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Anyone else kinda scared of an epidural?

I know millions of women have had epidurals and nothing bad happened but I am still worried about that small chance of side effects. Anyone else kinda scared of getting one?
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Re: Anyone else kinda scared of an epidural?

  • I had one with my first and it still is the most scary thing for me about Labor and Delivery, but I am not willing to feel the  pain of going natural Smile

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  • I was a little nervous when I went in to have my son but when the contractions got really bad after they broke my water I didn't even think of the side effects! It wasn't a big deal at all. The hard part was trying to sit still with intense contractions rolling through my body. I was induced and Pitocin is wicked! The only problem I had was after my right leg was numb for about 4 hours. I didn't want to get up much anyways. Its a quick pick in your back and it brings sooooooo much relief. :)
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  • the thought of that needle going into my back was enough to make me go natural with DS. I'll be doing the same--hopefully--with this one.
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  • I was terrified about the spinal when i went in for my c/s. they sat me up on the table, hunched over my shoulders, the nurse was holding my hands and they said ok your going to feel a little pinch (the freezing needle).. "ok that wasnt too bad, but here comes the scary part" i thought... in goes the needle and i literally said "that's it?? pfffffft" hahah the nurses laughed at me. didn't hurt at all.
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  • Once you are having intense labor pains you will do anything to take the pain away.  The epidural was my best friend with my first!!!  Don't be scared.
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  • Its one of the reasons I'm trying to go natural. 
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  • Ummm I'm more afraid of the pains of natural childbirth than an epidural!
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  • I was terrified of it and I swear it was nothing at all. DH watched it and he said it was pretty scary looking but I didn't feel anything. Like the PP said the worst part was having to remain still during contractions. I got to hold onto my nurse so she helped me through it.
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  • I am terrified of needles and that's why I'm scared to get one. But I heard that our contractions hurt worse than the needle. My mom and my friend didn't even realize they were getting the shot when they were bent over. They were so focused on the contractions. That's the only reason I'm scared of it. I'm trying not to think of the side effects Wink
  • I will tell you right now for me the epidural was nothing. Man I had to get it twice with DD#1 because they didn't get it in right the first time around. The worst pain for me was getting the IV. I hate needles and the IV hurt more than the epi times 100!
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  • The numbing stuff they spread on your back before the needle hurt more than the needle to me and I hate needles.  I agree that the IV was worse!
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  • I'm pretty nervous too.  My fear isn't from the side effects, but the thought of the needle in my back that gives me the willies.  I know millions of women have them everyday and they are fine.  I'm actually going to do Hypnobabies as a way of pain management and if that doesn't work I'm going to get the epidural if needed.
  • not really. I think at the time I'll be waiting for it! I am however scared that it won't work right.

  • After 63 days of daily intramuscular shots in my butt for IVF I am pretty broken in when it comes to shots.  The shots rarely hurt as much as you think they will.  I'm sure you'll do fine.
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  • I'm not really too scared of the epidural because I thank god it's in the back where I can't see the needle. BUT... I am SO scared of the IV.  I have neevr had one and even the sight of IVs in other people makes me woozy.  I didn't even realize I would need one until I was watching OBEM! I had a panic attack!
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  • I'm more afraid of the RING OF FIRE.  can't type that without caps.
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    i'm scared of just about everything to do with labor.  def. scared of side effects of an epidural even though, just like you said, millions of women get them and their babies are fine.  i'm going to try to go natural and if that fails, i'll get the epi. 
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  • I'm scared of the side effects but I'm also scared of getting sick while I'm in labor. I keep hearing that I won't get sick, but I'm not sure lol
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  • image samfish2bcrab:
    I'm more afraid of the RING OF FIRE.  can't type that without caps.

    I'm probably going to regret asking, but what is the ring of fire?

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    I am terrified of needles and that's why I'm scared to get one. But I heard that our contractions hurt worse than the needle. My mom and my friend didn't even realize they were getting the shot when they were bent over. They were so focused on the contractions. That's the only reason I'm scared of it. I'm trying not to think of the side effects Wink

    I am actually not scared of needles. Getting the actual epidural isn't what scares me. It's the rare horror stories I've heard of them not working right and women having bad side effects. It seems so scary.

  • I had an epidural with DD, but it is my understanding that the RING OF FIRE is th last area for the baby to break through before the head comes out.   veryone I know who's experienced the RING OF FIRE has expressed how horrifically and surprisingly painful it is.
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  • Yes!  I did not respond to this post to sound preachy so I hope it doesn't come across that way, but my fear of an epidural and possible side effects played a key role in my decision to go natural with ds and again with this pregnancy.  If it's really bothering you, I would encourage you to look into natural birthing techniques.  We had success with bradley method, but I know others who like hypnobabies.

    Good Luck! 

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  • I had bad side effects and will go natural this time. The thought of another epidural is FAR more terrifying than natural childbirth. 
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  • I was terrified of the whole process, but after having one last time, it was SO nothing to be afraid of. The worst pain of all of it was the numbing shot they give you BEFORE they even start putting the epi in. And that's just a normal shot, so if you can handle a normal shot, you will be fine. Once they numb your back with that shot, you don't feel a thing of the epi. Then it was sweet painlessness after that.....and I didn't get one side effect either. It was a godsend!

    An epi is on the top of my "what I want" list this time around!

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  • I was really worried about it until I read more about them.  I thought they just stuck this huge needle into your spine and you had to stay perfectly still or else you'd never move again!  But then I read about how they numb you a little before they put an UVish thing in.  That made me feel a ton better.  I was imagining something like a spine tap!  LOL
  • I personally have not heard of any negative side effects. If you stay very relaxed, still and calm, it is fairly painless. I don't even rememeber mine with DD.
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  • yep. going natural. not just because of that, but it certainly factors in.
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  • image fadushi:
    The worset part was trying to sit still with intense contractions rolling through my body. I was induced and Pitocin is wicked! 

    This exactly! 

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  • image samfish2bcrab:
    I'm more afraid of the RING OF FIRE.  can't type that without caps.

    That was out of control! DH usually is uncomfortable watching OBEM but even he was staring at the screen in horror, asking "What is wrong with that woman?"

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  • image samfish2bcrab:
    I had an epidural with DD, but it is my understanding that the RING OF FIRE is th last area for the baby to break through before the head comes out.   veryone I know who's experienced the RING OF FIRE has expressed how horrifically and surprisingly painful it is.

    I've had both an epi and natural child birth and I'd take the epi again any day.  The RING OF FIRE was the most painful part of natural child birth for me and if I never have to feel that kind of intense pain/burning/tearing/searing pain like you're being branded with a hot poker again I'll die a happy woman.

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