Have any young moms NOT had an epidural?

Kelsea - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 183 moms have responded )

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I have scoliosis. So my spine is in an "S" cure from top to bottom. They told me when I was diagnosed in 5th grade that having a baby could be hard for me... and now they aren't sure I will be able to have an epidural due to the curve in my spine. They don't want to risk misplacing it... I'm 19 and having my first child.

Has anyone had their child(ren) without an epidural?
Or using another method that doesn't involve the spine?

If so, how bad was the pain? How long did the labor last?
and what do you recommend in my situation?

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Claire - posted on 05/31/2010

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I am 19, too, and my baby is 3 months old. I did not have an epidural, nor will I for any more kids I may have. Remember that every drug you have will affect your baby somehow. I went all natural and wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world. When it comes to something as special and primitive as birth, I feel that it should be felt. Now whenever I have a daunting task in front of me, knowing that I can give birth to my baby all by myself empowers me. Besides, how do you think women had babies before epidurals?

Ayla - posted on 05/27/2010

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I didnt have an epidural with my daughter, the pain was really bad but once you start pushing you cant feel it anymore it's the strangest thing. You'll do fine, just try not to worry about it! You'll forget the pain the next day!

BRANDIE NICHOLE - posted on 05/02/2013

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I HAVE HAD 5 KIDS. WITH MY FIRST 2 I DIDNT HAVE ANY MEDICATION. WITH MY LAST THREE I DID AND HONESTLY I WOULD RATHER HAVE NO MEDICATION

Tiffany - posted on 08/07/2011

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I also have a small case of scoliosis.

I did NOT have an epidural. I had my daughter at age 21 naturally.

The pain was bad. But really... your body knows exactly how to deal with it. It's a weird sensation, but its like your conscious brain shuts off, and an instinct takes over. There is no thinking, just doing. It's getting past that semi-painful part around 4-6 cm that's hardest. Your body is JUST going into the survival-labour thing, so you;re still thinking, conscious, nervous, feeling.... once you get past there, you go into a pain-helping trance.
It's a very powerful experience.

My labour began (first contractions) at 9pm (uncomfortable, but not unbearable), I was in active labour by 6am (4cm), 8cm by 10am and had her at 11:11am. My active labour was less than 5 hours.

It never even crossed my mind to have an epi while I was in labour actually. I did tell the midwife I was going to die LOL but never did I think "I want meds now".

I recommend you really take some time to look into the pros and cons of both... and with scoliosis (my mom has it quite badly so I know what you're going through to some degree) I would maybe look into water births... any of the other drugs to "help" dont do much but make you woozy according to my srveral mom freinds who have taken them.

Hope this helps?

Coleyboi_roxy - posted on 07/31/2011

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I didn't have an epidural and my labor was sore ( obviously ) but alot of people go through labor with no pain relief and survive :) i used gas a bit but it doesnt really take the pain away. Just tends to distract you a little bit. My labor was also only 4 and a half hours long :)

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Heather - posted on 05/07/2013

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I had my son when I was 18 and went through labor without any pain medication. The contractions were intense!! I was in labor for 13 hours!! Just go through without pain medication. I'm pretty sure you can do it :) The pain and emotions will all be worth it in the end, when you deliver your baby.

Lauren - posted on 04/18/2013

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I was 19 and 25 when I had my two sons...no epidural or any pain meds for either. I was induced as well, and I hear it's more painful with petocin, but I only have the one perspective so can't verify that.

Considering you've likely already had your baby, I'll just continue for those who are simply curious and reading this now. It's painful, especially once your water breaks. You just have to take one contraction at a time. If you can do it without, definitely go for it. If you reach a point where you don't think you can take it, then you can weigh your options. But take it one step at a time ... one thing for sure if that it's temporary, and you have an absolutely wonderful gift afterwards!

Lauren - posted on 04/18/2013

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I was 19 and 25 when I had my two sons...no epidural or any pain meds for either. I was induced as well, and I hear it's more painful with petocin, but I only have the one perspective so can't verify that.

Considering you've likely already had your baby, I'll just continue for those who are simply curious and reading this now. It's painful, especially once your water breaks. You just have to take one contraction at a time. If you can do it without, definitely go for it. If you reach a point where you don't think you can take it, then you can weigh your options. But take it one step at a time ... one thing for sure if that it's temporary, and you have an absolutely wonderful gift afterwards!

