does getting an epidural hurt

Meg - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 115 moms have responded )

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how much does the epidural hurt?? do u feel it going in?? do they numb any part?? how did it feel for u ??

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Lexi - posted on 03/16/2013

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Well I'm in the hospital as I'm writtin. I'm 16 years old and I'm having a beautiful baby girl(: this is my first child, and I'm pretty scared of the epidural. I hate needles. And I have preclampsia so I'm gonna have her sometime by the end of this week. So I'm pretty nervous. But I wanted to know does the epidural really hurt, some say it don't and some say it does so idk.

Susanna - posted on 06/23/2012

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I had mine early on in labour. They numbed it first, only feels like someone is touching ur spine when they put it in. I would definately opt for one again. I was fine with it. Never felt a thing. Only problem was that u can't push for 2 hours.

Shavon - posted on 09/23/2011

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i didnt think it hurt at ALL!!! i was having contractions so bad so i was so ready for the epidural. they numb it and all u feel is a lil pressure. but once you got it you will be glad u did. I was in labor for 18 hours and let me tell ya im so glad i got an epidural

Tiffany Jill - posted on 12/07/2009

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im not affraid of needles at all but i was terrorfied of gettin an epidural because of wer the needle goes . i decided i wud need one as i have very bad bk probs to start with before gettin preg n goin into labour. but once i felt the contractiosn i asked for one as soon as possible because i was in that much pain . i was first given gas an air which does help but its not amazing its more fun than anything after the first few mins of feelin a little quesy. then they offerd me pethidine which i dint reali want cos it can make u sick which it did but i at this point i was willing to take anything and i tuk it. they sed it wunt get rid of the pain it wud just take the edge of. it dint make the contractions feel any less painful but it made them feel slightly shorter in length. before i gave chance for that to kick in i asked for the epidural. i was very scared. but i barly even felt it. it was just a lil pin prick feelin and that was it . i dunno if taht was due to the drugs id alredy taken but i think it was more to do with the fact that once u expieirence contractions u dnt even feel the epi in comparison . and it was TOTALY worth it. i didnt feel a thing after that :) honestly take it. it will best thing you do! its abit anoeyin if u want to go to the toiletr cos u cnt walk for 6 hours after and have to use a bed pan but you hinestly depiste what u may think will not care when it cums to it you will just be glad you tuk the epidural. if i get preg again ill have an epi again. i had my baby 5 weeks ago :) hope that helped good luck! xx

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Torri - posted on 09/11/2012

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I had medicine in my IV before I got the epidural so I didn't feel anything!

Sally - posted on 09/10/2012

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Oh hell yes. You have to curl up in a little ball and not move at all even during contractions while they stick a big needle into your back then thread a tube into it. If it works (they don't always - I've been told the "one side numb, one side feeling" is the worst), you will be numb from the waist down. That means you have absolutely no control whatsoever over how you deliver or what they do with the baby until it wears off enough that you can get up and they decide when to turn it off. You can kiss any procedure (or lack thereof) they promised you good bye the second they put that needle in you. While the scary complications are rare there are a lot of minor ones that are very common for both you and baby. The most common is that it's likely to slow down your labor so they'll want to give your more drugs to fix that, then you'll need more painkillers, then more "help" etc..and even if you're not feeling it, your baby is. Hello distress, a c-section, and doctors proud of "saving" a baby who wouldn't have needed it if things had been left alone from the beginning.

Having had one birth with and one without, I strongly recommend you take a class that teaches real coping mechanisms instead of hospital procedure and get a good support person who will remember those coping mechanisms for you when you need them. I also strongly recommend a shower, but some women prefer a jacuzzi tub or just a warm soak.

Good Luck

Sarah - posted on 09/05/2012

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i got one about 2 hours before i had my baby and i was having contractions while they were giving me the epidural...its really nothing but a sting and pressure it just feels really weird...but totally worth it :)

Courtnee - posted on 09/05/2012

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Yeah, another thing is I had bad back problems after the epi, too. I had back pain last 2 months of pregnancy bc i was so huge! But after the epi, I couldn't stand up longer than 5 minutes (not even exaggerating), and if I sat or laid the wrong way, I was screwed the rest of the day. :(( I would and will def use it again tho!! It's allll worth getting the feeling of your insides clawing their ways out, gone. :))

Tami - posted on 09/05/2012

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my epidural hurt like hell. The woman was an igit though. I couldn't feel the contractions, i was so numb. I was in severe back pain during delivery and had several problems with where they had the needle after delivery. Even though I had problems i still plan on using it again, with my next delivery. the pain and problems were easier to deal with then the horrific contractions.

Courtnee - posted on 09/05/2012

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Honestly, I don't even remember feeling the epi. I think the most I felt was the littttttle bitty stick of the numbing agent, but that was it. But, I had to get 3 epi's & 2 spinal taps before it finally took..

Ana - posted on 06/24/2012

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No, felt like I got a shot. Was stiff though from bottom down for like the next 5mths, some say because of delivery, I say because of epidural....

