Does an epidural take away all the pain while pushing during childbirth?

Libby - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 405 moms have responded )

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I had 4 kids already, but I had them all naturally. It was very painful every time but I'm so scared of getting an epidural. I really am considering getting the epidural but I want to make sure it really works before I put myself through it.

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Julie - posted on 08/13/2011

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I had what I believe is called a spinal block....it was a one-time shot that numbs you for about 5 hours, so you get it a little later in the labor process. In fact, I dilated all the way to 10 cm with no meds, but was scared/ too tired to push without something. They came in and gave me that shot, and I don't remember feeling any pain during pushing. I don't know how common this is, mine was a premature, quick labor, but it's definitely something to ask your doctor about. I was very happy with it, and hope to do the same for future kids!

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2011

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It COMPLETELY TOOK IT AWAY FOR ME BUT I THINK MINE WAS REALLY STRONG. Sorry for all the caps. My phone went crazy and wouldn't make it smaller. I recommend the epidural!!

Danielle - posted on 08/12/2011

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With my first I got the epidural n felt EVERYTHING but with my second one I didn't feel a thing n it was kinda scary cus I didn't really know when to push :/

Ntahli - posted on 08/10/2011

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Yah it really helped, i didnt feel any pain and i was given pains coz I didnt have contractions so imagine given pains but realy I didnt feel a thing. The only thing that you can think of is when you dont feel your legs you have to be carried and washed coz u cant do anything. Go for it ladies enough of the pains

Dina - posted on 08/09/2011

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With an epidural make sure you switch sides every 15-30 minutes it's gravity fed and that is when you start feeling it because only half is numb otherwise

Allison - posted on 08/09/2011

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I tried to go all natural with my first but after 31 hours and 3 hours of pushing and he wasn't coming down. The midwives raced me to the hospital and the epidural had me sitting up and talking, hungry and pretty comfortable(I think it still hurt but nothing like it had been).
That being said, I had my second son 18 months later and asked for the epidural after a few hours. It took 4 tries and I had back and forth horrible contractions on either side until he finally got thru(using a higher vertebra) and numbed both sides of my back but not the center line of my bum and vag. I kinda prefered this as I could still feel when to push and felt the baby come out without the back and hip pain. Later, they realized I had extensive scar tissue in my spine that complicated the drugs from settling on both sides at once. It depends on your body, but all in all, I'd recommend it. :) good luck

Arrynne - posted on 08/09/2011

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With DD#2 whom I got an epi with, I felt the 'ring of fire', lots of pressure, etc. Only difference I found with an epi compared to natural was it made the contractions go from a 9 to a 1 (pain wise).

Kimberly - posted on 06/03/2010

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My experience wasn't all that wonderful and getting it was the most painful part of child birth. It worked for 47 minutes (we timed it from the video) then WHAM . . it was gone and I felt everything. It wasn't as bad as I thought and I'm kind of glad that I experienced "natural" child birth!

Arlene - posted on 06/02/2010

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I have three kids, and with my first two I had them natural, however on my last child, I decided to do the epidural, I loved it! I felt absolutely no pain, Yes, you feel pressure but only when it's time to push, and the pressure isn't painful at all. It was in no way the pressure you feel when you have it natural. The only downside of the epidural for me was after the baby is born it takes a good while for the med to wear off. I had to wait til the next day to take a shower and when I needed to use the bathroom, I needed assistance because your legs feel like noodles, They are numb and you cannot walk on them, If you can get over that, Your be just fine.

Ntahli - posted on 06/01/2010

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I did it, it helps I did not feel a thing though I spend the whole night the baby didnt go down so Dr told me I hve to go for c section. I recomend it for every woman. but know it that there might be after effects, like painfull back

Olga - posted on 05/31/2010

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If you had 4 kids already naturally, why would you bother with epidural. Try water birth. It helped me a lot. I loved it. No cuts, no tears, no stitches with 9 pound baby. Try hypnobirth technics as well.

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I've only had the one child but I surivived on gas and air, and a water birth. Highly recommend it. Oh and on all fours through-out lol

Melanie - posted on 05/14/2010

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I just felt a lot of pressure, but they will turn down the dosage of the epidural you're getting if you're not able to push properly. It worked great for me.

Chantelle - posted on 05/14/2010

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It really depends on your body. I started to get natural but i was progressing to slowly so i think in the long run it was a better choice for me to get the epidural. When i got mine within i think about 30 mins i felt absolutly nothing except SLIGHT pressure on my legs when i had to move them. There have been some women who have reported though that it did absolutly nothing for them and they still felt everything. So like i said its all up to your body and sadly the only way to find that out is to try it. Good Luck....

