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Epidural? *the girls mom* 3 kids; Warren, Michigan 671 posts
2nd May '13

So i was in the room when my SIL gave birth the other day. She got the epidural. I never got an epidural with my first two. I did it all natural at the ages of 16 & 19. But watching her labor im thinking it looked so easy, she watched tv & sat on fb. She was on the phone when they broke her water. With me i just sat there in pain screaming towards the end. I now feel like im crazy for not getting the epidural and im considering it for this kid.



So for people who have gotten the epidural what are the pros & cons?

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 6992 posts
2nd May '13

It makes you feel like you are paralyzed from the waist down. It's a bad bad feeling. There's always the chance that the person doing it can mess up and you could have nerve damage and there's the possibility of remaining paralyzed.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
2nd May '13

The only con I have is that I hate the feeling as I get feeling back in my legs...and it makes me itchy.

Lauralie89 3 kids; Pennsylvania 2244 posts
2nd May '13

I sat back all calm when I was in labor with DS3. I was sitting there having a conversation with my SO and doctor the whole time, even when my doctor was breaking my water. It was a breeze. Zero pain meds or anything. I screamed once when he was coming out.

*the girls mom* 3 kids; Warren, Michigan 671 posts
2nd May '13

Thats what im concerned about, i dont want to be paralysed or have back problems but looking at her during labor i feel like i will cave during my labor and ask for it.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
2nd May '13

I had 3 epidural births. I never had a problem with back issues.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting nothinuneed2no:" It makes you feel like you are paralyzed from the waist down. It's a bad bad feeling. There's always ... [snip!] ... that the person doing it can mess up and you could have nerve damage and there's the possibility of remaining paralyzed. "


This. The chance of becoming paralyzed is rare, but it does happen. That's also a lot of drugs that are being passed to the baby as well. It could also just not work, and then you're paying a bunch of money for nothing (depending on insurance).

galaxia's mama :) Due December 2; 1 child; Phoenix, Arizona 192 posts
2nd May '13

It made my teeth chatter uncontrollably for awhile, and I don't know if mine was strong enough because I definitely felt the ring of fire when my daughter was crowning lol. I was crying during my whole pushing stage, of almost 3 hours. I did still get the sensation to push.



The anesthesiologist actually put the epidural in the wrong spot for me the first time and had to re-do it after a few minutes...kinda scary.

Momlette~29weeks Due December 25 (girl); 2 kids; Ohio 25474 posts
2nd May '13

Usually I get one and have had no REAL complications other then yucky side affects. It makes me sick and I get the shakes after labor.

*the girls mom* 3 kids; Warren, Michigan 671 posts
2nd May '13

How bad does it hurt to get it put in? im a baby when it comes to needles anywhere other then my arms!

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting *the girls mom*:" How bad does it hurt to get it put in? im a baby when it comes to needles anywhere other then my arms!"


It doesn't. Seriously. The most uncomfortable part of the whole ordeal is when they send that weird shooting feeling into your leg but really, if you're in labor and to the point that you want the contractions to go away, you don't really care WHAT the epidural feels like going in as long as it takes away the pain.

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 6992 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting *the girls mom*:" How bad does it hurt to get it put in? im a baby when it comes to needles anywhere other then my arms!"


You feel the needle in between your spine things (i'm sorry I have terrible pregnancy brain and can't think of the word). I can't have anyone touch that part of my back now due to it and have phantom feelings back there quite often

♥three babies ♥ Due September 13; 4 kids; California 7373 posts
2nd May '13

I had two epidurals and the last one was horrible. I gave birth to my daughter at 1 pm and my didn't wear off until 11 or 12 that night. It was horrible. I couldn't move to go to the bathroom nothing. I had to stay in bed until i could feel again. My first one wasn't that to bad it wore off pretty quick.

Dana +4 4 kids; Ontario 951 posts
2nd May '13
Quoting *the girls mom*:" How bad does it hurt to get it put in? im a baby when it comes to needles anywhere other then my arms!"


That depends on the doctor...With my first it felt like he slammed at sludge hammer on my tailbone, I had horrible shakes, and made me feel really sick like I was dying. With my second he did such a good job I didn't feel a thing. With my third, the stupid b***h kept missing and tried inserting the needle in 6-7 times. It was the worst thing ever. It traumatized me soooooo much I will not be getting it for this baby...

*the girls mom* 3 kids; Warren, Michigan 671 posts
3rd May '13

I know a few people who have gone to the hospital i am going to and never really seemed to have an issue with it hurting but i really dont want a damn catheter!