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1&1 We're Done! 2 kids; Nevada 10963 posts
28th Nov '12

I had the epidural with my first, ended up slowing down contractions and I needed pitocin, which sucked....
My second was completely drug free, and it was a little scary, I kind of reminded myself of exorcist, but as soon as I pushed him out the pain was immediately gone and I felt soo great and awake! I think personally there was a lot of pros and cons to both sides, so I would never tell someone else how to go about it :)

tonys_mama(army wife) 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15538 posts
28th Nov '12

With my second I had no choice. I was not allowed to have an epi because I had pre-e and HELLP. I would never ever give birth again without one. It was the worst experience of my life.

Amber Osero Due June 10 (girl); 1 child; Wausau, Wisconsin 2 posts
28th Nov '12

Have a water birth or at least stay in the water during labor. Thats what I did with my first and it was amazing. No pain until I got out but she was born 30 minutes later so it wasn't bad at all. This time will be a home water birth.

runningmom_rn 2 kids; Ontario 248 posts
28th Nov '12

I had an epidural with my first it didn't really last for long, I had about 3 hours of relief but the nurse told me they don't give you as strong as they used to so you can feel more when needing to push, once I got to fully it was like they completely shut it off... so I was thinking I might as well try without because a 14 hour total labour and delivery with my first with only 3 hours of relief, I figure I can go without BUT... my first baby was big and I had a 4th degree rectal tear... and this baby being a boy is going to be HUGE... so I'm thinking I might be a bit crazy to try without :) we'll see what the day brings and how I feel, and who the anaesthetist on call is :)

scgALusc 3 kids; South Carolina 1716 posts
28th Nov '12

Hell yea! I havee low platelets (always not just during pregnancy) so I can't get an epidural. My first was 6 hrsnatural labor 4 on the pit. My second was 10hrs no meds whatsoever and I will be going med free this go around assuming that I get to follow my birthplan.

Wanted: #2 Due August 26 (boy); 33 kids; Illinois 4726 posts
28th Nov '12

Never!!!! I am not very pain sensetive but I could never do that to myself!

!!Katie!! 1 child; Tennessee 2794 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):" With my second I had no choice. I was not allowed to have an epi because I had pre-e and HELLP. I would never ever give birth again without one. It was the worst experience of my life."

Me too!!!

Moi H* 2 kids; Columbia, SC, United States 2224 posts
28th Nov '12

I didn't have an epidural with my first. The contractions weren't bad and my labor was only 5/6 hours. I was able to go home the next morning. They are predicting that my labor will be even shorter this time, so I'm saying no to the epidural. I have a high tolerance for pain though...

!!Katie!! 1 child; Tennessee 2794 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):" With my second I had no choice. I was not allowed to have an epi because I had pre-e and HELLP. I would never ever give birth again without one. It was the worst experience of my life."

And to make matters worse, my Dr. was a Bi*ch the entire time.



She actually walked out right in the middle of my pushing because I said "godammit" and she was offended. She said "I will not be cursed at , young lady!"



The nurse actually took over for about 10 minutes while my Dr. sulked in the hallway.



PLEASE! I'm sure she's heard worse! Especially from women without an epidural!

Wanted: #2 Due August 26 (boy); 33 kids; Illinois 4726 posts
28th Nov '12
Quoting !!Katie!!:" And to make matters worse, my Dr. was a Bi*ch the entire time. She actually walked out right in the ... [snip!] ... 10 minutes while my Dr. sulked in the hallway. PLEASE! I'm sure she's heard worse! Especially from women without an epidural!"


What an idiot doctor!

Lilly and Laya's momma Due May 25; 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Chesapeake, Virginia 7908 posts
28th Nov '12

With DD the Epidural only worked briefly then for 2 months after I had horrible vertigo and back pain. My labor with DD was only 3-4 hours so I may not have enough time to get an Epi with this one

Starr Metcalfe 3 kids; Kentucky 504 posts
28th Nov '12

Two horrible experiences with my first two births. Painful, didn't work at all. I'll never have another epidural. So my answer is no.

Damien*Dex*Jaidyn's Momma 18 kids; Pennsylvania 1535 posts
28th Nov '12

I will get another. My last labor was only 5 hours long so hopefully I will make it in time.

Milly + Luis = Leilaney 2 kids; Woodbridge, Virginia 901 posts
29th Nov '12

Doing it completely natural and being able to feel everything is an amazing feeling. I'm not gonna lie to u..it hurts like a bitch..well u know how I did it with my daughter...there's too many cons and not enough pros to getting an epidural. I pray that I never need one. I love giving birth natural. Good luck nena

mumof2girls 34 kids; Louisiana 308 posts
29th Nov '12

With my first, I did not have an epidural and was induced. It SUCKED! This time around, I will at least leave the option open to have one. I do not have fond memories of my experience without one. In fact, I have been a nervous wreck, trying to prepare mentally for the big day. Fingers crossed that I won't need to be induced and I'll have a better experience with this birth.