mums who have had a epidural

Penny - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 182 moms have responded )

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hello to all the mums i am due nov 17 but told might be induced 38 or 39 weeks i was induced with my 3rd a girl and dread being induced and i am concidering a epidural but heard some horror stories so id apriciate any comments also how do you know how to push or do you

thankyou in advance

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Amalea - posted on 10/20/2009

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i went in with an open mind no can tell u how u will feel as we r all different. i had a 13hr labour started with the gas 4hrs in then that made me dizzy then i got the epidural half way through and it was great. it made me more relaxed and i had no problem pushing.it made giving birth alot more enjoyable and i would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Lindsay - posted on 10/25/2009

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I had an epi and could still feel when to push. Iactually told the nurses that I could no longer fight the urge even though the dr. wasn't there yet. It's different for everyone and you have to do what you think is right for you. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Jillian - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting Tabatha:

i had an eppy durning labour and it was great! but after i had the worst headache ever! my head pounded every time i would sit or stand! i asked the doc why this was happening and he said its happens some times. it was my spine leaking spinal fluid! he said i could get a "blood patch" done but after listening and weighing the pros and cons i decided to suffer with it! it only lasted 3 days thank goodness or i would have had to get the patch done!


i got the blood patch and was so glad i did, otherwise i doubt i would have been able to breastfeed my daughter i was in so much pain i couldn't even think enough to make any descisions with her.  within three hours after the blood patch the pain was gone and i actually jumped up and hugged the anesthesiologist who did the procedure!  i still had an occasional throb when i was standing too much or not resting enough,  but other than that it was great! i doubt i could have dealt with that pain for three more days, it was worse than labor!

Robyn - posted on 10/21/2009

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I was induced, I as given cervidal for 12 hours and then pitocin for over 18 hours. I was determined to go natural, little did I know what back labor was. I was in so much pain I honestly wanted to die! However I was more afraid of the needle than dying! I was so anxious that my nurse really talked me through my decision of getting the epidural. I will totally get another epidural at first chance!!! My doctor had the epidural turned off right before pushing time so the delivery wouldn't be so long and so I would know to push, 45 min later that baby was out, I felt it during the pushing but had I not had the epidural before hand I would have had a c-section because I couldn't calm down. The needle was worse than a bee sting but definately worth it, I was able to enjoy the expierenc much more. My legs felt heavy but I could still feel sensation I had no headaches, if your anxious at all about the labor I would do it, i'd do it again.

Kelly - posted on 10/21/2009

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I had an epidural and i actually loved it! I was induced with my son(he is my first child) because i was a week over due. Once i got my epidural i fell asleep and woke back up to push. I was so afraid that labor was going to be the most long and painfuil thing in the world and it was not that bad at all! it went fast for an induction(6 1/2 hrs) and the only issue i had with it was that i was so numb that they had to turn it down a little so that i could push him out better. I pushed for 45 minutes but they also said that he was trying to come out sideways! the doctor also said that with your first baby you will push a little longer. well good luck with the birth of your baby!

Lauren - posted on 10/21/2009

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Hi There i had an epidural after my forcep delivery & its nothing like i thought. It scared me reading stuff on it but i didnt feel a thing. Due to me having this after the birth i would not know what its like when in labour sorry



All i can say is i didnt feel any pain when having it done or afterwards

April - posted on 10/20/2009

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I didnt have an complications with the epidural. When they removed the tape off my back was the most painful portion of it. When i was having contractions i felt a lot of pressure in my hips and pelvic area. The nurse had stuck her fingers inside and told me to feel like im pushing where her fingers were. If your delivering in the hospital try to talk to the doctor who will be giving you the epidural and also talk to your doctor/midwife about the epidural.

Elise - posted on 10/20/2009

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u dont know so thats why the nurses tell u, and i had three epidurals and there is nothing wrong with me. plus i had three ceasers.

Ashley - posted on 10/20/2009

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I wanted to have my son all natural and throughout the pregnancy I would read about breathing techniques, massage, visualization, etc. Unfortunately, I had to be induced and I was given Cervadil (to start the process) and Pitocin to expediate it. In my opinion, being induced made the contractions more intense than before the drug was administered and made them more frequent to the point I could not have done breathing exercises in between had I tried. I was scared of getting an epidural throughout my pregnancy (I heard nightmare stories too) but by 5 cm, I was literally begging for it.



Please do NOT worry about the epidural. It does not hurt at all- relatively speaking- compared with the labor pain- and once it is administered, you actually have MORE control of what you are doing, despite not feeling your legs, etc. More control because you can actually concentrate and breathe and listen to your doctor/midwife/coach.



