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Megan Elizabeth - posted on 01/31/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I just wanna know somethings about getting the epidural, Im having a girl shes due in April this is my 1st baby and I am terrified of needles so I wanted to know how it feels getting one and if its worth it, Im also scared to go through with it naturally because of the pain I know everyone says that its best and its better for the baby and what not, but I just dont think I could handle it. Im such a baby when it comes to pain. I also wanted to know about the epidural is whens a good point to get it at and about the urinary catheter and all, like does it hurt when they take it out, and how will i know when and how hard to push and all that???? If someone could please help me out with all my unanswered questions Id greatly appreciate it, Im really freaking out about everything. Hopefully Im just overreacting about everything, but Im very nervous about giving birth. Thanks!!!

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Amy - posted on 01/31/2013

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Sorry I should add that when you get to the hospital they will immediately put a line into your hand as a just in case (if I'm remembering correctly).

Amy - posted on 01/31/2013

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I had an epidural with both my kids and was on the fence, I thought about going naturally but since both my labors were the middle of the night I wanted to get some sleep before I had the baby. The needle is pretty intense but you don't actually see it because it goes into your back. You will be leaning forward when they put it in, I'm not going to lie it hurts and if you are contracting at the time it's rough because you can't move, but for me it was the best thing because afterwards I was able to sleep.

With my oldest the nurses woke me up to check me in the am only to discover my son was ready, the epidural was still pretty strong so I had no idea when they told me to push if I was actually pushing. My son was born within minutes but I didn't feel anything.

With my daughter the doctor missed the first time with the epidural so I had to go through the pain twice. Again though I was able to get some sleep afterwards. With my daughter they also turned it down as I got closer to delivery so I could tell when she was ready, and I could tell I was pushing. With her I was ready to get up almost immediately after having her. I did have bad backaches for 6-8 months afterwards though in the area of the epidural.

My best advice is to keep an open mind. You'll be amazed how much your body will tolerate. You should continue to read up on all your options.

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