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I'm planning to not get an epidural. Just my preference though. I want to be able to walk around and move around before, during, and after labor. I've also heard too many horror stories of them just not working and then I feel like I would just get so frustrated.
Also I may be more scared of needles than child birth :P
I had an epidural with DS1. I considered going natural with these babies (doing the Bradley Method) but I'm leaning towards doing the epi again.
There's no right or wrong, whatever gets baby here safe is the goal.
I plan on going unmedicated. Having a needle in my back freaks me out, I don't like the idea of not being able to move my legs, and I think I'll like the feeling of accomplishment from having a baby without medication!
I am going to keep an open mind though. I know of two women who are very crunchy granola, anti-medication types and they opted to have epidurals because their labors were really long and they needed a rest after hours of not progressing.
I've been thinking about this a lot. I'm very torn. Here's my plan, for now:
Take lamaze classes.
When contractions start/water breaks, go to hospital. I'm GBS positive, so I don't have much choice.
Just see how it goes. If I can handle the pain, I'll stick with it. If not, I'll opt for the epidural. There's no reason to decide now, is my opinion.
I got an epi with DS1 and DS2 going again for this pregnancy also probably :) My epi didn't work the first time and I was too scared to speak up as a first timer-second time it worked perfectly but I still felt when I needed to push (I woke up from sleep, screaming" "it's time to push!") and I was exactly 10 cm and ready LOL! and I was laughing and well rested while pushing, So it was a great experience for me. Just what works for me, if I can go without one I will this time around if I can't I'll ask for one.
I like to think I have a pretty good pain tolerance so I will see how it goes. I am definatly keeping an open mind, and it helps alot that my dh just wants me to do what ever I feel is necessary! I plan to stay at home as long as possiable but when the time comes we will see how it all goes :)
3rd time Mama here to share my epidural experience. I got an epidural with my 1st, but it didn't work. Only numbed one leg so I felt everything, plus they upped the meds so much to see if they could get the epidural to work that it made me super shakey and nauseated. All around horrible experience.
With my 2nd, I was laboring for 11 hours all natural- fast, hard contractions - but my cervix just wasn't dialating! I was stuck at 3 centimeters for 8 excruciating hours. I finally couldn't stand the pain any longer and got an epidural. It worked like MAGIC. I felt nothing until 1 1/2 hours later when I felt the urge to push. Nurse checked, and I was at 10 cm and ready to push! The Dr told me sometimes epidurals speed things up, like in my case.
All of that to say, my advice is to take things as they come, be flexible, and just be open to readjusting your birth plan as things go along. You just can't predict the way things are going to go. This time around, I would like to go all natural, but I am going to keep the option of an epidural open (especially since it was such an amazing relief with #2).
srhouse26:I'm planning to not get an epidural. Just my preference though. I want to be able to walk around and move around before, during, and after labor. I've also heard too many horror stories of them just not working and then I feel like I would just get so frustrated.nbsp;Also I may be more scared of needles than child birth :Pnbsp;[/quote
This is me. I had my first 3 without an epi due to my fear of needles. Over it now, but I think unmedicated is best.
My goal was to go natural with DS1, but I wasn't 100% against epidurals because I wasn't sure how well I would handle the pain. My contractions were completely bearable until my water broke (naturally) and I went immediately into transition. Before I knew it I was allowed to push! I had in my birth plan that I wanted my water to break naturally, because I'd researched that it continues to protect baby during labor & helps Mama with the pain. DS1 was born naturally, and that will definitely be in my birth plan for DS2, too!
I had an awesome epi and plan to again if possible (if I progress so fast that there is no time, yay for a fast labor). I did have a "window" where it didn't take but for the most part I didn't feel the labor pains and when I pushed I felt a ton of pressure, could move around easily, readjust myself, etc. Pushing was not a problem and within an hour I walking myself, carrying my overnight bag, over to my post-partum room.
With my first I had an epidural and loved it. My water broke big time but I never started contracting so they had to induce me. I made it to 7 cm before I was like "Guess I should get the epidural because this is gonna get really painful pretty darn quick!" The whole process was a breeze and I was so glad I did it. I could still feel all the pressure without the actual pain. I was also glad I had one because during pushing my contractions were literally one on top of the other and I ended up pushing for 4 hours like that because he was turned ever so slightly so he wasn't fitting under my pubic bone properly. I was so glad I wasn't having pain on top of everything else.
I am planning on an epidural for this one as well. I don't think I need to have all the pain in order to feel like I truly experienced childbirth. To each their own.
I had an epidural with DS, but I was induced and the pitocin was kicking my a$$ I didn't even have 20 seconds between contractions. Even with the contractions so close and being induced I was still in labor for 22 hours. So I'm glad I got the epidural then. This time I won't let my dr induce unless medically necessary, so I'm hoping to go unmedicated. But we'll see how it goes.
Also, I didn't like how I couldn't move my legs after getting the epidural. I remember my leg slipping off the bed and my mom had to lift it back on the bed because I couldn't move it.
RiverSong82:I am planning to see how things go. If the pain isn't something I can deal with, I'll get the epidural.
This was my plan with my DS. Three days into the induction I gave up and got the epi. Next time I'm asking for it as soon as they admit me. It did jackshiit when I was pushing but was awesome for the contractions and I was annoyed that I put it off as long as I did. I could have slept!