broke last time I couldnt tolerate the contractions anymore. I'm also worried about if I tear I'll feel them stitching me back up..