have you had twins naturally without an epidural?

Kylie - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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hi, i'm 17 weeks now with twins, and just wondering if anypone's had their twins vaginally without an epidural or drug free? would like to go drug free but docs keep telling me it's fairly standard to have epidural 'just in case'. who knows, i may change my mind when i get that big. thanks.

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Amy - posted on 02/27/2013

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Hi,
I found a nurse midwife practice (2 hrs away) that was willing to do a vaginal birth w/o epidural (either both heads down or first one down, second one breech). I was pretty against the epidural, and a little insulted that I had to deliver in the OR. I had a home birth w/ my first daughter. There is so much energy leading up to a twin birth, I remember reading so much on line and was most inspired by women who had big twins and natural or home birth stories. I tried to block out all the other stories. I talked to my babies often about keeping their heads down and fortunately they did. They were heads down from about 6 months on. My labor was only about 5 hrs from start to finish and they came out 5 minutes apart. Fortunatley there was no time for an epidural or any other intervention. My advice, talk to those babies and find a provider that supports what you want. Good luck!!

Virginia - posted on 02/16/2013

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Hi! I have 4 week old twin boys who were both born vaginally and completely drug free. I would definitely do it all over again and not change a thing. It was physically intense but our bodies and minds are designed to weather the storm of childbirth. I'm glad I was fully conscious and able to really feel all the sensations of labor. There's alot of fear around twin birth which means its soo important to try to stay positive and visualize everything going smoothly. Try not to let the fears of others combine with yours and get out of control. The less you stress the better it is for you, the twins, and everyone!! Best wishes :)

Kristine - posted on 02/27/2010

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Hi Kylie; Congratulations on the twins... what a blessing :) I had my twins vaginally and all natural - AND I had a home-birth! We didn't find out that we were having twins until my 33rd week of pregnancy! At that time we were planning on doing a birthing center birth, but then they told us we had to go to the hospital and changed all our birth plans... the OB told us that I should have an epidural "up-front" so I would be ready for the C-section I would most likely have...UGH! Needless to say (I had had 5 all natural births prior, so was not pleased being told that I should do all this when I was completely healthy w/ no complications). We prayed about it, and decided to change to a midwife that would home-birth the twins... BEST decision ever! I went FULL-term, right to my actual due date! I was HUGE :) I had the best labor and delivery, and it was so nice to be at home. I have never felt the need for pain meds because I have learned to use the whole labor as a chance to prepare my body as God created it to do, for the baby to come out.... w/ each contraction, relax and breathe through and the rest just comes! I know some woman have a really hard time progressing, and I can sympathize. Just pray about it, and when the time comes, you will know what is right at the time. I would just make sure you are bold and emphatic about it up front that you don't want one before you have a chance to labor naturally for awhile and see where things go (unless it is an emergency situation). May the Lord bless you and those precious babies!

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Tee - posted on 09/11/2013

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I dont know what type of personality or mind state u have to b in to have twins vaginally without an epidural. But it was worst pain/experience I had to endure. I was in labor from 5am until 10:30 am the last baby came out. They were 36 minutes apart and by the time I got to the hospital I couldnt have an epidural I was 8 centimeters. I am the most funniest happy go lucky person. And that pain made me to die. I couldnt understand why anyone would do this so many times. The twins made baby 3and4. My others kids I had an epidural and I enjoyed the experience. I took the pain personal like what did I do to deserve this...but my twins are both healthy boy 5.1 lbs and girl my first daughter 6.3 pounds now they are 3 months and over 13 pounds and being exclusively breastfed. I enjoy them now that they are out and smiling and babbling.

Charity - posted on 02/20/2013

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I planned for a drug free birth and I had a 3 1/2 hour labor and ended up with a spinal like 5 minutes before I pushed my daughter out, they had to use suction to get twin B out my son so I am glad I did in some ways but the epidural subject was strongly recommended and suggested. Moreover I am glad I had a vaginal delivery that was my primary goal :) good luck!

Christine - posted on 11/20/2012

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I had twins without an epidural. I had my first daughter without an epidural as well. With the twins I was in labor from around 9:00am and had them around 11:30pm. I had been having contractions for 8 weeks so the first 6 hours I didn't feel much difference in pain from where I'd been for weeks. In the end, the delivery was fine. I do have to say, during the pushing stage of labor there was significantly more pain and pressure than with the single baby birth. It was fine for the baby that I was delivering, but during the birth of my first, the pain/pressure of the head of the second baby was pretty tough. His head had nowhere to go and was pushing into my pelvis/leg on the right side. If I had to go back in time, I may have taken the epidural due to the pain of the second head! But, I lived through it just fine. It's for sure the hardest thing I've ever done - but it can be done! Supportive doctor and nurses are important as well supportive husband and any others in the room. Hopefully you have a team of people around you to help you breath normal, push when needed, and tell you that you can do this!

