What exactly happens in the spinal?

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Registered: 02-28-2005
What exactly happens in the spinal?
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Mon, 10-20-2008 - 8:52pm

I am so scared and have heard some bad things about spinals and I am so scared.

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Registered: 08-23-2005
Mon, 10-20-2008 - 11:18pm

So, let me start by saying that my spinals were both at the start of emergency C sections and I was in labor. I think that the fact that you're in labor probably changes the situation a little bit.

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Registered: 02-08-2008
Tue, 10-21-2008 - 2:13pm
I am TERRIFIED of needles and I did okay with my spinals. I've had spinals with 2 of my 3 c/s. Like the pp said you either sit and lean into a nurse or you can lay down and squeeze your pregnant self into the fetal position with your back arched out. I prefered laying down because I knew that I would hold still better that way. They rub your back with the iodine swabby thing and give you a small shot of numby stuff to numb where they put the spinal needle. Then I felt the anest. guy push on my back to find the space where the spinal goes and then gave me my shot. It just feels like ALOT of pressure. It doesn't hurt. And while you are doing all of that you need to remember to breathe :) I just did lamaze type breathing and find a focus point to look at while you are getting this done. Your DH/SO IS USUALLY NOT in the OR yet when you are getting this done, I asked a nurse to hold my hand (they're used to their hands being squeezed really hard so don't worry about that) My OR nurses were great. Try not to worry about that it's over in less then 5 minutes not even that long!! HTH.
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Registered: 09-30-2008
Wed, 10-22-2008 - 8:12pm
My experience was slightly different. I had a spinal with my 2nd and from what I can remember they gave me a shot of local anesthetic, followed by the round of the "good stuff" and the anesthesiologist was telling the nurses "lay her down lay her down!" and about the time they got the needle out, I was numb and almost fell off the or table *thank goodness for the 2 nurses to catch me*
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Registered: 10-12-2006
Thu, 10-23-2008 - 12:17am
My expierience of a spinal was almost exactly like Heide's. Quick, fairly painless and easy. Mine was a planned c-section.




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