Hey I was wondering what everyones verdict on epidurals was

Lynley - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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I know one woman who had one and it has permanently affected the feeling in her right foot. Keeping moving during contractiosn can help ease those pains, but what about in the actual birth?

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Angie - posted on 04/29/2009

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i didn't have one with my first two but with my 3rd i had to because of c-section. sometimes you just can't help needing one. with this one due in 12 days i have to have one because of c-section. I liked it but when you first go to walk it's a little strange. it also helped because i had never had a catheter so they put in the epidural before the cath. go with what your body tells you-i would've had all of mine natural with nothing like the fisrt two but my 2 year old was wrapped really tight. no matter what you'll have some pain.

Kate CP - posted on 04/29/2009

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I never had one and I'm glad I didn't. I think women should at least TRY pain med free birth but if it gets to be too much (and I totally understand) then they should opt for pain meds. I had pitocin and I still didn't have an epi. The idea of a needle in my spine was way worse to me than the actual pains of labor and giving birth.

Tiffany - posted on 04/29/2009

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I've had 2 epi's with my 2 L&D's, and I have to say they were life savers. I was also put on Pitocin, though, since my contrax's weren't strong enough in the dr's opinion. But, I've had Pitocin with my first L&D and THEN got the epi, and I have to say that was a night mare. I was having double contrax's and never got rest til I got my epi. The second time, I waited til I was at 7 cm for them to give me the epi and then the Pitocin.

Both times I never had a bad experience. After the first epi, I felt a little itchy around my thighs and tummy, but I didn't feel anything after the second.

Tisa - posted on 04/29/2009

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I went through 30 hours of labor with my first baby before I finally got the epidural. With my next baby, I went through about 20 minutes. They are wonderful, and although I know some people have negative side effects, I definitely had a positive experience with them!

Jessica - posted on 04/29/2009

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I loved the epidural. I think I had the easiest labor ever. No pain what so ever.

Lisa - posted on 04/29/2009

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My entire pregnacy I planned on having one but when the time came and the doctor asked me if I was ready I decided I was too tired to sit up that long so I didn't want it. I didn't regret the decsion either. Child birth is painful but its something I could handle with out the epidural and I cry for 20 min ever time I stub my toe:)

Adeline - posted on 04/29/2009

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I Have had three children and have gotten an epidural with each of the births. I felt that it was a great thing. The trick is to make sure they don't turn it up full blast so that you can tell when you're having contractions, so you can push. Obviously there MIGHT be side effects, but I feel the likelihood is very slim. And the help that it gives you so that you can push and concentrate on bringing your baby into the world far outways the risk. Just a thought!

Dayna - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son was born on 2/14 and I opted to have an epidural when I was 4-5cm. I went into the hospital open to the possibility of an epidural but hoping to do it without one as long as possible. The procedure is very simple and the only painful part is the local anesthetic that is given before they even begin the epidural, but it is just like getting any other type of shot. It made the whole labor and delivery much more enjoyable and I think it helped speed up the process because I was able to relax. Pushing was no problem, only took 13 min and it was my first, however that can be different for everyone. I was also told that the epidural can be turned off if I wanted to have more feeling wjile I pushed. I think it only takes about 15 min for it to begin wearing off. The only downside is that your lower half is completely numb which is such a weird sensation. I was not able to move without assistance from the nurses. After delivery I was very eager for the effects to wear off and within about 30-60min I felt pretty much back to normal.

It is really a personal decision and if you have any medical questions definitely discuss it with your doctor. I think it is important to go into the whole process with an open mind and the correct information so you are able to make the decision when the time comes.

Good Luck!

Angela - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had a patient controlled epidural.It was fantastic!I have a low tolerance for pain and was so hysterical before the epi,it couldnt come soon enough! (just dont push the button so many times you're a vegetable by the time of the birth).I was induced and made sure that there was someone in the hospital who could do mine.(he was a jerk but did his job). the epi calmed me down so that I could enjoy my daughter's birth instead of being in such terrible pain.I even asked for a mirror so that I could watch! Only downside to the aftermath is that,almost 2 years later, if my hubby puts pressure like a low hug or tries to pop my back its a little painful where the epi went.Not enough to take back the experience though. :)

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Quoting Rachael:

I was induced on 3/22/07 and i didnt take the epidural until 3/29/07 @ 7pm (obviously my induction didnt go as planned... no way should it have been that long) anyway, i didnt plan on gettin an epidural but i had to because i had to have an emergency c-section. I have worse back pains now than i had when i was pregnant due to the epidural. It helped greatly during the operation, naturally, but i have noticed a lot more back pain then i used to have. It did it's job as far as im concerned... but from friends who have have vaginal delivery- they warned me not to get it too early if i was going to get it. A friend of mine who is currently on her 3rd pregnancy said, her first son, she got it too early and it wore off before he was born, her second son she got it at the very last second and it did the trick. So i'd take the pain as long as you possibly can... and remember to focus on the current contraction... not the following ones.. just take it one contraction at a time. Everytime I had a contraction I would think in my mind 'this is the LAST one' and i have a strong pain tolerance.


