Is anyone out there going to take pain medications? I know I am. We learned all about the different types in Lamaze class 2 weeks ago. Then i talked to my doctors and they all said the Intrathecial (SP?) was what they reccommended... so thats what my dh and i decided would be best for me... Studys show that if you are more relaxed during labor and are not under intence pain, that you are more likely to bond better with you baby.
*~Marie 28~*~DH 30~*Married 6-15-01
Girl, Dru LeeAnne, Born 09-22-06
when i had my dd i firstly had an injection of diamorphine which didnt affect me at all , then i was in so much pain i decieded to have an epidural, that was the best thing in the world,i felt no pain at all and was able to really enjoy the experience. although an epidural isnt without its risks, i would recommend it to anyone
Mia-Louise jan '04
Jacob april '07
I am 35 weeks and dh and I have decided to try to go as long as I can without any pain meds. We have said that if I need something for pain that I will try a shot or something like that. I plan on breastfeeding and had a class for that a while back and they showed a video of different senarios with pain meds or no pain meds and we would love to see our little girl "crawl" to the nipple right after being born (it is possible I saw it happen). If I have to have ANY pain meds she wont be able to do that because she will be too sleepy. We decided that if it really comes down to me not getting any relief with other methods I will go ahead and get an epi (would like to try with out).
Between 90 and 94% of women choose a pain medication these days. It is most beneficial to any healthy woman and baby to not choose any drug. Pain is part of the process and having drugs and synthetic hormones in your body doesn't allow you body to do it's job as it would without the medication. You are also not experiencing pain continuously throughout the labor process, you have breaks between the contractions to relax. I just wanted to put this OPTION out there as well!
Last edited by OrangeCouture; 07-31-2006 at 09:15 AM.
Pain is part of the process and having drugs and synthetic hormones in your body doesn't allow you body to do it's job as it would without the medication.
Could you explain Orange what you mean by this? I mean, your job is to get that baby out of you - meds or no meds.
The OP asked about medicine options for labor - (something I also need to think about.) We all know going without meds is an option - but the OP wanted advice on meds, not to be told she should think twice about using meds or that the pain isn't always, "that bad" during labor. We are all different.
hey guys i dditn have any pain medication and its not as bad as everyone says and i m bad with pain ...lol well i recomed (sp) go without it until u cant to it anymore by the time i wanted some i was already done........good luck to yall
The most important thing to remember is everyone is different. I had one friend who had an epi with her first and then a c-section after 35 hours of labor and swore she would not have any medical intervention with her second. She gave birth at home with a midwife -- but again, only after 37 hours of extremely intense, extremely painful labor -- and she was glad she did it. On the other hand, another friend swore she would get an epi first thing, but by the time she when to the hospital, she was too far along, and even though she gave birth within two hours, she complained for weeks about how she didn't get her epi. All a matter of personal preference.
Personally, I'll just have to see how I feel. The females in my family tend to have trouble giving birth, and if I'm in a lot of sustained pain, I'll probably have pain relief.
Even though I'm only 6 and a 1/2 weeks pregnant, I already know that I want an epidural. If there were a waiting list, I'd put myself on it now just to make sure!!
LOL! That was cute! Congrats on your pregnancy!
Yes, meds are one of those issues that are all personal decisions. Same thing when it comes to breastfeeding vs. bottlefeeding. We know the breast is best, but plenty of babies are bottlefed and are just as healthy.
Like some of the earlier posters, I am not opposed to meds and will do what I feel is necessary when I go into labor. If I can be strong and go without them, then more power to me. If I can't, then bring it on!!!!
