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Hi Just need some feedback on people who were induced but didn't have an epidural. I am asking this because both my 2 other pregnancies i was induced and ended up having epidurals - now i am pregnant with #3 and have moved interstate and visited our local hospital yesterday for my first midwife appt. to be told they do not offer epidurals!!! (due to there being no one there who does them). So now i am worried how i will go as more than likely i will be induced for this one as well - I think i am just searching for something positive instead of feeling negative - so please someone put me at ease!!
I was induced with no 1 with 2 lots of gel then the drip and with number 3 I had waters broken then the drip and didnt have epi's for any of my 3 :D
I was indused with #1 and #3 and didn't need a epi, #1 labour was 17hrs long and #3 labour was 9hrs long, don't get me wrong it wasn't a walk in the park :no: , cause I sure was crying my eyes out with the contractions on top of contractions right at the end, I'm praying to god I never will be induced again, I want all natrual labours from here on in :yes:
i'm sure you can do it, have your thought about using the tenns machine? there is always gas and peth as well, you could look into meditation or something
I was induced last week. I had the tape put in at 7.30am (not sure what it's called, similar to gel but a slow release as my cervix was closed)
Contractions got stronger thru the day but not too bad. Between 5 and 7pm they picked up and i was 4cm at 7.30pm. Waters broken and contractions got intense...on the positive DS was born at 9pm in the water so all in all was pretty quick.
I was quite aprehensive about the induction, i thought i'd end up with every intervention under the sun. In the end i did it all with no pain relief at all - a completely natural water birth. Just what i had hoped for.
I was induced with number three....Had my waters broken at 7.30am then had the drip at 8.30am had him at 3.29pm, no epidual...I didn't have any drugs at all......
My other two were all natural labours, my ds was my first inducing......Try not to worry to much about it...think you done it before you can do it again, that's all I did......
If you don't mind me asking did you ask for the epidurals or did they suggest it to you at the time? And did you get to move around while giving birth or were you stuck on your back?
Hey I was induced, no epidurals...the contractions went all day getting stronger and stronger but I was only in proper labour for 6 hours. At the time I thought I was in agony but I think I was just panicked...I had gas and was madly trying to organise an epidural with the infuriatingly slow midwives but it was too late. Looking back the pain was bearable and I'm glad I didn't have it.
I was induced and didn't have an epidural. My labour was approx 8 hours and I was on the drip the whole time... Only only had a little gas, didn't feel the need for anything stronger, and the didn't offer, I had told them I didn't want them too.. Breathing and positive visualisation can work wonders.:thumbsup:
I had an induction just over 3 weeks ago with my DS and had no pain relief at all. My labour was 1 hour 22 minutes and although it became fairly intense in the final 6 minutes when I dilated 5cms and delivered (!) it was relatively pain free. Whilst I did consider an epidural I managed to get through it just with breathing and concentrating on a leaf outside the window!!
My first labour was natural and a waterbirth so it was a very different experience being induced!
Good luck :)
I was induced with the tape and within 3 hours I was in labour. I had no epi, was in labour for a total of 27 hours and bub was 9lb 2oz. NO drugs! The last thing I wanted (apart from a c/sec) was an epi.
wow thank you all for your amazing stories - it is great to hear - keep them coming!!!
floggadogg - in response to your question - i did ask for them due to having long labours and days of pain before labour even started, it was a great relief.
Listening to all of your stories inspires me more!
I will add mine - with DS (11 weeks ago) I was induced - gel in at 6pm, contractions began at 1.38am and he was born at 3.43am - no epidural - just sucked on the gas and focused on my breathing and it was the best of my three labours (I had epidurals with the other two). So - don't be afraid - I found it really empowering!
Ahhh the memories!! You poor thing , I went through 27 hrs with DD 8lb5, 12 hrs solid with DS#1 9lb8 and a measly 4 & a quarter hrs from waters breaking to birth with DS#2 9lb2 .I didn't use drugs or gas as I didn't believe in their effectivness & didn't see the point.
But what I did find helped with DS#2 was yoga which I practiced from 30 weeks and deep breathing they do in Yoga. I followed a book by Janet Balaskas and ended up having the kind of self control & self awareness I'd dreamed about having with births 1 & 2. The difference was amazing. I was asking about position as that makes a huge difference between being in some control and having no control. On your back , where Drs like us for convenience, closes the pelvis making birthing harder.
Anyway I could bang on about this all day but I'm going to wish you good luck :fingerscrossed: and suggest informing yourself as much as possible about the birthing process as I did with number 3. It may make the difference you're looking for.;)
draught - thanks that is so inspiring - the more i think about it and hear these types of stories the more positive i feel.
floggadogg - thanks for responding again and yes i will be researching my options and you are right about the limited mobility when having an epidural:) .
shellsbubs sorry forgot to mention they put me on the drip with DS#1 which really peed me off. But they had it turned down really low. So it was not hard contractions like my cousin had 3 days earlier with her 5th labour.They turned hers right up.
So where eva I walked I wheeled the drip trolley. They also wouldn't turn me over onto my knees when giving birth & he wouldn't come out. I pushed him out when they threatened to use the suction cap thingy. Found out last month my pelvis has been out for 4 years because of that birth. I was not impressed.
Good luck to you , hope you have the birth of your dreams:hugs:
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