Tammy - posted on 04/15/2013

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I would so get a second or even third opinion from a specialist, if I were you.
I have scoliosis and though I had a c-section due to unrelated circumstances, I was told that had I had a normal delivery, an epidural would never had been a problem. I even remember asking my scoliosis doctor when I was diagnosed at 15, if I could have kids the normal way and he said there shouldn't be any problems related to my scoliosis.

Kassidi - posted on 04/15/2013

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I'm 18 and I didn't have any drugs or an epidural with my son. The pain was intense but just when you think you can't take it anymore, its over. And to me it was so worth it. He was premature and I think it was the best thing for him and I.

Good luck and stay strong!

Keri - posted on 12/22/2012

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i had my baby at 19 and i do have scolosis. i got pain during my pregnancy but i didtn have that much pain during labour, since getting pregnant i never never had another pain with my back again

Sally - posted on 12/22/2012

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I'm not young, but I've delivered both with and without and I say definitely do it without. Your delivery will go faster without it and you and the baby will BOTH recover from the birth faster. The complications are not as rare as hospitals like to tell you and some of them are very scary. Also, when you are on your back paralyzed form the waist down, the doctors will do what they want when they want without bothering to ask for your consent because what are you going to do about it.
That said, get yourself to a good childbirth class (not one run by the hospital--those are just to train you to follow their procedures) and learn natural coping techniques. Also, try to get a doula and if you can't make sure someone you trust to be there for you and only you takes the class too and is with you at all times during the delivery.
Childbirth is hard work and it does hurt. BUT if you know what you're getting into and have safe methods of dealing with it, it doesn't have to hurt very much. Most of the pain we're trained to expect comes from fear and lack of control.
Good luck

Kellie - posted on 12/14/2012

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I was only 20 when I gave birth to my first born and I did not have an epidural. She came out a whooping 9 lbs 3 oz. My labor with her was only 3 and a half hours. A year later I gave birth to my son without an epidural and labor with him was only 2 and a half hours. I never had to push very long with either of them either only about 5-6 times with my daughter and only once with my son. It does hurt pretty bad but is completely worth it. Plus I has pitocin induced contractions which I was told by my doctor hurt worse than regular contractions. I think if you just go in with the mindset that you can do it that everything will be ok. That is what always worked for me.

Shannon - posted on 08/08/2011

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I had my first baby at 17 and i did not have an epidural or any other form of pain relief. I found the pain awful and still think its the most painful and horrid thing ever but my labor lasted from 4:30 am till 5:14 pm.
if you cant have the epidural and it gets that bad for you there is options like the gas and a few other things so just ask your doctor or midwife :) goodluck you'll do great.

Carley - posted on 08/08/2011

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I have 1 child, a girl. I had no meds what-so-ever during delivery, no epi, no gas, no nothing. I was in labour for 18 hours, and honestly didn't find the pain all that bad. i went in with the mindset of " this will be the worst paint , ever, that i could experience, but my body is literally made specifically to do this, i can handle it & i will not need any meds,( unless they are ones to help the baby in case of an emergency, of course)". i expected the pain to be horrible & was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't nearly as bad as i expected. i expected the worst, and it paled in comparison to what i was expecting. i also hadn't been able to get into birthing classes (small-ish town compared to where i'm from & all the classes were full - which is just ridiculous. i also wasn't able to get a doula or midwife, which i had wanted because i wanted to do water birth since it's a more calm environment for a baby to be born too & it naturally reduces pain, they too were all booked).
but yeah, back on track. 18 hours of labour, pain wasn't even close to as bad as i had expected it to be (one of the perks of expecting it to be completely horrible pain i guess lol. and it wasn't the stereotypical mumbo-jumo moms go on about "the pain melts away when you see your baby", i really just didn't find it that bad -remember - your body is designed to do this!), and no meds at all. i couldn't have been happier that i declined all meds, i was very happy with my decision & sticking to my guns despite a nurse telling me she "felt bad for me, going into this without any medicine to help me"

Rachel - posted on 08/05/2011

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I have had two kids as well and both without an epidural. With my son I was in labor at home and got to the hospital when I was already 9 cms dilated so it didn't take long to have him and with my daughter I got to the hospital and was between 5-6 cms and it didn't long to have her either. With my son I would tense up when a contraction came along. Just breathe and try and relax through a contraction and with my daughter the pain was worse but she came out quick so it was bearable. I figure all the pain is worth it in the end when you are holding your baby in your arms!!!

