EPIDURAL??? GOOD OR BAD

Lorraine - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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I'm just wanting to know your experience of having an epidural, i've heard that it can make you throw up, then you can't feel when you need to push. how long does it take untill you can walk. just wanted to know the good sides & bad side afects. never had before.

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Hayley - posted on 12/20/2010

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mine was also very, very bad. I didn't feel sick and the epidural procedure was fine. You have a button to top it up every so often so if you want be able to have some sensation as when to push then stop topping up as you become fully dilated. You'll still have quite a bit of numbness but still feel some urge to push. It doesn't take long till your up and about and I don't recall having any nasty side affects.......my back just ached a bit the next day.
The problem I had with the epidural was that it completely slowed my labour down, I didn't like being strapped up to various machines, I hated having all the IVs in me as they kept blocking and caused me a lot of discomfort......I also didn't like the fact that I couldnt move, I hated that I was completely numb afterwards and couldn't do anything with my baby unless I had help. Help didn't come often either. I gave birth at 5pm and no one came to help me till nearly two in the morning :( That aside, it was definitely pain free as far as the labour and birth were concerned. I had my 2nd only using gas and air and although it hurt like hell, I much preferred it. I had freedom to move around, not a single IV or monitor in site and it was all over in 6 hours rather than 3 days!
My experience wasn't good but I do know others who got on just fine with it so I guess its down to the individual..

Merry - posted on 12/18/2010

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I did get one, after 32 hours of labor I needed some relief!
I will NOT get another one if I can help it.
Don't get me wrong, it worked well, didn't even hurt to get it. Didn't hurt getting it out. No bad side effects except some muscle tainted for a few weeks after.
Overall it was the best choice in my situation as I was in so long labor and not dilating because I couldn't relax.
It was the right choice and I'm glad I had it.

Now I said I will NOt get another one this time if I can help it.
Let me explain.
There is ALWAYS risks with any procedure like this. Yes many get them, yes most are perfectly fine.
But SOME women have bad side effects. Some women get permanent muscle pain from it, some women get permanent paralysis!
Some, not many but some.
So, like any procedure with possible risks, I do not plan on risking my safety unless I feel the benefits outweigh the risks.
If my labor goes normally, if I am dilating ok, and tolerating pain well enough I will not get one.
Now that's the risks for the mom, there are risks for the baby as well. Some babies can have a reaction from the epidural, now it isn't directly going into their bodies, but some can come out with a reaction to it. Sme can act drugged. Some have no appetite and no will to suck.
Epidurals are said to negatively affect breastfeeding because the baby is not as alert as they should be.

So for those reasons I will avoid the epidural.

So like I said. There are risks, but they are not common. But trust me, if you were one out of a thousand who had a bad side effect you would be quite upset.

So they are a great LAST resort. But should NEVER be seen as routine, or as safe.
They have risks, and should be respected as the powerful drug that it is.
Don't fear the epidural, but don't treat it like your best friend either!

Aimee - posted on 04/10/2011

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I think the best thing is not to plan before time just see how you feel when you go into labor for real.I had everything planned out and it did go anything like what I expected.You will know when you go into hard labor wheter you want it or not.If your anything like me you wont care if its going to make you throw up or anything else when you feel full blown contrations the doctor wont be able to get there ast enough.If not then maybe you can make it without one.Just let it be your decisiona dn wait until you are in labor to make it because otherwise you may feel unnecessary guilt.

Dawn - posted on 04/10/2011

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I agree Rebekah, my first was completely natural and it was wonderful. I wouldn't have changed it. My c-sections were not choice, my second pregnancy was twins and one was breach. They said it was too dangerous with 2 of them to try to deliver one breach. My third pregnancy was a c-section because they said since I had one I couldn't deliver naturally. I wish I would have fought that decision!

