Post # 16
People have covered the joy of the epidural, but I want to throw in a vote for the catheter. It was probably the part of birth that most scared me and I LOVED IT. First time I felt some relief and didn’t feel like I needed to pee in months. The best.
Post # 17
Only have 1 baby, but I had wanted to do a “natural birth” the first time around. Like you, I was afraid of getting the ball rolling on all the other interventions that go with getting pain relief & an epidural…then I went 2 weeks overdue and didn’t have a choice, I needed to be induced. Because of that, I was already on continuous fetal monitoring from the start. I also had an IV from the start because of the pitocin drip…so basically my interventions were just rolling in without any choice. I was also given morphine for the pain, and oxygen for distress, and finally an epidural. I asked for it because after all the other interventions, it was like, well this isn’t a “natural birth” no matter how you look at it. That was after laboring with pitocin for 10 hours.
I found that once I had the epidural I actually needed no additional interventions. It wasn’t the horror story some people have that claim that epidurals stop labor, and then you need a c-section. For me, it was the only way I made it through my VERY long, very difficult labor. When I was induced I was barely at 1 cm dilated, so my body and that baby really weren’t ready to be forced into labor. Epidural saved the day. Also, I was still able to do a lot of different positioning and retained feeling/use of my legs. They don’t dose epidurals as strongly as they used to when women would literally feel imobilized.
Post # 18
pink.lemonade : I was about to say– I’ve never given birth but we’re TTC and I had an HSG test done in December where they insert a catheter into your cervix and inject a dye into your reproductive system to see if there’s any blockages. I was supperrr nervous about that part specifically but I didn’t feel it at all. Like, not even a little bit!