Gizella - posted on 05/13/2010

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I had no problems with my Epidural. I have heard some horror stories but 90% of the time if you have a really good and experienced anethatist you will be fine and I found that the effects wear off fairly quickly. I was also terrified of having the epidural at first but if I ever had to do it again i would not hesitate.

Ashley - posted on 05/11/2010

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it only takes away contraction pain u feel it when you are pushing and that baby is comming out of you. when i got the epidural my contractions were sooo bad and then when the meds started working i remember saying " if i could feel my legs id run a marathon" lol

Meagan - posted on 05/09/2010

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i got an epidural when i had my baby before i knew that i was goin to have a c-section and it took away all of my pain and what they did was had a little medicine pack on the counter and when the medicine started to wear off all you had to do was push a button to make sure that you would not be in any pain

Erin - posted on 05/09/2010

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I felt absolutely nothing with my epidural - it was heaven! I got the best sleep (regardless of the nurse asking me every 15 min if I could feel the contractions) I'd had (or have had) in the last 2 yrs and when it came time to push, nothing. They monitored my contractions on the machines and told me when to push. I am thankful for not being able to feel anything because I tore in 3 different spots and had to get LOTS of stitches. :-(

Nicole - posted on 05/08/2010

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Mine was turned off for pushing. But honestly I thought the contractions were worse than pushing anyway.

Ariel - posted on 05/08/2010

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I had an epidural with my daughter and I didnt feel a thing. I could tell I was pushing but I couldnt feel any pain at all. it was such a life saver. I didnt even feel the cotractions. they had too tell me when I was having them so I could push because I couldnt feel anything below my ribs.

Sella - posted on 05/08/2010

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I have 3 kids 1 I had no epidural just gas, 2 I had the epidural and I did not like it I felt like I mist the birth and the 3 I had the epidural for one hour just to take away the worst of the pain, that was the best way for me.

Tania - posted on 05/08/2010

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I shouldn't be saying this but I had two epidurals one after the other and both of them didn't work. Because I was under so much stress and having them both fail I ended up with and emergency c-section. If I have another baby I will not even concider having an epidural, you have to sit so still to have it done at the same time as sitting through contractions but that was just me. I have friends who swear by them and would definately say have it but as for me no way. Good luck with the birth I hope all goes well for you :o)

Christina - posted on 05/07/2010

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It worked for me! I felt nothing until it was time to push, and then it was very little pain. I couldn't feel my legs at all though, so I had to have my man and friend hold them for me. I don't know how anyone does it without an epidural! Congrats on doing it 3 times already!!!

Marie - posted on 05/07/2010

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You are a real trooper, I've got to say!!!! My advice is, if you've had 4 naturally girl, then keep on keeping on & why not go for 5!? As for me- I had an epidural w/ both of mine & I wouldn't have it any other way b/c I felt the full blow of contractions w/ both of mine before getting the epidural & boy was the pain bad!! 1st epidural there was no pain once it was administered but I could feel all my contractions, it was very controlled & I felt pressure when my son's head came out, he was 8'10 however! 2nd one they had to give me a double shot b/c the first did not take away all the pain, after the 2nd dose I was COMPLETELY numb. I could not feel the contractions to push, I felt nothing, I had to push when the nurses told me to, I could not even move myself in the bed, they literally had to move my body where they wanted it. It was kind of scary b/c I had no control, but everything went fine, pushed my daughter out in 4 pushes - piece of cake! Good luck! Also, when you get an epidural, they make everyone leave the room except, the nurse & anesthesiologist. A good nurse will let you hug her when they administer it. It is scary & you need the full support of a good nurse. I was lucky, both of my nurses both times were GREAT!

Brittany - posted on 05/07/2010

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When I had the epidural I didnt feel a darn thing. I had my first child in 08 and I thought it was going to be painful but I wanted the epidural and I got it and the only thing I felt was when he came out which it didnt hurt a bit. I didnt feel and of the stitches nothing until they "turned off" my epidural. For me, they let me have my epidural all the way through the birth...which was GREAT! For some people it may be different but for me, I didnt feel a thing. I had to have a cathader because my bladder was so loose lol I couldnt hold my urine ( yea gross..) Dont worry...the epidural works WONDERS!

Marlo - posted on 05/07/2010

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Oh how I wish I didn't feel anything! My labor was 6 hrs, and I had the epidural for about 1.5 hrs before pushing. I felt EVERYTHING. And she had to numb me up to put in stitches. But everyone is different.

Chelsea - posted on 05/07/2010

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I got my epideral after 2 1/2 weeks of harsh contractions.. lemme tell you, all i felt was the pressure while having him.. no pains, no contractions.. i got mine about 30 minutes before my little one was born..