Rebekah - posted on 04/10/2011

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I've had two absolutely fantastic birth experiences without an epidural, and so I do NOT plan to get one with my next baby (due in October). There's just something wonderful about feeling your body do what nature intended. Yes, labor is painful, but when you go into labor naturally, it can be very manageable (and in most cases, is quicker). I was up walking to the bathroom within minutes. I was very aware of absolutely everything that went on during the labor and delivery, and both of my children came out eyes open and ready to nurse. It was just too great of an experience to risk possible complications from an epidural, in my opinion.

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Veronica - posted on 05/29/2011

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I bet money that you will get an epidural or spinal block. 90% of women can't handle the pain. Women in the 18th century would be rolling over in their graves if they knew there was a way to make giving birth less painful. You're baby will be fine. More people are born with the use of it, than not and so far, no issues. Risks are rare. Get a good anethesiologist. Mine gave me something to offset the nausea. I was fine. You won't want to walk anywhere at first anyway. And when you do, you will be able to move. Just think. You have to be moved to recovery. The nurses all fuss over you. Family and friends come to visit in between taking naps and breastfeeding/bottlefeeding. Ask for the candyman. Plan for the candyman. He's your friend! Congrats!

Stephanie - posted on 05/28/2011

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LOVE IT. I went into my first delivery not wanting anything but eventually the pain was so bad and I was hardly progressing so I broke down and got it. Ahhhhh relief! I slept the last 9 HOURS after getting it and was wide awake and well rested to spend time with my newborn.

My second delivery which was just 3 weeks ago went super quickly, a total of 9 hours and the pain wasn't bad at all but I got it anyway because I was afraid to lose my window of opportunity. The hospital was extremely busy nd there were no nurses around but I knew exactly when it was time to start pushing and my husband went and got them when it was time lol. My son was born at 1:42am and by 6:30am I was easily walking around and in the shower.

My best advice I can give is don't go in with a plan because you don't know what's going to happen. You might dilate in a couple of hours or you might be there 2 days. You might go in for a vaginal delivery and might find out you need an emergency c-section. Decide when you're actually in labour but make sure you tell them ahead of time that you're considering the epidural but also find out about any other relief methods they may offer as well (ie. tub, birthing ball, etc.).

Cassandra - posted on 05/26/2011

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Epideral=HEAVEN! I used it when I couldnt bear anymore pain. I did throw up but that was because I got morphine earlier and found out I was allergic to it. But anyways, I would reccomend it and I will try for a natural next time

Karli - posted on 05/25/2011

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I did not have an epidural with my kids, I think I would have considered it if my labours were some crazy 30 hrs long. My son was born after 8 hrs and my daughter was only 1.5 hrs. My daughter was 9lbs 9ozs. She had to have blood work done every 4 hrs to test if she could regulate her blood sugars. 2 different nurses had commented that I didn't have an epidural. I asked them how they knew that and both said they could tell just by looking at the babies and how alert they are whether or not the mom's had epidurals or not. The babies are very lethargic and drowsy. I am very happy that I had natural births and I think you should try to avoid it if you can, even though they say there is no effect on babies, those nurses told me very differently.

Tyarria - posted on 05/25/2011

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It made me high lol.. yeah you cant really couldnt feel nothing when i was pushing... if you cant deal wiff the pain its the right thing to go

Krys - posted on 05/25/2011

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One word. Good. -- I'm 32 weeks with my second and if at ant time I want it, I'll get it. I have nothing to prove and I don't believe that it makes the birthing experience more intimate. Kudos to any and all women that have done without, I applaud you. But, with most cases, I don't think it makes a difference if you choose to have one.

