(Closed) Epidural…yay or nay?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you/Are you having an epidural?
    Hell yes! : (94 votes)
    52 %
    Not sure..... : (26 votes)
    14 %
    No but might use other medication pain relief : (13 votes)
    7 %
    No because I am going all natural no meds : (48 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 47
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I voted ‘not sure’. I’m actually not afraid of labour pain (famous last words!), so that’s not the reason I’d consider an epi. I’m just trying not to get attached to any single birth plan as they so frequently go out the window for multiples. I would like to at least try without meds, but OB consultant is strongly recommending an epidural because the chance of complications for twin 2 is quite high and may mean I need a post-haste c-section. :/ We’ll see… Apparently they can put in a port without the meds, just in case. A lot depends on them and when they come, how they’re positioned, how strong/big they are, etc. 

    I have to say, the idea of me being numb down there isn’t making me jump for joy, especially since the pain meds can slow down labour and possibly necessitate other intervention. 

    Post # 48
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    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @michiru4ever:  Right, that’s what you said before (just more direct), and why I had added in another one of my comments that really taking into account all factors of birth team, labor coping methods, delivery position, etc matter when examining birth outcome/experience. A women that moves through labor would feel much different if she were stuck in bed (just comparing portions of her birth if maybe she had to be monitored for a certain time being required to lay down and then get back to sitting, squatting, walking, swaying, etc).

    It’s really difficult to compare births b/c sooooo many factors go into them… why I really tried to cover the main factors that either help make an experience better/”easier”/manageable or an experience worse/agonizing/etc… how one tolerates or perceives pain is only a very small portion of the experience. Were they able to move, did their delivery postion help the baby or inhibit the baby, put more pressure on the perineum or allow the pelvis to open to full capacity & the vagina easily stretch w/o the pubic bone in the way… all factors of how well a woman will cope.

    It’s not just about individual perceptions but how a woman was cared for in her labor.

    Post # 49
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @MsW-to-MrsM:  EEK! That’s really terrible she didn’t have a more competent team!… Cry that could’ve made all the world of difference! I know the Farm stats have VERY few 3rd degree tears (8) and only one 4th degree tear, and they’ve even had a number of brow (5) and face (12) presentations born vaginally!.. so some difficult presentations with still very minimal tearing (they don’t have their birth size stats available). On a personal level, my MW delivers 10-12lb babies quite regularly (since MW attended births generally go to a longer gestation) has only seen one 4th degree tear in her career & the moms child was actually very small (they repaired her in a way that for her next children, who were actually larger, she didn’t tear at all).

    I know my first experience alone really played a huge part on when/if I wanted more children AND how I went about it the next time. I found a much more competent provider that was more experienced in birth practices (even though she has less creditionals and less schooling… waaaaaay better). lol I hope your sister had a better experience her second time around!

    Post # 50
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I’m terrified of an epidural and avoided one for both on my births. The thought of putting a needle near my spin terrifies me!!!! 

    Post # 51
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    4354 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I planned to go without one but after 37.5 hours of labour and hard work (walking, tub, etc…) my plan went out the window. I was totally drained and hadn’t slept in days so I got one. I will I admit it was pretty magical lol. I was still able to move my legs and feet but felt no pain and was able to sleep comfortably. It’s not until the end when I was feeling lots of pressure (from 7-10cm) and it was uncomfortable despite the epi. I had no bad side effects. 

    Post # 52
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @MrsSawyer:  I was still able to move my legs and feet but felt no pain and was able to sleep comfortably.

    I think that’s one of my biggest reservations regarding epidurals – the thought of not being able to move my legs and feet.  Is it just different for different people or do they actually have doses where you can request a lower dose to not become completely numbed down like I would fear being?

    Post # 53
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think it’s interesting that here on the bee I rarely, if ever, see anyone looking for “a gold star” or “a medal” because they have a natural birth – but there are certainly a lot of women who are determined to tell them they don’t deserve one…

    Certainly many bees will share info and experiences about why they think med-free is better (when asked, as OP did), but they NEVER tell anyone else that they were “more woman” as a result. They might share that they were proud of themselves, or that it was wonderful, or whatever, but I figure that’s fair enough – just coz I can’t handle running a marathon doesn’t mean I’ll begrudge someone who can!!

    I think it’s a shame these discussions always turn into people getting hurt feelings, instead of just sharing ideas. I know it’s hard when it’s so personal, and maybe people are facing judgement beyond the bee, and maybe even from themselves.

    Post # 55
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I always planned to have one until my mom was killed by and epidural pain injection in her spine. She got fungal meningitis, had a stroke and died from tainted meds (they were supposed to be sterile and weren’t). I’m paranoid about where my meds come from now, since my mom never knew her meds weren’t from a regulated manufacturer and they were supposed to be safe. No way I’ll have something put into an area of my body i.e. spine, that can allow it to reach my brain so easily if something goes wrong. I’ll use other meds, but no epidurals for me, EVER.

    Post # 56
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    5654 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @abax:  Wow. I’m so sorry! 🙁

    If I remember correctly there was a recall in the last couple years for this very reason. I do believe they said the tainted vials were not used in childbirth epidurals, but it definitely makes you wonder about the risk!

    Post # 57
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    227 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m pretty sure there are other options for pain relief. Ask your doctor what alternatives there are to the epidural. 🙂 Good luck!

    Post # 58
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    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @runsyellowlites:  Yah, there’s been more than a few. None in childbirth epidurals yet, but the delivery is the same, so I don’t want to risk it. You should see how annoyed the doctors and nurses get when I ask them where my medicine is coming from.

    Post # 60
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    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Sunshine09:  Sorry! It’s good to be informed though, and it is extremely unlikely to happen- it’s personal for me though so it makes me a bit irrational about the odds.

    Post # 61
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    1272 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Sunshine09:  me too! But I’m reminding myself that there are lots of things that can go wrong at many stages during labor, but ALL of them are highly highly unlikely, and we can never predict which one will affect us.

    @abax:  I’m so sorry to hear about your mum and totally understand your personal decision on this one!!

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