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No Pain Relief During Induction? JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
27th May '13

I had my daughter delivered in hospital by my midwife and without taking any pain relief after doctors used gel to induce my labor at 12 days overdue.
This pregnancy I am with a doctor instead of a midwife because we had issues with the midwives last time.
I got attacked by a horse and kicked in the stomach at 18 weeks pregnant and have a torn stomach muscle that never healed properly afterwards and gives me a lot of pain. My daughter had health issues because of how overdue I was and so this pregnancy the doctor and I agreed that after going a week overdue I would be induced.
We never talked about it in detail and it will be done in a different hospital and by different doctors from the ones who attended my daughters birth.
There is very, very limited pain relief options at the hospital I am going to. Shots of pain killers are only given if you are expected to have a very long labor so that they will not effect the baby's responses at birth.
After my last labor they think it is likely I will go quickly so they already told me I wouldn't be given any pain relief that way. The hospital use to do gas but stopped 2 months ago.
I managed the pain of my last labor by walking/dancing through contractions for the entire labor and using a shower for the last 45 minutes when it got really intense. This time I need to have antibiotics during labor and so my movement will be a lot more restricted.
Does anyone have advice for how best to get through this induction tomorrow without getting an Epi?
I don't even know how they plan on inducing me. If given the choice I will have them use the gel. But I don't even now what other ways are available for induction...

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
27th May '13

Why don't they offer epidurals?

Captain Obvious 2 kids; Havana, Cuba 25634 posts
27th May '13
Quoting Adriana's Mami♥ +1:" Why don't they offer epidurals?"


:!: :?:

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
27th May '13

They offer Epi's but I don't want to get one.
They offer other pain relief shots for people who are having very long labors but it can effect the baby's responses when the baby is born if your labor isn't long enough so they don't want to give me one since my first labor wasn't very long.

draven 5 kids; Florida 724 posts
27th May '13

I went through all 5 labor's without pain relief while being induced with pitocin. I was not limited in moving around at all, but I did have an IV pole . I just kept moving around an played music and ignored everyone around me. Just find things to do or think about to keep you calm and positive.

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
27th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting JekkaLynn:</b>" They offer Epi's but I don't want to get one. They offer other pain relief shots for people who are ... [snip!] ... when the baby is born if your labor isn't long enough so they don't want to give me one since my first labor wasn't very long."</blockquote>




I wouldn't say their options are limited then, you just don't want them.. Is there a reason you don't? You're going to have to lay flat on your back for the entire thing so there isn't much you can do except breathe through contractions. I got the shot and the epi and the shot didn't do anything for me.

Captain Obvious 2 kids; Havana, Cuba 25634 posts
27th May '13

I'm not really seeing how your options are "very very limited".........

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
27th May '13
Quoting Adriana's Mami♥ +1:" <blockquote><b>Quoting JekkaLynn:</b>" They offer Epi's but I don't want to get one. ... [snip!] ... isn't much you can do except breathe through contractions. I got the shot and the epi and the shot didn't do anything for me."



My sister's both had problems/reactions when they had Epidurals with their deliveries so if possible I would like to avoid having one.
The Epidural is the ONLY thing they will give me. They said I couldn't have the other shots...
Having only one option for dealing with pain seems to me to be the definition of limited.

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
27th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting JekkaLynn:</b>" My sister's both had problems/reactions when they had Epidurals with their deliveries so if possible ... [snip!] ... I couldn't have the other shots... Having only one option for dealing with pain seems to me to be the definition of limited."</blockquote>



Will your doctor for sure be at your labour? I know in the states people usually get their own doctors at the hospital but it doesn't usually work that way here. My doctor has shifts with 6 other doctors. I can almost guarantee you can get the shot if you ask for it.. It's the first option they offer at least when it came to my labour and the recent ones my friends had. I don't understand why your doctor says your labour has to be long to get it when the pain relief from the shot wears off pretty fast.

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
27th May '13

Something about the shot passing through you and into the baby.
And my doctor will be the one delivering my baby unless something really goes weird. My doctor gets called to the hospital whenever one of her patients goes into labor

tatesmommy09 2 kids; Illinois 4003 posts
27th May '13

Try to relax and breathe.



I had two natural labors. My first was not by choice. I just progressed too fast to get anything. I totally wanted an epi so was very unprepared for going natural. I just basically curled up un a ball and hyperventilated through the contractions. They were very string and intense.



With my daughter I was induced. When I felt the first strong contraction come on I started to panic but the nurse caught me. I got a grip and just got comfortable. I tried to relax all of my muscle. Then I started deep breathing. I took deep breaths in my nose and out my mouth.



I had a pain free labor. I felt nothing and laughed and talked through the whole experience. It was wonderful!

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
27th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting JekkaLynn:</b>" Something about the shot passing through you and into the baby. And my doctor will be the one delivering ... [snip!] ... my baby unless something really goes weird. My doctor gets called to the hospital whenever one of her patients goes into labor"</blockquote>




If I remember correctly, there are 2-3 kinds of injections you can get for pain relief, maybe bring it up to your doctor and see if there's anything else they can offer.

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
31st May '13

So at one point I asked for them to let me know when I could get an Epi because I was not progressing and they were talking about all the checks they would be doing and breaking my water and applying more gel and then after that REAL labor would start. They said they would wait till a bit later to tell me more about the Epi and to just try the shower for pain relief. SHOWER ARE MAGIC!!! Just like when I was delivering my DD I got in the shower and went straight into transition and went from 4-8 in 10 minutes then my full bladder and baby's head somehow stopped my cervix from dilating further for 15 minutes till the doctor could show up and break my water. Once it broke I pushed HARD for 2 minutes then had to stop pushing to let things stretch and had to push on and off for 4 minutes while they tried to control tearing. A resident student helped deliver and afterwards she said she would be praying to have the same amount of focus/control when she delivers in a couple of weeks. She didn't realize until after Remington was born and she sat down to do the stiches that I had no Epi.

tatesmommy09 2 kids; Illinois 4003 posts
31st May '13

Yay!! Congrtulations hun. Sounds like it couldnt have gone better for you!



I only had to get one stitch after delivering my daughter so the mw said it would be pointless to numb me. That hurt! My mw actually laughed at me and said "You just delivered a baby without whining a single time and your gonna gripe aboit one tiny stitch!" LOL O seriously love my mw.

JekkaLynn Due May 19; 17 kids; Ontario 282 posts
31st May '13

I asked how bad my tear was and they said, "Oh, it isn't bad...Then 4 times they had to add more freezing, they had to check that I hadn't torn into my butt cause they thought I might have, and it took them an hour to stich me up with 2 doctors working on it...What do they classify as bad?!