Another reason could be because you need to be lying down with the epidural and being active walking etc seems to help things move along. Also because depending on how it works on you, you may not be able to feel the contraction and know when to push. And I also think epidurals may slow down contractions. Maybe check those ideas with your doctor next time
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14-08-2014 21:59 #21
14-08-2014 22:37 #22
I think the epidural saved me from a c/s with my first baby. I was progressing very slowly despite intense contractions right on top of each other, so I had an epi so I could try to rest a bit or I would have been too exhausted to push. I started dilating much quicker after the epi. It was a forceps delivery as DD was in distress, but that was more likely due to the length of the labour.
I had an epidural with DS as well (induction) and it was a normal delivery with no assistance required and an amazing experience.
15-08-2014 06:23 #23
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15-08-2014 06:56 #24
You are always going to get horror stories no matter what birth options you go for. I had an epidural 10 minutes after being induced. Contractions were thick and fast.
Mine didn't quite wear off enough when I got to pushing star to feel everything but it took the edge off.
I had an amazing private obstetrician and midwives who TOLD me when a contraction was coming via the monitor and told me to push and how to push til I could feel a bit more. I pushed for an hour, the last 10 minutes I could feel everything and DS was out. I had a tiny graze in the vaginal wall which they stitched up, breastfed DS and I was up having a shower and in our room 30 mins later!
I'll definitely get an epi again!
15-08-2014 06:59 #25
The don't slow down contractions. What they can do is stall natural labour if you get one too early on but they usually won't let you have one from the get go unless it's an induction.
FYI labouring in water (pool/bath/spa) will slow down your contractions much more than an epidural.
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15-08-2014 09:23 #26Senior Member
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In answer to the OP, mh epidural meant complete loss of sensation. I had no idea how to push (no urge). Resulting in vacuum delivery which damaged my babies neck muscles. He needed 6m of physio to correct it.
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17-08-2014 15:13 #27
18-08-2014 12:55 #28
2 epi's & early inductions and 2 normal VB's. They don't always end up badly..
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