Post # 1
OKAY SO, I’m 39 week and 4 days. My due date is FRIDAY!!! So crazy! I can’t even process that! My doctor will only allow me to go one week passed my due date. I have an appointment Monday to go to if I miss my due date. This appointment will be to schedule and induction for that week.
Here’s the thing, as nuts as I feel, I’d like to at least TRY to do this thing med free. I know. It’s not a for sure thing yet that I’ll need to be induced. I could go into labor naturally at anytime before an induction(I’m much less nervous about a med free naturaly occuring labor), I’m just trying to mentally prepare myself just in case.
Here’s my question: Have any of you made it through an induced labor and delivery without an epidural? I’ve heard that it’s much worse pain. But I’ve also read that while the pain itself is not worse, it is not a gradual pain, it just hits you all at once and makes it seem more painful? What is your take on this? Are there any helpful tips or strategies you found helped you manage, or at least survive, the pain? I’m not 100% against getting an epidural of course, if I need it I will take it. There’s just something in me that clicked one day, and I just really really felt like med free was something I wanted to do. And now there’s the “I told you so!”s that I just don’t feel like dealing with from family members who’ve heard of my plans lol
Anyways, any tips, tricks or words of encouragment would me MUCH appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I have a pretty decent pain tolerance and the pitocin made the contractions so severe and right on top of another that I just couldn’t handle it anymore. I was induced with both of our kids. Hoping that I might actually go into labor on my own.
If it helps, I’ve had several friends (and recently my SIL) who were induced and went without an epidural!
Post # 4
A friend of mine had her baby with no drugs, but it was because the doctors didn’t realize how dilated she was. When they finally realized it, it was too late. The pain was awful, according to her, and her baby was only 4 lbs 8 oz.
That’s just one story though. Is there a real risk with using the drugs? I would go that route, if it’s quite safe, so you don’t turn this into a huge ordeal.
Post # 5
@ASH.: Hi! Labor could start any moment now! I have three children, haven’t used pain medication for any of them. So its possible. I have to admit, the first one was the hardest because I didn’t know what to expect! The other two were pretty painful but I knew what was coming.
Try to stay as relaxed as possible. Focus on your breathing (with first baby I was put on oxygen) and remember that although it feels like it will never end, it won’t last forever and you’ll have a beautiful baby at the end of it.
When my water broke, that was the hardest part. Contractions were coming very frequently and very strong. I just kinda let out big breaths and groans (I guess that you could call them that) for as long as I could, trying to make it last the whole contraction.
Good luck! I had my mind set on med free delivery and thankfully I was able to do it. You will know if you need the meds or not. Just trust yourself. 🙂
Edit: As far as being induced, I wasn’t. For all kids I was about 4-5 days before my due date. For two of them, the day before I gave birth I went on long uphill walks. One walk was trickortreating on Halloween. lol. That could’ve pushed me into labor!
Post # 6
manually have them stretch you then walk walk walk. I put in 5 miles with my eldest and then went home for a nap and woke at 1am in labor. I had three kids drug free and my middle child was almost pain free. Walking is your friend. Labor isn’t so bad. It is the fear of labor that is the problem so the first time always seems worse. PM me if you ever need a pep talk
Post # 7
RESPONSES! My very first thread to start, and I actually get responses. You ladies are all classy and deserve cookies and diamonds
Thank you all for the stories and advice!
@ViaMinorViator: Yeah… my pain tolerance is so low I make dead pansies look macho. So that kind of makes me nervous… Did they administer it to you all at once? Or gradually? I really have no idea how it would work if I did have to be induced. I guess if it comes to that I could always just discuss it with my doctor.
@bunnyharriet: Oh wow. That’s crazy! No, there’s no risk or danger with using any meds or anything, it’s just something that I felt I wanted to do one day out of nowhere and it kind of grew and now I’m just determined to go without. I’m totally opened to it though, if I feel that I need it. I certainly won’t let myself feel dissapointed or defeated or cheated out of a perfect labor if I feel I need them.
