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induction question

i was wondering how long after pitocin is started can i get the epidural im just worried that i wont be able to deal with the pain....plz no bashing....

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Asked by dilemma1 at 4:40 PM on Aug. 17, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • I was induced (given pitocin) on a thursday evening about 8pm and didn't get an epi until saturday afternoon about 4pm

    Answer by finallyamom40 at 4:43 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • im not sure exactly, but i do know this- the epidural works so quickly. you wont have to deal wioth pain for long. good luck!

    Answer by mama_moonsong at 4:46 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • Because the epidural slows down labor they won't give it to you before around 5cm dialation. Labor needs to be well underway because it interferes with the hormone feedback loop in your body and also it prevents repositioning to let gravity help progress (though you can request they keep the dose low so you can move around). Pitocin does create very strong contractions that don't give a natural break or release natural endorphins like natural labor, so you want to avoid induction in the first place. If you do get pitocin make sure they don't set it too high. The uterus is a muscle just like the rest of your body and when it gets fatiqued without rest it will feel the same as any other muscle under undue strain.

    Also, DO NOT rely on the epidural. It doesn't always work for everyone so be SURE you have other coping mechanisms. You were born with a uterus so you were born with the ability to deal.

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:48 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • Coping Mechanisms: (or hypnobabies, or hypnobirthing)
    Water (pools, tubs, spas, or shower)
    Birth positions
    Birth balls
    Touch massage
    Support (the more support the less stress, stress feeds pain)

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:50 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • right away. with my dd i got pitocin at 4 cm and at around 6 cm i asked for the epi.(it failed so i deliver with no epi)
    as for my ds, my water broke but i had no contracton so they gave me pitocin and the epi like 5 mts later. this time it did work.

    Answer by piwife at 4:56 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • YOu can get an epi when you have dilated enough. I think it is 6 or 8 cm, not sure. FOr me it was a long time and when I was about to cry they came me stadal I slept and felt better. They had to give it to me twice and then I got my epi.

    Answer by DevilInPigtails at 4:57 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • it really just depends on how your body takes to the pitocin,
    with both of my children i was induced, and both received epirdurals.
    my first- labor was 10 hours, i didnt "need" my epidural until about 4 hours before i delivered, and worked perfectly.
    with my second...labor was 3 hrs and 57 mins long, my body took so fast to the pitocin i didnt even have time for my epidural to start working...
    i received my epidural 17 mins BEFORE i deliverd and it takes 20 mins to kick in, lol
    needless to say it didnt work during labor.
    just keep talking with your nurse about your pain and your prgress and they will be able to help you make a decision.

    Answer by amberstevens at 5:01 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • It all depends on the hospital. One poster said you cant get it before 5cm but that isnt true here... you can get it whenever you are in a steady contraction pattern! I had mine at 3cm with my first child because my contractions were back to back.

    As for mom's saying that the epi slows down contractions... the newest findings that our paper put out state that they can not determine if that is true or not so our hospital will give you the epi the moment you are admitted!!

    But as for your quesiton... it has nothing to do with time or dilation. It has to do with the steadiness of the contractions and the necessity for the epidural.

    Answer by Jaydin_Makenna at 5:45 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • It depends on you, your doctor, and how your labor is going. With my inductions, I wasn't making any progress so my midwife suggested the epidural at 4 cm (after 36 hours the first time and 35 hours the second time) to try to relax me more and speed things up. Everyone handles it differently, but for me, it worked that way, making things go much faster. I went from 4 cm to fully dilated in around 4 hours the first time and less than an hour the second time. Looking back, I wish I had gotten it much sooner, instead of waiting 36 and 35 hours for things to pick up.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 8:29 PM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • You must be a certain amt. dilated. Not sure, I never had one, but i think 4 or 5 cm and in an active regular labor pattern. Your OB should be able to answer that ? for you.

    Answer by GotteAClue at 4:07 AM on Aug. 18, 2009

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