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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Linda - posted on 12/07/2009

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Courtney, my experience has been that I'm so uncomfortable that I hardly feel the epidural. After the epidural, the uncomfortableness went floating away! Congrats & good luck

Katie - posted on 12/07/2009

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wen i had one it didnt hurt i hardly felt it coz were ur concentrating on ur contractions u dont really notice it !!!!

Jessica - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have to bee honest it fells like a bee sting but it is worth it I was in labor for for days i would not dilate for anything so when i finally dilated I begged for the epidural and you probably wont notice it..

Rachel - posted on 12/07/2009

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Definitely depends on the person. I've only heard people say it doesn't hurt, but for me it hurt nearly as bad as the contractions, maybe worse! My husband had his head pressed against mine and was hugging me. That got me through it. It's quick though and the pain is gone before you know it!

Bekki - posted on 12/07/2009

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Just when you get poked but its a big relief and it will help for you to rest :)

Candace-ivy - posted on 12/07/2009

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If you have a really good Dr that knows what he/she is doing than it will feel no more than a pinch. Contractions feels worse. Its when the drug goes thro you thats the strange part. Its almost like ice cold water running thro you. Its unexplainable. However say good by to your back. I have had nothing but back pain since I had them. Its really not as bad as you think.

Beth - posted on 12/07/2009

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No - I've had three - they are nerve wracking because you are ready for it - but there was no pain (for me that is) somebody else might have had a totally different experience - pray for an experienced hand!

Kristen - posted on 12/07/2009

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it didnt hurt me 1 bit...i was just happy to not feel the contractions anymore...

Stefanie - posted on 12/07/2009

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It doesn't hurt if you get someone who knows what they are doing. My first epidural was done and over with in 2 min. The second one didnt go so smoothly it took the guy 45 min to get it in and he left a hole in my spine that rendered me to the bed for a month...so just make sure you ask how much experience the person has before you get it done. REQUEST SOMEONE WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Alika - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have had two and both anesthesiologist were great. They like to wait to give it to you until you have painful contractions. That way you will concentrate on the contraction and they will administer the epidural. All I felt a little pressure and it was over. It was not bad at all!

Masika - posted on 12/07/2009

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Hi I had one done 7 months ago and can say it do not hurt just a slight pinch, best wishes to you and you family.

Collette - posted on 12/07/2009

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i wasnt planning on having an epidural, but had to have a c section in the end and was more scared about the epidural but honestly its not painful. just feels a bit weird but no your be fine :-)

Melissa - posted on 12/06/2009

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ive had 1 child and 1 epidural, i went in for a check up the day before they were going to induce me and they told me i was already in labor and to go to the hospital. i was halfway done and i didnt even know it! i told them i didnt think i needed one since i wasnt feeling the contractions at all, but then they broke my water, and thats when i felt it- and it was painful so i got the epidural.i remember feeling it when it went in and a weird cold rush through my legs (which is not pleasent) kind of like when your foot falls asleep and you start to get the feeling back, but after i got it it wore off after an hour and then it took another hour to get the person back in my room to give me more. it lasted a little over an hour that time and wore off again. at that point they said i was too far along to get more and i ended up doing all the pushing without it. so next time im not getting it - i dont think it is worth it at all. i would suggest going as long as you can without one and then make your decision. also make sure you know all the risks beforehand, i had a friend who got one and her spinal fluid ended up leaking out and she had really bad migrains afterwards and then they had to patch it. i am not trying to scare you i just wished someone had better informed me since i didnt know what to ask about it. on a good note - good luck and congrats!

Teneale - posted on 12/06/2009

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I never had an pain with the epidural until after my son was born..i was always have back pain even still to this day which has been nearly 10 months..I recommend the epi for labour just dont like the after affect..! Good luck =)

Charlene - posted on 12/06/2009

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Trust me, I had to have my epidural removed and replaced and it was still worth it.

The first time the tech putting it in was an intern and about an hour later we realised my release button wasn't working. They called the tech back, but it ended up being a different person. She found that the tube had been put in the wrong spot and had gotten twisted so they removed all the tape, the epi and then started over. She had to insert the needle into three different places before getting the right spot and taping me back up. The only thing that hurt through all that was when they peeled off the tape. I was way too focused on the contractions to notice anything else. The needle is barely even a pinch and then there is a little pressure. I ended up having an emergency c-section though.

Would I ever have another epidural? Heck yes. Would I let an intern do it again? Most definitely.

I know some people say that the epi gave them back problems or made their back problems worse, and maybe it did, but I had chronic back pain before I had my epi, due to multiple tailbone fractures and breaks, and even after all of that, it hasn't gotten any worse. And they definitely DO tell you that it is one of the possible risks, but even if it had of made my back worse, I STILL would get it again. It was worth being able to rest and focus on my baby instead of the pain.

