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*Brittnee* Due May 2; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Utah 3213 posts
13th Feb '13

First two I had epi's and my last one no

Mommy2Aiden+1 18 kids; Washington 1208 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Trixie7678:" So just curious, how many of you did or did not go for the Epi and what were your reasons for doing so or not?"


I had an epidural and i will again. It does not mess with your head or get you high or anything like that. It just makes you numb from the stomach down. It was a little annoying to not be able to move my legs, every time i wanted to turn on my side or anything hubby had to come move my legs for me. But i was so much more relaxed because i wasn't in pain and i was able to enjoy my labor. It wore off a little on one side so i felt the last few contractions right as he was coming out on that one side, but for the most part of the labor i didn't feel anything. They did give me pain meds through my IV once because it took them over an hour to get me my epi (both of the anesthesiologists were t**d u*) and i won't do that again. It only lasted about half an hour before it wore off but it made me feel so nauseous and out of it and tired. So i won't get pain meds again but the epidural, yes.

SophieKay 2 kids; Ontario 313 posts
13th Feb '13

I had a really quick intense first delivery. I planned on an epidural, but couldn't get it until past 7 cms anyways, and then at 10 cms when I scooted down to start pushing I ripped it out of my back and had to deliver naturally (I was in such denial I just kept hitting the button, I was squirting medication all over the bed!).



This time I'm hoping I can get an epidural, since I know it's likely to be even faster and more intense. Im not sure if I'll have time to get one, so this time I'm definitely brainstorming a ton of different coping mechanisms just in case. Relying heavily on an epidural which then fails really, really sucks and leaves you pretty stranded. Better safe than sorry I figure.

Punk Rock Princess {EBFT} 3 kids; Killeen, Texas 26868 posts
13th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" I did with both of mine. Couldn't handle the pain for 20+ hours. A lot of people say they want to go ... [snip!] ... they have for labor now? Why be in pain when you can choose not to be in pain. Lol but that's just my personal view/opinion"</blockquote>



Dentistry isn't a natural process so that doesn't really make sense. If you want drugs, just get them, lol.

The Great Deku Tree 1 child; Kokiri Forest, IN, United States 4163 posts
13th Feb '13

Yes. I got to 7 cm and stopped dilating. I was 2 hours before the 24-hour mark past when my water had been broken and my doctor told me that I HAD to have a c-section once we reached that point.
Then he said that if I got an epidural, perhaps things would start progressing again.
It was the worst thing ever, and I ended up with a c-section anyway.
I'd rather go through labor 20 times than get another epi. I couldn't stand not having control over my lower body.

tatesmommy09 2 kids; Illinois 4003 posts
13th Feb '13

I wanted one with my first but didnt get to the hospital in tine. I loved going natural and chose it with my second. If we ever have any more it will be natural.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 15788 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Mommy2Aiden+1:" I had an epidural and i will again. It does not mess with your head or get you high or anything like ... [snip!] ... it wore off but it made me feel so nauseous and out of it and tired. So i won't get pain meds again but the epidural, yes."


That drip fucked me up! Lol.

JΔS Georgia 70894 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting S*its & giggles:" I did with both of mine. Couldn't handle the pain for 20+ hours. A lot of people say they want to go ... [snip!] ... they have for labor now? Why be in pain when you can choose not to be in pain. Lol but that's just my personal view/opinion"


Because not everyone views it as pain, more as discomfort. Labor "pain" is 90% mental. Half the time, women are making the "pain" worse than it really is.

Lady.Weiser Michigan 3638 posts
13th Feb '13

NO.......had all 3 of mine Au' naturelle.

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8735 posts
13th Feb '13

I didn't have an epidural, but couldn't have been even if I decided to change my mind halfway through the process, as the birthing center didn't offer any medication. The idea of risking even a tiny chance of permanent nerve damage for temporary pain relief was absurd, in my opinion, and terrified the shit out of me. I don't like being medicated in general though, and I especially dislike pain killers. I also very much wanted to experience the whole thing as it naturally goes, and to be able to be super active and energized 100% of the time, and I knew too many women who had to lay in their hospital beds hooked up to machines after getting epidurals (not to say that's the case every time).

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8735 posts
13th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:</b>" Because not everyone views it as pain, more as discomfort. Labor "pain" is 90% mental. Half the time, women are making the "pain" worse than it really is."</blockquote>




:!: I was never in pain during mine. Mind over matter. Hypnobirthing is a wonderful thing, too.

user banned 2 kids; Bellingham, Washington 1616 posts
13th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" I did with both of mine. Couldn't handle ... [snip!] ... Dentistry isn't a natural process so that doesn't really make sense. If you want drugs, just get them, lol."</blockquote>




I was trying to point out if there is an option of not being in pain, take it lol

Nicolai and Caelyn's mom 2 kids; Twin Lakes, Wisconsin 211 posts
13th Feb '13

1st time I did mainly cause I was 20 and scared and I totally regret it. My blood pressure dropped to 60/40 took an hour to get it normal and then my labor stalled.
With my second I refused to get one. I was induced and my labor pains were just annoying for 2 1/2 hours and then painfully for the 20 mins it took me to go from 6cm to 10cm and I delivered her in 5 minutes and was up walking around and showering in under 30mins after delivery. I absolutely loved natural birth and would do it again in a heartbeat. I loved being able to walk and stand in the hot shower through out my labor instead of being stuck in bed.

It's so Fluffayy! Due March 17; 19 kids; Texas 4279 posts
13th Feb '13

I did with my first two labors, didn't with my 3rd and don't plan to with this one.

The Great Deku Tree 1 child; Kokiri Forest, IN, United States 4163 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting JessieLeeAnne:" That drip fucked me up! Lol. "

I agree, I was definitely not 100% lucid