One thing I would recommend is the use of a birthing mirror. It helped me see what I was doing and what was working and what was not. Once you do something right, just do that same "bearing down" and your little bundle of joy will be in your arms before you know it!

Cherie - posted on 10/20/2009

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I have had 2 babies both time I had an epidural...and I would do it again if I ever have another baby. It was the best thing cause it takes away the pain and you can actually enjoy giving birth instead of being in constant pain. The nurse will tell u when to push. Blessings to you and your baby!

Stephanie - posted on 10/20/2009

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hey so i had an epidual when i had my daughter... it was great!! cut the pain all the way up until it was about time for me to push then i started feeling the contractions and i had pain in my back from where they put the epidural.. i say the most painful part about the epidural was when they took it out!!! but everyone is different!!! i also got farely itchy but it stops after a while!! grant it i was in labor for 6 hours in the hospital and pushed for 2. for me the epidural numbed my legs so much it felt like they weighted a ton!!! i couldn't move them at all.. i got the chills afterward my neice had to put like 5 blankets on me and after about an hour at the most i was up and in the shower... i think it was great and will most likely get another when i have another child

Necia - posted on 10/20/2009

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I HIGHLY recommend an epideral!! The procedure isnt as bad as it used to be, or even as bad as ppl make it out to be, I PROMISE! I had one with my 1st and only child and believe me ull know just what to do its part of that natural instinct. The doctors are so informative, and the whole thing was an awesome experience for me, i had no problems.

Line - posted on 10/20/2009

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I had an epidural for my daughter and everything went fine. No side effects and no pain. Purrfect!

Jamie - posted on 10/20/2009

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I've had an epidural with all 3 of my kids. It's wonderful! It makes the labor and delivery a lot more calm and enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.

Alex - posted on 10/20/2009

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Epidural or not, it is an innate instinct to push! Its just as if you are having a bowel movement. So don't worry about being able to push. I did have backpain afterwards that did last between 3 to 5 months.

Kelly - posted on 10/20/2009

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In my experience, Epidurals are awesome, I was so happy to get mine and with my upcoming 2nd birth I will be having another Epidural !

Morgan - posted on 10/20/2009

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I had an epidural with my first, and had no problems. the midwife will tell u when to push. i will get an epidural again when i give birth

Sebrina - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hey, I had a epidural with my son and he's 7 months old.. I've heard all the horror storys too. I'm fine.. I haven't had any problems with my back, you gotta think about it this way times have changed and things have gottin alot better..

Sebrina - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hey, I had a epidural with my son and he's 7 months old.. I've heard all the horror storys too. I'm fine.. I haven't had any problems with my back, you gotta think about it this way times have changed and things have gottin alot better..

Casey - posted on 10/20/2009

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I could not have had my baby without the epidural. I didnt feel a thing while pushing...

Amber - posted on 10/20/2009

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i would def have the epidural i had it with my son im pregnant and def going to have it again..i could not feel anything with it but they do help you out and they tell you when to push and honestly even with getting i had my son in 30 minutes so i didnt push that long. it does not effect that part.

Brandi - posted on 10/19/2009

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i had an epidural with both my kids and i loved it at the time but now i have severe back pain so i would talk to your doctor or even research it some more

Brandi - posted on 10/19/2009

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i had an epidural with both my kids and i loved it at the time but now i have severe back pain so i would talk to your doctor or even research it some more

Marina - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi,





I had epidural after 30 hours of being awake, 13 of them in labor.

It was great!

Mostly it allowed me be well rested for the pushing stage, which happened to be on the long side. Not to mention saved a great deal of pain and fatigue.

But...

You should know how to push, because "push like you're doing number 2" might result in unpleasant hemorrhoids. Instead, you should "aim" more upward. If you have a midwife or a doula, or better yet, a childbirth class, they should be able to give you proper instructions. I wouldn't rely completely on someone randomly met online :-)

But #2:

Your ability to move is very limited. If you have someone with you during childbirth, have this person roll you from side to side, move your legs, etc. Better yet, if "walking epidural" is available, ask your doctor/midwife/anesthesiologist to have it.

The default birthing position for an epidural birth is on your back - not the most optimal one. For me it resulted in a fractured tailbone that still bothers me 8 months later.