@ohulani: Thank you so much for this! I loved reading it 🙂 I really hope I start seeing some labor action soon! I’m getting all antsy haha! This is my first so I really don’t know what it’s going to be like. I’m trying to keep an open mind and not really expect anything since every labor for every person is sooo radically different! I’ll remember to stay relaxed and breath, and try to remember that all the pain is a means to a beautiful end!
@secondchances: Oh yes, walking is something I can definitely do! In fact I’m planning on doing lots of laundry tomorrow and I have to walk to the washroom in my apartment complex. Maybe this will help with… somthing lol. I definitely agree on not fearing labor. I’m not letting myself dwell on it, or I’ll just get worked up and freak myself out.
Post # 8
There was a poster a while back who had an induction without any pain meds; she used the Bradley method to get through the pain. She posted about it here (her username is december).
Have you been preparing with a natural birthing method? I’ve heard the most success stories using the Bradley method or Hypnobabies!
Post # 9
I got induced and was hoping to go without pain meds, but couldn’t make it. I tried walking, labor ball, breathing techniques, and whirlpool tub. Like PPs have said, the contractions were just on top of each other and intense! I did have back labor though. I was given Cervadil and Pitocin. In the end, an epidural was the right choice for me– the pain was making me extremely stressed and my blood pressure go up and put stress on the baby. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 10
Mrs. Spring i have heard a bit about hypnobirthing too! one lady was saying she accidently had her first at home as she didnt think she was far enough along as she had put herself into a trance, and didnt feel that it was time to go to hospital. Baby #1 was born on her bed. Baby #2 was born within 12 minutes of getting to the hospital and it was a similar story with baby #3.
ASH. sorry dont have anything to offer but good luck!! sending lots of well wishes!!!
Post # 11
I am going drug free too if I can! 🙂 I am going to use a birthing pool – is that available to you? Also google some breathing, relation and massage techniques. Try to relax.
Good luck! x
Post # 12
I was induced and had a med free birth. I was lucky in that the dose of Pitocin they gave me was low and my body kicked into labor pretty quickly on it;s own after that. I had done a lot of preparation for a med free labor as tat’s what I hoped for but what really got me through it was having support from my mom and DH in the room, cheering me on and helping me through each contraction. I did a lot of patterned breathing and moaning towards the end and had DH do counterpressure on my back during contractions. Knowing there was a purpose to the pain and that it wouldn’t last forever definitely helped a lot too. Good luck!!
Post # 13
@CEtoSAHM: Oh my goodness! Stress on you and baby is definitely not good. I’m glad it all turned out well though! I’m certainly keeping the epidural option open though, especially in the case of dangerous stress. I’m keeping my fingers crossed against back labor. From what I gather from all over the internet, back labor is NOOOOO joke!
@mrsrangrang: Thank you so much! Maybe I should have looked into some hypnobirthing if they can give THOSE kind of results! LOL My grandmaw had similar labors, though she was just lucky. Her first baby (my dad) she only labored for 3 HOURS! She had 0 labor pains with her last child and was only in labor for 30 minutes. Reached the hospital and she was CROWNING. Her doctor told her if she plans on having anymore she is not to hesitate for even a SECOND if she even THINKS she might be in labor, or she will not make it to the hospital lol. If only…
@Mrsluckywife: WOO! Goodluck to you too! 🙂 I actually have no idea if a birthing pool is available, but I’d LOVE one. I should probably find this crap out BEFORE I go into labor. I hope you have a smooth, wonderful birthing expierience!
@orvis18: If it does come down to having to be induced, I will most certainly be talking with my doctor about pitocin doses and see what my options are. It seems much less intimidating if I can start out slowly instead of having it all hit at once with a large dose. And YAY for support systems! I know my DH will be a great support no matter what, and that certainly makes things seem more okay, no matter what happens 🙂
Thank you ladies! Whether you went med free or not, all of your kind words have helped, and I think you are all rock stars