Some of these women never felt much discomfort from the pitocin, others needed an epidural after hearing they were still 2cms after working so hard with labor pains but no progress.
After one night of prostaglandin gel which DID NOT work to soften or open her cervix, I asked them to talk to their provider about the possibility of her having cervical scar tissue, before they started the pitocin.
YEP, she had it. The following two days of more prostaglandin gel at night, then pitocin during the day did nothing to soften her cervix in order for the OB to break up her cervical scar tissue (the pictocin did not give her much discomfort, either, despite the high dosage)
Here are some things you should know:
LEEP procedures typically create the most troublesome scar tissue. If you had a LEEP procedure,
it is possible you have scar tissue...something to discuss with your provider. If they determine that you do have scarring, ask them to help you during labor by massaging the scar tissue away (this will mean more cervical checks). Once this tissue has been broken up, your subsequent births should be much quicker and smoother. Read more about cervical scarring and how to discuss this with your care provider!