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View Poll Results: Did you avoid alcohol while UTD but take drugs during labor?

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    i didn't drink and didn't have any drugs during labour and birth. I also didn't colour my hair, use fake tan (even though there's no real evidence that they can harm your unborn baby), take the odd panadol. I was really paranoid all through pregnancy and birth, that if i took anything (even pain relief during birth), used any chemicals etc, that it would harm my baby
    Last edited by Made in England; 01-01-2011 at 20:24.

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    I don't drink anyhow

    In hind sight, now with a lot more info I would have refused PK's with DS, but after being induced (which I wish I'd refused), 17 hours of non progressive labour etc etc I was too worn out to refuse any more intervention

    With DD there was no PK's and the whole event was a lot quicker and less fraught with the near tragedy of DS

    I followed Dr's recomendations of no alcohol, but accepted the PK's that they kept insisting on

    With DD I was a lot more aware of being able to refuse

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    i honestly feel your saying those who took drugs during labor were selfish by trying to take away their pain and not thinking of the babies.

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    Good question Thermo... Drugs during labor can definitely be detrimental to an unborn babies health. I am by no means saying that women who take the drugs during labor are intentionally hurting their child, I understand you want the pain to stop... Heck I had everything on offer for my first and it is my biggest regret in the world. Just as I don't think you can judge a woman for having a drink here and there whilst pregnant... It can most definitely, in my situation, be compared to someone in pain throughout labor. I have a drinking problem... I crave alcohol, when I am in pain emotionally I crave alcohol, when I am feeling down or had a busy day, I crave alcohol... It is an addiction... But I managed to abstain from drinking completely in my first pregnancy and had 2 glasses of wine in my second... I don't believe those two glasses could have harmed my baby and there are no indicators that they have... But you can most definitely compare it to taking drugs throughout labor, whether there is a valid reason or not iykwim... I had a drug free birth with DD and am so glad that I did, I would rather have two glasses of wine in pregnancy that pump her full of drugs throughout labor.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leisa21 View Post
    I dont think the difference isthe affect on the baby more the fact that it's a lot more understandable that when a woman is in significant pain she'll want to stop that pain.

    I chose no drugs because I didn't want it to affect my baby. However having a wine 2-3 nights a week is a lot easier to not do IMO than not take drugs during labour. Does that make sense?? I've been in early labour since 7:30am yesterday I'm not in a great mindset lol.
    I know this is a tad off the topic lol but I just need to point out that having 2 or 3 wines a week would not be considered "an occasional drink" it would actually be considered regular drinking which is probably not what anyone is talking about when they say they had a drink in pregnancy. For me personally I had one drink in my entire pregnancy

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    I think there is a bit of a difference between accepting pain relief when in the throes of labour and drinking alcohol for no other reason than to indulge yourself.

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    Does it really matter if you do take drugs during labour? Its your body, your child and your decision.
    We all expect to have a perfect pregnancy and perfect labour. We all have these good intentions to "suck it up and take it like a man".
    But unfortunately, when push comes to shove, some of us have to give in and use painrelief. Doesn't make us less of a woman or a worse mother. It makes us human.

    I planned a whole waterbirth with relaxing music, candle lights, the lot!
    Yeah right. I couldn't even go into labour. DS had to be delivered pre-term because he was in danger of becoming stillborn at 36 weeks. I couldn't even be induced because of the illness that I got at 33 weeks. It was too dangerous so I had to have a planned cesarean. Not something I had bargained for
    I envy all of you who have had natural births. I dont know what labour pain feels like, but I know myself quite well and I am sure I could never do it without some form of painrelief at the end.
    The only contractions I ever had, were after the cesarean. They gave me a drip to make my uterus contract to minimize the bleeding. Those were painful enough, but nowhere near real labour contractions.
    So well done for all of you who have at least given it a go. It doesn't matter if you used drugs or not. The endresult is the same. Most of you have happy and healthy bubbas. I dont believe that painrelief during labour can cause any problems with bubs that will have permanent effects on them.

    But thats just my opinion and my 2 cents worth.
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    I had panadeine forte (to get some sleep) and pethedine in my last labour (35 hours). I am perfectly happy with that decision. I've had cracked ribs, ruptured cruciates, broken bones, c-section, skull surgery, knee surgery, etc etc and none of that would have come to 10% of the pain I experienced in labour.

    Alcohol has been shown to cause defects to babies in utero, and we know it causes brain and organ damage. I see a huge difference been drinking when you are pregnant with a developing foetus, just have to fun, and having pain relief when you are birthing a fully developed baby, because you can't cope with the excruciating agony.

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    Quite clearly some people just don't experience as much pain as others.

    Thank god I took the drugs - allowed me to get 2 hours rest and have the energy to keep going.

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    I never drink or smoke while pregnant and when not, so it's not relevant to me. I did and do drink a coffee a day and ate some foods off the no no list, yes I'm only human and not that paranoid I'm going to kill my babies. I did also take drugs both times.
    Prior to all my labours I did (as I'm sure most women do) read about the drugs available and possible effects and its up to the woman to assess how she feels about it. Some do affect the baby, but there are 2 people in the birthing process and its not just the baby, so if a woman decides for pain relief that is perfectly acceptable, whatever you need to get you through and a woman should never feel guilty for it. If people can go without I won't even say well done, its not the olympics.
    I think women need to stop judging what people do in their birthing suites, I don't even know why this is a question? The more I write the more it irratates me, especially since I'm so close to giving birth and have to justify something like this? People take drugs for pain in labour, your not a better mother because you didn't and with this attude I feel like this is what your implying. Move on.

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