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Old 01-16-2006, 05:50 PM   #1
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Being Overweight and The epadoral (I think thats how its spelled)?

Anyways I have heard being overweight can be a problem for the epadoral I have that it is hard for them to get it in your back when your overweight or even that it could not work at all. Is this true?

 
Old 01-17-2006, 05:50 AM   #2
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Re: Being Overweight and The epadoral (I think thats how its spelled)?

I was almost 100 pounds overweight (according to what your bmi is supposed to be but really I would say more like 50 pounds over) with ds and after 30 hours of induced labour I gave in to have an epidural. There were no problems getting it in and although it did slip for a bit and I had contractions on one side of my body this was not a complication of being overweight. I had absolutely no side effects from it and will have one again as a last resort....my first solution will be for me to avoid the induction!!!!
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Old 01-17-2006, 06:25 AM   #3
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Re: Being Overweight and The epadoral (I think thats how its spelled)?

I heard it too but after talking about it with my midwife and learning more about it in my birthing class it's just a myth! Unless you have alot (and I mean ALOT) of back fat, I don't think it will be a problem. I am overweight myself and was scared if I decided to get one they will not do it, but they can! Don't worry hun, if you have an concerns I'd talk to your dr, he/she may be able to clear your mind

 
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Re: Being Overweight and The epadoral (I think thats how its spelled)?

Hi -

As has been said, it can be a problem if the Momma has a lot of back fat, but there are positioning things that can help and there are longer needles if needed. Epidurals are wonderful, so hope all goes well.

Barbara

 
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Re: Being Overweight and The epadoral (I think thats how its spelled)?

I am overweight as well and for my first two children I chose the epidural and they worked like a charm. There was no problem getting them other than the contractions that were hitting at the same time. I have never heard that weight was an issue with the epideral only that the epideral can slow labor down or stop it. I ended up having c-sections with both but not from the ep. Just from their size.
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