Jennifer - posted on 06/19/2012

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Not really. The numbing hurts more then the actual epidural and with the pain you have it is a wonderful relief. It is not bad at all.

ANISHA - posted on 06/12/2012

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i dont recall feeling any pain from my epidural, I barely felt anything. the only thing I felt was all the tape they put on my back.

Hope - posted on 05/15/2012

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Of course it hurts, well the numbing needle does. BUT when you are having contractions so painful, you feel like you could rip a car in half, like the Incredible Hulk, it's nothing in comparison!!! In fact, it's a welcoming pinch. That's my opinion anyway!!

MamasLyric - posted on 01/18/2012

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You feel a pinch and you feel pressure. But it nothing like the feel of contractions.

Jennaya - posted on 09/15/2011

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yes, it is a little bit painful. More like uncomfortable, it's a different kind of pain. However, totally worth it. TOTALLY.

Ntahli - posted on 09/15/2011

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You dont feel a thing its like when your getting injection, It does not hurt. I felt like my legs are not mine coz are died I did not feel my legs even when I pinch myself. But all in all it feels good, Im going for it again for second born.

Meagan - posted on 09/14/2011

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It was uncomfortable because you are also going through contractions. You have to stay still which is really hard with all the pain you are experiencing. I felt it go in, but once it was in it felt amazing..lol I would say it hurts but nothing compared to contractions.

Andrea - posted on 09/13/2011

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I got a numbing shot right before and was also given pain meds thru my IV about an hour before. Yes it still hurt but in comparison to labor it was nothing like a bee sting

Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2011

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I don't even remember feeling the needle go in my back because the contractions were way more painful!

User - posted on 01/04/2010

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as others have said, compared with the pain of the contractions, you hardly notice it!! they numbed my back with cold antiseptic spray first, the it just felt like a mild pinch as the needle went in. Took about 20 mins to fully kick in, so I lay on my side in a vague attempt to stop the pain, which meant that when it was working I felt like somone was squeezing my upper thigh on the side I wasn't laying on everytime I had a contraction! the actual fluid going in was quite a nice feeling, like if you get out of the shower on a hot day and get a gentle breeze going up your back :D I had a top up at about 8 cm, then gave birth naturally with no help about 10 minutes later! pretty much straight away I was able to go and have a bath too...I actually swear by it now lol

Angie - posted on 01/02/2010

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it does sting a lil bit going in but it honestly it will help with ur contractions

Brigid Rose - posted on 12/31/2009

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I strongly suggest avoiding the epi if you can. a lot of people will try to scare you and tell you that giving birth to your first is extremely painful, more so than with a second or third. I had my daughter 11/1, with NO pain meds, and it was not bad at all. i strongly suggest this to anyone who is on the edge about getting an epi. it is better for you and much better for baby.

Aprile - posted on 12/31/2009

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it doesnt hurt but maybe a split second its like a sting in your back, but it beats the contractions. you feel nothing at all, but the after math is worse. backpain backpain backpain!!

Christin - posted on 12/28/2009

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when i got ready to have an epidural they numbed my back so i didnt feel a thing, plus i was having a bad contractions when they were doing it soo i was focused on the contractions not the doc. && epidural.

Debbie - posted on 12/27/2009

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You only feel the numbing medicationneedle...like a bee sting then...aww blessed relief

Destiny - posted on 12/27/2009

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i didnt get numbed and they had to redo it. it was way worth it. you deff feel like metal in your back. wayyy better than contractions and birth

Kayla - posted on 12/26/2009

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to tell u the truth my epidural hurt worse than giving birth PLUS it didnt even work!!! it numbed 1 arm and 1 leg, i felt everything! they give it to u fast but it did hurt, every1 is differant tho, u mite just feel a little poke!

Casey - posted on 12/21/2009

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I didn't want an epidural but ended up getting it because I needed to sleep. It was a waste of my time because it didn't work at all!!! It stings and I felt it going down one of my legs,but if you make a wrong move you can become paralyzed that's why they say to be still. Getting the Epidural in the long run gives you back pain. My daughter is 14 months and depending on if I stand,or bend over for too long or sit in a bad position my backs starts to hurt. It can be a good thing for the moment but bad in the long run. I advice you try to go with out it of you can.

Racheal - posted on 12/11/2009

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i had one and it wasnt so bad. all i felt was alittle pinch when the needle went in and alittle burning from the medicine. i wouldnt worry about it to much. everyones different but i know mine wasnt to bad.

Ronda - posted on 12/11/2009

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I was dilated to 8 and in way too much pain by the time I got mine but they numb you up first, you don't even feel it. Its just a HUGE relief.

User - posted on 12/10/2009

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the epadural absulutely dose not hert at all they numb it first. Just stay still when they do it they should tell you that anyhow!
xx

Rose - posted on 12/08/2009

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no it didn't hurt at all ,but I had a reaction to the medicine, I started shaking throughout the whole csection, but wore off eventually, once they brought my son up to my room.

