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PITOCIN? EPIDURAL? Not fond of either.HELP! MsRonda Due June 1; Atlanta, Georgia 14 posts
19th May '13

Hi ladies! So I'm a first time mommy and due June 2. Im hoping this child isnt overdue because i have been at 2cm dialated forever and not progressing any..LOL..I really hate medications so I'm not crazy about the thought of being given pitocin. I have a very clean diet and try not to do any medicines unless it it absolutely necessary. Because of this lifestyle, I am VERY sensitive to SYNTHETIC hormones or anything else(I cant even take BC pills without getting very ill). So I am very nervous and worried about being given Pitocin or even having the epidural..(I Know...crazy right??...lol) I really hope it happens naturally. So can anyone calm my nerves and tell me their experiences with both the pitocin and or the epidural? Its really bothering me..

::Nikki:: 1 child; Arkansas 2624 posts
19th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MsRonda:</b>" Hi ladies! So I'm a first time mommy and due June 2. Im hoping this child isnt overdue because i have ... [snip!] ... So can anyone calm my nerves and tell me their experiences with both the pitocin and or the epidural? Its really bothering me.."</blockquote>




Pitocin sucks. Bad. That's pretty much the only thing I have to say about that.
I have no experience with epidurals.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
19th May '13

I had both (actually didnt know about the pit until after). I had a great labor, no complaints. Got all hooked up at 9am because I was contracting (I needed antibiotics for GBS so I didn't think twice about what they were hooking up to the iv) and I visited with family all day and started pushing a little before 7, and had dd at 7:21pm. I did tear in 4 places (2 tears were because they stitched me up before I delived the afterbirth) and I healed great. I was ready to leave the next morning but they kept me an extra day since I was a first time mom.

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
19th May '13

I had pitocin with both my kids. It wasnt that bad honestly. I didnt have any pain meds for my second. It hurt like hell but mine went pretty fast also. My first i had just IV pain meds, which did absolutely nothing to help the pain. I was able to deal with it. If you dont like the thought of pitocin i would let them know ahead of time you want to try to labor on your own without it. But if it becomes necessary just go with the flow. As for the epi you dont need one if you dont want one unless you have to have a c-section.

lynnsaymarie 1 child; 1 angel baby; Western, NY, United States 2785 posts
19th May '13

I'm literally the same way but after 8 hours of being stuck at 5cm I had enough so I got the epidural and pitocin. Everything was fine for me other than he had meconium aspiration but that had nothing to do with the medications. You gotta do what's best for you. Play it by ear. If you feel you need it, get it ya know?

Jenny&Boopy TTC since Jul 2014; 2 kids; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7326 posts
status 19th May '13

Both of my pregnancies I was induced. The Pitocin wasn't bad. Once my contractions bothered me I got my epidural each time. That was heaven. I didn't feel any pain and was able to relax. Getting my epidurals didn't hurt either, just a little pressure then that was about it. You still have a few weeks, I wouldn't worry too much about having to be induced just yet. I'd say when the time comes and you do go into labor just see how it goes and let them know if you want the epidural, just don't wait too long. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10874 posts
status 19th May '13

well my induction led to an emergency c-section.

But I loved my epidural!

[♥]Mrs. Taylor 18 kids; Texas 12250 posts
19th May '13

I had both pitocin and an epidural with my first daughter, and didn't have any negative effects. I had an easy labor for the most part. I had her 12 hours after I was started on pitocin, and I got my epidural about 4 hours into labor.



My friend went into labor at home, she wasn't induced and she didn't have pitocin or an epidural, so its totally possible to do it on your own!! She said that if I wanted to try to do it on my own this time, if you're able to, labor as much as possible at home.

BastiansMommy 1 child; Lacey, WA, United States 2433 posts
19th May '13

Had both...and since I've only had one bub, I can't really say if it made my labor worse, but the pitocin didn't bother me at all. Didn't make my contractions overly painful or anything. As for the epidural...didn't work for me. SO not much much help there... lol
I have the same issues with BC, and didn't have any problems with pitocin...so if you have to have it, it shouldn't make you sick. At least didn't for me...

Black Cat 1 child; Marvel, PA, United States 3802 posts
19th May '13

Had both. After being 7 hours into labor and at 4 cm, I got the epi. My son arrived an hour later.

Belle. Due with #2 Due February 14; TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Alberta 4524 posts
19th May '13

I had both as well. The only annoying part of pitocin was being hooked up to IV. The epidural would have been alot better but it only worked on one side of my body so I was only half numb. But it wasn't that bad at all!! The epidural did however make me extremely itchy/shaky.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
19th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Belle.:</b>" I had both as well. The only annoying part of pitocin was being hooked up to IV. The epidural would have ... [snip!] ... of my body so I was only half numb. But it wasn't that bad at all!! The epidural did however make me extremely itchy/shaky."</blockquote>



I starting shaking before I pushed and I was told its normal for all labors and it usually happens after but it was just from the adrenaline.

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
19th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Madi's*Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Belle.:</b>" I had both as well. The only annoying part of pitocin ... [snip!] ... before I pushed and I was told its normal for all labors and it usually happens after but it was just from the adrenaline."</blockquote>




I got really shakey after I had my second baby! It was annoying!

Channtria 17 kids; Modesto, California 10 posts
19th May '13

Pitocin works pretty well for me. I wanted epidural, but the lady told me sometime it can go wrong.. So I chose pitocin

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
19th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jays*Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Madi's*Mama:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Belle.:</b>" ... [snip!] ... but it was just from the adrenaline."</blockquote> I got really shakey after I had my second baby! It was annoying!"</blockquote>



Yeah it happened before and dh asked if I was cold, and I said no I just couldn't stop shaking lol my mom and the nurse were like 'oh yeah that's normal. It usually happens after but nothing to worry about'. Thanks for the warning mom :? :)