Epidurals - will you have one?

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Epidurals - will you have one?
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 6:49pm

When you give birth, are you planning on having an epidural, or will wait and see how you feel at that time?

Slate.com has an article on epidurals and if they are really as bad as previously talked about:

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 9:43pm
I did not want an epidural...but my labor went completely opposite of what I could have ever imagined and I got one...its a long long story, hehe.

Anyway, given what happened when I got my epidural, if I can go without it, I will...the epidural was the most painful experience of my labor and the only time I screamed. I didnt have any side effects but the administration of it was a complete nightmare. Never again if I can help it.

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 10:57pm

I had the same goal as Ruby, to labor med-free, but after 12 hours of an 18 hour labor, I finally caved and

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 12:02pm
How long did you have to wait to get one? I'm sorry that it was so painful to get, I hope that you won't need one the next time :(

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 12:07pm
There's a good chance that you'll be able to go without one the next time, I've heard that back labor is the worst. I'm sort of the opposite of everyone that has posted, I really wanted an epidural with my births, but it wasn't something that was offered at the hospital I delivered at. Of course, the year after I gave birth to my youngest, it was available!

I came close to getting a spinal block with my last, but when my midwife said that I could either wait 15 minutes for the meds and then another 10-15 for it to kick in or start pushing, I went with the pushing since I had him out in less than 5 minutes. I really could have used the block afterwards though, it was so painful when they would press on my uterus to help it shrink back down. Not sure why that birth hurt so much worse afterwards, maybe because I had no meds at all?

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 10:31pm
Well on day 1 of my induction on pitocin, I labored for 10ish hours without it and was 1cm by the end of the day (induction started at 11am, labor started around 1230 and they took me off at 9pm with contrax ending around 10am). On day 2 of my induction (labor never started naturally for me), they put me back on the drip at 530am and was told the doc would get there by 8am. He didnt show up until 10am at which point I was in a lot of pain and really frustrated and feeling hopeless (they told me at 9am that I had 6 more hours or I would need a c-section) which added to my pain. Then because of an old injury in my back and chronic pain, the usual place to put an epi was not tolerable to me (it was too sensitive). He had to try 3 times to get it in so instead of 5-10 minutes like I was told it takes for most women, it took them 30 minutes. Between trying to stay still, cope with the contrax which were faster than the day before (even though I wasnt progressing much yet) and the extreme pressure and pain of the epi being administered itself, it was really awful. Plus I hated the bed ridden helpless feeling once it kicked in...I felt like my entire body weighed 500 lbs and not being able to move and not finding any comfortable position was awful. The only reason I agreed to it was I was so tired (my water broke 28 hours before they even started the induction, and I spent the day and night at the hospital not able to sleep on the stupid delivery bed) and because the nurse who never recommended epi's said it may be helpful in my case. I was coping quite well without it but my body wasnt progressing. Ugh...I so hope my next go around isnt like the last one. All that said, It wasnt a terrible labor and delivery overall, it could have been worse. I guess looking back I did have horrible back pain for a long time too but for all the side effects I could have had, the back pain was just fine (my mom had a terrible spinal/epidural headache for 4 days post-delivery for my brother, I was so fearful that would be me too).

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 10:34pm
The nurses pushing on my uterus after was really painful too! I was prepared for it, because my mom had told me about her experience with that (her nurse has super long shart nails so that added to her pain...claws, as she put it, lol) but it was still awful. Plus the nurse threatened me to relax and not push back with my adominal muscles or she would have the doc do it and of course threats always make pain worse too! So yeah, that was super painful for me too and the epi had not totally worn off yet.

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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 1:09pm
I've had epidurals for surgeries so I know what it's like, and it freaked me out too much not to move my legs!!

I really want to give birth med free like my mom did.

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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 11:42pm
I would like to try labor number two med free. With my first son I went to bed and woke up around 1.5 hours later. I was exhausted and at a 4 and wasn't moving and he wasn't completely dropping as he was kinda caught on my pelvis. I think the Epi was a good thing but then again I don't know if it was the epi or my OB putting me on Pit without asking me. I went in with the plan of going with the flow and I made the choice. I'll go with the goal of no meds but not closing that door depending on what kind of cards I am dealt.

 Cassie