Samone - posted on 04/11/2011

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I am not using a epidural during this birth. I got one when I gave birth to my daughter. I kept telling the nurses that only one side of my body was numb. They kept telling me to roll over or to change postions that its was cause I was putting pressure on the spin. This didn't work. Right before I was suppose to give birth the doctor came in and said they were doing a emergency c-section. I told the doctor my epidural isn't working I can still feel everything on my right side. She told me it would be okay they would increase the dose. When I got into the surgery room and they started cutting I begin screaming and crying I could feel everything on one side, I just wanted to die the pain was intolerable. My heart rate jumped, I went into shock and had to be put to sleep. I will never forget how it felt to be cut into and I won't take that chance again.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/10/2011

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Awesome ...wouldn't do it without an epidural. It didn't make me sick and I felt when I needed to push and knew exactly where I needed to push from...no poop on my delivery table LOL

Dawn - posted on 04/10/2011

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I didn't have any medication with my first but my second and third pregnancies were both c-sections, so had to have the needle in the back. I don't know if it was the same medication or not, but the medication did make me very ill. I couldn't keep anything down for about 12 hours both times, I had severe migraines for days, and couldn't really move for about 18 - 24 hours after. Like I said I'm sure this med for c-section is more potent but my doctor said that the migraines were from the needle in my spine more than the medication. I still have migraines to this day and my youngest is 4 now.

Dawn - posted on 04/10/2011

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I didn't have any medication with my first but my second and third pregnancies were both c-sections, so had to have the needle in the back. I don't know if it was the same medication or not, but the medication did make me very ill. I couldn't keep anything down for about 12 hours both times, I had severe migraines for days, and couldn't really move for about 18 - 24 hours after. Like I said I'm sure this med for c-section is more potent but my doctor said that the migraines were from the needle in my spine more than the medication. I still have migraines to this day and my youngest is 4 now.

Stephanie - posted on 04/10/2011

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I got an epidural with My first born, I got it at 4cm. I don't think is so much the epidural that makes peopl throw up but more them pumping you full of fluids before you can get it I was hooked up to the machines and had gotten the IV and about 20 minutes after I got my IV I was throwing up but nce I got the epidural I couldnt feel any pain! But as time passed and it got closer to pushing it started wareing off! I felt my contractions and all! After I had her I had the shakes as does anyone that gets it. Its uncontrolable. I got up about a half hour to 45 minutes after I had my daughter and took a shower. I only really had problems with the spot it was inserted into my spine. I'm thinking this pregnancy that I want to go as long as possible without an epidural!

Kristin - posted on 04/07/2011

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NOOO! I did it all natural, yes it hurts.. but I would do it all over again!

Jody - posted on 03/18/2011

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http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornb...



the above link gives you some good information. I myself had a good experience with my epidural and within reason so did my friends who all had epidurals too. Some doctors numb you too much and make it difficult to push, i didn't have this problem nor did I have any stomache upset etc from mine. Mine also wore off quickly and I was up and about within an hour.

If you are going to get one, it is a good idea to wait as long as you can and when things start getting really painful call the doctor, it usually takes a while for them to get there so you will love them when they finally arrive.

I tried neubaine, nitrous oxide gas and fentinol (not sure I spelled it right) before I got my epidural and they just didn't cut it as my labour progressed. They put my epidural in when I was ready to push, so I was literally trying not to push while they did it soo don't wait tooo long :), most canadian hospitals don't put limits on when you can get a epidural anymore but you need to be able to sit still so, you know your body and how you deal with pain so do what you need to do :) and try to relax and enjoy the process, stressing out only makes things worse :) Talk to your doctor and find out what the policies of your birth centre are around pain relief during childbirth so you can make an informed choice.

good luck and enjoy your little one when the time comes!!

♥Lena - posted on 03/15/2011

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When I had my first daughter in 2005, yes it made me puke, no I couldn't feel a darn thing when they wanted me to push and it took me 2 entire days to be able to walk again (I only weighed 120, not sure if it the dosage basically knocked the crap out of me or not) I'm currently 6 months pregnant and not too sure if I'm going to get it again. I'm torn, I don't want to deal with "all" the terribly pain but then again I'd love to be able to just walk or get out of bed afterwards without needing help of 4 nurses to life me etc....I'm not totally against it but some of the side effects I had really sucked especially with the doc did the epidural wrong the first time and instead going between my vertebra he went in it! My left leg used to give out a lot a couple years ago after that, but doesn't seem to act up so much now a days. Hope this helps : )

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2011

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I didnt want to get an epidural at 1st but I couldnt take the pain any longer. Once they had giving the epidural to me the pain within 5 mins. was gone I couldnt feel anything so the doc had to tell me when to push. I was up and in the shower in a few hours. I was in a little bit of pain for a few days afterwards but Im due in May & Im going to have another epidural.

