I am looking for people to share their labor and delivery experiences that did not get an epidural. I am also looking for anyone that was induced and did not get an epidural. Either by your own choice or circumstances.
A few weeks ago I spent a week in the hospital after being diagnosed with a huge blood clot in my leg. It reaches from at least my groin to my knee and they expect it to take months before it goes away. They will not do surgery or put in a filter to prevent embolisms until after the baby is born.
Currently my treatment is twice daily injections of a blood thinner called Lovenox, compression hose, and modified bedrest. They will look at other options when the baby is born. The point here is that they recommend that I do not have an epidural or a spinal. Moreso they would like to induce me by 39 weeks because if I go into labor on my own they cannot control the blood thinners as easily. One doctor mentioned a c-section, mine says induction.
I am freaked out. For one I have been having random contractions and was already dilated to 1 cm at 30 weeks. Two, DS was born on his own (vaginal delivery with epi and no complications) at 38 weeks. I will already be 37 weeks when I see my OB next week. To me a c-section seems like the least risky option as far as a pulmonary embolism is concerned but I have not asked my OB yet. Which is why I am looking for personal experiences! Again I am especially looking for those that were induced and also those that had IV pain meds.
TIA, and sorry so long!