I've heard varying reports, from very little pain, to "feels like a bee sting" to excrutiating pain. I am trying to make a decision on the birth, and have pretty much decided to go with the pain relief because I want to be able to enjoy the experience a little more, but wanted to get the opinions of you guys who have/haven't had one. Any info you could give me, I'd appreciate.
I have heard things like that. I've decided to go with it because I have SO many friends who swore they were going med-free only to be begging for some relief once they were in in active labor. It's kind of funny. My doc told me that they had actually done a pain study that concluded that labor was more painful than breaking your femur, the big bone in your thigh, the biggest bone in you body, right in two. I think it would be barbaric to be expected to pant and breathe through a broken femur, so why should I have to in labor if it's not necessary?
If you're in labor, the epidural pain is nothing!! I think the people who it hurt are the ones who go in for C-section, and they're in no pain when they receive the epidural. I had 2 kids and once I hit 5cm with both I was ready for the epidural. It made both labors a lot faster. Just don't let them turn it up too high, or else it makes pushing very difficult.
I had two with nothing! With my first, it was either too soon or too late! With my second, she was born in a Turkish hospital and anesthesiologists were exorbitant, so we didn't have one. Yikes! Hurts! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">
Okay, maybe I'm inexperienced and naive and will be begging for an epidural when I'm having my baby (I'll let you know), but everything I've read has pointed to the fact that intervention begets more intervention. Epidurals lead to strict monitoring of baby, which can lead to medical staff misinterpreting problems with baby, which can lead to c-section and on and on. I'm not trying to start a debate, as I've never experienced childbirth, but just wondering if anyone else knows anything abou this.
kmc, I have read things like that. I really have alot of faith in my OB, and I think that we have the same philosophy on child birth. I've heard alot of the problems you are talking about stem from induction, taking IV pain meds when it;s too early for the epidural, and women who take the epidural too early, have to get it turned up, and it makes labor stall. I really hope to be walking until 5 cm or so (or until I can't take the pain anymore) so the epidural can be given at a good time for labor. I really don't have a problem with constant fetal monitoring. My doc says he doesn't do C sections unless the baby is clearly in distress (lots of meconium or steady, rapid heartbeat drop.) I'm lucky enough to have a doctor who is new to the area with a smaller practices so I get lots of time and lots of questions answered. He is also young and more laid back that alot of OB's. He believes that babies have had a way of being born vaginally since the beginning of time and that in many cases induction, cesarians, and episiotomies are unnecessasary.
Sounds like you have a great doctor. It's so confusing to weed through all of the information. My sister is a bit militant when it comes to natural childbirth. Her first experience was negative, so she had her second at home with a midwife. So I have to listen to some really extreme opinions on intervention. But I really think that everyone has a right to choose what's best for them.
I think if you can handle the pain go natural! They have all sorts of new epidural options. The walking epidural let's you be up and about while not having the pain. Be prepared to go natural, but don't be afraid of the epidural, it might just be what YOU need to enjoy YOUR birth expirence. Every woman is different.
Hey again- I had the epidural at 4 cm for my first baby 6 weeks ago... it was an EXCELLENT labor experience for me. I knew when I was having contrax at 4 cm that I was ready for pain relief... more power to the women who can go longer than that! I think I could have gone longer, but I saw no reason to- I had lots of happy family members with me and I wanted to enjoy their company. That being said, I did have a stall in my labor after the epidural for about 2 hours- but at that time my entire family (and myself) were ready for a break and a nap... They gave me Pitocin and only a small amount of it picked the contrax up- no further intervention was necessary and I had my baby boy naturally with only one minor tear at 8 lbs. 4 oz. I can tell you for sure I will have another epidural the next time around. Everyone's experience is different though! Make the one that's best for you. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
Oh and as far as the feeling of it- it feels like nothing b/c you are wanting it so much... just don't look at what's going on in a mirror- my mom said it looked scary but I never asked what it looked like b/c I was so happy with the effect it had!
I had a planned c sec with d and my god,When they told me to hunch over lets just say I had nasty words come from my mouth.Then they gave me morphine as it went in and I thought I was going to faint!LOL.Within seconds I couldn't feel my legs.I could feel the tugging pressure during the c sec,but I was numb all day.I could swear though,that when you discuss the drug thing with doc pre birth,that you have to tell them what you want at the delivery.If you say no drugs they write it in the chart,and when you say you want it they can't give it to you,because technically your not thinking clearly when in labor.And pre labor i think its an order you gave for your birth plan?Anybody know this?