Jayde - posted on 01/01/2011

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I'll give you my experience in a list of pros & cons
CONS
- Getting it inserted whilst having a contraction hurt like a BITCH
- I had to have it twice coz it didn't work the first time
- After birth it took 18hours to wear off
- My bub seemed to be sleepy for about a day but still fed
- a couple of months later i went to pick my bub out of her cot & my back seemed to seize up (only the one time that happened)
PROS
- The second time it was administered it took 4 contractions & the pain was COMPLETELY gone!
- didn't have to get up any more to pee for the 1000th time
- labour progressed really quickly (as soon as it was given it took only an additional 3hours to dilate 7cm &deliver)
- I had a sleep during labour
- even though i couldn't feel when to push, the midwife told me
- i still got to deliver vaginally
- I was laughing whilst crowning
- didn't feel the placenta deliver
- didn't feel the stitches being sewn
- & obviously though i was still tired i wasn't completely exhausted for immediate visitors

Suzi - posted on 12/29/2010

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i've just hadmy son, during the labour i had an epidural and felt every contraction and the urge to push, just took the edge off made it bearable, i was walking within 3 hours hope this helps x x

Amy - posted on 12/25/2010

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well, mine still hurt two years after my daughter. i could feel exactly where it was and had back pain often.

Jodie - posted on 12/24/2010

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i had and epidural when my son was born on the 01/01/2010. i had to have an emerceny c-section and i now suffer with back ache every now and then, i can feel my back rubbing together and that cause pain but i got told it lasts up to a year as your body is till recovering from everything.

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I had it with my 1st daughter and paid for it for years. They put it in wrong and I have had lower back problems ever since. (I was 18 at the time) My last 3 daughters I had all natural and it was fine.

Amy - posted on 12/22/2010

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I'll say it a thousand times too - red raspberry leaf shortens labor and you won't be in pain long enough to really need drugs. I LOVED it with my son. Can make a tea or take capsules. The cold tea was so nice to drink when in labor. really, i only had 6 hours start to finish of contractions. 15 minutes pushing. 5 minute break between contractions. I had two other friends also have babies in less than 8 hours. Good luck.

Amy - posted on 12/22/2010

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really research demerol - or pethidine. you can have seizures and if they accidentally od a bit you could die. just saying - really really research whatever drugs you intend on having. it even says it's similar to morphine or heroin. just saying. please research.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/...

Lorraine - posted on 12/22/2010

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THANKYOU AGAIN i wouldn't be worried about a catheter either because i was drinking so much, because the gas was drying my mouth that they had to drain me before hand, but nowing all this i wil try and just see what hapens that's all we can do. has anyone tried the petherdine? i think i might go for that before the epidural if all fail's, then keep the epidural as a last resort. They do say every birth get's quicker my first was 10 hours 41 min.

Tanya - posted on 12/21/2010

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I was 100% against having any pain medicines or an epidural during my labor.. BUT.. I was in labor for 28 hours. I went thru the first 26.5 hours with absolutely nothing. There was a point though where i stopped dilating. I made it to 5 cm and then didnt dilate anymore for 4 hours, so my doctor gave me the option to get an epidural or get a c-section. Now seeing as how i'd have to get an epidural if i got a c-section section anyways, I went with the epidural. My problem was that I was way too tense and not allowing my cervix to open up since the contractions were one after another. After I got the epidural, she was crowning in about an 1 hour n 10 mins, and I only pushed for about 15 mins. Yes, they do put a catheter in, but i didn't even feel it and i wasn't bothered by it at all ( i personally think getting my water broken was more disgusting and embarrassing) .. they made me stay in bed for i think an hour after i delivered and then after that they took it out and i was free to do whatever i wanted. I really wish I would've gotten the epidural sooner.. but i suggest if you do to atleast wait till you get to 5 cms, because it you get it TOO SOON i hear it may not be as effective when you start to push.

