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    • Natural Birth -- Votes: 36
    • Epidural -- Votes: 18
Natural or Epidural? Hannah Rae Due May 31 (boy); California 12 posts
9th Mar '13

We're about 12 weeks out from meeting our little one, but my fiance and I have talked about birth plans a bit. He thinks I should go with an epidural because I have a low pain tolerance, but I am terrified of needles. It might be a bit trivial to say, but I am even more terrified of being paralyzed due to a complication from an epidural. I would really like to go natural, but I'd love to hear your opinions on it! C-Section is obviously something I hope to avoid like the plague, but I'm sure most people feel the same way.



PS, my fiance isn't dictating anything, he's just trying to make sure I'm taken care of.

user banned Altadena, California 11084 posts
9th Mar '13

I loved my epis!



After contracting constantly for 20+ weeks I was done.

Mommy to munchkin 17 kids; Bandera, Texas 1229 posts
9th Mar '13

I had an epidural and loved it. But like I tell anyone that is planning to go natural if you really want to do with out the epi go for it but believe me when the contractions start you will not be thinking about the needle,you can not even see them putting it in. Hopefully you get the labor you want. Good Luck

Hannah Rae Due May 31 (boy); California 12 posts
9th Mar '13
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" I hated my epidural. I felt like absolute shit after giving birth. I felt fantastic with my natural birth, I had an after birth high and it was great."


How exactly did you feel like shit? I know these are odd questions, I'm just trying to be as educated as possible.

BabyJsMama 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Thailand 4358 posts
9th Mar '13

My bestie has an immense fear of needles/epidurals, and has given birth 3 times with just the stadol

Samantha (+ 1.5) Due September 14 (boy); 1 child; Rhode Island 6619 posts
status 9th Mar '13

I want all natural and will do again with children to come. All my friends got edidurals and they swear by them. Said they felt nothing and the birth was easy peezy. So it's all personal preference.

.t a y l o r. 3 kids; Indiana 3847 posts
9th Mar '13

I hated my epidural births. I felt like shit warmed over afterward and the recovery was just awful and drawn out.
I have little to NO pain tolerance :lol: So, if my b***h ass can do a natural birth, anyone can.

BabyJsMama 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Thailand 4358 posts
9th Mar '13

I loved every minute of my epidural and it wore off mere minutes after kidlet was out and I was up and walking once they took her out of the delivery room to clean her up. I never had any issues from it.

Mommy to munchkin 17 kids; Bandera, Texas 1229 posts
9th Mar '13
Quoting BabyJsMama:" I loved every minute of my epidural and it wore off mere minutes after kidlet was out and I was up and ... [snip!] ... was out and I was up and walking once they took her out of the delivery room to clean her up. I never had any issues from it."


Pretty much the same with me. If I am given a choice I will choose epidural.

Vitameatavegamin 19 kids; League City, Texas 5829 posts
9th Mar '13

If you want to go natural, go ahead and put it in the plan! Its worth a shot! You can still change your mind when you're in labor if you think you want it up until a point (like, 6 or 7cm is usually the cut-off point, depending on how fast you're dilating).

lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
9th Mar '13

I loved my natural births. I have the same fear as you about the epi plus the fact my spine is slightly curved and it makes me think they will not be able to get the needle in right away (dont want worse problems than i already have with my back) so with all four of mine the only thign I think i was ever given was a pain killer (i dont remember even saying yes to) through my IV that only took the edge off with my FIRST baby when i was 14. i was told afterward that they gave it to me but i really dont remember consenting to it (my mom might have though she was in the room with me) anyway i felt really good after my natural births because they were all fast. i had only 3-4 hours at the most of painful contractions with 2 of my kids, then a 2 hour one and a 1 hour one. so i was able to deal with it

Little Bug's Momma 18 kids; North Carolina 5559 posts
9th Mar '13

I have had both...
my epi birth was hard to recover from... and I ended up wth a spinal headache so bad that I don't remember the 1st 5 days of my daughters life.
and I was having hallucinations.. not cool.
2nd was all natural.. and AMAZING... did it hurt... hell YES! but it was short lived and so worth it... recovery was easier too.
if you plan on natural start doing research on pain coping skills...
I recommend reading ina may gaskins guide to childbirth.

Little Bug's Momma 18 kids; North Carolina 5559 posts
9th Mar '13

I have had both...
my epi birth was hard to recover from... and I ended up wth a spinal headache so bad that I don't remember the 1st 5 days of my daughters life.
and I was having hallucinations.. not cool.
2nd was all natural.. and AMAZING... did it hurt... hell YES! but it was short lived and so worth it... recovery was easier too.
if you plan on natural start doing research on pain coping skills...
I recommend reading ina may gaskins guide to childbirth.

lilmzzgreeneyez *NMOA* 21 kids; Sherwood, Arkansas 17987 posts
9th Mar '13

btw this is not with everyone but almost all my friends with babies that had the epidural ENDED up with a csection instead. it was always becuase the labor stalled or baby's heartbeat was decreasing. so that scares me EVEN more.

Kara Ward Due April 8 (girl); Hobbema, Alberta 4 posts
9th Mar '13
Quoting Hannah Rae:" We're about 12 weeks out from meeting our little one, but my fiance and I have talked about birth plans ... [snip!] ... sure most people feel the same way. PS, my fiance isn't dictating anything, he's just trying to make sure I'm taken care of."


I plan on having a natural birth for the 4th time :)