With my first child(14 years ago) my water broke, and I wasn't even at 1cm! I had a long hard labor, no meds. With second, I waited till I was really contracing till I went to hospital, I was at 5cm, they gave me pitocin as a convience (doc was playing golf), and I was screaming for meds, but it was to late. The doc never made the delivery. This one I am considering an epidural. I have hard piggyback contractions.They go from front to back and front again. I am miserable. I would like to relax during this birth( thats a oxymoron-relax during labor). But we'll see, I will go as long as I can natural.
i have 2 boys, ages 4 and 1, and had an epidural with both. and would not have done it any other way. I had 2 wonderful birth experiences. With the first one i was laughing and talking about tatoo make-up, between contractions I don't like that groggy feeling, so did not want any IV medications. And luckily my doctor is a strong believer in them too. With my first son i got it at 2 cm. and with my second at 4cm. it did not slow down my labor and my husband and i had great experiences . And i bonded with my beautiful baby boys just like every other mother.
i'm sorry, i read that wrong. I agree with you i think no matter what you choose you will bond with your baby. Any way, i think birth wether it is med free or not is a beautiful thing. and like someone said it is up to you. I admire those who do it natural,but for me the wennie of all wennies i am thankful we have a choice.
I cant beleave no one is thinking about the intrathecial (SP?) it is sooo much safer than the epi or so my lamaze coach and doctors say... and the baby CAN go straight to the breast without being to tired... with the epi you cant walk and sometimes cant move at all... but with the intrathecial you can move about and have all your sences... just no pain... and like i said before... my doctors reccomend it, they say pain medication helps moms bond better with the babies rather than being so upset that their child caused them sooo much pain... and babies can sence when there moms are up tight and this sometimes makes breastfeeding harder becuase of the painful time you had getting them out... but if you are relaxed and in no pain, the baby sences comfort and so this is my few reasons for getting pain meds...
*~Marie 28~*~DH 30~*Married 6-15-01
Girl, Dru LeeAnne, Born 09-22-06
my doctors reccomend it, they say pain medication helps moms bond better with the babies rather than being so upset that their child caused them sooo much pain... and babies can sence when there moms are up tight and this sometimes makes breastfeeding harder becuase of the painful time you had getting them out... but if you are relaxed and in no pain, the baby sences comfort and so this is my few reasons for getting pain meds...
I can't believe a doctor would even say something like that. I don't know any mom, myself included, that has had natural birth and been upset that the child caused so much pain. As soon as that baby is out, the pain is gone. It's an instant relief. I totally disagree that the baby would "sense" the mother's discomfort after birth and be reluctant to nurse.
Although I believe that childbirth is a natural process, I have nothing against anyone who would opt for meds. If the reason you would take meds is because you think you might feel resentment or whatever towards the baby and have a hard time bonding, I would hope no new mother would be that petty.
Intrathecal is a mix of an anesthetic and narcotics. You have a much higher chance of the baby's heart rate dropping and also of having a sleepy baby at birth.
Last edited by sarawithnoH; 08-01-2006 at 09:06 AM.
i have never heard of intrathecal, or maybe just not heard it called that. But with an epidural, the medicine is going into your spine, so your baby does not get any of the medication, therefore is very alert at birth, or both of my boys were and nursed with in minutes. but with iv medicine that is in your blood stream, some does get to your baby, that is why they won't give it to you really late in labor, because the baby will be extremely groggy, and sometimes not remember to breathe.
i guess it depends on your pain tolerance. I did get an epidural with both of my children. First at 2 cm., i did not have to much pain before that it just felt like really really bad cramps. and with my second i was convinced that they we going to send me home even after they told me i could get my epidural that i waited until i was about a 4 or 5, and it was several hours of strong contraction. i know some people who can talk and walk through them, but not me. I would be in the middle of a sentence and just say "hold on" and then when it was over finish my sentence. I know it is doable with out pain meds, i just liked my epidural.
It's the pain for the week or weeks after that no one tells you about.
but it is true, you forget the pain, or not really forget forget, but what you have now is worth all the pain in the world. And you can get through it knowing at the end you will have a precious baby.
Manchak, the pain is different for everyone. Some people handle it better than others or have a better support team to help them through it. Typically, you won't have pain between the contractions.
An intrathecal also goes into the spine but you don't get a catheter like with an epi so once it wears off, you would have to get a new injection. The meds are different, too. A small amount of the narcotics do reach the baby even though it's not given by IV.