Amy - posted on 12/21/2010

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yeah...not into the whole catheter thing!! I'd deal with the hour of pain to not have to deal with that alone. ugh!

Merry - posted on 12/21/2010

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If you take too long in labor with a epidural they will put a catheter into you because you can't control your bladder.
You won't feel it then, but you get a lot of burning afterwords cuz of the tubes irritating your insides.
Kinda gross and embarrassing as well I think.

Jane - posted on 12/20/2010

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i had my 3rd last month. i LOVE THEM! all of those doctors should go straight to heaven!

it doesn't last long at all - as soon as your done delivering, you are up and around, you get yourself onto the wheelchair to be brought up to your room.

it's 2010, there's no need to be in pain. and nobody should be judging you for using one. remember, people only know what you tell them, anyway. you don't have to tell everyone. and if another mom is going to judge you on any part of your choices, they don't need to be in your cirlce of support.

i probably would not have had another child after the 1st, the pain was so bad before the epidural.

Alicia - posted on 12/20/2010

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i had an epidrual for the birth of my daughter. i ate about 12 hours before i got it, so i had no side effects like throwing up. i had great support for the birth. my doctor and nurse and bf helped coach me through when to push and when to relax. and afterwards i fed my baby girl and sent her on her way to the nursery for the first night and then i just passed out. best i've ever slept. lol but i woke up about 6 hours later and could get up and walk around. so i don't think it was too bad. :)

Helen Katrina - posted on 12/20/2010

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i got the epidural with my first child, it was the best choice i think i could have made at that time as exhaustion was taking over and they were getting worried about the stress i was putting on the baby, as soon as i got it i was no longer sick and i got the much needed rest i needed before i had to push, i had a natural birth and even though you cant feel the whole thing properly you still get a sense as to what to do and the midwife/doctor help you out heaps. you do start feeling the birth eventually depending if the epidural starts to wear off or not. I would have loved to go through and done the birth naturally without drugs but i dont regret my desicion and if (as im pregnant again now) i go through what i did with my first i wouldnt hesitate to agree to an epidural again!!

Amy - posted on 12/19/2010

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Mine was bad, bad bad and i'll never do it again. With my daughter, I had a decent experience. I just hurt REALLY bad and had terrible migraines. With my son...it numbed only from my right leg - below my hip to my knee. That's IT. Still cost me all that money and it didn't take. Now I have back problems all the time and the muscles still ache there where I got it. You know, after I had it with my daughter, I couldn't walk for a LONG time. That's all I remember. With my son, it didn't take and i was walking an hour after i had him. You know, when I got to the point where I was like "ouch, why isn't this F-ing thing working!! " then I was pushing and he was out 15 mins later. I plan on no epidural with this one. IT was oh so not worth it. I could not feel with my daughter, i felt like i had no control and i was stuck on my back - painful!! But without and epidural, you can sit up, be on all fours, or whatever and laying down SLOWS labor and makes it more likely you'll need an episiotomy.

Lorraine - posted on 12/19/2010

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thankyou for your help everyone this is why i wanted to find out because with my son i was induced, i didn't want an epidural either but then they maid me stay in bed because they kept loosing the heart beat, all cause i was moving my hip's so from there i did ask for an epidural but they were to busy. i endded up using the gas in the end and this is why i ask because pushing your baby out gives you the best feeling you can emagine i only pushed for 4 minutes & he was out. then in half an hour i was up showering then eating food for energy .

Amanda - posted on 12/18/2010

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I had an epidural with my son because I was induced. I couldn't walk around; heck, I couldn't even get out of bed! It was too much because I had nothing that could distract me from the pain. I don't know if I'd have gotten one if the situation had been different. I can tell you that I pushed for an hour, and I just couldn't really feel anything, so my baby did not come out on his own. The doctor had to use forceps to get him out. I was nervous, but it was that or a c-section, and I certainly didn't want a c-section! Anyway, luckily the forceps did no damage to my son, but it was SOOO scary. If I can help it, I will avoid the epidural with my 2nd! Best of luck, whatever you decide!

