Eventhough you may be going through the process now ( You stated Monday would be induction day
) I still wanted to share my experience incase anyone else wanted some insight!
I was a week overdue and went in to be induced on June 16
If you read madeinthe80s response, she pretty much wrote my story. As soon as I was admitted they inserted medicine directly into my cervix - very uncomfortable since I was not dilated AT ALL. Almost immediately contractions started, felt more like constant cramps . After 2 hours they take the medicine out and from then on we waited for the labor to progress on its own. The whole process is incredibly slow, especially if it's your first. I had to wait until I was 3cm dilated to get an epidural and was in a lot of pain . The Dr. said I could have 2 shots of Fentanyl to help with the pain, so I tried to use them sparingly (Dont be afraid to accept meds if you need them!) Being induced forces your body to go into overdrive so do what feels right to you:) I finally was able to get my epidural - which was a piece of cake, felt the pinch of the numbing shot and thats all. Smooth sailing after that, though I will admit for me it slowed my contractions. Water broke when I was 6 cm and thats when they noticed Meconium. Dr's didnt seem too worried so again waited for labor to progress. Finally after 30 hrs of labor Dr. came in and let me know that it was time to push but that if he didnt start coming down quickly I would have to have an emergency c-section. Luckily that didnt happen and after 2 hours...yes 2 HOURS of pushing:) my baby boy finally made his appearance! Unfortunately bcse of the Mec. he had to stay in NICU for 7 days - but since then he's been happy and healthy
Hopefully this helps anyone faced with being induced! Oh, and as far as eating/drinking, My dr. allowed light foods until I had the epidural...then only clear fluids:) GOOD LUCK!!