Post # 16
My epidural was TOO good. I was 4cm dialated and almost 100% effaced the week before I even went into labor. So I went into labor and it felt like the worst period cramps you can imagine, I didn’t get the stomach tightening and releasing sensation like most people describe. Anyway I got my epi about 2 hours after arriving to the hospital where I was 6cm. It worked TOO well. I couldn’t feel a thing. The nurse had to lift my legs into the stirrups & put her fingers on my stomach and feel for the next contraction with the monitor to know when to tell me to push. I wish I could have felt when to know to push, but if given the complete opposite I would take feeling nothing at all! LOL, overall I had a really good labor and delivery experience.
Post # 17
anonbebe88: The epidural helps alot with the pain but again doesn’t get rid of it entirely. I was in labor for 24 hours and at about the 16th hour opted for the epidural (it was always my plan to get one) but honestly that was the point when at about 4 cm they broke my water and up until that point I could deal with the contractions every few minutes. The epidural didn’t hurt much and the relief I felt during the contractions was wonderful and much needed seeing as I had been unable to rest for at least 48 hours at that point. Just make sure you tell them as soon as you want it because they dont just rush in to do it and you have to have adequate amount of fluids.
Unfortunately for me the epidural stopped working during the pushing process which was probably the worst time for that to happen so I felt everything – but in the end it was all worth it.
Post # 18
My epidurals were heavenly.
Post # 19
I voted “no & glad” but I REALLY did want one… Everything just happened way too quickly… And I thought “everyone gets one, I will too”… I wasn’t opposed to getting one and actually wasn’t sure I could do it without one… But I did!! And the recovery was almost instantaneous… I mean, there’s still pain – which varies if you tear and whatnot,,, but I was able to get up and walk around, even though everyone wanted me to “take it easy”…
I had an appendectomy a few days later and recovering from that was worse pain-wise than the entire labor ordeal!
My advice is, know whether you would be okay with having an epidural if offered… Try to do it without one, but listen to your body… And get one if it feels like the right thing to do… Not because it’s what “everyone does”…
Post # 20
I also wanted to add, that 12 weeks later my epi site on my back is still sore. I can feel it when I bend my back. Not painful, but like a bruise.