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    Worked for me, didnt take the contraction away completely but took the edge off thats for sure. I got it when I was 6cms, had DS 5 hours later. It did make me groggy/drowsy/sleepy between contractions. But I was rested when it came time to push.

    In saying that it, it worked however I do think it slowed down my labour... as it made me groggy I lay down on the bed pretty much as soon as I had it. If I had been up and active I dont think it would of been 5 hours til I had him.

    DS was born alert, with apgars of 9 & 10. I had him at 5pm, and as soon as I had him adrenalin kicked in and all that grogginess disapeared. The first night though we both slept for ages. DS was a lazy feeder anyway, but I dont think it affected him that way at all.

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    Default Did pethadine work for you?

    I don't think it helped with the pain at all. Just made me extremely groggy in between contractions with DD. Previously with DS I had an epidural. I won't be having either if I have #3!

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    It did nothing for the pain, I had two shots just in case. Combined with the gas it did make me feel more out of it.

    My hospital has since stopped the use of Peth and it is morphine now. I had a csection without labouring this time so no idea on the morphine compared with Peth.

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    Default Re: Did pethadine work for you?

    It took the edge off and made me groggy. The contractions were still intense because my son was posterior.

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    Default Re: Did pethadine work for you?

    I had the pethadine, gas, massage and 11, yes 11 epi attempts and none of them worked.

    So I ended up with a natural, somewhat drug free pain relief labour. Having said that, once I was wheeled off waiting in pre-op for manual removal of placenta, I crashed and apparently needed to be revived because my body had basically OD.

    I didn't mind the drug free part, it was good to see my pain threshold and I will be saying no to drugs this time

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    Default Did pethadine work for you?

    My sons heart rate dropped from a steady 140 to a steady 120. I don't know if it helped with the pain. I simply can't remember. I'm missing at least 8 hours where I just get flashbacks. Other than that I just simply don't remember.

    For my other two babes I just had gas and concentrated on breathing as I hated the lack of memory and control from the peth.

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    With my DD2, I was 3cm dilated and in extreme pain (inducted with drip), they thought I would have hours to go so gave me a shot of peth. The peth didn't have time to kick in as approx 10 mins later I was pushing her out...yep midwife was in complete shock also. She was born and as they passed her to me, I watched her go from pink to a very dark blue. They ripped her out of my hands, rang the buzzer, I had midwives and doctors everywhere in the room and it took them 3 attempts to resus her. So as far as how the peth worked for me during labour, I didn't get a chance for it to work but it did affect my baby when she was born. I wasn't groggy or anything when it finally did kick in as I was too concerned about bub but it did take the edge off the afterbirth pains.


 

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