Did you give birth with or without pain meds?

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Cynthia - posted on 02/16/2010

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i live in Africa Nigeria.don't think we even have options of meds. its all natural or Cesarean, and cesarean is not elective.

Renee - posted on 02/15/2010

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I had my son when I was 18 and he came so quickly that they didn't have time to give me an epidural. Because he was my first they thougt I was going to be in labor for a minimum of 12 hours, but start to finish was just under 7 hours. I have a 15 month old daughter and am now 33. I opted to have an epidural with her just because my pregnancy was really uncomfortable to borderline painful at the end. They also gave me a pitocin drip in my IV. Why they did this I don't know so it made my contractions 10 times worse. I to am a back laborer. I kind of had a feeling I would be because my menstrual cramps have always been in my back too. When my labor first started it felt similar to my sons and if I hadn't gotten the pitocin I would've gone natural again. Some people seem to think you are less of a woman if you take the pain meds, but my thinking is it is a personal decision and whatever is decided is whats best for your situation. I've always wanted to have a water birth. When I had my son in 1994 that had just become an option, but because of my age and he was 5 weeks premature they wouldn't allow me. So if we decide to have another one I think I want to try the pool of water.

Danielle - posted on 02/13/2010

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my son was 12days over due so i was induced on the thursday night he was born on the saturday night. i had 4 gels 2 get the labour started no luck so they broke my waters still no luck so the docter put me on a drip 2 make my contactions speed up which it did this was at 5pm had back labour worse pain ever i thought was taking gas & air i wasnt dilateing & my contactions were really close so the docs give my a emergency c-section & lucas was born weighin 10lb 2oz. im wanted 2 have a natural birth as possible but didnt go 2 plan but was so happy it was over cos finally i had my wee baby boy :)

Danielle - posted on 02/11/2010

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Attempted 2 get an epidural with both my girls... ran out of time in both cases :S so NO meds. my labours were only 3 and 2.5 hours respectively from first contraction to holding my angels. I was induced both times due to having broken my water over 24 hours before and nothing happening. if i were to do it again i'd skip asking for the epidural, both times i got an empty needle in my back so i got the pain and no gain :S

Angie - posted on 02/08/2010

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Due to not being able to get an epi, because I might have some blood disorder my grandma has, it didn't enter my mind as an option. I was 2 cm at 38 weeks. She was born at exactly 39 weeks. I made a point to do as much of my labor at home as possible which was great, because I soaked in my own tub, cleaned the toilets and got everything "just right". The moving around helped my labor, and kept me distracted. 10 hours later, I was 7 cm when I checked in. 4 hours later after 40 min of pushing she was out. She was perfectly positioned; no back labor, whew! I did have the big contraction, little contraction thing, though, which was VERY TOUGH at the end. It felt like I needed to push on the little ones, but couldn't. The doctor was great, and helped me "go somewhere else" in my mind. I remember thinking I could see my dad in the room cheering me on from heaven. I also remember the doctor, nurse and my hubby all yelling push, push, push, you can do it like I was in a sporting event. He held her up, and I held said, "Oh, she's so pretty!!" 30 minutes later we walked down the hall no problem to the recovery room. My biggest complaint was hemroids, haha! That's our story, and I hope to do it the same next time!

Tabatha - posted on 02/08/2010

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When I was in labor with my daughter I had not decided yet what to do as far as meds. They told me I had plenty of time then before I knew it I was pushing. I was supposed to get ibeprophen in my IV, but did not even get that. I would not change a thing though.

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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I was talked into an epidural with my first baby (3) due to induction, but only had about 45 minutes of pain relief before he was delivered (4-10cm and pushed out in this time). My second one was face up and expected to be 9 pounds (my first was 7 1/2) and I was afraid I would need a c/s so I chose the epidural again (this time 5-10 cm in 10 minutes and pushed 15 minutes). We are thinking of having #3 and I am planning to go natural.

Shirita - posted on 02/06/2010

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I have 3 kids and I had meds with all of mine!!! I am not that brave to give birth without any meds It was just painful for me!! I was sick throughout my my whole pregnancy!!! All of them

Minnie - posted on 02/05/2010

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Had a home waterbirth...no drugs. I loved every minute of it. It was so comfortable and relaxing, and I was able to birth her into my own arms (pushed four minutes!) and bring her to the air myself. Then we just got into bed and snuggled for a couple of hours before my midwife checked us over.

Emma - posted on 02/05/2010

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My first who is nearly ten was an emergency C-section, My second who is 16 months, i had gas and air and then an epidural and she was finally delivered 17 hours later by forceps as she was facing the wrong way and get stuck lol My third who is 5 1/2 months, i had gas and air, to be honest it didnt touch the pain but helped alot with my breathing!! I di ask for an epidural with her but as the they were about to get started baby decided she couldnt wait and there was no time!! If i had any more i would have no pain relief, i found i recovered alot quicker after birth than when id had an epidural xx

Michelle - posted on 02/05/2010

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With my first i had gas and then pethidine as I really felt the pain in my back and I was never anti drugs but in the end she came into the world through an emergency c-section. When I had her brother 2 years later I wanted to go as long as I could without drugs, I asked for gas 5 1/2 hrs into labour and managed 3 sucks before it was taken off me so I could concentrate on pushing - which was over in 12 minutes!! When it was time to have my third I figured I could obviously go without so I did even though it took longer to push him out.By the time I may have considered drugs it was too late as I went from 7cm dilated to 10cm in 3 contractions! If I have another I won't be having the drugs, I felt so much more energetic and with it by not having anything but it is very much a personal decision and one that can't be made really until your in labour!

