Epidural…yay or nay?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you/Are you having an epidural?
    Hell yes! : (94 votes)
    52 %
    Not sure..... : (26 votes)
    14 %
    No but might use other medication pain relief : (13 votes)
    7 %
    No because I am going all natural no meds : (47 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I feel like it’s great if you can do it without one, but I’m not trying to win any medals here! I think I have a pretty low pain tolerance, so I will definitely be getting one.

    Post # 4
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    6644 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had one, I went as far as could with the pain just couldn’t tolerated anymore. 

    Post # 5
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    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’ll walk in backwards, right into that needle if they want me to.

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    After over 12 hours of labour, I got one. There are different degrees of strength I think- I wasn’t numb from the waist down, but couldn’t feel contractions too much (was lovely). But once the pushing started, I could feel my baby moving down the birth canal, the tearing, the stitches…all of that I could feel. My sister couldn’t move her legs when she had hers, so there are definitely varying degrees of epidural. Just something to look into so that you know what to request:)

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @MrsMaskatoBe:  hahaha, hilarious image 🙂

    planning not to (who knows on the day) but I’m doing lots to educate myself and hubby on active birth and calm birth strategies to use in its place. I don’t think I’d be able to go natural without some specific skills and strategies to use instead. Not trying to be a hero or a martyr, mostly terrified about that big needle, and even more about surgery, and think there are some benefits for mum and baby if I can keep drugs out of our system. 

    Hugely personal choice!

    Post # 9
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    5745 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Nope. We have planned homebirths (vbacs). Even for my hospital birth I didn’t want one (ended up with pit, epi, and cesarean). I do think that they are a great tool & can make a birth less invasive when a mom is coming to a point of maternal exhaustion (avoided a cesarean), but otherwise I prefer to avoid the risks they carry on how they can affect birth outcomes…. Moving in labor herlps get baby in optimal position & changing delivery positions help baby maneuver through the brith canal.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Not pregnant nor am I going to start a family anytime soon, but I’ll do backflips through hoops of fire if it means they give me that epidural.

    Post # 11
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    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m going in with an open mind. I have absolutely no qualms about getting one, and I’ll take it if/when I need it. I’ll try other methods first though, different positions, laughing gas, fentanyl, etc. They can turn down your epidural, so that its really strong as your laboring, then turn it down so you can feel more as you’re delivering.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    even though i havent even passed the first trimester yet, ive been looking into this.

    on the one hand – pain relief sounds like a damn good idea

    on the other – they say that an epidural can lead to more interventions, great risk of tearing etc

    im trying to look into alternative pain relief options even though it seems like epis are pretty much the go to option. i dont think all natural or birthing pools are for me.

    your doctor should be willing to discuss this or give you more info surely? i think a long chat might help  you decide

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I went into it playing it by ear. I was induced and the contractions just gto to be too much so I got one. I could feel my legs and move them a little but they felt like they weighed 1000 pounds.

    i didn’t feel any of the contractions after that, but I def felt a ton if pressure and it hurt during the pushing. And I felt the stitches, luckily baby girl was in my arms so I didnt care!

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Sunshine09:  yell yes!!!! lol my mother explained to me that giving birth with no pain meds is like shitting out a big piece of glass. no thank you i had meds in my IV and an epidural. it did not hurt having the epidural it felt like something hot and them all the pain went away while i gave birth i felt pressure. thank God i did not need stiches i was so afraif if tearing. 

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Sunshine09:  trust me i hate drugs and when your in that amount of pain you just want it to go away lol i thought i could take pain but i never felt pain like that. and please dont get scared its nothing you cant handle with some help ; ) the end result is all worth it. i wish i had more kids.

    Post # 16
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    5745 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    my mother explained to me that giving birth with no pain meds is like shitting out a big piece of glass.


    That’s not just incredibly inaccurate, but totally fear-mongering. 🙁

    Having had both an epidural birth that ended in cesarean & a completely unmedicated vbac, giving birth does not feel like what was described above… at. all. I get that not all women will go natural, but getting educated knowing all the risks & benefits is what should dictate whether one is chosen, not fear of birth.

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