3rd Trimester

Pushing...

How long did you push for? I've heard/read women say they pushed for a few min. and others over an hour.

Does it make a difference how long you push if you have an epidural or not?

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  • mel1987mel1987
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    In my personal experience, I have had two children, no epidurals, and pushing took less than 5 minutes for each delivery.
  • With DD, I had no epidural, and pushed for an hour, but DD was posterior, so that wasn't going to be fast at any rate. It didn't seem excessively long, as I was focused on what was happening. I don't recall feeling particularly exhausted or in pain.
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  • image SarahinMD:
    With DD, I had no epidural, and pushed for an hour, but DD was posterior, so that wasn't going to be fast at any rate. It didn't seem excessively long, as I was focused on what was happening. I don't recall feeling particularly exhausted or in pain.

     

    I am still debating between epidural vs. natural. I would LOVE to go natural. Did you have a good experience?

  • With DS I got Nubain and although my time frame is fuzzy I think I pushed for about 2 hours.  With DD I showed up at the hospital and had her 40 minutes later.  I didn't get any medication and think I pushed 10-15 minutes.  She was 1/2 a pound smaller but DS was still just 7 lbs.  Not sure if her smaller size made any difference.

  • I had an epidural with DS1 and pushed for maybe 30 minutes?  It felt like about 10-15 for me but my mom said it was more than that (she was in there).  I know I didn't push through too many contractions.  They say that you can push more efficiently when you don't have an epidural because you can feel what/where you're pushing to push better.  I could only semi-feel anything (my OB didn't have my epidural turned off during pushing) and I feel like I was able to push pretty well.

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  • With my first I pushed for 1.5 hours. I had an epidural, but it did not work that low. I couldn't really feel contraction pain ? I could feel the tightening, but not the pain ? but I could feel everything below my hips.

    With my second I pushed for about 10 minutes. I had an epidural that I got at 10cm (didn't know I was complete) so it was working great and I couldn't feel ANYTHING. 

    I think there are a lot of variables that go into pushing time. Baby's exact position, your anatomy, whether it's your first or not, the level of pain you're experiencing, figuring out the "right" way to push, etc. 

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  • No epidural; over an hour. But I was a chicken and wasn't trying very hard until they threatened me with an episiotomy. ;D

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  • Three kids, three epidurals. DD1 was 45 min, DD2 was the shorter, but she was facing up and had the cord wrapped, so with the chaos, I don't really know how long it took. DS was 10-15 minutes maybe.

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    How long did you push for? I've heard/read women say they pushed for a few min. and others over an hour.

    Does it make a difference how long you push if you have an epidural or not?

    with DD I pushed for an hour. I had a med free birth (no epidural).  

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  • I had an epidural with both my kids. I pushed with DS1 for over an hour. Pushed only 4 times with DS2.

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  • ceechieceechie
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    There really is no telling. I couldn't get my dd1 out and pushed for almost 3 hours. But my ds2 came within half an hour. And he was huge! I've heard if your taller and thinner it tends to be easier. I'm 5 foot 6 and about 135. So I guess I hit the average?
  • Used an epidural both times...

    DS- was 45 minutes (tore pretty bad)... 7lb 7oz

    DD- was 15 minutes (no tears at all)... 7lb 11 oz

    There doesnt seem to be any way to tell.

  • I had an epidural, but they shut it off for pushing.  I pushed for 2 1/2 hours and eventually needed the assistance of a "vacuum" because his head was so big.  It definitely did NOT seem like 2 1/2 hours, it seemed more like a hour, it's just such a surreal experience, it goes by pretty quickly.
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  • No meds and pushed for 30 minutes.

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  • About two hours. Epidural didnt work
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    image SarahinMD:
    With DD, I had no epidural, and pushed for an hour, but DD was posterior, so that wasn't going to be fast at any rate. It didn't seem excessively long, as I was focused on what was happening. I don't recall feeling particularly exhausted or in pain.

     

    I am still debating between epidural vs. natural. I would LOVE to go natural. Did you have a good experience?

    I had an AWESOME experience with a natural childbirth (in a hospital, no birth centers around here). I do think it takes a lot of preparation and education--think of it like preparing to run a marathon: sure, some could just do it on their own, but you're way more likely to be successful if you learn about how to train, what to do, and really talk with people who have done it before. We used the Bradley Method (read books, didn't do classes) and my husband was a great coach. Rather than being a very medical experience, it was a great bonding experience for us. After the birth, I had to receive an IV for BP that got high right at the end (had to do with me being lazy and gaining more weight in 3rd Tri than I should have) but otherwise it was just amazing.

    Everyone is different, and everyone's support system and personality is different, but personally, I felt strongly that this was the decision best for me, my baby and family. Everyone weighs different things though. The Natural Birth board is a great place to learn more about people's experience, and I'd be happy to share more about mine if you're interested. Good luck! 

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  • Epidurals can make some moms push longer, however the average push time for FTMs is 1-2 hours.
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  • JaimeCHJaimeCH
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    My experience: had an epidural (but could still feel the need to push), and pushed for 45 minutes. 
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  • Pushed for 3 hours with epi, but it was turned down so I could feel everything. My son was posterior so I was in a lot of pain and it took forever. I wish I would have opted for a c-section because I still feel pain down there 4 months later, but every delivery is different. 
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  • Epi for both - ds pushed for 3 hours, dd 20 min.  You really can't tell...
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    I pushed for about 20-25 minutes.

    My labor was 26 hours (I was induced, though). 

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  • 3 children.

    1st, epi, pushed 17 mins

    2nd, epi, 12 mins

    3rd, med free, less than 5 minutes 

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  • I pushed for 2 hrs. I did have an epidural. It may have been faster if I hadn't gotten one, who knows...but I'm really glad I did because it was just so much calmer than it would have been if I hadn't.
  • Close to 3 hours. I had an epi and while I felt a ton I do think that had a lot to do with it. DD was also sunny side up, which didn't help matters. 

    It also DEFINITELY slowed my labor. I checked into the hospital at 4cm and 2 hours later was at 8, which was when I got the epi. DD didn't arrive for another 6 hours. 

    I'm hoping to avoid that nonsense this time around.  

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  • Had a botched epidural, pushed for over 2 hours, DS still wouldn't descend, so I had a c-section.
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  • 3 hours and ended in a cesarean.

    I did have an epidural but it wasn't place correctly so I ended in a general anesthesia cesarean.

    I have known women without an epidural push for an hour while others push for 2 seconds and vice versa. 

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    It also DEFINITELY slowed my labor.

    Agree with this. I ended up needing low doses of pitocin to stabilize my contractions because the epidural made the inconsistent.

    I personally am all for removing all medical intervention you possibly can now but my experience has brought me to that place.

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  • I went natural and pushed for three hours.
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  • I did not have an epi, pushed for 3 hours. I believe my situation was mostly about simply not knowing what I was doing.
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