I’m 40+6, FTM and was admitted to hospital at 40+4 after a scan showed low amniotic fluid around baby. They wanted to start induction process straight away and I’ve to stay in until baby is born for lots of monitoring.
So far they gave me a 24 hour pessary which did start mild contractions, but when it was taken out the contractions stopped. They tried a sweep which had no effect. When they examined me after those 2 things, my cervix was only 1 cm dilated. They’ve since given me tablet hormones vaginally, which again started contractions but they’ve now faded away.
I am in incredible pain (I deal with a lot of pain normally due to a chronic pain condition I have and feel I generally have a high threshold) with the vaginal hormones and examinations they are carrying out. I had to refuse an examination this evening due to the pain. I can barely walk, sometimes I can’t walk or get up at all. The pain is front and back passages/pubic bone, pelvis, stomach and lower back, but is also causing my whole body to shake, throb and muscle spasms.
It’s worrying me that I’m in this much pain and labour hasn’t even begun yet. Has anyone else experienced this level of pain at the start of induction? And if so, was the rest of the process as/more painful and did induction still go on to work for you? I know so many people who have gone through the whole induction process (including drip) and it’s not worked so it’s ended in C section. I can’t imagine going through more of this pain for it to then not even work.
Experiences/advice much appreciated.
Thanks very much!