(Closed) Do “epiduals” prolong birth?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did getting an epidual prolong your baby's birth?
    Yes, getting an epidual made me stay in labor longer : (0 votes)
    Yes, getting an epidual was the biggest mistake : (0 votes)
    No, the epidual helped ease me, but I would have been in labor this long just the same : (5 votes)
    100 %
    No, but next time I would want to go natural : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I have had one, and they do not prolong the birthing process. They make you much more comfortable. I have three children. The first one I had natural, the second one I also had natural because he came really fast, and the third one, I had an epidural. If I would have had an epidural with the first one, I think I could have had 20 kids. The epidural was great.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @MuchGreater: lol, I am done having any more kids at this point in my life, but it sure would have been a wonderful adventure. My kids are my life 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    there is plenty of information out there to indicate that while epidurals can prolong labor but  they can also make interventions for delivery more likely such as vacuum, forceps, and c-section. The stage in your labor at which you get the epidural has a huge impact on those things happening. All indication are that the longer you wait the less trouble there will be.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I have had alot of friends who have had epidurals have 10 hours + labours, some have even had 15+hour labours!! I didn’t have one and my labour was 2 hours start to finish. My mum had very quick labours and never had an epi so I would say yes, in experiences Ive heard of, they do.

    Post # 8
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I saw on a tv show that if you time it right, it won’t prolong the labor.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Not necessarily, though there’s a chance it could prolong the pushing because it can be harder for some women to push efficiently because they can’t feel what they’re doing. I had one after 6 hours of labor and only labored about four more hours after that and took 14 minutes to push. Even if it does prolong the labor a little, I’d rather labor for 10 hours WITH an epidural than two hours without. They are miracles.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve had short labor with all 4. The last two were epidurals and both of the epidurals were completely different. With the first epidural I was heaven, I walked into the hospital 9cm and they gave me my epidural, then I pushed and didn’t feel a thing! With my second epidural had to stay since I was 5cm. At 7cm I got had my epidural which helped take away the feeling of contractions but I felt everything during delivery. That time labor was a little slower but I went from 5-10 in 6 hrs. 

    I recommend it thought. Just try waiting until 7 cm.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I know two woman who received epidurals between 5 and 7 cm and then had to be given pitocin to strengthen contractions because the epidural had slowed progress. Both required further intervention, including one having to have a C-Section because the pitocin strengthened contractions too much causing the baby’s heartrate to drop. Personally I am going to do everything I possibly can to avoid an epidural.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’d recommend talking to an anesthesiologist about how they work, how far along you can be to get it, how they work, and any other question.  That’s their job, after all!  Just call the hospital and tell them you’ve got questions about epidurals and would like talk to an anesthesiologist about it.  Trust me, they’ll LOVE the fact you’re wanting to talk to them before getting it.  🙂  You’ll also have the chance to talk to one the day of delivery, but…. I’d suggest going before that day!

     

    I had an epidural with my son, and it ended up being useless.  However, that was more to a joint being out of place than anything.  I didn’t need one for my daughter, since I had NO PAIN from the time I went in till she was born.  And yes, I has having HUGE contractions according to the nurses and the machines.  (This is rather rare, so don’t count on it happening… also, pain is good: no one believed I was in labor due to having no pain at all.  Not to mention she was in the birth canal and I didn’t even know it when I went in to have my c-section I’d opted for!!!)

    I’ve known people to have them and they didn’t prolong the labor or require extra help.  

    Also, here’s something else to remember: after you progress so far, you CANNOT GET ONE.  So, you’ll be stuck with the pain and, yes, it can get VERY PAINFUL (from what I’ve heard, I, alas, wouldn’t know).  

     

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Talk to your doctor about when it may be too late. No one seemed to talk me out of it when I was 9 cm. Then you can hold off until you can’t stand it and know that you will be able to get one at the last minute.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think the most important thing to remember, is that everyone is different. Some women (and those within their family) labor easily and quickly. Some will have a very hard time regardless of interventions. Just as some women have easy pregnancies and others have hard ones. It’s all very individual. 

    I know plenty of women who had epidurals and short L&D… a few had rough labors… but they would have been rough regardless…. If this is your first it may be a wait and see.

    I’m personally a pansy with pain and hardly get period cramps so when I do it’s “horrible.” I know I will probably need one when that day comes. While we’re not currently TTC my plan one day is to last as long as I can and then I will gladly take one if necessary. 

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Statistically, epidurals prolong labor.  Now, you can’t look at every individual case and know how it will progress, but on average, epidurals definitely prolong labor.  That said, it’s not by that much, and most women feel it’s worth it.  So just discuss it with your doctor, risks vs. benefits and how your pain threshold is, and make the decision.  And I agree with talking to an anesthesiologist beforehand, though I’d ask your OB for a name rather than just showing up at the hospital.  Good luck!

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @Miss OBG:  there’s usually an anesthesiologist assigned to the maternity ward.  Anyone there can give info as to how to get in touch with one because they switch out like the nurses and dr’s.  The one I had for my son wasn’t the same as with my daughter.  (Which was saddening, cause I liked my “Jolly Green Giant”… I was so out of it with my son, lol).  

    Oh, and find out what meds they’ll give you with the epidural.  I had morphine and, yeah, my anesthesiologist looked like the Jolly Green Giant while he argued with the Dr.  Happy times!!!! (seriously, I laugh about it now and found it funny after I got my c-section the same night.  I also had it running through my mind the next day when he came in to check on me.  He was such a sweetie!!!)

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