Nicole - posted on 02/05/2010

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no drugs! remember kids, gravity is your friend while pushing :D. it took a whole ten minutes while I was squatting. Going drug free gives you sooo many options for better pushing positions- with epidurals, you are stuck to a bed confined to your back or side- the least efficient way to get a baby out lickety split.

Lori - posted on 02/04/2010

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I didn't use any pain meds - had about a 22 hour labor, but FIVE hours of pushing (yes, five...baby's head was cocked to the side, which no one realized, which made him keep *almost* crowning, but then not being able to come out all the way). It was like running a marathon with no training... but I don't regret not using meds, and would do it again if I have a second baby.

Erin - posted on 02/03/2010

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With my first I had the epidural. My second baby, my 15 mo old, I went natural, but was on the edge of giving in. With my third I got to the hospital, and he was born within minutes, so obviously none with him either.

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2010

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I had an epidural with my twins. i went into it not knowing how it would turn out because a good chance a c section would be needed. i lucked out and was able to deliver both of my babies. I thought I would be strong and ask for the epi. at like 5-6 centimeters especially considering i was already 2 centimeters dilated when i got there from pre term labor a few weeks prior. They ended up inducing me and the pain was a bit more intense than I expected. I made it to 3 cent. lol. It really did help my body relax and do the work it needed. I always assumed an epi. took away all feeling but I felt every contraction just not the pain. Once it got time to push, however, all bets were off. This was extremely intense and painful.

Claire - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi, I had a tough time deciding what to have - meds or no meds and I decided to go down the hypnotherapy route. It certainly helped me during the early and mid stages of labour but I have to admit that it didn't personally help in the latter stages. I went from 4cm dilation to birth in 37 mins so I had no time to change my mind either. But I have to say that all in all although my baby was 'back to back' and it was very painful it ends quickly and is soon forgotten. If I am lucly enough to have another baby I aill opt for no meds. Hope that helps :-)

Jody - posted on 02/03/2010

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I had a planned c-section with my first, and will have another planned c-section with the one I'm expecting now. If I were to have natural child birth I would deffinately choose an epi. Pain stresses your body and in turn can stress the baby. What's untimately the important thing is to get the baby into the world safe.

But for all of you that do it with nothing...I have to give it to you. You are brave. LOL. I know for me...I wouldn't even want to try.

Adri - posted on 02/02/2010

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With my first child I had to have an epidural twice because the first one didn't work that well and I was experiencing excruciating back labor pains. My second child was a surprise c-section because he turned breech at the last minute.

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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with my oldest i had 36hrs of labour 24hr without and 12 with the epidural. and my youngest i had 14hrs without anything i did it drug free that time

Tara - posted on 02/01/2010

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100% natural for me! I was open either way as I had no idea what to expect but I was also in pre term labour for 4 weeks!! so that might have helped for me. I was in labour for 9 hours total and the labour part was no problem for me at all, the pushing was intense though. He was rushed out of me however due to drop in heart rate and cord around his next was I only had 20 mins of pushing. I would do it again. The thought of the epi needle freaked me out more then labour so it never even crossed my mind to get it.

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I had an epidural. Total labour was about 9 hours all up. No problems with meds, would do it again.

Ashlee - posted on 01/31/2010

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I had basically had a med free labor and delivery (started 4 am thursday and he was born 8 pm saturday). Crazy crazy back labor, but got sterile water injections that were awesome, and then the nurse finally talked me into taking a couple of breaths of the gas then after 5 mins of that it was time to push, should have kept waiting and not used anything. Oh well, couldn't have been that bad doing it all over again by March 1st

Lindsay - posted on 01/31/2010

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I've had 4 children.. my first is my son Jordan who is now 12. I had an epidural with him as my total labour and delivery was 36 hours. He had to be suctioned out. My second is Mckenna who is now 9 was natural, she was 13 hours total labour and delivery. Madison was my 3rd, while i opted to have the meds this time, they waited too long to give it to me, I dialated so quickly, i went from 8 to 10 cm in 5 mins, they tried to put the needle in my back 5 times and did more harm then good. After having Madison who is 15 months now, i was in soo much pain and couldn't move for 2 weeks. With my last and most recent delivery i definitely decided NO meds.. If I could change my mind now I would have taken the meds, I dont know if anyone else has every experienced back labour, it's terrible. The worst kind of pain you can imagine. While Kaitlyn's total labour and delivery was 3 hours, it felt like more than 36.. lol

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