 



I have heard of backpain after birth but I am not sure if it is really a problem from the epidural... Something in your body might have shifted during the birth and never really "moved back". In my case my left hip was lower than the right and my tail bone was crooked and that hurts like a B*&^%. My chiro was able to reajust my hips and tail bone in about 2 treatments... might work for you. Although if you decide to go see a chiro make sure you get someone who is specialized in post-natal care...



 



I went for a natural birth with my son 6 months ago. My pain tolerance is pretty average but I did a lot of visualization and self-hypnosis during pregnancy which helped... I was also followed by a chiropractor (and still am) during the last 2 months of pregnancy.



Most of my labor was silent until my water broke and then my contractions became VERY VERY strong and were every 3 minutes right away. I really wanted to go drug free but when I started having contractions I thought I could not deal with that amount of pain... However, once I relaxed and started breathing properly I was totally fine. So I didn't take any drugs... I am glad I didn't but I totally understand why women do use the epidural especially with a long labor. Either way it has to be a decision you are comfortable with.

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I had intended to have a natural birth, but was so exhausted after laboring overnight (after working a full day - seriously, get some rest once you hit 40 wks!) I got the epi and slept a few hours. I was 7cm when I got the epi, and was at nearly 10cm when I woke up again. Getting the epi put it wasn't that painful, and the epi itself was wonderful. It didn't mask sensation all that much, and I could still more my legs easily, but it completely eliminated the feeling of contractions in my back. I still would like to try it natural if I have another baby, but I don't regret the epidural a bit!

Leah - posted on 04/29/2009

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Epidurals are the best! I made sure to ask beforehand about it wearing off and the nurses assured me that if that happened they would give me more. I have a very low pain tolerance and I received mine when I was only one cm! I was comfortable all day until she was ready to come and it just made the experience better because I wasn't worried about being in pain!

Kammie - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had my son 3/7 and i was induced becuase i was dialated to a 4 so they broke my water and gave me an epidurla an hour later it was amazing 4 hours after i had the epidural i was pushing and after an hour of pushing i had him. It was just nice cuase i calmed down and relaxed i could still feel stuff when i was pushing but nothing like what it would of been without it! I would recommend one!!

Heather - posted on 04/29/2009

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I didn't have the epidural. I think that I was more afraid of the needle. I am not going to lie, it did hurt, but it is called labor! I just trusted that my body knew what to do! It was nice to be able to walk around. I also liked being in control of my body.

Sara - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had an epidural and I would have one again! I did not feel one thing during the birth (I felt pressure but not pain) and I"m glad since I had a second degree tear. I have had no lasting effects from the epidural. If you are nervous about it, discuss it with your OB to put your mind at ease. To me, it was wonderful!

Lee-Anne - posted on 04/29/2009

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if u dont like pain go for it but personally i have had 1 and 6 natural births and i would do natural again to me the best part about having a baby is the birth because not only u have heaps of mixed feelings but after all that pain comes a beautifull baby then u realise that it was worth every minute

Amber - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had my baby 3 1/2 months ago and I was induced. I was up all night in labor and had my water broken and was given pitocin because I was not dialating past 2. I decided around 10 a.m. I decided to get the epidural. I would definately recommend it I was so tired once I wasn't in pain that I was ready to sleep finally. The only problems was I wasn't allowed to sleep cuz my baby's heart rate would not stay up so I had to keep changing positions. Because of my baby's heart rate dropping they only gave me half a dose which was perfect. An hour later I had to have an emergency c-section so I was glad that I had gotten it. I would say I would do it again especially if I couldn't get out of bed anyway, which happens when you get induced. I had no intention of getting one, although I wasn't against it either. I do have back pain, but I think it has more to do with carrying a baby and a car seat and bags and bending over to change him and all the care I have to give that is hurting my back. I would say to get one though if you aren't able to get out of bed.

Teri-Lyn - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

A lot of women talk about epidural wearing off. I had the one where they hook you up to a sort of "self serve" syringe device that you can press at your own will to top up when you feel you need it. Its designed to fill at a certain speed so you cannot overdose and if that runs out they replace it with another full one. I never used the first amount both times.


i had that type as well n loved it, i was sure i could do it without but after the doc broke my waters it started hurting more, it did slow down my contractions a bit but i didnt have to get a c-section. i hated not bein able to feel my legs but it wore off fast enough, i just kept moving my legs as much as i could to help bring the feeling back.

Kylie - posted on 04/29/2009

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A lot of women talk about epidural wearing off. I had the one where they hook you up to a sort of "self serve" syringe device that you can press at your own will to top up when you feel you need it. Its designed to fill at a certain speed so you cannot overdose and if that runs out they replace it with another full one. I never used the first amount both times.

