(Closed) Bees who have had both drug free and epidural labors.

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
6524 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

sugarcloud :  i had intentions of having a drug free birth. However, after having contractions for 48 hrs and the doctor deciding to induce me bc my Bridal Party went to 150/100, we couldnt wait for my water to break. I hadnt slept. So the doctor suggested i get an epidural so i can get some rest to avoid a c sec. I had an axiety attack, panicked, and got it.

Well, the epidural didnt work. I felt all the pain. However, it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be. It was more annoying than anything.

Here is my perfect description of pain. Contrsctions feel like a mixture of really bad cramps and gas pain. I had front labor, so thats where i felt everything. Then when it was finally time to oush it felt like i was extremly constipated and that i was trying to take a shit except it was coming out of my vagina. And thats annoying. When the baby starts to come out, you will know, it feels like a ring of fire, kinda like how it feels when you pour alcohol onto a paper cut. And then quickly after that its all over. Once the head and shoulders are out the baby is out in seconds. For me, getting the head and shoulders out took forever. My daughter did not want to come out! I pushed for almost 3 hours. 

Post # 47
683 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

sugarcloud :  I’m not sure, to be honest. It very well could have come from the hormonal shift from baby being born. All I know is that I was very unsorted for quite some time and headache aside the nerve damage plus the subsequent edema from the iv fluids were terrible. I was so full of water that I couldn’t sit cross legged or wear socks for 2 weeks! 

Post # 48
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve had two vaginal deliveries with epidural and had no complications either times.  Getting the epidural placed is not the most pleasant of experiences but I wouldn’t say it’s painful, and I’ve been up and moving around within an hour of having them turned off both times.  

With my first labor, I knew I wanted the epidural from the start.  Labor was relatively quick, I was 5 cm dilated when I arrived at the hospital and by the time I was able to get an epidural I was almost at an 8, with contractions just starting to really hurt.  After I got the epidural, I still felt all of the sensations of contractions, pushing, and delivering; just with very little pain.  Because my first labor went so smoothly and timely, I was leaning towards going drug free with my second.  I never really committed to that, I think partly because I didn’t want to set myself up for failure, but that was my tentative plan.  However, labor with #2 lasted a loooong time.  Finally, 20 hours into it and at only 5 cm dilated, I begged for the epidural and that was that lol.   All in all, I’m okay with my decision to get an epidural and especially thankful for my last one.


Post # 49
1284 posts
Bumble bee

I had an epidural and I got it right away, since my labor went super fast and I was already almost fully dialated when we got the the hospital.  And it was pure bliss!  I never really felt the needle go in, and then almost immediately thereafter, there was no pain, and I felt like I really got to experience my son’s birth.  He came into the world calmly, and I was smiling ear to ear while I cuddled him after he came out — it was magic!  Sure, my legs were numb and I couldn’t get up for a while, but I didn’t care — I was holding him skin to skin while they fixed my torm areas and I didn’t feel a thing.  Perfection!  Wouldn’t do it any other way (assuming I had a choice).

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