July 2013 Moms

Etoille...or others with Cervadil/Ambien experience

I go in tomorrow night for cervadil and Ambien, then pitocin on Monday morning. My cervix is totally closed, nothing going on at all so I imagine I won't magically go into labor. But, I could be wrong.

Should I take the Ambien to get sleep? I haven't had issues sleeping at all this pregnancy. I'm worried I'll be zonked from the Ambien the next day or that I'll go into labor super spacy.

 Any prior experience you have to share would be great!

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Re: Etoille...or others with Cervadil/Ambien experience

  • They gave me an ambien at the hospital after my water broke, thinking ctx would take over night to kick in. Of course they started an hour after I took the ambien! It wore off in about 3 or 4 hours. You will be totally fine taking it the night before. It sucked for me because I had just taken it and was very groggy for the first few hours of labor, but it did wear off.
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  • I was totally closed and nothing going on either when I was induced at 37 weeks.  They gave me cervadil at I think 9pm or so and I also took the Ambien.  I hadn't been sleeping well at all at the end of pregnancy though so I needed to at least try it.  I think with Ambien you need at least 8 hours to sleep for it to wear off (and the cervadil stays in 10 or 12 I think - sorry I can't quite remember).  So if you are going to try it you kind of have to decide around the same time you get the Cervadil.

    For me Cervadil didn't feel like anything - I did dilate to a 2 or 3 so it worked but its not like I was in pain overnight or anything so you might be ok without the Ambien.  For me I have sleep apnea (so probably shouldn't have even tried the Ambien) but I was only sleeping for 1 or 2 hours at a time even on Ambien - and by the morning it was completely worn off and I didn't feel loopy or sleepy at all.  

     

  • I did the same thing, I was 1 cm and they put the balloon in me. The ambien was a god send, it was the only way I was able to get any sleep. You most likely won't be at 10cm until at least mid morning, so even if you are drowsy, it's ok and you may be able to get more sleep before you start to push. After they broke my water I was able to fall alseep again for a few hours, I got an epi, I don't remember if you said you are.

    Bottom line, I think you should take the ambien.
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    I go in tomorrow night for cervadil and Ambien, then pitocin on Monday morning. My cervix is totally closed, nothing going on at all so I imagine I won't magically go into labor. But, I could be wrong.

    Should I take the Ambien to get sleep? I haven't had issues sleeping at all this pregnancy. I'm worried I'll be zonked from the Ambien the next day or that I'll go into labor super spacy.

     Any prior experience you have to share would be great!

    I wound up taking it but it didn't work on me.  I was down for two hours before completely awake again.  I dozed in 2 hr increments.  Which is normal for me.  I asked the nurse her opinion before starting it and she said that it hits everyone differently.  I had kind of a similar experience as meimsx but other folks in their responses obviously were total opposite.

    I have never had any experience with it other than that one time either :(.  Sorry - anecdotal evidence fail.

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  • I was induced at 37 weeks with a closed cervix. Did cervadil and ambien for 12 hours with no progression but started the pitocin. No progression over the day so did the whole ordeal over night the next night again. That morning was barely at 1cm but were able to break the water and progressed to 10 cm in 2 hours. 

     

    Def get the ambien. Any sleep u get will be helpful! 

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  • Thanks all! I appreciate the responses! I've never taken it either Etoille (Ikid of hate taking headache medicine, just not a fan of drugs!). But it sounds like the wise choice is to follow dox's orders and take it.

    Wish me luck ladies! Tonight DH and I have a last date night planned and then tomorrow we go in to get things started. Eek! 

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  • Good luck!!
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    Thanks all! I appreciate the responses! I've never taken it either Etoille (Ikid of hate taking headache medicine, just not a fan of drugs!). But it sounds like the wise choice is to follow dox's orders and take it.

    Wish me luck ladies! Tonight DH and I have a last date night planned and then tomorrow we go in to get things started. Eek! 

    Yeah I'm not a fan of drugs either.  They kept asking me if I wanted a percoset post partum and I was like nope I'm cool with naproxen.  I just - if I'm asking you for drugs/pain killers its time to pay attention.  Its like the whole not calling the doctor thing. 

