Does an epidural hurt?

Courtney - posted on 12/06/2009 ( 204 moms have responded )

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Getting close to my due date and getting pretty nervous!

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Kelsey - posted on 12/08/2009

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I was very nervous also but in my experience it was not nearly as bad as i thought with the epidural. My boyfriend almost passed out when he watched me get the epidural but i think it just pinched a little. Like the other moms said, contractions are waaaay worse. Although some moms have trouble pushing with an epidural. The doctors had to turn the dosage down on my sister's because she wasn't pushing in the right spot. Just don't worry, everything will be fine.

Lydia - posted on 12/08/2009

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I was induced and the PIT is the worst thing ever invented. I wanted to have natural delivery so I toughed it out for 3 hours and then gave in and had an epidural. It hurt me but I think it hurt worse then normal because I was already in so much pain.

Lydia - posted on 12/08/2009

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I was induced and the PIT is the worst thing ever invented. I wanted to have natural delivery so I toughed it out for 3 hours and then gave in and had an epidural. It hurt me but I think it hurt worse then normal because I was already in so much pain.

Lee - posted on 12/08/2009

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It's just like a normal injection about 1/2 second a sharp sting but well worth it, better than labor pains!

Mayra - posted on 12/08/2009

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Hi, My name is Mayra. I had an epidural 19 years ago for my second daughter. I didn't experience any pain nor discomfort when it was being done or after my C-section. I didn't have any lingering effects from it either as I've heard from some women. Technology being better than it was 19 years ago, I would think that it would be better now. If you have a good doctor and he/she is familiar with the procedure, it's a piece of cake! Good luck with your new bundle and enjoy him/her. They grow very fast! God bless.

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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It totally depends on who does it. Most of the time all you feel is the slight stick to numb the area and then presure when the needle goes in. But if you have a contraction while they are doing it, believe me you won't have a clue its even being done if your contractions are strong when you have it. You will be fine, good luck..........

Sarah - posted on 12/08/2009

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It didnt hurt me .. like the contractions were close and i was breathing thru them n the doc said all done I was like huh? okeydokey.. have faith.. :) you will do great!

Dessie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I don't think so, I think that it is more pressure that pain. besides if you are in pain from contractions it will not even phase you. Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2009

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it didnt bother me, I felt nothing, but some women feel a tiny pinch which didnt hurt, and some felt a little pain shoot down there leg but it came and went lightening fast, honestly I wouldnt worry about the epidural, I would worry about the labor pains more. I had 4 kids with Pitocin and 1 naturally. Pitocin helps make your contractions stronger so that your cervix will open better. Now that stuff hurts. I got an epidural with all 4 of those labors. The natural one was great, small cramps that I could handle, that was breeze. Dont go into the labor being scared and tense, that will make it worse. you should have a friend or family member that has been through labor that knows what to do to calm you and make you feel better. Honestly things arent that bad, it starts, you push, the baby is there, it is seems like you are in labor for ever, but then when you are holding your baby in your arms you look at him/her and think that was nothing, I would do it again in a heart beat..... need any advice on anything message me on here of facebook, I will send you an add friend.....

Nicola - posted on 12/08/2009

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Does not hurt at all. I have had two now, both times no pain, no pain at all. They give you a local first so you don't feel anything when they do it. Epidurals are heaven.... I wish I could have one permanently.... lol

Jenny - posted on 12/08/2009

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By the time the doctor arrived to give me my epidural, my contractions were so painful that there was nothing else that even mattered! I am super squimish with needles, and I barely felt it...just a little pressure. It was such a relief once it was working! Good luck...I hope this helps! :)

Cristina - posted on 12/08/2009

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Getting the IV put in my hand hurt more than the epidural did!

Seriously, all you feel is a poke for the numbing agent that they give you before they put in the epidural, and before you know it, it's over and your pain is significantly reduced.

Anne - posted on 12/08/2009

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It depends, I had one when I was in the middle of labour when giving birth to my first child, it was that or run out of the labour ward I was in so much pain, therefore I didn't even feel it go in and the relief was instantaneous (which was all mind over matter). With my second he came out too quickly to even get time to think about having it. The third I was organised and booked in to have it, and it was bloody painful and took awhile to get the right spot. The think is if you wait until you are too long into the labour they won't give you one!

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If you are in full blown contractions, you won't notice but make sure you stay as still as possible. No woman is created equal. What you may consider terrible pain, another may forgo altogether and have natural childbirth with no outside intervention, I have seen it done and it is very impressive.I had a room mate in the hospital after my third c section come in after her 11th child, all natural, smiling and laughing with her whole family attending her. They thought I must have been in a great accident to have medicine to make me not feel the pain. I in turn would have taken 100 epidurals if the doctor had forgone the enima, the worst thing to me. We are all different and when it comes time, your joy and excitement will be coursing through your veins like the millions of women before us and believe me, you won't care about anything but a healthy baby. Good luck. ,may your child be healthy and you be a strong and happy mother. All else is heresay.