Proud - posted on 08/05/2011

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I did not have pain meds of any kind. I won't lie it does hurt but I am so glad I did it without the meds.

Alyshaa - posted on 08/02/2011

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When my Fiance and I found out we were pregnant with our now 19 month old Daughter, we had agreed on a natural drug-free labor. My Mother did it for both myself and my Sister. Labor can last an hour or longer, each woman is different. My labor was seven hours long with two hours of pushing (I had a hard time getting the hang of pushing haha). I was 18 when we had our Daughter, and I would never go back and get drugs ESPECIALLY the epidural. I don't have the "balls" enough to stick something through my spine haha ! To me, being in labor with your child is such an amazing experience !! Choosing to do a drug-free labor could be the best thing you choose to do when you're in labor. The pain, all depends on how you handle pain. Every time I had a contraction I thought about my little girl :). I found it helped kind of get my mind off of it ! But all-in-all, the pain is definitely worth it once you deliver your bundle of joy ♥

Katie - posted on 08/01/2011

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I haven't had an epidural, it's known to slow down labor anyway so you should try to avoid it. I was in labor for four hours (just keep moving!) and only used gas and air, and I didn't use much of that either. Try and keep it as natural as possible and it'll go faster as you can move and you're with it and understanding what's going on. I've heard pethadine (not sure how its spelt) is good, so if you're really stuck for options choose that. I was 15 when I went into labor and managed just fine, good luck! :)

Megan - posted on 07/30/2011

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i had my first boy at 19 and had 2 more since all were no drug births however my labours are reasonable quick at 8hrs 4hs and 3.5hrs so that helped the pain i think is hardest to deal with at the point of crowning but that part is usually quick. it is a painful process birthing a child and also depends on your pain tolerance and complications of the birth if you are worried then speak to your doctor about pain management during birth, there are options other than a needle in the back gas is the most common pain relief used and if something goes wrong they can always do a c section under full antiseptic so as to be safer for you

Laura - posted on 07/29/2011

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I didn't have an epidural for either of my children (I gave birth to my daughter at 18, and my son at 19). I never wanted one, and so much didn't want one that I chose to have them both in a midwife led birthing centre which don't give epidurals. I had both mine on gas and air and using a birthing pool, getting out to deliver my daughter, but i delivered my son in the water.



My daughters labour was 7 1/2 hours. My son's labour was 4 1/2 hours. The pain is intense, but don't concentrate on it, concentrate on something else and focus yourself. If you start going down the 'i cant do it' route, you just fall to pieces. Look into your options. I LOVED the birthing pool personally, but it's not for everyone. And the gas and air really helped focus my attention.

Sabrina - posted on 07/27/2011

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I had my first when I was 18and I didnt have a epidural I had morphine n I wouldn't recommend it I dont rememeber anything and felt sick after ad don't remember like 2 days after either with my 2 nd I was 20 and I had nooooo medication at alll I loved it ya it hurt but it was worth it my next baby no drugs for me my first labour was 8 hours my 2 nd was 4 1/2 hours ye it hurts alot I walked as much a I could and just breathe thru it stress ball aswell the yoga ball helps too :) good luck it's the worst pain but it's amazing at the same time!!!

Shannon - posted on 07/27/2011

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i was 16 when i had my first i did not have an epidurul but it was the worse pain of my life, i was completely out of it from the didnt no what was going on! i really thought it would never end and there was no way out after 24hours of pain she finaly arrived and i realised all that pain was so worth it :) With my 2nd it was not at hard at all i had no epidurul once they broke my waters i was 7cm dialted and he was born within ten mintues so i only had like a 5hour labour!!!! THE PAIN IS WORTH IT!!

Katrina - posted on 07/18/2011

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With my son i had a 6hour labor and all i had was some gas for the last two hours. I was 18 at the time. I had my daughter at 26 with only gas but only had a 2 hour labor and plan on only having gas with my third who should be here in 6 weeks. Good luck.