Overall - I think epidural is a wonderful invention, especially if you gonna be induced. Just do your homework :-)

Monica - posted on 10/19/2009

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i am a mother of two my daughter is four and my son is 3 months and i had a epidural with both of them , it does not hurt at all you just have to listen to the doctor and arch your back right they had to redue mine twice with my son cause my back isnt allined right but there was no problems , you dont even feel it cause of the contractions i was in labor with my kids for over 24 hours so it was a mega relief and it helps you sleep which is almost impossible when your in labor every mother has their own experience but it doesnt make you a bad person if you want some relief i mean if i had labor that was only ahour yeah i might have went with out it but when your in labor for hours it gets over welming , and i was also induced with my son i was 10 days late and it is nothing to worry about except labor will not be quick cause your not in labor yet they make you go in labor but the medicine they give you to make you go into labor makes your concrations come faster and harder so you might want a epidural hope every thing goes well and congrats and your new addition

Morgan - posted on 10/19/2009

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o my goodness i was soo scared to get it cuz of all the stories... but honestly i couldve fallin asleep... the only thing i felt was a tiny pintch for the numbing than nothin else... i think it may determine how good the person who is doin it is... but i had no trouble at all with it..

Sarah - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi there, I had my baby 7 months ago and I had the worst back labour ever, I ended up having a epidural and I am SO glad I did cause it sure helped me relax a bit more. I still felt a ton of pressure so I still knew when to push and the nurses tell you when to also. When I felt my belly tense up and a bunch of pressure down below that is when I knew to push. It was still painfull but way better then it would have been without the Epi!!

Maria - posted on 10/19/2009

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Best of luck to you! I definitely recommend the epidural, I was induced on October 6th with my child and you will know whento push even if you have the shot, you feel a lot of pressure which forces you to push and the nurses will also let you know because they have a monitor letting you know when you are contracting. The less pain you have the more you'll get to enjoy the delivery of your child. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 10/19/2009

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I at first didn't want an epidural, or any other drugs. However, I was induced, and after they broke my water it was too painful and I ended up getting one. It wasn't as bad as I expected. I could still feel the contractions, but instead of pain it was just pressure. I still could tell when to push, but I didn't feel the tearing (thank goodness!). I think it all depends on how they have it regulated...I wasn't completely numb: I could still wiggle my toes, etc., feel pressure, but wasn't in any pain. The anesthesiologist can adjust how much of the drugs enter your system, so they should make sure it's not so high you can't feel anything. I was comfortable enough that I was having good conversation with my husband and mom, talking on the phone to people who were checking up on me, and even updating my facebook :). I don't regret my decision at all, and have had no bad side effects or anything. You know your body better than anyone...if you feel you need an epidural, get one. If you don't want/need one, don't. Good luck to you!

Chelsey - posted on 10/19/2009

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I loved having an epidural. Hoo Ra to those who haven't had one but I enjoyed not being in pain when I had my daughter. I didn't have any problems. My doctor told me that when you don't have an epi your labor can take twice as long because your body is stressed out from the pain.

Meghan - posted on 10/19/2009

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I had an epidural. I got the shakes afterward but they said that was normal. I ended up with a c-section, but could still feel the contractions just not as strong. My midwife was there to tell me when I had a contraction if I couldn't feel them.

Brenna - posted on 10/19/2009

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I did not have any issues with my epidural, infact I loved that I got one since I was in labor all day that did not progress and ended up as a c-section.

Mikayla - posted on 10/19/2009

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i didnt ever want one, i didnt have one during labour but i had to have one after to be stiched, i personally didnt like it, nothing bad happened but i didnt like the numb feeling and not being able to move my legs at all, its like when u got to the dentist and one side of ur face goes numb but its your hole lower body feels like it.... but i haveherd ppl say to me they wouldnt give brith again with out it. your never going to know if its for u or not unless u try it, yes there are risks but theres risks with anything, even a drug free birthsomething could go wrong, very unlikely but could happen.

Christinia - posted on 10/19/2009

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I had my first epidural with my son back in January. I too heard horror stories but was told there was nothing to worry about. But I've had tons of friends who have had the epidurla and never had any problems what so ever.You'll know when to push you'll have nurses and midwives there to help you.

Amanda - posted on 10/18/2009

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I had an epidural with my first baby because she was was face up and to be honest once the pain was gone it made the labour run alot smoother. The only side effect was that my left leg didn't wake up as quickly as the right but honestly, it took the pain away so I could just focus on bringing my daughter into the world and with the right nurses saying when to push it is all for the better. Good luck with it

Melissa - posted on 10/18/2009

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I had an epidural and I could feel when to push, the doctor slowed the amount a little beforehand so I wasn't totally numb. The nurses help explain pushing believe me when it happens you'll want to push..hehe

PAMELA - posted on 10/18/2009

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I HAD ONE AND I HAD NO PROBLEMS AS LONG AS U R STILL WHEN THEY PUT IT IN U WILL BE OK . I FELT NO PAIN WHEN I HAD ONE I WOULD NEVER TRY TO GO THROUGH IT WITH OUT ONE

Heather - posted on 10/18/2009

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hey sweetie.. i went in there at 39 weeks and i had an epidural and mine wore off so i felt it all so wat kind of rumors u hearing, idk wat to tell u besides yea some of them may be true like back pain.. i would give u the best advice to not get one if i were u..