Ruthy - posted on 05/06/2010

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All I can say is that when my mom arrived to see me in the hospital delivery my first child, she cried to see me in such terrible pain and INSTANTLY, from one moment to the next, I went from, "Oh MY G-D, I"M GOING TO DIE" to having a perfectly normal conversation and feeling NONE of my major contractions yet when it was time to push, I did feel enough pressure to push and I had an epidural for my second child- heavenly again. My third, I begged, but they didn't get to me in time as I delivered within a few hours of admission but I criticized the hospital for delaying my epidural and making me be in such pain, even for a few hours. An epidural is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL- I can't say enough great things about it. I can't see how you delivered four times without- you poor thing. It will be a whole new world for you!

Alaina - posted on 05/06/2010

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I had one with my daughter and it worked great, It wore off a bit during pushing but they just gave me another dose before my next contraction and it took the pain away. I had planned on having one with my son, but he came too fast and the anesthesiologist didn't make it in time. Although for me the epidural did hurt going in, I would definately have it again,because compared to the contractions and labour the pain from the epi is nothing!

Tara - posted on 05/06/2010

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In my experience the epidural did take away all feeling. I didn't even feel the pressure to push. The anesthesiologist gave me a dose of meds that was too high. She came in to lower my dosage after 2 & 1/2 hours of trying to push and ended up messing up my epidural. I had to end up doing a c-section. I can't say that my experience is normal though because I was in the hospital in labor for 88 hours. :( I hope you have better luck. I would want to be able to feel pressure to push.

Shelley - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have three children all born naturally without any drugs what so ever and i never thought about the epidural, i dont think you could pay me enough to get a huge needle stuffed in my back...lol
we are trying for a fourth child now and i will also do that birth without drugs or needles. so i wouldnt be able to tell you what it fells like because i have never had an epidural...sorry!!!!

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hi libby.
yes an epidural really does work. i had one, when i was in labour with my daughter now 14 months old. when i was asked to push i asked "how?" as i hadnt been told what i needed to do and also i couldnt feel a thing.; so they told me to put my chin to my chest and they helped deliver my baby with forceps. two 'pushes' later and my little girl was born. also the drs had to put my legs in the correct position as when i was asked to lift my leg as a test there was no way i was moving them; it was like (not intending to scare you) they werent even my legs they were moving; very strange to see.

i wont lie to you the procedure itself of the needle being injected is unsettling however the birth itself it over in no time at all, i sware it was minutes. i was numb for a further 5 hours for which i slept anyway; so did the baby...i woke up able to move about without any trouble.

just make sure you are aware of the ins and outs of the procedure itself before stating you definetley want it as some hospitals will only give you it if its definetley necessary.

hope this helps, kat :-)

Allison - posted on 05/06/2010

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Well, I tried to go natural but after 33 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing I was rushed to the hospital for an epidural and a forcep intervention. I was having horrible rolling contractions and back labor but after the epi, which I could barely hold still for, I was sitting up talking between contractions and pushing with them as I still felt some bum pressure but I wasn't painful...at least not compared to the last 30-some hours. If you've gone thru it beofre like you have, I'm almost sure you'll be happy how little it hurts but it is so unnerving to itch all over and your legs are so heavy you can't move an inch and they get flaming hot too. Although, I was up and using the bathroom in less than three hours...wobbly but up. If I could've done it without the hospital all together I would be happier, but I was just too tired apparently. Oh, I had an episiotomy too and didn't feel much except the nasty feeling of 'snip'.
Good luck and be strong!!

Valerie - posted on 05/06/2010

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Hey Libby,
I have 4 children as well and had my first 3 totally natural so I decided I wanted to see what this epidural thing was all about. It was so easy for me. I think it also has a lot to do with how good the technician is that gives it to you. Mine was obviously wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyd having the epidiral as it allowed me to really enjoy my delivery. I was cracking jokes at my husbands expense as I was pushing him out, as my husband was all business, lol. I would recommend it to you since you have had 4 without and know what that is all about. I think you will really enjoy the experience. I didn't have any pain but could feel the pressure so I knew when it was time to push and the delivery was pain free. It was the wierdest feeling not to feel my legs, lol but it was really worth it to me. I am glad I had my others natural but enjoyed this last delivery with my epidural. Honestly getting the epidural inserted didn't hurt much either. I was told all sorts of things about how that hurt but it really wasn't an issue. Being a strong woman that has delivered 4 naturally I know this will be a breeze for you as well. Blessings,
Valerie

Deborah - posted on 05/06/2010

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I had epidural with my first child.have to say i did not feel and thing and wld highly recommend it. Im 7 months pregnant now and when the time comes for me to give birth i will be havin the epidural again:)