Laura - posted on 03/01/2010

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i had twins naturally without epidural. i was told by my doctor to have one just in case the second twin had complications but i refused. i had them at 39 weeks 6lb 8 and 4lb 12 my labour lasted 8 hours from when my waters broke to when second twin was here.

i did use gas and air when i got to 8 cm dilated just to help through the last stage but that was all

go for it and if no complications throughout pregnancy then up to you but it is best to be prepared just in case you want one for the pain or if it is because of a complication. and dont forget to be proud of yourself however you have them because it is amazing.

Good Luck

Cheryl - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hi,
My twin girls are now 15 years old. I delivered them without any drugs at all. They told me to have an Amnio but I refused. They told me that they would have clef lips, But they do not. I guess they have to tell certain things just to be thorough. But ultimately, if you are healthy, it is up to "YOU". I won't tell you that it didn't hurt like hell, because it did. But also keep in mind everyone is different. I was in labor for 11 1/2 hours and they were born 3 minutes apart.................perfectly normal!

Catriona - posted on 02/26/2010

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hi! my name is catriona im 29 and last year i gave birth naturally to twins a boy and a girl . libby was 4lb 9oz and james was 6lb 9oz .they were 36 weeks . when i was 19 i had a daughter kayleigh she was born naturally at 38 weeks and when i was 21 i had another daughter aimee so i said to my self i did it once i can do it again so i did . i was told at 7 mts i was expecting twins so i didnt really have a lot of time to think about it i was just goin to go natural as i always did but at 36 weeks i was asked to come in to the hospital and they would induce my labour it was a precaustion due to blood pressure problems in previous prenancies,but i got 2 lung injections to help there lungs 24 hrs beforehand .but when i went in i was 5 cm dilated that was at 9 am i was made stay in bed when i was used to walking on early pregnancies but due to regulations i had to stay in bed i could not dilate any further than 6 or 7 cm and time was pushing on so they put me on the drip sintosin and i gave birth naturally with a bit of help from gas and air to libby first at 6.11pm and james came 11 minutes later at 6.22 lucky for me james did not change position or turn and came straight out i was petrified at the time even after givin birth before it was the un known but i would not change a thing it was all worth it ... everybody takes to pregnancy different i can give birth to twins but a paper cut would kill me lolxx i wish u all the best hun and hope u make the rigjt decision to suite u xxxxx

Tasneem - posted on 02/26/2010

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I had my twins without epidural and pain meds.When i think abt it ,it really amazes me too.
They are now 14(girl/boy).Dont worry dont get tensed everything will work out well.
All the best.

Angela - posted on 02/26/2010

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I had my twins with no pain meds and no epidural.They prefer you to be ready for an epidural in case you have to have an emergency c-section.I wish you great luck and just remember after you get through the first year with your twins it does get easier!

Mercedes - posted on 02/23/2010

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I had wanted a natural birth, had weeks of false labor all the way into being scheduled for induction; two days before at 39 weeks my water broke and 3 hours later I had two beautiful ladies drug free and epi free. Was aslo my second birth and they say that makes it easier. Everyone is different. With my first i was induced and had a late epi which prolonged the labor even more and i was numb from my tits down. And i can not say it actually took any pain away? Anywho the point is the adrenalin rush you get from birthing the kids will last for days. Best wishes!

Nadene - posted on 02/23/2010

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Hi, I had my twin girls at 38w 3days vaginally with no drugs. They were both over 6 pounds. If you have had a trouble free pregnancy & the twins are in the correct position when you go into labor then it is possible. The 2nd twin was vaccumed out 5 mins after I delivered the first. The benefit of this is the recovery time for you will be less, I was getting around the day after. I had prevously given birth to my son vaginally with no drugs as well & he was over 8 pounds. If they let you have a natural birth I say 'go for it'.

Kirsty - posted on 02/22/2010

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I had my twins naturally at 39 weeks. My labour lasted 14 hours and i opted for the epidural after 7 hours. It didnt really work with me and if i had the choice again i would do it without the epidural x

Gaye - posted on 02/21/2010

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My twins are 30 years old now, but I had them vaginally with no epidural or drugs of any kind. Michael was 4lbs 10oz and Sheryl was 5lbs 1oz. It was a relatively easy delivery as deliveries go. My suggestion is that you talk it over with your doctor. He/she will know if you are going to be able to deliver naturally. I'm not going to lie to you, it hurt, but it was more than worth it.

Tywanna - posted on 02/20/2010

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I had my twins natural. It happened so fast though. One of them was almost born in the car that I was riding in. The hospital said that I had one of the fastest deliveries that had seen. It didn't hurt as bad as I thought it would.

