Reply

Cast Your Vote:

    • yes -- Votes: 30
    • no -- Votes: 18
Amber Osero Due June 10 (girl); 1 child; Wausau, Wisconsin 2 posts
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '12

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

!!Katie!! 1 child; Tennessee 2794 posts
Nov 28th '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 2236 posts
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '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 3 kids; 4 angel babies; Chesapeake, Virginia 8559 posts
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '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
Nov 28th '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
Nov 29th '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 b***h..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
Nov 29th '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.

Mr's&Family* 2 kids; Arizona 3702 posts
Nov 29th '12

Hmm, probably.
With DD, I had an epi and pitocine at the same time. Wasn't dilated at all yet. The epi was actually helping my severe gallbladder pains, along with a morphine drip. I hardly remember much about the epi.
From the moment they started the pitocine until she was out, was about 3 hours and 26 minutes.
If this labor is just as fast as with DD or even shorter, I MIGHT try without. But then again, I had to have her in an emergency and it was all unexpected. So I'm not sure. This labor could go longer for all I know.

Michayla08 18 kids; California 989 posts
Nov 29th '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting FaithLovesBaby:</b>" I had an epi with my first and I'll have one with my next, unless I have an extremely short labor."</blockquote>



These are my thoughts too! I wish I had a short labor and could do it naturally this time around... but I'm not holding my breath!