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I hated it. It did nothing for the pain. It just made me so dopey that, when my folks came in to see me, I couldn't even interact with them. I was still in pain, just too drugged to care. Luckily for me it was worn off by the time DS was delivered, but ultimately, the nubain was the worst part of my deliver (other than the fact that my delivery was not at all what I had wanted). This time I have an absolute NO to nubain on my file. I would rather know that I was in pain, but still recognize my family.
drpayne:I've never heard anything good about it.
Me either, and this post is no different.
I'd rather just skip right to an epidural for pain management, if that's the route I wanted to take anyway.
Nubain is a narcotic. Yes, it can take the edge off of labor, but if it is given too close to birth it can make your baby drowsy and depress respirations.The worst part of labor pain-wise is typically transition, which is closer to the active phase (where baby gets pushed out). I think they would have to give Nubain earlier than this to keep the baby safe. Getting it earlier before the pain really kicks in seems like a waste to me.
For me, it seems like the epidural would be safer for baby than a narcotic and work a lot better. I have looked into a lot of different pain management strategies and have decided that if I need some pharmacological interventions, it will be an epidural.
They normally give it to you to take the edge off when you aren't yet ready for the epi. I have never heard of it in place of the epidural, but more for relaxation during labor.
When I had it for my 2nd, it felt great and really does work for that purpose only. The only thing I can compare it to....if you ever saw Look Who's Talking?....in the beginning where she gets drugs, and the baby's hand crosses his face and he sees like a trail of fingers...that's what it's like - you're loopy!
If you haven't ever seen the movie, that was totally lost on you, but hope that helped.