Post # 1
DH and I did our prenatal course this weekend, followed by our hospital tour yesterday. We are 32 weeks tomorrow so just getting things prepared and having a plan in mind.
Our prenatal course focused a lot on natural techniques which was great, but also did educate us on the edidural, spinals, all that fun stuff. She covered lots of different ways to position through contractions to help baby move down, turn etc – birth ball, walking, standing w/ partners assistance etc. DH and I both found it really great, but of course when she talked about the risks of the epidural it terrified DH (and a little scary for me too) and we want to try to get through as much (or all) of labour without any interventions and go as natural as we can.
She told us that at our hospital (and we confirmed this yesterday at the tour) laughing gas/nitrious oxide is available for pain relief. She said that it didn’t really take the pain away from mom, just took mom away from the pain! What we liked hearing is that it’s short lived, so if you have any side effects it’s out of your system ASAP, you can use it as often as you like, and doesn’t affect baby.
Has anyone used laughing gas to help through contractions? What was your experience on it?
Post # 3
Commenting to follow. I actually had never heard of anyone doing this until I watched “One Born Every Day” – the British version. I thought it was fairly brilliant though, but wondered about the possible effect on the baby (given that you’re inhaling more NO2, you’re inhaling less oxygen.)
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Nitrous just makes me feel weird… I had it twice during oral surgery last year because I was curious. I wouldn’t use it for labor. Didn’t feel good, kinda headachy for me.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@StaceyA: I have used it during dental surgery and it made me feel like bees were buzzing all over my body. No after effect though. But the buzzing thing was disconcerting.
Post # 6
I wanted to go pain med free…but then things got insane. Gas was the first thing I tried (followed by nubain and then an epi).
All the gas did for me was cause me to focus on my breathing. DH said that at one point, the nurse looked over at him and said, “The gas doesn’t really do anything.”
I kept demading it every time I got a contraction though. haha
Post # 7
I used nitrous exclusively when giving birth to our DD 9 years ago. She was right in telling you that it doesn’t take pain away from mom, it just took mom away from the pain… apparently I used quite a lot, and was rather funny (poking fun at DH for falling asleep, etc.). Our DD wasn’t breathing when she was born, and had to be put in an oxygen tent for a couple of hours, but I don’t think that was a side-effect of the nitrous…
She’s now 9-years-old, and has no defects, what-so-ever.
Post # 8
@Mrs.LemonDrop: according to the girl who taught our prenatal course, apparently there are no risks/side effects to baby, unlike pretty much every other drug/intervention available – which I thought was super interesting.
Post # 9
I used it during labor, I didn’t find it did anything except make me really thirsty. The nurse said it just helps you focus on your breathing.
Post # 10
I’ve not been through labour yet, but I used it for dental surgery and it really helped me to relax, so I could see that being a big benefit too for allowing labour to progress.
Post # 11
I used it when giving birth to my daughter. They mix it with oxygen and can lower the NO and up the oxygen if you get too loopy from it.
For me it took the edge of the contraction pain and helped me breath right.
Post # 12
I used it! It actually kicked in right as I was getting the epidural, so I almost lasted!! But I was also using a TENS machine: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a542581/tens. Which I also highly recommend. From what I recall, the TENS machine is also a distraction away from the pain.
So I guess quickly, my story, I started contracting and lasted at home for a few hours and hooked up the TENS machine. I lasted for a few more hours and then headed to the hospital with my TENS machine. When I got to the hospital I was dilated to a 3. I kept it up until I was about a 5/6 then asked for the gas, I wish I had asked for the gas a little earlier, because I think I unhooked my TENS machine and a contraction hit me VERY hard so I was like, “EPIDURAL NOW!” By the time the anesthesiologist got there and gave me the epi, as I said, I felt the gas kick in, but then the epi kicked in. I didn’t lose feeling in my legs, I think he gave me a low dose. Right after the epi, I was at an 8 and pushed my baby out soon after. I felt the pressure, just not the pain. I loved the dose they gave me because I was able to walk and all soon after the birth (a few hours after). I guess I would’ve like to try the whole way and if I had known that I was dilated to an 8 I probably couldn’t mentally lasted until the end!
BEST OF LUCK!!
Post # 13
@StaceyA: sure did. only thing they could offer me in the hospital waiting triage before i got a room. used it for a lot longer than i would have chosen, and it does feel weird, but made my excruciating back labour contractions bearable. you couldn’t use it for the entire event though!
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2
@StaceyA: My best friend gave birth this morning! She only used laughing gas, but she said it made her confused and woozy and she pushed when she shouldn’t have and the baby girl got wedged at her cervix! So my friend might have overdone the gas, but sounds like it worked well overall.
Post # 15
Haven’t given birth yet. But will use it. We call it Gas and air here. It is just routinely used and many many people will just use it. Probably the most widely used type of painb relief here. We have has it since the late 50s I think.