epidural

By C
@ShyBear88 (18113)
United States
February 1, 2012 1:43pm CST
Did you regret having and epidural in one or all of your pregnancy? Well when I was pregnant with my daughter I didn't want any hard pain killers so I never had and epidural I asked for one but then I had all that pressure to push so I skipped it then to just get it all over. I don't regret me choice of not having that type of pain reliever. With my second pregnancy now I think I'm probably going to go through labor again with out and epidural just because I handle it so well the last time I think I can do it again.
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@eneria04 (115)
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
I'm afraid I won't be able to survive giving birth without epidural. How can you cover up the pain? I'm amazed. :)
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@ShyBear88 (18113)
• United States
2 Feb 12
Birthing classes will teach you man ways. It wasn't that painful at all. The shaking since my core temp was dropping make it harder and a bit painful but it was some what tolerant. My husband talked me through it and I had a focus point to look at and just breath through the pain once your pushing the pain goes away.
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@eneria04 (115)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
I'll take that as an advise. :) Thanks ShyBear88! ;)
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@ShyBear88 (18113)
• United States
7 Feb 12
It might help or it might not. Everybody's body is made differently and for some its easier then others. Really when women say its like going to the bathroom it really is like going to the bathroom once you start pushing you feel enough especially if they do a little numbing down there you won't feel much of anything.
@cotruelove (1038)
• Denver, Colorado
2 Feb 12
When I had my children they didn't have epidural but what they called twilight sleep, and that is what they used with both of mine. What they had at the time in place of an epidural was a procedure that kept the mother flat on her back after birth for several days and was far more dangerous than epidurals are. My first child was a total breach birth and the second was 10 lbs. 7 oz. I know I came out of twilight sleep too rapidly after the second child and they were kneading my stomach, and I automatically slugged the nurse doing it. She was amazed I was awake and it is extremely painful for someone to knead your stomach. I consider that worse than the labor pains. When my daughter had her son, she had an epidural but she was in labor for 3 days and they needed for her to relax in order for the delivery not to damage her or the baby. I think it all depends on the difficulties of the birth and the mother. I know anesthesia during child birth in many cases is determined by the doctor and the doctor will require the mother give permission for him to do what he deems best at the time. I know I had to sign a permission paper for mine, or he wouldn't do the delivery and the hospital demanded it also. If they run into complications, that permission is essential to them. They considered both of my deliveries to be complicated, and I wasn't given the choice of natural child birth.
@ShyBear88 (18113)
• United States
3 Feb 12
I was given a choice for my daughter my doctor didn't want me to have a natural labor she wanted to do a c section since my daughter was going to be a preemie. We made a deal if my daughter could tolerate labor then I would go through naturally and I told her no epidural but I also had the option all the way through if I wanted it or not. I took the lighter stuff since it took like 16 hours to have her so I got a little cap naps before all the real labor started since they induced me with medications to get the labor going. So for this second pregnancy I'm hoping to have a natural labor again if I can. It'll depend on what me and doctor think is best for the baby at that time. With c sections you do have to sign forms so if they do need to put you under they can but normally by the time they get the baby out the baby hasn't been affected by it at all or just a tiny bit.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Feb 12
Some people handle pain differently. I would be one of those who would have to be knocked out, because my body does not tolerate any kind of pain. You must have a high pain tollerance to go through labor without any form of "hard" pain killer, but need I remind you... each pregnancy and labor is different from the last. Please consider this before being confident your body will handle natural child birth.
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@ShyBear88 (18113)
• United States
3 Feb 12
I know that each pregnancy and labor is different. I wasn't asking if my second labor was going to be the same as my first one. You never know what your body can handle some women think labor is really painful the first time and the second time its less and some times its more painful. My mom had 3 kids all with no pain. If women back in the day before pain killers where around I think I can do it more then one time. I know my body and I know what it can handle. You know what you can handle and you don't want to feel a thing. No matter what type of labor you have and delivery its all going to be painful. With a natural delivery you health quicker you can do all the things you did before you pregnant again unlike if you had a c section.
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@shylade (3137)
• Philippines
2 Feb 12
Hi shybear. I have gave birth through C-section but i have labored for and tried the normal delivery but failed to. The labor is that painful as others claim and my OB told be i can have the normal delivery without painkiller because my high pain tolerance. But sadly, even at 10 cm by little won't come out. He was situated in a position two high that even a great push can't pull him down. I wish I can have a normal delivery for my next baby. You are lucky you can have the normal delivery. good luck dear!
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• United States
23 Feb 12
I've had 2 epidurals and 1 spinal. I wanted to be a tough cookie too and try to make it w/o it. I think if my labors were short that would of made a difference for me but I was in labor for a very long time with my kids and it got to a point where it was just too much and dialation was such a slow process for my body.
@ShyBear88 (18113)
• United States
27 Feb 12
That happens some times. I was in labor for 16 hours. At 15 hours I requested an epidural but then I was 10cm by the time the my body was ready to get one. So I pretty much said heck with it I've made it this far it might be almost 3am but I can do it. What do you I did it. I at least for me was like going to the bathroom since once I started pushing I felt nothing thank fully. So hopefully with baby number two I can do it again with no epidural at all.
@sharay (2776)
• India
22 Feb 12
I am very much afraid of injections, compared to the epidural injection, i can withstand the pain of labor, i had 3 hours of labor pain and the delivery was normal, but it was only after the delivery i had some complications and had to be sent to the ICU and regained consciousness only 12 hours later
@ShyBear88 (18113)
• United States
22 Feb 12
Labor is never easy short or long complication happen a lot to a lot of women. I had my daughter 5 weeks early so there was risk for not being born healthy and stuff. But I felt she was going to be fine I knew she was fine at least in my heart I knew she was. She came out healthy as can be. I didn't have and epidural either. I was asking for it but then I was like 10cm so I could push and I was ready to go. I wasn't really in any pain but I was irritated after being in labor for 16 hours I was so freaking hungry all was thinking about was a burger and my body was shaking because I was cold from my core temp dropping getting ready to push a baby out.