Post # 1
I had my midwife appt this morning and we started talking about what kind of labor and delivery I wanted. I would like to avoid an epidural if possible. She talked about some of other options I would have. One she mentioned was the hospital is have nitrous oxide installed in all the rooms in the family center.
I had not heard about it being used during labor. It sounded interesting so I have done some reading this morning and it seems it was very popular in the us before epidural a came around and is still very popular in other countries. In New Zealand up to 70% of women opt to use it.
Does anyone have an personal experience with it? I think I will be including it as an option for pain and stress management during labor.
Post # 2
Following- I’ve never heard of that but it sounds interesting. I’ve never used nitrus for anything, but I hated my epidural. The doc put it in wrong on his first try, and even properly it was painful to get in. The meds were nice until they shut it off so I could “feel when to push”. I had really intense migranes for several days after, one which even had me throwing up due to the intensity. Unfortunately the pain of labor was worse so I’d still do it again unless there were better options.
Post # 3
ive never used it but plenty of my Canadian friends have and all seemed to love it. I’ve never seen it offered in the U.S., would be a good option before jumping right to epidural.
Post # 4
eastcoaster: also known as “Laughing Gas” in the dental world. I can not say how this is for labor but as for dental procedures, I refuse it. This does not work on me at all. Maybe try it at your dentist before something more intense as labor.
Post # 5
BrideK2Wings: They gave it to me when I had my wisdom teeth out and I HATED how it made me feel! It made feel extremely dizzy and like I was totally shitfaced and nauseous.
Post # 6
I had it once at the dentist while having a cavity filled. I kind of loved it. I was completely aware of what was happening to me, and I could feel everything (although the pain was lessened), I just didn’t care. I was completely content. I’m not pregnant yet, but I’d definitely consider it for labor.
Post # 7
It’s very common in the UK and available in all rooms. It did nothing for me except provide something to bite on but most friends thought it was great.
Post # 8
Entonox/gas and air is super common here… everyone I know who has had a baby has used it at one point or another. It can make some people feel sick but others just feel a bit spacey. It’s supposed to take the edge off the pain if it’s inhaled just before a contraction starts, and then during the contraction. It’s used because it’s supposed to help women avoid an unnecessary epidural. There are no long term problems associated with the use of gas and air. If you don’t like it on the day, just don’t use it after the first few tries… the effects wear off pretty quickly, after all.
If you google “entonox” or “gas and air” you should be able to find some good info on this.
Post # 9
I wish it was more available in the US. I would have gladly tried it before getting an epidural.
Post # 10
The midwife who taught our childbirth class mentioned this. She said it’s very common in Europe but most OBs and hospitals in the US won’t agree to it, even though it’s used for other medical purposes here.
Post # 11
It’s very common in Canada. I don’t know much about its effects first-hand since I’m not an anxious dental patient, but I will definitely have it as an option when I give birth.
Post # 12
I’m in the US and I really wanted to have this as an option but none of the hospitals in my area offer it! It’s super common in the UK. Most of what I’ve read has shown that it’s very safe. Not everybody likes it, but if you don’t like it, it goes into and out of your system very quickly, so just don’t use it during the next contraction! I used it for a dental procedure years ago and loved it!
Post # 13
I’ve used it during dental procedures and I LOVE it. It wouldn’t really do anything for pain, but it’s great for relieving anxiety (which in turn could probably ease the pain…the more anxious you are, the more sensitive you are to pain). Very interesting!
Post # 14
Gas is a really common form of pain relief in New Zealand and I used it for the last 3-4 hours of labour with my 9lb 12oz son. It definitely doesn’t take the pain away but it does take the edge off and lots of women (myself included) find it helps to focus breathing and give you something other than the pain to think about. I would highly recommend it!
Post # 15
I would love to try it, but its not common here. i´ll have to ask when i become pregnant. i see women using it in “One every second” and think that may be something for me, as I’m afraid of needles and the thought of something going in my back (and can’t move) terrifies me.