If you had one? I'm wondering if epidurals are a myth and a sham in our culture or if I just had a terrible one. After getting it, on the major plus I was able to sleep for a few hours which allowed me to dilate to a 7 from a 4 and get the ball rolling, and I had no pain in my belly and part of my back, but still felt everything from the hips down.
I felt every contraction from start to finish, felt everything while I was pushing, felt myself tearing, felt the local anesthetic for the repairs, and was basically screaming my head off the entire time. I have another friend who said she was also screaming through 7-10 cms with her epidural. So how common is this?
What sucks is my childbirth teacher had stated that if you have an epidural you'll be laughing and chatting through the whole labor, and I've always thought I'd be lucky to be able to move my legs and that it would take away the pain. I feel like that's what most people had told me.