Angela - posted on 10/18/2009

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i had an epidural with my first son and everything went fine. but with my second i lost mine totally after they broke my water

Kellie - posted on 10/18/2009

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I had a my first child, Jack last December. After 3 hours of back labor I choose to have an epidural. I too was very nervous, especially since I have scoliosis which can complicate it. I was also neverous about the whole needle in the spine pain thing. I am not sure if it was cause I was already in our much pain, but I barely felt it at all. Very slowly my legs began to get heavy, but the never felt completely numb or imobile. The epidural took just enough of the pain away so that i could relax a bit and rest. I was even text messaging a few friends. I could still feel a contraction, but it no longer really hurt. They will hook you up to a machine that will allow you to see a contraction coming. When it came time to push they did turn it down so i could feel the contractions more. I had a very positive experience with an epidural and I hope you do as well. Good Luck!

Ashley - posted on 10/18/2009

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I got an epi after being induced but i went quite awhile first. my contractions were coming very fast and hard. the epi actually helped me dialate. i DID NOT even feel it. That was the one thing i feared the most because i heard so many bad things. and they poked me 3 times. and it wasnt the greatest thing gettin it or i would have had to have a c-section.

Malika - posted on 10/18/2009

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i was induced at 38 weeks due to mild preeclampsia. after 2 days of no progress labor i had an epideral. it was the right decision for me.

Kat - posted on 10/18/2009

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Hi,I have had 3 children and i didnt have epidural with any of them,it can be dangerous even fatal,my cousin died by having an epidural at the age of 25.Most women have an epidural to help with with the pain,gas and air works by making you go out of it for a few minutes and goes straight to your head,i would always recommend it to all moms.Remember the pain goes straight after when you have delivered,but with having an epidural it takes alot longer to recover im told.Good luck with your decision.

Angel - posted on 10/18/2009

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I had to be induced with all 3 of my children before 38 wks. I wanted natural with my first but with the petocin contractions were just too intense. I had no complications, there is a little sting for a few seconds once it is in place but little discomfort otherwise. I too was concerned with not knowing what to do but the nurses and Dr. just instruct you to push like you are having a bowl movement (yes, I said it) you don't feel anything but it works somehow. Good luck to you with the delivery of your baby!

Marie - posted on 10/18/2009

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hello i had an epidural and it was fantastic once it worked! I got sensation back during the time i had to push but not enough for it to hurt so it was great! There will always be horror stories and always be risks but the stats speak for themselves so dont be scared, just do what you feel is right for you and your baby to give you a safe arrival, good luck x

Natisha - posted on 10/18/2009

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I had an epidural with my first child and will with my second (I am currently 38 weeks). Didn't have a problem at all. I could feel to push. It doesn't knock you out. Everybodies bodies are different. If you never had one, you don't know how your body will react. I heard horror stories too, just like you do about everything. But why listen to everyone else?????

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2009

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I had a c-section so I had no choice but to get an epidural, but I will say that my IV in my hand hurt worse than the epidural--it was a piece of cake and I highly recommend it! I felt NOTHING. That is exactly what I wanted! :)

Chantelle - posted on 10/18/2009

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I was in Labour for three days than they induced me .. the contractions come on faster & stronger so i got the epidural & im Glad i did i was soo exhausted , it Helped me out alot! i was able to enjoy the experience instead of being in a ton of Pain & screaming my Head off Haha .. it helped me relax & be calm , it also Helped me focus .. u can still Kinda feel when the contractions are there but if u can't the Nurses help u & tell u when to Push .. Goodluck!

Cheryl - posted on 10/18/2009

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Hi, my little boy is now 8 months and when pregnant with him an epidural was one thing i knew i didn't want. However, after 24 hr of labour and a few complications I was told that i was going to theatre and having an epidural so that i could have foreceps or if that fails a caesarean. To be honest at this point i just wanted my bay out safely.

I 'm glad to say all went well and i had an epidural and foreceps. (He weighed 10st 9.5oz.... the reason for long labour and the need for extra help it turned out!)

I now say i would happily have an epidural again as i was glad to feel nothing after 24hr labour, although i do regret not feeling him enter the world after all the hassle leading up to it (although the size he was i may have wished the oposite!).

My sister in law had one and had it so that it eased off towards the end, so that she could push and feel her being born... think i'll go for that option.

I heard allthe scare stories too, scare stories are only scare stories because they are rare, bit like going on a plane... if bad things happened regularly they wouldn't be allowed would they?

All the best xx

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