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*Brittnee* 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Utah 4764 posts
13th Feb '13

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

Mommy2A+L TTC since Jun 2014; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Pasco, WA, United States 1563 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 tied up) 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 26877 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.

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4742 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 18061 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 76317 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 8737 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 8737 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 (girl); 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.

Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4742 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting JessieLeeAnne:" That drip fucked me up! Lol. "

I agree, I was definitely not 100% lucid