It is possible to not have a csection after being induced.
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So is it 'hard and fast' straight away with gel too? Or just the drip?
i think that induction itself causes "hard and fast" contractions, regardless of the method used to bring on contractions. With me they tried the gel but it didn't work so it was time for the drip and they started very quickly after that. In my experience it felt worse than my previous labour (which was spontaneous) because there doesn't really seem to be a gentle lead up contraction wise, I think that's why it's described as hard and fast and more painful because it just progresses so fast and you're feeling pretty intense contraction pain from he onset.
Gel is not hard and fast, it will sometimes do absolutely nothing! with my second bub, I had my first lot of gel at 8am, second lot at 6pm- nothing happened in between really.
After the second lot OB said I could rest till the morning then if still nothing I could have the drip, he said that would be intense, as there is no lead up to it.
However DS had other plans and arrived at 2am
Mine was a VB, and induction was at 38wks.
syntocin - Epi - constant monitoring - arm - screw into baby's head to monitor (can't remember the right name) - episiotomy (sp?) - vacuum or forceps delivery - c-sect
Maybe ask how long after the gel is inserted before they start talking of further intervention if the gel does nothing.
I think everyone is different. For me the gel did nothing but the odd crampy feeling. The drip brought contractions on for me. I think it depends on how ready your body is for labour.
But in essence he will leave it up to me (providing my blood pressure and placenta are ok at the time).
I had the tape on the cervix which I think is similar to the gel, it was put on at 5pm, I had mild contractions throughout the night, was in full blown labour by 5pm the next night, waters broke at 6pm. However, they wanted to manually break my waters at 12pm, but there were no staff or birthing suites, so by the time they came back a few hours later I was allready in labour. So maybe if they try and push you for the drip or ARM, ask if you can wait at least 24hrs first.
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