epidurals

Octavia - posted on 04/10/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm very nervous about not being able to get an epidural..on time I'm already dilated to 1cm and I'm just wondering since this is my first baby would I be able to get one. On time..I really don't think I can handle pain naturally... I'm gonna need an epidural😢 I'm so nervous and stressed...help me

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Sarah - posted on 04/13/2015

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Agrees with Jodi. Most of the time the first baby does not come that quick, but there are some that do. If you take after the majority of first time mom's you will have enough time for an epidural. .....there might be other factors that prevent you from getting it or getting it at a certain time, so have other plans in place. I will tell you I would much rather have a quick labor and get nothing ( done that twice) than have a long labor and get something....epidural or IV meds..... (did that once).

My guess is that if you are due Sunday and only dilated to 1 cm you will have plenty of time when you actually go into active labor. With all of mine I was dilated to 3 cm or 4 cm a month before delivery. Even my first which was the 3 cm one was a 12 hour labor. The other two were the 4 cm ones and 2 hrs or under labor.......so much nicer. Recovery was also so much easier with the last two labors.

Jodi - posted on 04/13/2015

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Well, if you dilate quickly and it ends up too late, that's just the way it goes. It does, however, mean it is over very quickly too. You will get through it either way. I think you are scaring yourself into the belief that you need one, when in reality, while it may make things easier if you are having a long slow labour, there is no benefit if it is going to be very short and very quick, and neither is their any way for you to have one if this is the case. Prepare yourself either way - ensure you have some strategies you can use to help yourself in case you can't have one. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

Octavia - posted on 04/13/2015

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Thank you Sarah and yes I already told my doc I wanted an epidural so they know its just I've been hearing stories on how many people didn't make it in time enough and that it was to late for them to get one BC they dilated quickly

Sarah - posted on 04/11/2015

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As others have stated you need to talk to your doc. Being dilated to 1 cm is good but really means nothing. I was dilated to 3 cm a month before delivering my first and my labor took 12 hours. Also as Jodi stated is you convince you need an epidural then you will, but if you just have confidence you can make it through without one then you may not need one. I actually could not get one with my first not because of not having enough time but because I was not progressing at a steady rate and an epidural has a risk of stopping you completely. Instead I had IV pain meds. With my other two I had no pain meds. I actually had easier labors with the two I did not do pain meds for.

Michelle - posted on 04/11/2015

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The more you convince yourself you will need one then of course you will need one. Stop stressing, millions of women go through childbirth a year and a lot without any pain relief.
I personally wouldn't choose to have one and I didn't with any of my 3. To me the cons far outweigh the pros with that.
Like Gena said, speak to your doctor, we have no idea what the hospital policy is where you are.

Gena - posted on 04/10/2015

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Talk to the doctor or midwives about getting an epidural. I didn't have one even though I begged a couple of times to get an epidural. Personally I am glad they didn't give me one and that I went natural. I don't know how it works where you live but in the country where I live they don't like giving epidurals. My friend recently had a baby and she had an epidural. She told me she had to tell them before she was in labor that she wanted an epidural. I don't know if its true that you have to ask for one before hand. But the best would be to tell your doctor that you want one before you are in labor. I don't know if they didn't give me one because i never asked for one before being in labor. Good luck and don't worry too much. Soon you will hold your baby in your arms and all the pain will be gone.

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