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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
not really. I think at the time I'll be waiting for it! I am however scared that it won't work right.
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?
wkfouts: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
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.
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.
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!
fadushi:The worset part was trying to sit still with intense contractions rolling through my body. I was induced and Pitocin is wicked!
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?"
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.
Kelly, Mom to Christopher Shannon 9.27.06, Catherine Quinn 2.24.09, Trey Barton lost on 12.28.09, Therese Barton lost on 6.10.10, Joseph Sullivan 7.23.11, and our latest, Victoria Maren 11.15.12
Secondary infertility success with IVF, then two losses, one at 14 weeks and one at 10 weeks, then success with IUI and then just pure, crazy luck. Expecting our fifth in May as the result of a FET.
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