Kiri - posted on 05/06/2010

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i have had two very different births one was epidural and pethedine and gas and air, the second one was all natural, tbh if you can handle the pain i recomend that one coz when i was all drugged up although i felt nothing i was completely out of it, took me a while to recover and i wasnt able to breastfeed prob because of that, with my second child i am still breastfeeding her at 7 months and i felt great when she came out, i got an instant bond and was much better experience than the first time.. but thats just my experience

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it did for me. in my opinion it was a life saver! i couldnt feel anything even though they stopped it for a little while before pushing, they just had to tell me when to push, and i was still able to but felt nothing

Tiffany - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have to say I am greatful I got one. Mine started to wear off, but they gave me a second dose of it before it was really time to push so that was nice. I felt a little pressure when I was pushing, but it was enough to tell me when to push and not enough to hurt me. However, they say it works differently for everyone.

Elena - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have one child and I had an epidural when I had him. The pain is a brief instant......nothing compared to how bad contractions get. After that I didn't feel anything.....however my son ended up being a c section after a hour of pushing due to his heart rate.

Amanda - posted on 05/06/2010

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I had one after my contractions got really really bad, and it was the best thing I could have done. I still felt the pressure to push, but there was no pain. The hardest part is sitting still while they put the needle or whatever it is in your back. I had a contraction half way through getting the injection, and I was petrified, but I just had to let the anaesthetist know, and it was fine.

I was lucky, because I also ended up needing an emergency ceasarian, and having already had the epidural, all they needed to do was increase it and my whole body was numb. Well, the parts that were meant to be, anyway... lol

Destiny - posted on 05/05/2010

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i got an epidural right away and it worked wonders...for only an hour though!! i guess some people the medicine doesn't work for and it just completely stopped working for me. I felt everything. I was in labor 6 hours and the last 4 i was up on my feet and everything and an epidural is supposed to make u numb from your waist down! so it didn't work for me but it definitely helped at first!

Heather - posted on 05/05/2010

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i just had my son April 17th i had a epidural i got it when i was at a 3 when it came time for me to push my legs an stomach were numb but when i he was coming out i felt everything an it hurt but i was all worth it im guessing my body got use to the medication they were giving me

Eryn - posted on 05/05/2010

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SO worth it!! I have two children and had an epidural with both. I was in so much pain beforehand (and I am a meditation counselor so I can usually make myself calm and relaxed in any situation) I was starting to lose it. Once it kicked in I was able to sleep, laugh, and stay calm with both. I had no pain whatsoever and still pushed fine (they were both out in 3 to 5 pushes). I have a little scar tissue in my back from where it was that feels like my back is a little bruised but it was still so worth it! I couldn't imagine having gone much farther without it unless I absolutely had to. Good luck!

Allie - posted on 05/05/2010

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For me, the epidural took away all the pain and pressure. I didn't feel anything. My son was crowning and i didnt even know until i told the nurse that i needed to turn over and she moved my leg and saw him crowning. And i pushed one time and he was out. I didn't feel any burning or stinging or anything. Good Luck!! Congrats!!

Alexis - posted on 05/05/2010

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Yes, for me it did! It is the most wonderful thing ever. The pressure is there but there is no pain. I was able to laugh and talk with the people in the room and be relaxed while in labour. I was scared to get the epidural myself, but the procedure is 10 minutes and they put freezing in before they do it. You don't feel the procedure at all, and compared to contractions, it's nothing. I can honestly say I would never endure natural childbirth (without the epidural) unless I absolutely had to. Because I was so relaxed and my body was able to do the work, my daughter was born in 11 1/2 hours from start to finish and I can say, without a doubt, it was a breeze!

Amber - posted on 05/05/2010

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My first child I had completely natural and while the pain was very intense it was bearable, with my second child I had an epidural and I still felt the pressure but not the pain from contractions, how ever I am pregnant with my third child and have no intentions of having a second epidural unless I just can't handle the pain. The reason for this change is because since the epidural I have had almost constant lower back pain around the injection site that is worse when it is cold, a few other people I have talked to also say they have had chronic lower back pain after an epidural not sure if this is normal or not...

Tracey Ann - posted on 05/05/2010

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I had to have a epidural it was a planned c section it's really isn't that bad once you get the needle you will feel warmth going through you body than after that you feel nothing. ( just be very still when they insert the needle) try not to work yourself up just because it's a needle

Krista - posted on 05/05/2010

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I had to have an emergency c-section but while I was in labor (after I was 5 centimeters) I got my epidural and let me tell you, I would have kissed that anestheiologist if I could have ha-ha. While I was in surgery I didn't feel any pain at all just pressure.

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