I didn't have an epi with my first and I didn't enjoy feeling everything. It hurt... A lot! I plan on having an epi for my next Bub!
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05-08-2015 11:38 #21Senior Member
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05-08-2015 12:10 #22
Wanted one. Got one.
Reacted badly to it (both Bub and I) so didn't get topped up and had no pain relief by the time bub arrived after an episiotomy.
Any regrets - none. Even though we reacted to it negatively. We're both fine. I was able to have a shower about 30 mins after DS was born and walk to the ward.
Would I have one again? - no as the reaction we had (drop in both heart rates and my blood pressure so I kind of passed out briefly) was such that the Ob said "best we don't try that again!"
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05-08-2015 12:28 #23
Had one with my first after nearly 24 hours labour. Asked for one with my second, as it was going to be my last (planned) pregnancy and birth and I didn't want to remember the delivery as being horrific or negative - I now look back on it as such a positive experience, which I am so pleased about, as I had a really horrid pregnancy.
05-08-2015 12:50 #24
I had an epidural with my first and had an experience similar to what meredithgrey mentioned in that it got me to relax and I dilated really quickly once it went in.
But I ended up with a forceps delivery, something that I think might have been avoided with an epidural as I was stuck on the bed. It also still hurt when it came to pushing - more than my natural birth.
With my second I had a natural water birth. I was much more prepared for this birth, chose a model of care (birth centre with same midwife ) that I felt would lead to that outcome and I was much more relaxed and hydrated the second time round.
I personally preferred my natural birth and it was a much better experience for me.
05-08-2015 14:01 #25
pain wise it's awesome :-)
but when it comes to the pushing stage imo it sucks you can't feel your progress so I felt like my pushes were not doing anything so I don't think I was putting in 110% effort :-(
I had one with dd1 and dd3 and needed assistance forceps (dd1) & vacuum (dd3).
with dd2 and ds I didn't have one and didn't need assistance :-)
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05-08-2015 16:18 #28
I had one with both kids and don't regret it at all. Both were inductions at 10 days late so contractions started quickly and were 1 on top of the other straight away.
The tens machine, shower, gym ball, hypno birthing all went out the window within the first hour of trying them all as I barely had any 'down time' between contractions.
My first it wore of when I pushed, the second I didn't feel a thing. Both times I only ended up with a graze, no tearing, no cascades of interventions, none of the horror stories.
The epidural remember doesn't effect the baby like pethadine or a few other drugs, it can as others have said allow you to not be tense and stressed and in pain and you can bring your child into the world without all the stress and pain and tension and screaming you *may* otherwise go through during labour which I believe can effect the baby far more than an epidural.
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05-08-2015 16:19 #29Senior Member
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05-08-2015 17:06 #30
I am 99% sure they didn't give me anything and just let the initial dose wear off. I had to ask DF because I don't really remember much.
Other than that while I did have the impact of the epidural, everything became quite pleasant and I couldn't feel a thing!
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