I'm considering it but it's not my first preference.
This is my first and while I know I have a good pain threshold, I just have no idea what it will be like. So I have written Epidural: Acceptable on my birth plan.
First choice is active movement, bath, etc, and gas+air.
Might change my mind of course, but for now I don't feel the "need" to have an epidural.
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06-08-2015 11:46 #51
06-08-2015 13:21 #52
I knew in advance I wouldn't have one when I watched 'The Business of Being Born' and learned about the cascade of intervention.
06-08-2015 14:18 #53Senior Member
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I had my first without and my 2nd with. Both great experiences, but if I'm being totally honest, a lot less painful with the epi. It wore off by pushing stage so I could feel everything then, but i breezed through the contractions, laughing, happy, didn't even know when I was having a contraction! I'd also heard horror stories about the actual injection, I hardly felt it (think the anesthetist used a numbing cream first).
But having said all of that, I am very happy to have also had a 'natural' birth.
06-08-2015 14:59 #54Senior Member
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Last time my waters broke at 4.30am. I rang the hospital at 7 and hog there at 9.30. I think this added to the crappy experience because it was such a long day stuck in a room. I was 37 weeks and because of this was told to go in straight away.
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06-08-2015 15:25 #55
I have birthed 3 times - the first 2 without epi (just gas) and the final one with an epi (due to a dislocated rib). I hated my epidural...I hated that I couldn't feel properly to push, it all felt very unnatural, and I'm sure it contributed to the prolapse I developed, as I believe I wasn't able to push effectively or at the correct time. My 3rd labour was also the longest and Bub needed resuscitating as he didnt breath on delivery. Who knows how much the epi contributed to any of that...I'll never know but its's not something I would choose again....
06-08-2015 17:00 #56
I don't like epidurals - they often cause babies heartrate to drop which leads to further interventions and increased risks. Often babies are born a little flat too and can struggle to latch/feed well. Not always obviously, but increased nevertheless. Also - the feeling after a natural delivery when you can walk around and feel relatively normal straight away is AMAZING. To not have a catheter in or pee bag attached is also a bonus
06-08-2015 18:27 #57
06-08-2015 20:19 #58
Tell me why I should or should not have an Epidural.
Would absolutely do it again if necessary.
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06-08-2015 20:31 #59
06-08-2015 20:37 #60
It's a personal choice and offered/needed for a variety of reasons. I have had 3 epidurals with 3 births and 3 different experiences.
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