     Yay for last date nights!  What do you all have planned?

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  • Cervadil put me into labor, I ended up not needing the pit (this was with my first child). I took the Ambien but didn't sleep, due to contractions from the Cervadil. It didn't make me groggy or spacy.
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  • took the Ambien so I could sleep even in the hospital bed, my induction was started with cervadil Sunday and didn't start to push until Tuesday,  It only sort of made me groggy and I slept in clips because I would wake up with dry mouth/to pee
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  • You may have already decided to take it but I'm one of the few that chose not to. They gave me cytotec instead of cervidil and I had to take it every 4 hours. I slept fine in between and felt more in control so to speak. I didn't want to chance being groggy or not alert. I should say that I've never been a fan of taking meds though.

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    Thanks all! I appreciate the responses! I've never taken it either Etoille (Ikid of hate taking headache medicine, just not a fan of drugs!). But it sounds like the wise choice is to follow dox's orders and take it.

    Wish me luck ladies! Tonight DH and I have a last date night planned and then tomorrow we go in to get things started. Eek! 

    Yeah I'm not a fan of drugs either.  They kept asking me if I wanted a percoset post partum and I was like nope I'm cool with naproxen.  I just - if I'm asking you for drugs/pain killers its time to pay attention.  Its like the whole not calling the doctor thing. 

     Yay for last date nights!  What do you all have planned?

    Dinner at Sweetwater Tavern and then seeing The Way Way Back.  Something simple and easy! We did PF Changs last night with my folks.

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  • So I went in for cervadil and ambien and didn't really sleep I didn't need pitocin my cx came hard and fast at 2:30 am...

    I wish you good luck hopefully you don't need pitocin!!

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  • I had 4 days of cervidil. I slept fine without taking anything, after the first 2 hours of administering it the contractions were easy to sleep through.

    Good luck!

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    I had 4 days of cervidil. I slept fine without taking anything, after the first 2 hours of administering it the contractions were easy to sleep through.

    Good luck!

    Dude. Dude. That is nuts. I remember your birth story. And I hope you're feeling better! I know there was a lot of stuff that got brought up for you. Just another big hug from me! And thanks so much for sharing! 

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  • image Carrie3102:
    So I went in for cervadil and ambien and didn't really sleep I didn't need pitocin my cx came hard and fast at 2:30 am... I wish you good luck hopefully you don't need pitocin!!

    I'm hoping I don't need pitocin either. But, I'm not opposed to the epidural, so I'm not terrified of it if that makes sense.  My Mom had to be induced with me and had a longer labor. No clue if its genetic or if she like passed her hormonal makeup on to me. Just hoping all goes as smoothly as possible and that LO comes into this world healthy!

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  • Just wanted to pop in and say good luck!
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  • I was given Ambien after cervadil with my first.  My water had broken, but no labor so I was induced.  I was nervous and didn't sleep a wink even with the sleep aid.  I did feel a little loopy for a few hours, which is I guess what happens when you take Ambien and don't sleep.  I would take it and try to get as much shut eye as possible.  Good luck!
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    Thanks all! I appreciate the responses! I've never taken it either Etoille (Ikid of hate taking headache medicine, just not a fan of drugs!). But it sounds like the wise choice is to follow dox's orders and take it.

    Wish me luck ladies! Tonight DH and I have a last date night planned and then tomorrow we go in to get things started. Eek! 

    Yeah I'm not a fan of drugs either.  They kept asking me if I wanted a percoset post partum and I was like nope I'm cool with naproxen.  I just - if I'm asking you for drugs/pain killers its time to pay attention.  Its like the whole not calling the doctor thing. 

     Yay for last date nights!  What do you all have planned?

    Dinner at Sweetwater Tavern and then seeing The Way Way Back.  Something simple and easy! We did PF Changs last night with my folks.

    Sounds absolutely perfect! Enjoy and good luck - keep us in the loop!!! :)

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  • I did this when I was induced with DS1. I had never taken any sleeping pill before and I thought it worked great! I got solid sleep, never woke in the night to pee like I normally would late in a pregnancy. I felt refreshed in the morning and not groggy at all.
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