Ramona - posted on 12/07/2009

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Hey Courtney - I was just as nervous however it wasn't bad at all. A slight prick like a cold cloth then a bit of pressure and before you know it, its over. I actually felt more uncomfortable with the numbness in my leggs and lower body and the need to move afterwards. Just trust your doctors and focus on the end results - seeing your baby for the first time...

Josephine - posted on 12/07/2009

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it doesn't really hurt its just a lot of pressure. Just make sure you have something to hold tight. It is a doosey.

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2009

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trust me sweetie once your in labor all you can think about are those damn contractions! while the doctor is giving you and epidural you HAVE to be in a contraction so trust me you wont even be thinking about anything besides them hurrying up to get the pain over with. it's really a breeze. labor was great it's an amazing thing!!! i hope everyhing goes well for you.

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I had planned caesars with both my babies so I was not in labour when I had the epidural. The local they use before the needle stings slightly but that is it- not painful. I think the idea of it is more frightening than the reality.

Shelley - posted on 12/07/2009

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My first was completely natural with nothing for pain (except for a local for tearing). I begged for something for pain but back in the mid 80's if it wasn't paid for up front the answer was "no". :(



My next was a scheduled induction with an epideral. The epidural was not bad, the labar pains were much worse. However, the epidural made me throw up and I had to have an emergency c-section.



Everyone is different. You may have a very easy time or a challeging one. The important thing to remember is the outcome! No matter what you have to go through once you hold her new baby in your arms its worth it! Good Luck!

Paula - posted on 12/07/2009

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When I was getting my epidurals, I was in enough pain and discomfort from being in labor that It didn't even faze me.

Robyn - posted on 12/07/2009

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Congrats and good luck! The needle did not hurt going in. I agree compared to the contractions it was nothing. Although, personally, they tried 3 times on me and it never worked as my labor was too quick. So I don't know if it takes away the pain but I can contest to the fact that it doesn't hurt going in. Good luck with a safe, quick delivery!

Amber - posted on 12/07/2009

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I'd pick an epidural over contractions any day! When I got my epidural I twitched a little bit, but not because it hurts just because it's a needle going into your back. The needle's really not as long as everyone says! You'll do fine. (:

Rhondda - posted on 12/07/2009

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Depends......If you are already in labor, you will welcome the epidural, and wont really feel the needle. That was my first experience with my 5 year old son, Ethan. However, with my second son, Noah, I had the epidural before my scheduled C-section. I knew I was in trouble when three nursed entered the room....one to calm me, one to hold my hands, and the last one to inject the meds. But with all that said, it really was more of a burning/pressure feeling that went away very quickly. I highly recommend it for anyone as afraid of labor pain as I am!

Kristi - posted on 12/07/2009

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You just feel a bit of pressure in the spot that they put it in. It's not that bad the contractions are much worse... and it takes about 10 mins and then you feel relief i have had 2 kids now and both times it was the same. I got to sleep after i had the epidural! Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 12/07/2009

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I don't even remember the needle... my contractions were intense and coming on top of each other (I got my epidural at 8 cm) and I don't even remember the epidural... just the relief that came right after it. From a person who is TERRIFIED of needles, I will tell you it's totally worth it! You wont remember a thing!

Ashlyn - posted on 12/07/2009

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It doesnt really hurt. It feels like a bee sting... by the time i was able to get my epidural I didnt care if it hurt or not. The Contractions were the worst!!!!!!!

Barbie - posted on 12/07/2009

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Dont worry! Everyone is different but for me it didnt hurt at all... I honestly did not even feel them put it in... and I am not like superwoman or anything ... but trust me its not as bad as some people make it out to be!

Mayra - posted on 12/07/2009

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it will a little for the first 2 min of it maybe but after that you would be do happy you did it after that its all up to you to rest because the hard work is still yet to come meaning all the pushing you will be doing

Stacy - posted on 12/07/2009

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In addition to Michelle Shelley's comment, assuming you are currently pregnant...I'd say go in there with an open-mind because you do not have to go through all the pain of contraction all by yourself. Epidural is definitely the way to go. For some reason though God made some women to be better at handling contraction and child birth without Epidural. I just was not one of those and will go for an epidural all over again! Good luck.

Janelle - posted on 12/07/2009

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the contractions after your water breaks feel like electrical current running through your whole body!!! the epidural is that least of your painful worries. :-) but it's soooo worth it to get that beautiful baby out!

Vannessa - posted on 12/07/2009

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I didn't feel it at all. When you are having contractions that is all you can feel. Don't stress just relax while they do it and focus on breathing through the contractions. The only thing was that it didn't work for me. I couldn't feel them touching me after the epidural started to kick in but i could still feel the contractions.

Melissa - posted on 12/07/2009

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If you wait until the last minute like I did you won't even notice. I had total back labor and it was extremely painful, the epidural was a blessing. Kudos to the moms that go all natural!