Tania - posted on 02/20/2010

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I didn't have time for an epidural. The first twin was born shortly after arriving at the hospital, but the second one was more difficult. He decided to turn and stretch out, so the docs gave me something to relax my uterus so they could turn him back and then gave me a little pitocin to start the contractions back up. That was a painful procedure, so I opted for a spinal block for twin B. Out of my 4 kids, that was the easiest experience though!

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Well I went in for a natural birth. And One of my sons was born naturally but the other had to be born C-section due to a placental abruption. I really tried to push the other out but with out hte pressure from the baby inside it wasn't possible. Aside from all that I was on pitocin to increase my contractions and Magnesium sulfate to keep me from Seizures since i had high blood pressure through out the pregnancy. but my contractions were not helping me in pushing my second son. they are 54 minutes apart.. it was quick when the abrupition happend to do the c section. We were definitly prepared for the possibilities.

Cathy - posted on 02/19/2010

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I had the epidural because if there are complications then they can just up your medicine. If not then they have to knock you out completely. I wanted to be awake!! Although it was 2 hrs and 13 mins between my twins and the epidural wore off by the second one so I had one with epidural and one naturally. Will definitely opt to have any further children without the epidural.

Charlotte - posted on 02/18/2010

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Wow I had my twins vaginally but no where near that quick. Wow still thinking of how quick it was. I had my boys at 37 weeks I went to the hospital 3hrs after my contractions started and were 5mins apart and was 4cm dialated but my waters hadn't broken yet so they did this for me, after another 3hrs of contractions still only 4cm, so they decided to put me on the drip to help your contractions get stronger because mine had startd to die off. After another 4hrs I was only at 5cm and I was ready to give up as the drip made it unbearable as my contractions would last for 1min and I was only getting a 30sec break between them. So they offered me pethadine which I gladly took as I thought I was going to still be there for another 12hrs. The next 4hrs I don't really remember cause the pethadine put me to sleep when I woke up the checked me again and I was at 9cm which was such a releif and with 10mins I was ready to push after 1hr and 30mins both of my boys were out.

I was also against the epidural so just let your doctor know as if they need to do an emergency c section they can always give you a local. But the other reason I didn't have an epidural was my platelet count was to low so they for medical reasons they wern't alowed to. Just make sure your doctor understands what you want because they can be very pushy and ask him what else they can do when things arrise where they may need to do a emergency c section or use forcepts.

Even though my labour when for quite a while I would do it all again.

Ciera - posted on 02/18/2010

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whew! good luck with that one! all I can say!
just so you know, an epidural is NOT dangerous to you or the baby! Only if you have someone do it wrong in which case it's not the epidural, rather it is the anesthesiologist. Make sure you don't have a rookie if you have one and it would be good. The only thing it does do is prolong the labor, but hey! If you're pain free, who cares how long it takes? (Like I'm really one to talk though, I had a C-section and only had to dilate to 1cm ) All of you who are able to go naturally (double or single), God bless you for your AMAZING strength!!!

Amber - posted on 02/18/2010

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Just had my twins less than 2 weeks ago. My labor lasted about 3 hrs from the time I woke up with contractions to the time the 2nd was born. I was 8 cm dilated when I got to the hospital so there was no time for any drugs. Typically twins are a little smaller and come earlier than a single baby so to push them vaginally isn't as bad. I had an epidural with my first pregnancy and still had some pain. Just do what you feel is right for you!!!

Kathy - posted on 02/18/2010

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i had all four of my children without an epidural. I never had a hard time. With the twins, there was no change to do anything like that. The labor went so fast that I barely made it to the hospital, and I didn't have so much as a Tylenol before delivering. :



Now, I do have to say that I carried one of the twins breech, and they had told me that they would NOT deliver him vaginally if he was breech. He had turned the day before the birth (ultrasound confirmed) but when the first twin delivered, the second one turned back breech. The docs couldn't turn him back, so knocked me out to do C-section. Apparently by the time they were ready to cut, however, the doc could see his feet, so delivered him vaginally anyway.



I was in labor for 2 hours 5 minutes from first contraction to second baby. Twins do tend to come fast.... so there isn't too much time to lay around worrying about the pain.

CHERYL - posted on 02/17/2010

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hi when i went into labour only 5hrs long started off all natural then 2nd one didnt want to come so had an epidural and forseps. just be open minded then if you dohave to have an epidural you wont feel as dissapointedx good luck

Julianne - posted on 02/16/2010

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I was hooked up for an epidural but they didn't actually set it going before my first twin decided to come out already. My labour was 4.5hrs in total.

Yolaunda - posted on 02/16/2010

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I had my natural too no time for an epidural I was dilated to a 5 for 4 days so it was only an hour after my water broke twin A was born and the hospital was 40 min away. So not typical labor.

Amanda - posted on 02/16/2010

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I had my natural but my labor was 35 minutes from zero phased to having the last one. I didn't have the typical labor. Glad luck

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