I've got my hospital booking appt with the mifwife next week and want to be as prepared as possible with all my questions, so looking for some experiences.
Did you use any pain relief (natural or pharmacutical) for your VBAC, if so, what? Do you recommend it/not?
I had birth-prep classes with DD and know the hospital generally offer all forms or pharmacutical options and also recommend hiring a TENS machine, massage, showers (no bath avail though), fitball etc. But I don't know which are good options for a VBAC.
Having had a spinal block, if an epidural is anything like that I can't even imagine having a VB with that lack of feeling or control.
I worry about not feeling pain, therefore not feeling a 'bad pain'. Through years of yoga I'm quite confident in my ability to discern between 'normal' pain and 'something wrong' pain. I aso hate the way all opiates make me feel (morphine, peth etc) I lose whole chunks of memory and feel like I'm floating away somewhere. I won't even take codiene as that does it too.
Thanks in advance!!
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01-03-2013 16:41 #1
What pain relief did you have, if any, for your VBAC?
01-03-2013 18:06 #2
I had morphine & gas with my VBAC with DD. this time I'm planning on buying a TENS and using water where possible (lol, not at the same time though!)
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02-03-2013 09:13 #3
02-03-2013 09:25 #4
I didn't have anything with my attempted VBAC or my successful VBA2C.
I did use gas though but was breathing through my nose and out through my mouth which just helped me regulate my breathing. I actually didn't any "gas"! I didn't realise this until afterward and the midwives and I had a good laugh about my placebo pain relief!
02-03-2013 11:34 #5
I love the 'placebo gas' story - i bet chomping on the mouthpiece helped too. Good to know it can be done though. Do you generally consider that you have a high/low pain threshold?
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02-03-2013 13:30 #6
With VBAC 1: Extremely long labour - remi-fentinol (sp?) but only for a short time as it stopped me from breathing and then continued without.
With VBAC 2: Epi - due to posterior and previous long labour, but was fully dilated once they got it in, but left baby to turn and came back an hour later. Was wondering about the whole - can't push out as well and higher risk of tearing, but bubs came out 2nd push and tear not big enough for stitches, though can't promise this for every Epi! Was worthwhile in the end too as I had retained placenta and nearly went to theatre but then specialist came in and manually removed it. Took a few hours for feeling to come back to one of my legs...then I walked to the car and went home to bed. Would probably go this way again as I have had another episode of retained placenta and bleeding since (didn't get to keep bubs though), if I didn't have a higher chance of it happening again I would try to go pain free as I know I can do it with shorter labours. The other upside would be that one would be ready for cs if necessary. But on the downside know people who now have back problems from epi. The cord was also around our bub's neck so I was fortunate to be able to work muscles quite well to get them out 2nd push as monitor wasn't showing good things.
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02-03-2013 16:11 #8
I used the tens machine with my first birth. i didnt like it.
In my second which was my vbac, i used the ball which really helped. and a had a little bit of gas but it made me feel like crap so i stooped..
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02-03-2013 20:08 #9
I found the gas was ok for pain relief- I was quite muddled headed, but it was unbearable without it. DH said it was like I was stoned. I did bite down hard on the mouthpiece and chipped the glue holding my brace on the back of my bottom teeth. Water was the best help though, but I wasn't allowed it later I'm labour. I'm also going to bring hubby along to an acupuncture session so that my acupuncturist can show him some pressure points for pain relief.
03-03-2013 10:42 #10
Thanks for all the stories ladies. It's great as I'm feeling somewhat prepared with a few questions to ask the midwife on Wednesday rather than just relying on the standard spiel.
Another reason I'm a bit worried about an epidural is it would make the decision
to go CS that much easier once it was in (not just for the professionals, but possibly for me too).
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