How good is the epidural coz i hate needles nd im worried about having it

Samantha - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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im due to have an epidural but my friend has made me more frightened of havin it i dont like needles nd i know i'll move nd ur not allowed 2 so i was lookin 4 some advice :)

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Laura - posted on 05/15/2009

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I always said that I would never have it but boy was it the best thing I ever had and trust me hun, when your in labour, a fear of needles will not worry you anymore. All you will be thinking is about having your beautiful baby. The only thing I found weird was that my feet felt cold and numb. You dont actually see the needle and you can tell them you dont want to see it. Your midwife and doctor talk you through the procedure so you know what to expect. If you are that worried then look into all the other options of pain control first as you can always try the epidural later in the labour if you dont like the others. Think I tried them all lol xx

Shyra - posted on 05/15/2009

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I didn't really want the epidural but I was having problems in which I needed one. Its not that bad the most uncomfortable part is sitting up and leaning forward. After I got mine I went right to sleep until it was time to push.

Julie - posted on 05/15/2009

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having an epidural was easier than i thought,i was in full labour with my 5th child (all others being natural,gas and air births) i was taken in a month early because she was a big baby,as my labour progressed i found she was bottom first so it was decided i needed an epidural and c section,i was honestly more scared of having the needle than i was of having a section! but as it goes the nurses were wonderful,u sit on the edge of the bed and the trick is to take a deep breathe as they insert the needle,wasnt painful at all and was easy to deal with.half an hour later my daughter was born,weighing 12lb 8oz!!!!!!!!! good luck to you and just remember, think about it as a step closer to holding your baby!!!!!! best wishes.x

Mary - posted on 05/14/2009

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Epidurals are not that bad and I cry when I go to the dentist.

I always wondered about women who scare other women away from labor. It is not that bad, you can do it. It is amazing what we as women are capable of doing.

Chelsea - posted on 05/13/2009

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Ok. Is this your first child? Me personally you should not have it it does causes alot of back problems. Just bare the pain and do it naturally unless there is a seriuos medical problem. Thin about it some more and decide then.

User - posted on 05/13/2009

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It's much much better to go without an epidural - they prolong the labour and you have a MUCH higher risk of instrumentals delivery, like forceps (which will no doubt be acompanied by an episiotomy), ventouse and c-section. If you are going to have one, wait as long as you possibly can - do not what ever you do have it early on otherwise you are setting yourself up for being restricted to the bed and leading to the above that i mentioned. By the way, it's a really simple procedure, you have to keep still but normally the anxiety of having it done slows the contractions and there are plenty of opportunities to insert the needle. It takes up to 20 minutes to take effect and can be topped up throughout labour. Even if it wears of a bit and it gets patchy, chaing your position in the bed helps to even it all out again. It's honestly not that bad, don't forget these anaesthetists do it day in day out and are skilled trained professionals!!!!!! DO NOT listen to friends!!!!!

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2009

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I had an all natural birth and it was the best decision I ever made. No drugs at all.

Kylie - posted on 05/11/2009

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I was at a 5 when I got mine,, so needless to say I think the labor pain far out weighed the epidural. You will be fine. My mother-in-law stood infrount of me and help me up. My advise would be not to wait to long, and have someone with you where they do it ~!~ BUT TRUST ME ,,, IT IS A BLESSING TO HAVE

Kelly - posted on 05/11/2009

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i had an epidural when i was in labor with my son, i was about 24 hours into labor and got the epidural, all you have to do is sit on the edge of the bed hold onto the nurse and she will tell you what to do, and the person doing your epidural will tell you what he is doing....i was in labor for about another 16 hours and then had a c-section...after i got the epidural i got some much needed sleep and also got to relax......i don't even remember it hurting when i got the epidural ....its not bad at all.....just remember your baby will be here soon and it is completly worth it.........good luck and congrats on you little one

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