Chantelle - posted on 05/31/2010

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i was 17 and was in labour for 7hrs it hurt the worst part was the contractions i had no epidural and the one thing that helped me alot was sitting in the shower room with the shower head of hot/warm water spraying on my lower stomach and back and the nurse massaging my lower back while i was on my side on the hospital bed hope this helps it helped me alot maybe look into women who have had there baby in a water bath ??

Chantelle - posted on 05/31/2010

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i am also 19 years old and had my 7 month old son ethan when i was 18 i had a 73hour labor 30 hours after my waters broke i had gas but that only made me feel light headed then 30 mins before my son was born they had to give me pethadine which didn't kick in because the dose wasn't high enough until after my son was born the pain is bad but mainly uncomfortable you get worn out and tired and that is why the pain is so bad i can tell you that the pain of labor is is nothing in comparison to holding that baby it's such a relief having that baby out of you and in your arms the pain just dissapares i didn't have to have my son naturally but i did and i am going to again with my new little one on the way i also tore 14 time 6 in and 8 out 2 degree tares and 14 stiches in and 20 stiches out don't worry though just remember that your not the only one who has to have a natural labor that you great grand mother couldn't because it wasn't avaliable then like it is now

Victoria - posted on 05/30/2010

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I have scoliosis too. It really depends on how bad urs is. I think once u get to 30% of a curve, it gets dangerous. Mine was less than that. I went completely natural with my first daughter. I loved it! I healed so much faster, I didn't ahve issues. With my second, I decided to get an epidural just cuz the stitches are the worst part. I wish I hadn't. Looking back, it was the worst part. I still have issues. Like, I can feel where it was wen I bend over and things like that. It took me forever to heal. I was stiff and sore for awhile. I say try your hardest to go natural. If you feel like you need the epidural, don't hesitate to take it. You know your own body.

Linh - posted on 05/27/2010

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i gave birth at the age of 16. two moths before my 17th birthday. i had no drugs/pain relief at all. i started contractions at 7pm, they broke my waters and i gave birth at 3.56am. i had two tiny stitches on the inside and my little girl was 8lbs1oz. giving birth is tiring and painful but all very worth it in the end. we are now celebrating my little girls third birthday next month :)

Patrice - posted on 05/27/2010

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im 19 and have two kids with my first i was in labor for about22hrs and had an epidural and with my youngest i didnt have anything at all, the labor was only 2hours long and by the time i got to the hospital he was coming. it was intense but im glad i had the experience of natural childbirth..good luck and i will all be worth it when u get to hold ur baby.

Lindsey - posted on 05/27/2010

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i didnt have an epidural the pain...it hurt but wasn't unbearable i just breathed through it labor wasn't long for me either so i got lucky there it was only a few hours 1 hour with the my first (in the hospital) and 3 hours with my second in the hospital...it hurt but i never wanted the epidural anyways

Leonie - posted on 05/27/2010

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Hi - my labour was 17 and half hours long, i had no pain relife at alll.it was painful but i got through it fine and will do it again. i got in the birthing pool (but didnt give birth in it) that helped ease a little pain. getting on the gym ball while having contractions helped bring her down and i gave birth on a birthing stool, having got in every position possible throughout i found that the most comfy and easiest position for me. good luck :)

Bekka - posted on 05/23/2010

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i had pethadine and gas and felt no pain at all. i had a reletively quick labour though. good luck

Shae - posted on 05/21/2010

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You dont need an epidural hun! Just squeeze bub out! I didnt have any pain relief, not even panadol.. I am 17 and while it was happening, it was the worst pain ever and looking back now, it was still the worst pain ever but it is doable and not so bad.
You will be absolutely fine.. just persist and push her out.. and if you cant push her out, they can probably vaccum her out, seeing as you cant have a ceaser because you need an epi for that.. so yeah :)

Andrea - posted on 05/13/2010

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Well kelsea, i had my baby at 16 i did not have an epidural i had a pretty quick labor little pain i went into the hospital water not broke and was already to 9cm so an epidural was not an option but i do remmber them telling me that it would have been possible to put something in my ivy after i had deliverd they told me this, my labor was not to bad but in your case i would ask them for all the options and then see whats best for you.
Andrea

Kylie - posted on 05/13/2010

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I didnt have an epidural, actually only one shot of pain meds two hours before i had her, so meds were out of my system by the time i had her. I had such a rush that i didnt notice pain, and i ripped from top to bottom. Best of Luck!

