I was induced with my daughter. She was due on the 21st June and I was induced on the 1st July. About 2pm on the 1st I had some gel. Nothing happened from that so they gave me another dose at about 10pm. From around 11pm that night I had slight niggly pains, just enough to make it a little hard to sleep (along with the excitement of meeting bub too!)
I managed to get about an hours sleep in the wee hours of the morning of the 2nd.
By around 5 am on the 2nd the pains were a bit more constant but still not unbearable. around 10am I put on the TENS machine and had that pretty much till about 3pm. I started to get annoyed at having these things attatched to me, so made hubby do the back massage to relieve the pain. Most of the pain was in my lower back. I was 3cm dialted.
At 6pm I asked for something to take the edge off the pain. They offered me gas, which I took a few puffs of and nearly threw up, so a jab of peth later and I felt a little better. It still hurt like hell, but just took the edge off it. Was about 5cm dialated.
At 9pm I had another shot of peth. Most of what happened after that is a little fuzzy as the pain was pretty intense! I had the urge to push around 11.30ish and was wheeled into the birthing room. I remember looking back at my bed and seeing a lot of watery blood (not a lot of blood), so though, gee this must be it!
After about 45 or so minutes of pushing I had my DD at 12.31am on the 3rd of July. It was one of the most painful but exhilerating experiences that I think I will ever have!
This time around I am hoping to go into labour naturally. I also hope that I can do it this time around without any pain relief. I think I have a reasonably high pain thresh hold, and they do say the 2nd time around is usually easier, so fingers crossed!
Good luck with the impending birth. I hope all goes well for you and you 'enjoy' the experience, no matter which way your DD comes. At the end of the day, so long as they are healthy, how they get here is only a small matter.
DD1 July 2004 DD2 August 2007 DS September 2009