Tell us your epidural stories.....
Jenny - posted on 07/16/2011
I've had an epidural, but not for my delivery. I found out that I was allergic to morphine, plus have long-lasting spinal problems from the epidural. So when I did have my son I had no pain meds or an epidural. I was induced with about an 18 hour labor & delivery and wouldn't have it any other way. My husband was supportive of whatever decision I chose, but knew that I didn't want an epidural or meds, but was ok if I did have one. My family had no opinions that were forced on me, but I did know that my mom had short labors with no pain meds, whereas my mil had to have pain meds with my hubby because he was a c-section, but not with my sister-in-law who was a VBAC. My mom was also very supportive of my sister when she got an epidural with her son almost 9 months ago.
Angel - posted on 04/24/2010
I had an epidural with both my kids. The first time I wasnt sure if I was gonna get one or not. I was induced at my local hospital, but their gel induction didn't work. So I got sent to the big city for getting induced. After I got the drip and labor FINALLY started they offered an epidural. I wasnt in much pain at all, but I figured what the hey! So I got my epidural and it was FANTASTIC! I couldnt tell when to push, I didnt feel anything.But they just told me to push and eventually my daughter was born. I decided for every child thereafter I would get one. With my son I made sure my OB knew I wanted an epi. I told all the nurses, and anyone who would listen! My husband thought it would be a good idea to NOT have and epidural and I was P. O'd. I almost kicked him out of the delivery room. He thought it would be a great idea if I had it all naturally like 'women are supposed to'. Yeah RIGHT!
I plan on an epidural for this birth too. I like not having pain. I dont enjoy getting induced, which is with both kids so far and looking like induction with this one too. The epidural makes my birth's much more manageable.
My husbands family thinks I shouldn't have babies if I get epidurals. They dont think its natural or necessary. All I ever hear is that THEY all had their children without pain meds, and it was so easy. It is VERY frustrating for me. They look down on me for getting epidurals. Apparently I am not a 'real woman' in their eyes. I dont care enough to NOT get an epidural tho!
Katherine - posted on 04/01/2010
I knew from the getgo that I was going to get an epidural. My doctor was highly supportive of me, and so was my family. I labored without it for three hours after my doctor broke my water to see if my son would descend into my pelvis (he never did), and I bruised my fiance's knuckles trying to endure the pain for as long as I could. After I got my epidural, I could only feel slight pressure, and I could sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep! Over the next several hours, I dilated to 6 1/2 cm and that's when my labor stalled. Long story short, because my pelvis was too small for his head, I coudn't dilate any more without the pressure of his head on my cervix. I had to have a c-section. If I hadn't had the epidural, I would've had to be put to sleep; instead I just got a stronger dose, and I was able to hear my son's first cry.
Danielle - posted on 03/30/2010
I had one with my son i was in an induced labour for 52 hours buy the 12pm on the 2nd day i was so tired and in alot of pain and still only 1cm dialated my family suggested i have the epidural my partner was very supportave he knew i was in pain and we had a long wait ahead of us which made me feel alot better i had had a bit of the gas before the put it into me so i never felt a thing but as soon as it started to work it was great i got some well deserved rest and so did my partner and family then at 9.30pm when it was time to push i could still feel the eurge to push just no pain and im so glad i chose to have the epidural i had to have a forcepts delivery and a grade 4 epesiotmy and also i had a mass bleed so i had doctors manually contracting me from the inside so i was so glad i had it and i dont care what ppl say i did what i thought was best for me and my baby
Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2009
I knew I wanted an epidural from the get go. I waited as long as I could to get it but, because I was induced, my contractions were constant and very intense so I only last 2 of 8 hours. After I got it I was in the best mood imaginable and it made the experience amazing for me. I didn't feel a thing for the entire 6 hours following, including the contractions and my daughter's actual birth. I had no idea she was out until they out her on my chest. I had to wear an oxygen mask because her cord was wrapped around her neck and I honestly feel that the epidural helped keep me calm because looking back if I hadn't had it I would have been frantic and made the situation worse. I don't regret getting the epidural at all and I know when I have more children I'll get epidurals for those births as well.
Diane - posted on 07/23/2009
I do plan on having an epidural. I start to feel guilty about it but then I remember the child birth videos. The 3 woman having a natural births were seen as very uncomfortable, changing positions all the time. Then the video switched to the woman with an epidural and she was like "oh was that a contraction?, oh is it time to push?" The epidural has been sold.
Jacquie - posted on 07/02/2009
I am a mother of one and my son was born in April 2008. I got my epidural when I was about 7.5 cm. It took a while for my doctor to get it right though. I can honestly say that getting the epidural was harder then childbirth itself. It took him about thirty minutes to do and was by far the most painful that I have ever been through. But once he got it in right I was in heaven. I could still feel pressure when I was having a contraction but NO pain. And I could still feel when I needed to push and then soon after I was ready to push and 45 minutes later my son was out! So I am very happy with my decision to ge the epidural!
Meghan - posted on 04/17/2009
I had the epidural with both of my girls.
With my oldest daughter, I had it and it started to wear off when it came to the contractions and pushing. I felt everything. I don't regret getting it though.
With my newborn now, I didn't get it until I was 9 cm's, and the first two times it didn't work, but when he gave me more, I was out. I don't even know how long I was out but I woke up to my husband (he wasn't able to be in the room when I got it, due to him possibly passing out, that is what the military require, no one to be in the room when you get it.). Then they checked me again, and it was time to push, the only thing was the epidural worked to well that they rushed me to the operating room for me to delivery my baby girl. I couldn't feel anything, and I do mean I didn't feel anything. They had to tell me to push, and they did everything but push. I had no feeling in my body from the waist down for hours even after having my baby. I am happy that I didn't end up with a c-section but I was close to having one. I regret getting it because I NO control over anything. I was scared, her heart beat kept going down a little and my blood pressure went up. I was scared and praying that everything turned out.
I didn't care what my family thought, it was my decisions and if they didn't like it I didn't care. It was my choice and I was the one who was giving birth.
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