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Ellie Goulding 1 child; London, --, United Kingdom 4654 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Nicolai and Caelyn's mom:" 1st time I did mainly cause I was 20 and scared and I totally regret it. My blood pressure dropped to ... [snip!] ... 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."

Same happened to me, my b/p dropped to 60/40 as well and I kept losing consciousness. SO STUPID. Definitely going for a drug-free vbac with my next baby, if I am blessed with one.

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

<blockquote><b>Quoting VeggieBurglar:</b>" I agree, I was definitely not 100% lucid"</blockquote>




I always think that's interesting when women say it had that effect. It's not technically supposed to cross the blood-brain barrier, and not all epidurals have a narcotic in them anyways. I wonder what causes it for some women and not others? Maybe some of the fluid seeps into muscle tissue and starts making you loopy? Or maybe it's the drop in blood pressure? It seems like epidurals have a massively wide range of results depending on the person.

anonymom + 1.5 2 kids; West Virginia 10787 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:" 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."


I read a hypnobirthing book the day before I went into labor (literally, I was reading it thinking, "hmmm, maybe I really am in labor") and that viewpoint, that it isn't necessarily always pain, that your outlook can change it, was a real kick in the ass.



With my first, I thought I was dying. I was induced and I felt like I was getting hit by a train and ripped in half. But, I was also TERRIFIED and tense and my is a complete douch and left me to get high for most of my labor. The second time (after I read the hypno birthing book) it was just... idk, interesting? I was at like a 4-5 walking around the mall. We went shopping, got groceries, took my daughter and nephew to playland (I was with my mom and a doula/monitrice for most of the day). It was just not bad, at all. I was kind of in shock every time I realized I really didn't feel pain. I was much more excited than afraid of the pain, I knew I could do it, and so.. yeah. I have videos of me at 9-complete talking through my contractions like they were nothing. I tore pretty badly so... yeah, that healing was the worst part by far.



Anyway. When I have more babies, I want it to be natural, as well. I really hope I have a homebirth next time. I chickened out this time - I was too nervous about complications.

Shakera Desiree Aziz Due June 24 (boy); Winnipeg, Manitoba 20 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting Just Emily :):" Labor hurts... We have meds for a reason"


AMEN!!

user banned 2 kids; Bellingham, Washington 1616 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>




Ha yeah... not for me. Breathing and picturing happy/relaxing scenery didn't do shit for me. The pain was physical not mental lol. When your stomach is contracting and a baby is coming out that is not mental, it is physical lol

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8736 posts
13th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Punk Rock Princess {EBFT}:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting ... [snip!] ... just get them, lol."</blockquote> I was trying to point out if there is an option of not being in pain, take it lol"</blockquote>




But it's not painful for everyone, and not everyone wants to numb themselves to discomfort. Pain can be helpful.

Nicolai and Caelyn's mom 2 kids; Twin Lakes, Wisconsin 211 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting VeggieBurglar:" Same happened to me, my b/p dropped to 60/40 as well and I kept losing consciousness. SO STUPID. Definitely going for a drug-free vbac with my next baby, if I am blessed with one."

They had to flip me upside down and give me a shot of adreneline scared me so much

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

<blockquote><b>Quoting kr.r:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Punk ... [snip!] ... But it's not painful for everyone, and not everyone wants to numb themselves to discomfort. Pain can be helpful."</blockquote>




Mine was excruciating pain. If I hadn't gotten the epi I would have been in agonizing pain for 20+ hours with both. No way Jose! Lol

JΔS Georgia 72868 posts
status 13th Feb '13
Quoting anonymom + 1.5:" I read a hypnobirthing book the day before I went into labor (literally, I was reading it thinking, ... [snip!] ... as well. I really hope I have a homebirth next time. I chickened out this time - I was too nervous about complications."


You really do have to put your mind in a different place. It just makes things so much worse when you're thinking about the contractions rather than tuning them out. Another thing that helps is too stay in motion. Walking, rocking, swaying, etc. I never looked into hypnobirthing. I'll definitely research it for the next bub.

EK91 1 child; Fort Worth, TX, United States 696 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 want to to get one cause i don't think i could handle the pain. regular cramps make me cry. but it's awesome for the ppl who can make it through it!

kr.r 1 child; Dallas, TX, United States 8736 posts
13th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting kr.r:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" ... [snip!] ... was excruciating pain. If I hadn't gotten the epi I would have been in agonizing pain for 20+ hours with both. No way Jose! Lol"</blockquote>




Everyone has different pain thresholds, of course, but I firmly believe every woman can withstand the "pains" of natural childbirth, because our bodies were made to do just that and our contractions are made for each of us individually. It's all about preparing beforehand to be in the right mindset, having determination and someone to support you through it. That said, not every woman WANTS to experience birth naturally, and that's fine, but every woman CAN do it.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting kr.r:" <blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting kr.r:</b>" ... [snip!] ... have been in agonizing pain for 20+ hours with both. No way Jose! Lol"</blockquote> Everyone has different pain thresho"


She wasn't saying anyone else should get one. She said that SHE would have been in agonizing pain. I'm just not really sure what you're arguing with her about. She said that she choose one for those reasons. Yeah, everyone has different pain thresholds. That's why she choose to get an epi, and others don't. . .

Fustercluck Due August 19 (boy); 2 kids; Manitoba 4460 posts
13th Feb '13

With my first I had a perfect experience with my epi.. I didn't have pain but I could feel to push, and I felt great afterwards.. but with my second it was not fun at all. It took the woman 4 tries to get it in.. and then it gave me a fever.. and apparently it was kinked, so only part of my stomach and the top of my thighs were numb.. I felt everything.. and after I had her my back was in so much pain I couldn't bend for 3 days. I'm going to try really hard to have this one naturally!

anonymom + 1.5 2 kids; West Virginia 10787 posts
13th Feb '13
Quoting kr.r:" <blockquote><b>Quoting S*its & giggles:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting kr.r:</b>" ... [snip!] ... have been in agonizing pain for 20+ hours with both. No way Jose! Lol"</blockquote> Everyone has different pain thresho"


IDK... I will get teary over papercuts. I need someone to hold my hand and take deep breaths for blood draws. But labor was fine. I think it has a lot more to do with how you look at it than your pain thresh hold.



And moving... yes. I was pretty mad when L&D threw me in a chair.

Destinite 1 child; 2 angel babies; Paradise, FL, United States 31318 posts
13th Feb '13

Yes, I got one. I was demonic and needed pain relief. That being said, I think that it effed up my delivery resulting in a emergency c-section.
I think the meds totally messed with his heart rate and caused him to move around in there and get the cord wrapped. I think with my next I may try to go without one.