Post # 77
I had planned on winging it. If I could take the pain, cool, if not, no shame in asking for an epidural. However, baby’s heart rate was dropping below 50, I was barely dilated, and doctor said that’s it, we are going to c section. My recovery was SUPER easy and I quit my meds once I left the hospital. I am undecided what I want should I get pregnant again.
Post # 78
I had an epidural, and was SO thankful for it. I have a very low pain tolerance, and I’m surprised I lasted the 12 hours of labor that I did before the epidural finally kicked in an hour after I got it. I’m actually quite proud of myself for handling it, but the relief from the epidural was amazing. It didn’t take anything away from the experience in my mind, and in fact for me made it better, because I wasn’t scared of the pain anymore.
Post # 79
I’m going to plan on natural when I get pregnant. However, if the pain is worse than a Kidney Stone,… I’ll probably say “GIVE ME AN EPIDURAL!” Hahah, hopefully it’ll be equally as painful, and I’ll manage to get through it. Of course, C-Section is an “if needed” senario. I would only want a C-Section if I planned on that being my last pregnancy.
Post # 80
I actually changed my mind and decided I wanted a natural birth AFTER I got pregnant. I read and studied a lot of research on the subject, as well as taking into consideration what I’ve witnessed since working on an OBGYN floor for the last two years. That’s what actually made me extremely determind to try to have a natural birth, and to avoid a c-section at all costs unless baby or my health is in danger. It goes both ways 🙂
Post # 81
I have no idea. I mean, ideally I rather have a rip in my stomach versus my vag because I tend to like my vag and want to put more miles on it if you know what I’m saying.
But if it’s not possible, I’m def getting an epidural. Sign me up.
Post # 82
I plan on a natural birth when I get pregant. I do not think drugs are evil; they arent. I’m just not okay with their side effects, and the way they interact with eachother when someone is giving birth. In L&D one thing tends to lead to another. Plus, from the births I’ve seen the natural one’s seem much less traumatic, and the woman seems to be in a lot more control. I do not think less of anyone who has gotten an epidural, but I do think that natural births lessen the need for other emergency interventions.
But, I can’t deny that I am a biased source. I’m in nursing school now, and plan to become a midwife.
Post # 83
Exactly my plan too.
I’m hoping for natural but unsure if I’m the type that can handle it. I’m not setting myself the goal of absolutely going natural because I don’t want to be disapointed in myself if I don’t. It will depend on how it feels when I’m actually in the situation. Plus if my labor is hours and hours long, I may not be able to hang in there without some help.
Post # 85
My OB has adviced me that a c section may be better for me given that I’m 40, first baby, have prenatal depression and had back surgery in 2000 for herniated lumbar disk. In any case I’ll make the final decision closer to due date as I’d like to try for a vaginal birth with epi. All that matters to me is the lower risk procedure On baby’s and my health.
Post # 86
@BlondeMissMolly: I also decided after I got pregnant that I was going to try to go natural. I was always very pro epidural prior to that! It’s weird, and the decision to try it caught me off guard.
Post # 87
A vaginal birth is much better for the baby than a c-section (if it is possible).
Post # 88
I had a natural birth, but my labour was insanely short. I got to the hospital at 6pm at 5 cm and had my daughter at 8:28 pm. I wasnt in a ton of pain until i started to push, but i only had 4 pushes. I found that the recovery was worse , i only had 3 stiches though
Post # 89
I’m also really tired of the condesending “Oh, you’ll change your mind, trust me” comments. I’m not even pregnant yet, but I KNOW I do not want an epidural, and will do anything I can to avoid it. I’m tough, I know I’ll be able to do it on my own, unless, like you said, something goes terribly wrong.
Post # 90
that’s great! I’m sure you will be glad you did! That’s my preference too, though I’m not pregnant, just using what I learned in school.