Kylie - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had epidural with both my births and I loved the whole experience. Both times I could feel my baby moving down and being born but there was no pain. It gave me and husband a very calm, intimate birthing experience and I was able to get up, walk around and have a shower after (also my babies did not seem drowsy or affected in any way). The only down side was i tore because i had to lay on my back and push as the nurses wouldn't let me stand in case my legs gave way. I've heard that the main problem with epidural is that it can slow or stop contractions and that usually results in them giving you the drugs to speed up labor which can eventually lead to your baby being stressed out and could end in c-section. I've heard watching the movie "the business of being born" sheds a lot of light on this. If you think you could breathe and move through the active labor apparently the pushing stage is a relief and not as painful. I wouldn't make a decision about epidural until your experiencing the labor if you need it you know its there and you don't have to endure the pain if you don't want to.

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I was induced on 3/22/07 and i didnt take the epidural until 3/29/07 @ 7pm (obviously my induction didnt go as planned... no way should it have been that long) anyway, i didnt plan on gettin an epidural but i had to because i had to have an emergency c-section. I have worse back pains now than i had when i was pregnant due to the epidural. It helped greatly during the operation, naturally, but i have noticed a lot more back pain then i used to have. It did it's job as far as im concerned... but from friends who have have vaginal delivery- they warned me not to get it too early if i was going to get it. A friend of mine who is currently on her 3rd pregnancy said, her first son, she got it too early and it wore off before he was born, her second son she got it at the very last second and it did the trick. So i'd take the pain as long as you possibly can... and remember to focus on the current contraction... not the following ones.. just take it one contraction at a time. Everytime I had a contraction I would think in my mind 'this is the LAST one' and i have a strong pain tolerance.

Ally - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had planned on a drug free birth..until i actually felt the contractions. once i got the epidural i can honestly say I had a 100% completely pain free delivery! It was wonderful..8 hours of labor from the time my water broke and about ten min of pushing. I would highly recommend one. My baby also showed no negative effects had an apgar score of 9 and was super alert. good luck!

Kate - posted on 04/29/2009

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Hi, I had an epidural during my first labor. I had gone 28 hours of excruciating contractions before i decided to have it and as soon as they gave it to me, I went to sleep!! I only slept for an hour though cos then i had to push and my daughter was born. I had no side effects at all but it does affect people differently. They say it lasts for up to 12 hours and to try wait as long as possible before you have it incase it wears off before you give birth but i have heard of it not even completely working for some people. I had no hesitation in asking for it during my 2nd birth but my labor only lasted 1hr 45mins so didn't have it. And m next 3 were c-sections so I hed a spinal block which is almost identical. Despite the bad rap that epidurals get, they are actually very safe.

Emma - posted on 04/29/2009

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hey lynley. i was so adament that i wasnt going to have one but after 12 hours of contractions every minute and i STILL was only dilated 2cm my midwife just said nah ur having one and it was amazing!! i could still fell my legs etc but i wasnt crying or screaming anymore. i am so scared of needles normally but it didnt even hurt. 6 hours later i was still contracting every minute and still only 2 cm dilated so had a emeergency c sect anyways but it sure made my day alot more bearable :)

Stacey-Marie - posted on 04/29/2009

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Brilliant!! My best friend in labour seriously. Personally i knew it was right for me - my pain threshold is crap. I was lucky it didn't wear off properly just as i was pushing. I didn't have any side effects.

Stacey-Marie - posted on 04/29/2009

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Brilliant!! My best friend in labour seriously. Personally i knew it was right for me - my pain threshold is crap. I was lucky it didn't wear off properly just as i was pushing. I didn't have any side effects.

Kelly - posted on 04/29/2009

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I was the same as Stephanie, my epidural wore off about an hour before & they refused to top it up. I don't think there is anything that will lessen the pain of the actual birth but I haven't had any lasting effects or problems after having the epidural. I'm not sure what the statistics are on complications with epidurals. Some midwives advise that different positions instead of lying on your back & pushing, can make the process less uncomfortable & speedier...

Kia - posted on 04/29/2009

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I just LOVED my epidural. I had Pre - Eclampsia and i wasn't planning on having a epidural but ended up needing one to lower my blood pressure during labour. I am so glad I got one. Labour was still tough but the second I got that epidural it was bliss - I think they're great. I have heard stories too about people having bad luck with epidurals but they are actually very safe. If i have another child I would not hesititate to get one again.

Michelle - posted on 04/29/2009

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Hi i gave birth about 5 months ago with my first. i was really scared of whats gonna happen, but once i was in there about 20 min before i was about to give birth and my pain got so much that i asked for a epidural. It was amazing, my pain left and i did not feel a thing., i would recommend it to anybody and i would go for an epidural next time i give birth. the bottom reply i don't think is good advise, the epidural works!!! trust me!!!!

Stephanie - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son was born 3/19. It was my first and I had an epidural, but it wore off about an hour before i started pushing, and they wouldnt give me anymore. During the contractions u can move, and try to breathe through it. During the actual birth the only thing that helps take some of the pain away is pushing. Other than that i dont think there is anything to take the pain away.

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