Merry - posted on 12/18/2010

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Also, the epidural increase your likelihood of a c section. With the epidural you are out of synch with your body so pushing is a lot harder. I couldn't feel much contractions and never had the urge to push I had to listen to the nurses as to when to push and so I ended up pushing for a long time until I figured out how to do it right.
You are more likely to have a c section if you get an epidural because your body isn't responding as well to the contractions so it's a lot easier for the dr to decide, ok we need to do a c section.
Also women aren't ment to labor or birth on our backs, this puts the weight of the baby on our main vein in our backs so this can cause us to be lightheaded, nauseous, and can cause baby to have a low heart rate or go into distress.
So labor on your feet, don't lay down. And birth baby on your side, or squatting, or sitting semi upright. This keeps baby good blood flow, and keeps you from needing extra oxygen and from vomiting.

Epidurals aren't something to take lightly. There is A LOT of info on the benefits and risks. Research more, and try to birth normally.

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I decided against the epidural with my first son. Labor hurts..it really hurts but I hung in there and did and I think it made the pushing a lot easier as I was able to feel everything. What helped me get through the pain was the amazing staff of nurses I had. They told me exactly how to breath cause Lamaz breathing was a joke. They also explained to me how to concentrate and think through the pain. It definitely helped. Another thing that helped big time with the pain is walking. The more I walked the better it felt. The pain was worse when I was sitting or lying down. Also the nice things is that because I was able to feel everything I didn't have to have any of the nurses push on my stomach to get the placenta out. I was able to push that out myself. I am now pregnant with baby #2 and will once again go without the epidural. I have had friends who have gotten the epidural and ended up with the dreadful headache. Psychologically what got me through labor was knowing that there is no other time in my life when I can feel labor and feel my baby coming out of my body. To me that was just the coolest thing in the world. I just recommend going with what will make you feel comfortable because you don't want to be stressing out or extremely nervous that day. You need to feel excited knowing your baby is almost here and you are going to be able to hold your little one for the first time.

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For me it was wonderful and I plan on having it again for my next one. I had to be induced and went through 12 hours of labor and decided to go with the epidural. It allowed me to rest since I was in labor for another 12 hours before they decided I needed to have a c section and with the epidural already in place there was no hold up going to the operating room. I experienced none of the side effects that they warn you about . The only thing that was interesting is that you have to hold still while they do it and that can be tricky while having contractions and if they hit a nerve while putting it in it feels like that part of your body is recieving an electrical shock.... it only lasts a few seconds and they readjust their approach but it is a funny feeling.... Definitely took my mind off of the contractions. best of luck to you!

Caroline - posted on 12/18/2010

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getting an epidural was the best decision ever when I had my son (9-27-08).. I lasted until about 6 cm, but couldn't take the pain anymore. He came out at a staggering 9 lbs 1 oz, 22 inches long.. the whole time I was told I'd have about a 7.5 lb baby...

As far as walking after.. I didn't try to walk until the next morning, I was in labor for 22 hours and by the time I had him it was 3 AM and I was BEAT.. so I just let them wheel me to my room and went to sleep.

I'm due with #2 Valentine's Day.. and I 100% plan on having another epidural. Especially knowing that they now predict this baby to be about the same size.

Good luck in your decision.. do what's best for you! Don't let anyone tell you what THEY think you should do. Just remember you don't get an award for not having an epidural lol

Aicha - posted on 12/18/2010

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all I can say is I had one last year on 9/30/2009 and it was good it took away the pain and I got to take a nap while waiting for the counteractions to dilate me all the way I only had to push 3 times and my daughter came out after a half hour after they disconnected the epidural I could get up and walk , for this delivery due 2/3/2011 I plan on getting another epidural

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