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Contractions are way worse! I was so distracted by the contractions that I didn't even notice the epidural being done. Don't be nervous. It is such an amazing experience and you will forget it all as soon as they put the baby in your arms.

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it feels weird but not at all painful more like slight pressure... I was scared too so I waited until my contractions were bad enough that I really wanted the epi. turned out to be no big deal I wish I had gotten it sooner.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/06/2009

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Compared to the contractions its nothing. All you feel is a little pressure. All it is, is a shot.

Kaivon - posted on 12/06/2009

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its not bad , just try not to think about the needle going in your back you should only feel a prick, however i wish i didnt get it during my c section i was so out of it i could barely remember what happened thank god for pictures. good luck an dnt let your nerves get the best of you enjoy being pregnant you will miss it

Lisa - posted on 12/06/2009

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Remember to breathe, before, during, after or without an epidural! (you can practise before labour as well to help you when it comes to that time) - Close your eyes and just focus on breathing in and out deeply (NOT panting) - this will help your uterus to have oxygen and work more effectively, and the rest of your body as well. The more relaxed your body and uterus are, the better they can function!
if you want to learn more about relaxing during labour, you can always look stuff up, as well as something called Hypnobirthing (hypnobirthing.com). Good luck!

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The epidural felt like a shock to me. It lasts one second and it's over.



Don't worry about the act of giving birth, you'll just freak yourself out. Amazingly, when you get there you will know what to do. It's natural. You were made for this.



Just listen to yourself, listen to your doctors and nurses, and to your partner and you will do just great.



Good luck!

Erica - posted on 12/06/2009

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it hurts a little sum ppl say it dosnt hurt but i had it twice and i thought it hurt both times of my childrens birth...but hey it really helps with the big contractions....goodluck

Kristina - posted on 12/06/2009

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I was scared to death about the epid needle but after he was done and told me he was done I go what you are done!!! the second child I begged for one and didnt get it!! :( but oh well if i have a 3rd I would love to do it med free!! good lucK !!

Heather - posted on 12/06/2009

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the best advice i can give you is keep your back curled (contrated)!! i had a contraction and moved and they had to start over, its only a pinch... you wont even care becuause your contractions will hurt wayy more



GOOD LUCK!! :]

Jenn - posted on 12/06/2009

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Not at all for me. i spent the last couple of weeks so scared of the labor/delivery/epidural part, and I swear it is the easiest part of pregnancy. My delivery was the best experience of my pregnancy for sure!

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when the pains get bigger and longer and very ,very PAINFUL,,,,you will not care,you dont care ,you just want the pain your child is causing your body to end ,get it .and i mean get the damn thing ,i did and it was great ,so numb ,,,no pain aaaaahhhhh. by the way, my son was 9 pounds,5 onces,,i got one and i am glad ,anything under 9 pounds ,breathe ,your having a baby ,get over it ,jeese,you dont want pain ,DONT GET PREGNANT ,,,

Crystal - posted on 12/06/2009

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i havent read all the replys, and i didnt get an epi. but i did get a spinal block before my c section, and i honestly didnt feel anything other then the contractions. i had pure back labor. and the pain guy (for lack of knowing the right spelling haha) was inpatient with me, but my contractions where like a min long, and id have about 30 seconds between them. he would yell at me not to move, the nurse finally yelled at him, told him to wait 20 more seconds then he only had 30 to get it in LOL. and with the spinal it was INSTANT relief. i seen some of these ladies say it takes 10 or 15 mins with the epi. but you will know relief is on its way :-)

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not more than labor its more scary and isnt painful ... BUT it is 110% worth it , if its a good one ! my first one was awsome !!!! sec one sucked but it was cause i wasnt numb and they gave put in the cathador * i dont think thats spelled right* and that hurt like hell. its a personal decisons and there are lots of other ways to deal with the pain but if you choose not to do one dont just rely on IV drugs cause they cant give em to you at go time so i would recomend having a back up like breathing meditation bradly method ect. its a good idea so have a back up anyhow since you might have a quick labor and not even be able to get one or it might not work... just get informed and go with what makes you the most comfortable knowlodge makes it all less scary. i watched birth story everday with my first and i knew excatly what i wanted and what i didnt and everyone knew it ! also dont let the dr. or nurse push you around its your birth and not to much is truly off limits!

