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Foley Bulb Induction (Edited with MY story) (perhaps a bit graphic)

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Alright.  Tomorrow I am 42 weeks.  

I waited out the 2 weeks past my EDD.  I am pretty uncomfortable going forward as everything has indicated that my EDD was correct.   

As I am 42 weeks, I have to switch to the OB instead of the midwives.  We met with him last week and he said that he had no desire to use pitocin on me as he knows I'm trying for a VBAC -- a C-section is his last resort.  

So, tomorrow he is putting in a foley bulb.  The midwives have wanted to put one in before, but my cervix hasn't been dilated enough for them to do it.  Apparently, it doesn't matter too much with the doctor -- he's good at putting them in.  

So, I'm looking for foley bulb induction stories.  (Preferably positive -- I really need the positive now :)  ) 

Were you induced with a foley bulb? What was it like? How'd it go?  

Well.  In short, that sucked.  I'm getting induced with low-level pit tomorrow.  It's not my first choice, but that bulb was hell.  

So I go in today for the bulb placement.  He puts it in (said it went in easily so he feels I'm dilated some) and inflates it.  All is fine, just a tiny bit of discomfort.  They hook me to the fetal monitor for the second part of my second NST.  

They leave and hell breaks loose.   Instantly I'm having the worst cramps and feeling horribly sick to my stomach.  I also feel like I'm in a fog and break into a cold sweat.  I couldn't even carry on a conversation with DH.   It honestly felt as if I had a horrible, horrible stomach virus.  I felt like I might pass out.  

I'm breathing and trying to manage my way through the pain.  There wasn't really much of a let up, though I did feel like there were rare "breaks."  I was thinking to msyelf "okay, so -- there is a break, this is what they were talking about -- but if these are contractions, it doesn't feel like anything described." 

I wait out the 30 min on the NST -- barely.  Then I make DH go get the nurse to take me off so I can go to the bathroom.  I was about to poo all over that table.  

Over the next 30-45 minutes I'm in and out of the bathroom repeatedly so I can poop.  While I'm in there, I'm not even wearing any pants.  I just grabbed the sheet and hobbled.  I'm also trying not to pass out in the bathroom and hugging a trash can.  I felt horrible for other patients who needed that bathroom -- I could barely leave it.  

There was no comfortable position to be in.  In the patient room I hugged the trashcan (which was pretty bad.)  

I got DH to tell the nurse that I wanted it out.  OUT.  The doctor was trying to check on me but everytime he'd get ready to come in, I was in the bathroom.  Finally he just sat and waited for me to get out.  (He wasn't impatient at all.)  

He takes it out and I immediately feel better.  I told him I would happily take the pitocin induction if I coul get that damn thing out NOW.  

All I could think was that the pit couldn't feel worse than that -- and if it did -- eff it and bring the epidural.  Birth plan out the window.  

Since then I've been having contractions and they are totally bearable.  They also feel nothing like whatever was going on with that damn bulb.  

The OB was completely puzzled by my physical reaction to it.  

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM
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by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM
You don't want my story. It hurt like hell and I will never do it again.
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by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

bump for update :) 

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM
Ouch, before reading this yesterday I had never heard of this and since I'm trying for a VBAC, I was interested in this over pit, if it came to that. I dont know anymore! Good luck tomorrow!
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by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Wow, that sounds like an allergic reaction or something!   Weird.

Good luck tomorrow! 

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:36 PM
I wonder if you weren't having anxiety attacks too :(
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by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:50 PM
Yikes! I was going to ask about it tomorrow but you've got me worried now. Sorry you had such an awful reaction and I hope you're still able to have your VBAC.
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by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Honestly, don't let my experience scare you!!  I truly think it was a freak thing!  

In a different pregnancy, I'd try it again.  

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:49 PM

 Sorry you had such a yucky experience!
My best friend (& great neice's mom) had a foley bulb induction. They forced her to do it. I was there the whole time and it was HORRIBLE. I wanted cry for her.
I've been induced w/ pitocin both births and it wasn't a walk in the park... but it wasn't torturuos like a foley bulb. GL! KUP! Can't wait to hear your story!! =)

Lilypie - (6Dat)
"Even miracles take a little time..." ~ Fairy Godmother

by on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I'm sorry you had such a bad reaction to the foley bulb. With DS I had the foley bulb put in place but it didn't last long as I was already in early labor anyway. The midwife put it in when I was 1 1/2-2 cm and it was in place maybe an hour and a half before I dilated enough and it fell out. I wasn't in any pain from it, just an uncomfortable feeling. Apparently I didn't progress enough through the night (not surprising since my labor with DD was 24 hrs), so the midwife did put me on Pitocin the next morning. The Pit wasn't as terrible as I've read/heard about either, but overall I could have just gotten lucky. I was able to get through a little more than half of my labor (9 1/2 hrs total) without getting an epi, I did finally agree to an epi but it wore off by the delivery so I felt all of it.

Anyway, I hope you have an easier experience with the Pitocin and a quick labor & delivery! Good luck!

by Amber on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Omg, I'm so sorry! :( Hopefully these contractions are the real thing and you go into labor overnight!

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