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Other pain medication for labour? Nancy Raymond 2 kids; Hamilton, Ontario 89 posts
5th Aug '12

I am 37 weeks and recently been thinking about the whole labour issue, when I had my daughter I had a epidural, it hurt like hell and I still felt the whole labour thing im sure because it was still really painful! I had the epidural twice because the first time the doctor tried, I flinched due to how painful it is, is it possible it wasn't done right? For me to still feel down there.



I'm not sure this is something I'm willing to do again..
Is there any other anesthetic besides the epidural to ease the pain of labour??



I'm terrified!

Jackie Burkhart ♡ 1 child; Wisconsin 7270 posts
5th Aug '12
Quoting Nancy Raymond:" I am 37 weeks and recently been thinking about the whole labour issue, when I had my daughter I had a ... [snip!] ... I'm willing to do again.. Is there any other anesthetic besides the epidural to ease the pain of labour?? I'm terrified!"


When I got my epi done, I could walk right after delivery..and I pretty much felt everything...



During contractions, before I could have an epi I was given something called, "Stadol" I'm not sure if it's spelled right, it's pronounced, "STAY-DOLL" but, it made me LOOOOOPY as shit. But, it helped. I could feel contractions but, I was soooo relaxed it didn't matter. That's the only medicine I was offered or anything besides an epi though.

Crystal Mom of 4 4 kids; New York 6309 posts
5th Aug '12

I had IV medication for one of my births and it was awful. It helped me sleep which is why I wanted it. I was out of it when it was time to push though. I was scared because I was so tired. And it did nothing for the pain besides making me loopy. My other three births were all natural and I loved them.

Feb Baby 4 20 kids; Oklahoma 158 posts
5th Aug '12

There are plenty of other medications that can help with the pain. Talk with your doc about the options that you have and let them know you want to avoid an epi if possible. I had the lowest possible dose of Stadol with all three of my children and it was enough to dull the pain of the contractions. I hope this helps and good luck!

Roe23 2 kids; Ottawa, Ontario 4199 posts
5th Aug '12

There are a few, though I didn't research them much. Some of my friends have had gas and air.



I didn't have pain medication at all during my labours, but I did a lot of things that really helped me.



1. Hired a doula (it might not be too late if you want one). This was the best thing I could have done to help me through labour.
2. I didn't lie in bed (contractions, even early labour contractions, were painful in bed.
3. I used water (a bath at the hospital) during the end of labour. It was amazing!
4. I vocalized and moved through the contractions.



Best of luck to you. I hope you find something that helps!

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5680 posts
5th Aug '12

I had Nubain, an IV medication. It made me super high, and i got the munchies. I was eating in between contractions because i was sooo hungry. It did not help with the pain but it kind of took my mind off them in between.

Alice.S. 1 child; North Port, Florida 28 posts
5th Aug '12

There are a few medications they will give you if you nix the epidural. They'll give them to you through an iv. They make you feel high, loopy, and happy. But once those contractions start, they are useless. That was my experience anyway.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49151 posts
5th Aug '12

i had morphine with DS it really didnt help much



I had nubain with DD and it helped but would only last about an hr and they didnt want to OD me.

Crystal Mom of 4 4 kids; New York 6309 posts
5th Aug '12
Quoting Roe23:" There are a few, though I didn't research them much. Some of my friends have had gas and air. I didn't ... [snip!] ... It was amazing! 4. I vocalized and moved through the contractions. Best of luck to you. I hope you find something that helps!"


Laboring in the tub is the best pain management I've had.

A, E & W's mommy 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Bulgaria 16502 posts
5th Aug '12

Personally I wouldn't do it again but yes there are other meds out there for pain, demerol, morphine, fentenyl. The reason I wouldn't do it again is that my labours wents faster than the drugs half life in my system and as a result my dd was born without a heartbeat from a narcotics overdose from the drug I was given for pain. The got her back pretty easily but I'll still never have a narcotic in labour again....no one even told me that that would be a risk. I agree with the other poster though, water and a doula would be excellent options.

Nancy Raymond 2 kids; Hamilton, Ontario 89 posts
5th Aug '12

Thanks girls, your stories and info are very helpful!



With all that I have heard, I'm not sure that the way to go is to be completely drugged up. I do know that I obviously want to be present in state of mind to know what's happening.



Im scared my baby might come out all drugged up and thats not good!



It's just that fact of that needle... It terrifies me!
I'm not sure what was more painful, giving birth or taking that epi shot in the spine!



Like I said before though, I did flinch the first time.. It needed to be done again, I'm sure that made it worse!