CHERYL - posted on 12/07/2009

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IVE HAD 2 AND YES THEY HURT..ITS A NEEDLE IN YOUR BACK...BUT ITS NOTHING U CANT GET THREW ITS 1-2-3 AND THEN UR DONE...NO WORRIES AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A GOOD SUPPORT SYSTEM THERE WITH YOU TO KEEP YOU CALM AND HOLD YOUR HAND AND NOT STRESS U OUT YOU WILL BE GREAT! MINE WAS MY SISTER SHE WAS AMAZING!! GOOD LUCK EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE

Ann-Marie - posted on 12/07/2009

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i have had several epidurals and when they stick the needle in it feels like a pinch, the same as when you go to have a blood test done. The trick is to remember that the person who has to do it has son it loads of times and know what they are doing so try to relax and not think about it. Congrats and good luck

Kathleen - posted on 12/07/2009

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Short answer, yes and no. It really depends on the anesthesiologist giving it to you. My first child, he was attempting to get it in during contractions-and that hurt like you cannot believe.

My second child, a different anesthesiologist, and he kept hitting the nerve. Did not hurt, but when he got a nerve, it tingled. Like my entire hip going to sleep. He kept trying to move over, but until left my right hip/nerve alone, then he immediately was into my left hip. The second child, it took him literally over 45 minutes to get it in, and not hit a nerve. That is a loooong time with contractions, and someone giving little bee sting pokes into your back.



The actual sting is momentarily, and no more than a small bee poke, or needle poke. The instant relief negates the poke.



Nothing to fear-and sooo well worth it.

Josephine - posted on 12/07/2009

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it didnt hurt me i had been in labour for 24 hrs and just wanted the pain to stop and when they gave me the needlei didnt feel a thing and was glad that afte about five, ten minits the pain had subsided then dissapered but when it comes time to push an epidural makes it hard to know when as you cant feel anything down there and i geuss it depends on wheather you want the whole birthing expiriance or not as i couldnt walk for about 6 hrs after as i had a continuess feed of the epidural in my back untill my son was born so they could turn it up or down if i started to feel something but after 28 hrs my son was born healthy and happy i just couldnt stand up for ages (not that i mined after being in labour that long all i wanted to do was sleep but ened up just staying awake looking a my new baby )

Alicia - posted on 12/07/2009

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Okay... honestly... I planned to have a med free birth.... that didn't go as planned



After being in labor (starting Thursday night until Saturday nihgt) for so long and not getting sleep due to contractions and all, I went with the epidural...



I'm telling you, it was worse than the contractions I was dealing with! It was awful! I handled the labor pains well, yet BAWLED through getting the epidural.



Next go around, I will again do everything in my power to not have the epidural.



FYI- I ended up having a c-section Sunday morning. :(

Nikki - posted on 12/07/2009

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No it doesn't hurt as a matter of fact it is a big relief however u will still feel pressure during delivery but it won't be painful I know this from experience I had an epidural

Rosie - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting Courtney:

Does iT hurt when they give you an epidural?

Getting close to my due date and getting pretty nervous!



I had an emergency c section. My daughter was breech and had some pretty tough contractions. I was taken into theatre shaking and still in discomfort. All that went through my mind was I hope she is going to be ok. I was told to sit on the edge of the bed and cuddle a pillow, or to round your back forwards. This was quite hard as I got a contraction at that time. I felt a sharp scratch which made me jump a little, but then literally after minutes I was laid back on the bed and couldn't feel from the top of my bump down. They sprayed me with this cold spray stuff to make sure I could not feel anything and  I couldn't. Ella was born about 10 minutes later. It is nothing to worry about, I felt relieved that I couldn't feel any more pain. Good luck with your little bundle.x

Cherie - posted on 12/07/2009

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I had a C-section and I had a spinal. It pinched when they gave me the shot to numb it, and then it was just a lot of pressure when they did the spinal. I had a planned C-section so I can't compare how it felt to contractions. The worst part was they hit a nerve and it shot this weird feeling down my back all the way down my butt it was so bizzare and freaked me out. I was really, reeeeaaaally scared of the spinal, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was gonna be. Good luck!

Tina - posted on 12/07/2009

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to tell you the truth i didn't even feel it i was having a contraction at the time of the shot and all i could feel is the contraction so i wouldn't worry about the shot good luck with everything

Courtney - posted on 12/07/2009

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the labor most definitely hurts worse, but the epidural isnt all gravy either. my legs twitched kinda funny like and it was a warm intense sensation throughout my spine, but it wasnt bad at all really. it was worth it so i could get some rest before the big pushing part! good luck!

Lindsey - posted on 12/07/2009

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The shot just before the epidural hurts worse than the epidural itself! And it's just a quick pinch/sting. After that, you can feel the epidural but it's not painful, very weird actually! It's definitely worth it.

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