::raises hand:: I was induced AND went without pain meds. I'll share my story in a minute, but wanted to reassure you that the most important objective is to deliver a healthy baby with the least amount of risk factors for you at the same time. I think most women want to deliver as naturally as possible, but sometimes (well, often) the birth plan doesn't go as planned. In my case, I wanted to go into labor naturally and experience the birthing process without pain meds, but I was prepared to do what was best for me and my baby, even if that meant doing it via c-section.
I delivered my baby at exactly 37 weeks. I had dropped a few days prior, but had no other warning signs of impending labor. My water broke one morning while I was getting ready for my 37 week check up. My doctor checked my cervix and found that I was 3cm dialated and 80% effaced. Because my water broke I was admitted to labor and delivery that day. 12 hours passed and still no signs of labor other than occasional braxton hicks contractions that I had been experiencing for about a week. There was no change in my cervix either, so my doctor decided to induce me as the risk of infection grew if we waited too long. About 3:00am I got up to pee and as I was walking out of the bathroom I was in full out labor. I went from nothing to HUGE contractions back to back. I labored hard for literally 1 hour. It was sooooooo intense, but luckily in my case it went fast (felt like forever at the time). Not going to go into the details of how bad she tore me, but I guess pushed so hard she literally flew into the doctor's arms. Not going to lie, it felt like a mack trunk ramming me in the stomach with very little time to catch my breath before the next contraction. However, the moment they laid my baby in my arms the pain completely disappeared. Even if I had planned for an epidural there was no time to have one anyway, so I just had to push on.
The thing about having a baby is that everybody's experience is so unique and just because I tore bad and had a SUPER fast and intense induced labor doesnt neccessarily mean you will. If you really are determined to avoid an epidural, I've heard wonderful things about water births to lessen the pain. If you do get far into labor and opt for an epidural, don't look at it as a sign of defeat, but rather an opportunity to really enjoy and savor every moment of the birthing process. I've heard about the castor oil remedy, but not sure how safe that really is. I've also heard going for a long walk can bring on more contractions and speed up labor. I've even heard sex can do it too. Regardless of how much you stick to or stray from your birth plan you will be no more or no less completely infatuated with your little one. Nothing can compare to the exhilaration of seeing your baby for the first time. Good luck mama!
Last edited by Equusketch; 11-20-2013 at 11:50 PM.