Tiffany Jill - posted on 12/07/2009

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sounds mad but i had relai bad bk probs b4 i was preg that got qworse durin preg but like the eopi was amazing and iver had less bk probs since havin him , guess its diff for dif people in sumways

Manuela - posted on 12/07/2009

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tell u the true they put my epidrual low down my back but i at it the last minutes when i was 8 1/2 cm open because i didnt feel not one bit of my contractions at all i was laughing and chill during my labor hours.. they tell u not to lay to the side and i did so all the med went down my left leg and for the rest of my life my leg and back will be brothering me because that what the doctor said to me..

Tiffany Jill - posted on 12/07/2009

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i made sure they kept topping it up and i reali dint feel a thing :] and i dint reali have any back pain after either

Maria - posted on 12/07/2009

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My epidural wore off very quickly felt the whole birth & still have backpains now. Left a huge bruise on my back aswell. I wouldnt have it againonly because after I could walk & couldnt move & after birth you bleed LOTS & obvously if you cant move some has 2 change you which is very degrading also my bed was alot lower than my babies cot so i couldnt pick her up as i couldnt move myself close enough to her.

BUT while you are having contractions you honestly dont take notice of any thing else

Holly - posted on 12/07/2009

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no like others have said yes you have to sit still threw a huge contraction but i got one with my son and i felt the needlle that frooze the spot but not the actual epidural and it was tthe best choice i made i was numb i felt good and even slept threw contractions untill it ws time to actually push him out so in my own opinion if you find the pain is getting too bad go for it you won't regret it

Elizabeth - posted on 12/06/2009

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I was terrified of getting an epidural but knew I couldn't go natural! They numb a small part of your back first, which is just a prick of a needle. When they actually put it in, I felt a pain- not too bad- go up my spine and then it just felt like pressure. But it is definitely worth it! If I were you, I wouldn't look at anything of the stuff they bring in when they do the epidural. It always freaks me out more when I see it.

Christina - posted on 12/06/2009

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they stick you with a needle first to numb the area then it goes in and its not painful, but you feel it. but you are kinda distracted when it happens

Stephanie - posted on 12/05/2009

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no i didnt think so, i was in heaven after i had gotten it cuz those contractions hurt really bad lol and while i was getting the epidural i was having a contraction which was the worst because you cant move so i had to bite down on my pillow. for me i got numbed from my waste down and had no problems but some people it doesnt work for them or only part of their bodt is numb.

Caitlin - posted on 11/19/2009

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i had really bad back labor so it was nothing compared to that. it numbs from the top of your stomach down. i didnt feel anything when i got mine and it kicked in right when i got it

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

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I didnt hurt for me hah but its diff ya kno but it took every pain away i loved it and will do it for all of my babys

April - posted on 11/18/2009

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It wasn't too bad, I think I Was focusing more on the pain of the contractions to be honest.
The epidural was a relief!

Lizzy - posted on 11/18/2009

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you can't i moved like crazy when ... i got mine your one side just goes more numb then the other and the epidrual can fall out ..... all the other things on the paper you sign is pretty much 1 in a million it will happen

Linda - posted on 11/18/2009

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WOW!!! I don't know at all... I'm still wondering if i should just go natural on the medicine or take the shot. I'm very afraid of needles and my biggest fear is what if i move can i get paralyze for life? I'm totally nervous and know exactly where you are coming from.

Lizzy - posted on 11/18/2009

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not at all all you really feel is a pokefrom when they freeze ur back ...you dont feel it going in .... like i said all i really felt was a pke

Meagan - posted on 11/18/2009

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iT DEPENDS ON UR TOLERANCE OF PAiN. iT HURT A LiL 4 ME BECAUSE THEY DiDN'T DO iT DURiNG A CONTRACTiON BUT iT'S LYKE A LiL PiNCH PRETTY MUCH. BUT NO PAiN COMPARES 2 THE PAiN OF CONTRACTiONS SO i WOULDN'T WORRY :)

Lisha - posted on 11/18/2009

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jus make sure the person givng it to you isn't old and if they are make sure they can see what the f**k they are doing... I was tortured when the guy tried ti give it to me... Then when a young doctor came in and ask if he wanted him to do it I wanted to scream and say yes!

Rebecca - posted on 11/18/2009

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It's really not that bad at all. The fear is way worse than the pain. But my epi kept wearing off and I never even noticed because I was so focused on my breathing...I honestly think that as long as you do your breathing exercises, the entire labour will be much easier no matter what you choose to take.

Danielle - posted on 11/18/2009

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the whole labour expereance is painfull but u get over it n when ur baby comes u forget about the pain it weird...i woz out of it with the gas and air but asked for the epidural i got it when i woz 5cm it took 45mins to give it u jus feel them putting it in no pain tho but u'l be suprisesd how much pain ur able to bare...when they finished giving me d epidural i woz fully dialated n his head woz coming.. if i could do it over i wouldnt of got d epidural and jus stayed taking the gas n air! its horrible after the epidural coz u have to lie flat on ur bed for 6hours solid n i had a soaring temperature n a migrane..but every woman is different..hope dat helps a bit('',)

Ellie - posted on 11/17/2009

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They numb around the injection site and on it. Honestly though hun, you are so focused on getting that baby out and in pain you don't really notice...

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