Epidural/Natural Birth Questions

Rachel - posted on 07/23/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




I am pregnant with my second child. During my first pregnancy I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and ended up having my labor induced with pitocin. I got an epidural pretty early because the contractions got intense really fast. My personal experience was excellent, no pain except for waiting to push and the crowning. No trouble pushing, quick labor, baby was fine. I tell everyone that the recovery was 10 times worse than the birth itself for me. I don't know if it was because of the epidural, though, because I also had to have a magnesium sulfate IV for 24 hrs following birth.. had to have a catheter, couldn't get out of bed, couldn't eat for the entire day of birth and 24 hours following.. plus that IV made me feel like garbage. Even with all of that I was able to go home 2 days after birth and felt pretty normal (other than soreness from tearing) after the 3rd day. Overall, I'd say my experience was good. However, I am considering natural birth this time, assuming no complications arise. Just wondering if anyone has chosen natural birth after a GOOD experience with an epidural, and what were the reasons and how did it go? Was the recovery faster? Would you choose natural again?


Merry - posted on 07/23/2011




I did a natural home birth with my second. My first was ok, I had an epidural after labor stalled. I chose natural because I wanted to know I could do it, I wanted to avoid any increased risk of c section. I think epidurals are fine for the baby overall but I do worry that the drugs could have some subtle effects on the baby.
Also I wanted to experience the emotional 'high' of enduring such pain and experiencing every feeling of happiness drown out the pain. So I had a home birth. No drugs. It was so painful and in the middle I wished I had the epidural choice but I'm so glad I didn't have the option. I did it! Igot through it and the feeling of pushing her out was the most surreal feeling ever and the pain did all disappear when I held her. It was magical. I would totally do it again. But I do warn you, if you have the option of the drugs it's going to be hard to refuse. Try to think of it as not an option because if you get through it it is the most empowering thing a woman can do!
Manage the labor pains by never laying down, laying down makes the pain so much worse. Best positions are squatting, kneeling, on all fours, on a ball, leaning on a counter, etc.
Stay vertical whatever you do! Gravity helps and laying down in so counter productive. Push vertical too it goes so much faster because your pelvis is tipped a bit forward so if you are on your back you're literally pushing the baby up and out of you, against gravity!
Not a good idea, so squat and it goes so much easier.
Recovery was the same for me both times :)


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Olivia - posted on 07/28/2011




My first was an amazing birth, the midwife (who has been practicing for 30 years) said it was one of the best births she has ever witnessed. My second that has been due for over a week now I still am in the window of a natural water birth again but the window is coming to a close soon sadly. I believe I will still get the water birth I want. Taking the drugs first off in my opinion from all the women I asked and talked with have continuing problems for 15-20 years and more in the back after the epidural. Along with that and all the IV drugs they give you these all get passed on to the baby, so their first breath they take they are in some way drugged up.

With my first it was a water birth at a birthing center I went home 2 hours after giving birth to my daughter and recovery was fine, I didn't tear I was just sore for a week or two and walked funny for the first few days.

So with my experience and the knowledge passed onto me from my midwife. Water birth is by far the best way to give birth if you have the option because of the weightlessness. There is no pressure on your back. I personally didn't make much of any noise and I felt barley any pain. I believe the reason I didn't tear is because the midwife told me to take my time on pushing to trust my body and I never got the ring of fire.

The biggest thing about giving birth naturally is the precess starts months before the baby is born. With taking alfalfa and doing the perineal massage which is another reason I didn't tear, and if you choose to use primrose oil. There is a process to prepare your body to give birth, which is why some complications happen because people are not well informed. But of course this is just my opinion and the way that I went about giving birth. Different things work for different people. Good luck and the best to whatever choice a mother makes.

Sophia - posted on 07/28/2011




Sorry this comment is out of sub but can't help it mums are so helpful and open to their own experience here! is lovely fantastic thks. AnD I will agree with all this mums natural birth is the best option, I'm pregnant of my 3rd and last will strongly choose natural.

Jen - posted on 07/28/2011




With my first I wanted the epidural just because it was the "thing to do." I ended up not being able to get one because after I was finally admitted my daughter came fast and the anesthesiologist was in an emergency c-section. Anyway they were able to get some medicine in the IV so that took the edge was taken off, but I still felt everything. So with my son who was born in May, I went in knowing that I didn't want an epidural considering I had already done it once without it. I had to have pitocin because my son didn't want to come out, but again I made it until the end and only needed a little bit of pain medicine in the IV. Both times I haven't needed any pain meds after the birth. I did feel more pain this time around, but I was able to push through it and not need any tylenol or anything. I'm definitely all for natural births or as close to natural as you can. I want one more baby and I want a water birth.

Dianne - posted on 07/28/2011




i chose a natural birth right off the bat, despite being TOLD id have an epidural (and c sec, bub was breech), i agree with laura in that dont get caught up just laying on a bed, keep moving and choose whatever position to birth in that feels right to you at the time. my recovery was quick i was walking pretty much straight after (though i chose to be wheeled to my room i was poooped lol) and up and about the next day sore to be honest but nothing dramatic, im planning to stay home with the next one so i dont have to put up with unnecessary pressure about anything and let nature take its course like it did the first time :) ps i did feel like a superhero afterwards with the natural high hehe

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