Nicole - posted on 12/06/2009

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a little pin prick and then nothing, its just the waiting for it that is scary. i had no pain and couldent even feel the contractions! The only bad thing is that an epidural makes the delivery take sooooooooo long! good luck

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If you plan on having an epi do it early when the pains are beginning to become

unbearable, I waited until 15 hours of hard labor. The epi was given, because the

labor was not progressing and they were going to induce, I could not stand anymore

pain, or so I thot?! The epi only numbed one side of my body, so when they discovered

the baby and I were under too much stress and an emergency C-sec would need to be

done I had to be put completely under anesthetic in surgery!! I had numbness for a week afterward, all over,(but remember I had the epi and was put under, too much at

once!!) and bad headaches. (my baby had the cord around his neck

not once, but twice!) If you are considering an epi it would be best to do it when you

first go in, if at all possible, the actual administering of the epi is not so bad, just being

still is tough when in hard labor, but it is possible!! Inducing is sooooo painful so definitely if you are having this done, get a block or epi. I had no pain medication at all w/my 1st daughter,(mistake w/over 9 hours of hard labor) and they induced me w/her, too, she had the cord around her neck

once, but was too far down the birth canal for a c-sec anyway, she was blue, but she

is 20 now and beautiful!

Julie - posted on 12/06/2009

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Its like getting a shot before dental work. Not fun, but you're so glad you got it.

Jessie - posted on 12/06/2009

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I would agree that the contractions are a lot more painful than the epidural. Just don't anticipate it too much and try your very best to relax --the nurse should be there to help you!

Berenice - posted on 12/06/2009

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I feel the same way as Siena, the epidural didn't hurt me either, I was more focus in the contractions... you will do fine! Good luck =)

Kirsty - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hi, I had a epidural. I didn't really notice it! I was concentrating so hard on not moving (having contractions) while they were putting it in!
Don't be scared! Good Luck!

Belinda - posted on 12/06/2009

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hi i had one and i dont even remember having it but if you have back problems dont get one because i did and now my back is worse not because of the needle its because my muscles relaxed and the pressure sliped my discs out but i had that problem befor it just made it worse just remember you forget the pain as soon as ur baby is born my labour was i week with 32 hours of solid labour and it felt like 10min i cant remember anouther thing that is great if you have back labour is water injections dont know if they do them where your giving birth but if the do its so worth it they sting for a sec but no more back labour good luck and dont worry you will be fine we are built for this :)

Jackie - posted on 12/06/2009

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For me it felt like a pintch. It was worth it b/c the contractions are 100x's worse.

Eva - posted on 12/06/2009

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It depends on you! If you are scared of needles, how yo tke pain, and whether or not the doctor is precise. My epidural was not painful for me but when they gave it to me, I kicked the nurse because they hit a nerve. It didn't hurt but i dgive the nurse quite a bruise.

Abby - posted on 12/06/2009

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i would recommend laying on your side when they give you the shot. i felt the liquid go up my spine when they did it that was the only thing that i really didn't like. for me the epidural did not help it made my contractions all messed up it went from every 4 minutes to 10 minutes then 5, then 15, then 3 it was weird and i ended up pushing for 3 hours.

Melissa - posted on 12/06/2009

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also, dont be afraid to pump up the numbing. i really wanted alot, then i was scared after it kicked in, i was hysterical. i thoughi was going to be so numb i couldnt push. i was so afraid they would suck out y baby girl with that vaccumey thing. i laugh now, b/c they didnt even blink at my fear. the whole point of having the epidoral, is to let you get comfortable enough to push baby out. just though i would let you know what i leanred =] good luck and congratulations

Melissa - posted on 12/06/2009

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in comparison to the contractions, definitely not. i have such a low tolerance for pain, it it was like nothing =] i htought for sure it would hurt, b/c you have to be sitting up when they do it, and it goes in near your spine (sounds way scarier then it actually is...and im a huge weenie) but really, its not painful.

Brandi - posted on 12/06/2009

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for me they induced me and i was having contractions every 30 seconds so i wasnt really concentrating on if it hurt or not. they were telling me not to move and it was so hard cuz the only way to make my contractions stop hurting was to move. it is definitely worth it though. i just remember telling the anesthesia lady thank you like 20 times. lol. but dont worry about it hurting. contractions hurt worse. oh yeah and they let you push the button to release more of the epidural medicine and definitely keep doing it though cuz i kept forgetting and by the time i was pushing i could feel everything again and couldnt do anything about it.

Melissa - posted on 12/06/2009

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in comparison to the contractions, definitely not. i have such a low tolerance for pain, it it was like nothing =] i htought for sure it would hurt, b/c you have to be sitting up when they do it, and it goes in near your spine (sounds way scarier then it actually is...and im a huge weenie) but really, its not painful.

Randi - posted on 12/06/2009

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I never felt it and they had to give me 2 because they wore off...they did mess up my back where they gave it to me & i have spasms ( but thats only because i had to have 2)

Katy - posted on 12/06/2009

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i don't remember it hurting, just hard trying to keep still while they put it in, you will be too busy thinking about labour to care that much I think! Good luck, don't worry it's not too bad!

Carissa - posted on 12/06/2009

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I had an epidural for my twins and I dont remember it being painful at all.......

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