Post # 1
Hi ladies!!!!!! Just had a passing thought. Not pregnant yet, but have always always wanted to do it without an epidural (I’m one of those that wanted to be a mom at the ripe age of 3). Now that I’m older, I’m thinking that may not be such a good idea. LOL.
What do you think??
Post # 3
Defiantely something to research. A lot of pros and cons. I had one baby with and one without and if I am blessed with a #3 I will go without.
Post # 4
Totally undecided. I am hoping to learn more about them in my childbirth classes before I make the decision. Also, regardless of what I decide, I want to remain open to changing my mind when the moment comes.
Post # 5
I am torn on the subject, not pregnant anytime soon but something I think about. If one DOESN’T have an epidural, there are many more options for positions for birthing that are better than the flat on your back in bed that one pretty much has to do if you had an epidural. And it also doesn’t mean you don’t get ANY kind of pain meds if you don’t get an epidural. But I am also a sissy and don’t do pain well. It is certainly something that when the time comes will be a hard choice for me.
Post # 6
I did the epidural, couldn’t take the pain anymore! So glad did…
Post # 7
I had 2 given to me and sadly neither worked =(
Post # 8
I’m not voting, and not pregnant, but right now I would like to do it without. But I don’t know about my tolerance for pain, so I think I would want it as an option, but would want to make it clear in the beginning that I didn’t want one unless I asked.
Follow up for people that did have one– do you think it led to problems with breastfeeding? I only know a few people who have had babies recently and all had epidurals and all have trouble with breastfeeding, and half weren’t able to Boyfriend or Best Friend. I’m not implying that a couple of people make a good case, but I’m curious.
Post # 9
I’m planning to be at home and won’t have drugs available to me. My mother had 3 without epidurals so I know I’ll survive. I’m the type who will want to move around, walk, and change positions to work through to pain. Being numb is a big fear of mine and I don’t think I would like staying still in bed the whole time.
Post # 10
@foodnerd81: I had no problems BFing afterwards
Post # 11
I had a baby who got stuck and after about 18 hours, I started swearing and being a real b*tch, so the doctor ordered the epidural because of my attitude…. Glad I had it, ’cause I had to have a cesearian! HeeHee
Post # 12
I want to go as long as I can without it. If I end up wanting it, that’s okay. But my support team knows that I want to go as long as I can without it. = )
Post # 13
Not pregnant yet, but I definitely do not want one when the time comes. I don’t want to deliver at a hospital and if I do, it will be in my birthplan for no one to even offer it to me. My mother insists I’ll change my mind but frankly, I think being forced to lie still and not feeling half of my body scares me more than the pain of labor- I’m a bit of a control freak. :/
Post # 14
I’m planning on not having one. (I’m a HUGE WIMP, so I hope I can handle going natural!)
Post # 15
I’m pregnant and plan to request one. To each their own, but I don’t personally want to suffer through the pain of a natural childbirth. There is a lot of laboring and contractions that happen before an epidural is administered, so I know I’ll get to experience plenty of pain before the epidural.
Post # 16
I didn’t and I am SO GLAD that I didn’t.
After the birth of my first child, I shared a room with another mother who did have an epidural. I bounced back so much quicker from the labour then what she did. I was up and walking around, showering by myself, and well on the way to teaching myself to use the toilet again (because yes you will have to do that).
I felt so bad for her though, she was hobbling around carrying a wee bag because she had a catheter in. Which made it difficult to shower herself, and even look after her baby by herself, three days after the birth and she was still very dependant on the nurses. And she was astounded how mobile and active I was.
I know everyone recovers from labour differently, but that catheter seemed to slow down her recovery, and she had to have it becuase of the epidural she had. And she hadnt planned on having one, but it ended up being necessary.
That in itself made me so relieved I didn’t have to have one.