Katelyn - posted on 05/13/2010

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if you are really bad with pain and concerned about how much it will hurt, talk to your medical professional about the different opiates - such as demerol or nubain- that are available in your area for labour pain relief. getting them early on can really alleviate the pain of labouring tho it doesnt do much for the delivery. i had them with my first child due to a bad reaction to the gel used for inducing labour i wasnt even in labour yet when they gave it to me and i slept for 3 hours n woke up 9 1/2 cm dialated! they REALLY relax you lol:) but make sure if you get them that you get them early on or they dont work at all!

Rebecca - posted on 05/13/2010

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i had my daughter with out any medications but that was due tot he fact my hospital sent me home and she was born on my bedooor at 3 am but the pain only was felt when i had a contraction other then that the pushing was really easy my labour for both my sonand daught lasted 2 hours each

Keri - posted on 05/13/2010

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I HAVE SAME PROBLEM AS U AN I GOT NO EPIURAL WEN D PAIN STARTED I DID A LOT OF STANDING UP. I HAD 9 HOURS OF PAIN BUT IT FELT NORMAL AS D BACK PAIN , UP TO NOW I HAVE NEVER HAD ANOTHER BACK PAIN

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2010

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I had my first at 17 not drugs at all my second at 20 again no drugs. i won't lie the pain was horrible and i had no control. my first labor was just over 24 hours and my second was 36 (do to me not telling anyone i was in labor yet) lots of support and love help emotionally but phyically sucked. just keep breathing and remember why your going thru the pain its worth it in the end

Kayla - posted on 05/10/2010

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I've had 3 children and no pain medication with any of them. My first was at 17, he was quick only an hour at the hospital. My second was at 18, he was a little longer at 4 hours. The last was the longest and most painful, he was 7 hours. I did not have a hard time with any of them really, I was very lucky. I was able to talk through contractions through all 3 labors until the last half hour of my 3rd pregnancy. The only good thing I have heard about the epidural is it relaxes you and you are less likely rip. I ended up having stadol AFTER the first and third birth because I was not bleeding like I should, I had a blood clot. (I do not know why stadol helped but I remember getting the shot in the leg and asking what it was for). Good luck, everyone is different but the main thing is to relax!

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2010

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the gas workd wonders and also hot showers i didnt hav anything else with my bubba yoll be fine good luck :)

Terri - posted on 05/10/2010

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I have had 9 children. My first when I was 16. I have never had an epidural or any other pain medications in child birth. I love the saying-" We have a secret in our culture and it is not that childbirth is painful it 's that women are strong."
Good luck and enjoy your new baby.

Alexa - posted on 05/10/2010

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I was induced and had the epidural but it was placed at a wrong angle therefore it did nothing but make my right foot feel like it was asleep. So I ended up going all natural. I never thought I could have done it but I am so happy I did now. I got the whole experience and to be honest once you see that baby you forget how much pain you were really in because you no longer have a care in the world for yourself you just are focused on that little miracle! Just breath and find a focal point are the two best things you can do. Oh and don't get worked up about anything it just makes it worse!

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im 19 and have scoliosis also all my docotors told me the same thing about the epidural, so I went through my labor naturally. It really was not as bad as everyone had told me it was going to be, it was easy.. and the epidural only numbs the contractions it does nothing for the pushing part...the contractions feel worse. If you can get through the contractions with no drugs only your breathing then you can pretty much do anything!

Rose - posted on 05/10/2010

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i was 19 when i had my son (only 20 now) and i DID have the epidural, but it only worked for 2 hours, then i felt ALL the pain again, no matter what kind of drugs they gave me, it did nothing for me! they said i was immune to a lot of it. So i gave natural, felt all the pain, plus the stitches, and my baby was about 10lbs! The labor was painful, it was all in my lower back. I was in labor for 16 hours. You could do it all natural, i would definitely recommend the epidural but in your situation, just ask the doctor your options of meds, cuz one i had was just in the IV.

Jaclyn - posted on 05/09/2010

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omg. i just read this and i swear i thought it was me speaking. i have scoliosis. my doctor had told me i was going to probably have to have it done 2 times in order for it to work. however in labor i had this bitch doctor that was on call and she refused to do it a second time. so i had it without an epidural (since it didn't work and i could still walk around.) I won't lie. the pain is bad. all i can reccommend is having a good support person, back massages, something to take your mind off of it like tv or an ipod and focusing on your breathing. just keep reminding yourself it is SO worth it in the end.

Tiffany - posted on 05/09/2010

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i have had 2 children my first wen i was 16 and my second when i was 17 i only had gas and air with both of them with my first few contractions yes it was painful but for me it wasnt as bad as everyone told me my first labour was 10 hours and my second labour was 4 hours and i spent most of that at home. it was nice to have a natural labour and the midwifes were very helpful with bot. also with my first i was in the water pool that relaxed me and my son.

good luck and i hope this was helful x

Heather - posted on 05/08/2010

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I was 17 when I had my first, I was given medicine to start my labor and was in a lot of pain so I got the epidural... it did nothing for me but freeze my legs. So it was pretty much natural with her.. Then with son I didn't even bother getting one since the first failed. This one I won't bother getting one either. My labor hurt but it was so much better doing it natural I was able to get out of bed right after and that was so much better then needing someone helping me to the bathroom and what not!

Sharquille - posted on 05/03/2010

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Hi (: iwas 16 years old when ihad my son & yes iwent drug free, it was my first baby & ididnt see the whole point in drugs. our bodies are developed to be able to handle the pain of childbirth, ididnt have a text book labour, my contractions were muddled up but VERY long, they lasted for aslong as 20mins. if your serious about pain relief you could try pethidine or gas (: but my suggestion is to go drugfree, drugs just slow the process. GOODLUCK (:

Tessa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I recommend Bradley classes.

I WANTED an epi, drug free labor and birth. I "had" to have a c-section taht my doctor coerced me into, so I had to have an epi. Boo.

It hurts. It is very painful. But you can get through it.

Lisa - posted on 04/20/2010

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i had one with my first at 15 but wif my other 2 i didnt it is really painful but see once ur little bundle of joy is placed n ur arms u forget bout da pain

Lisa - posted on 04/19/2010

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i had my baby at 17 and honestly if i could do it over i wouldnt have the epidural becaause forf me it just took the contraction pains away and when i had to start pushin i couldnt push right and i couldnt feel where to push when they told me where and how to push its so much easier without it i think.

Cynthia - posted on 04/18/2010

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I was 15 when i had my daughter, i did not have an epidural, i was in labor for 49 hours total. I was totally fine, i started crying at the end because of frustration and i also had back labor. as long as you keep your eyes on the goal you'll be fine =) good luck

Ashleigh - posted on 04/18/2010

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I didnt have the epidural, honestly you could try gas but that didnt do anything at all except make me sleepy between contractions. My advice is just take the pain, if your lucky it wont b that bad. For me mine was bad because i didnt know what a stomach cramp was, (i know it sounds stupid but i havent had one not even during my periods)

so i didnt expect what kinda of pain it would be. So if you've ever had stomach cramps before thats exactly what it feels like but much more stronger. Trust me i thought it was hell during my long 28 hour labour but i forgot about everything when my lil man was in my arms. :' ) Awwww n you know what kinda makes you feel a lil bit better Pinching your boyfriend lol ( trust me it made me feel a lot better seeing someone other then me in pain lol) but dnt go too overboard caude when your in labour you turn in to the incredible hulk i swear i was so strong i didnt realise and i gave him bruises but he thought it was fair enough. :) well goodluck with having your new bubba take care future mama

Sheri - posted on 04/17/2010

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I did get an epidural but didn't get it till the last minute when I was in the 'transition stage' I believe it is called. But I did get morphine which did just as well as the epidural did.

My advice for labor pain; keep calm and just try and relax. It isn't going to be better if you are freaking out. Just do the proper breathing and tell yourself it will be okay. Some people have gone through labor without anything and they are fine now. But you wont know if you can handle it until the pain is truly there.

I would say look into different methods but try and go without pain medication as long as you can.

Good luck with everything!

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