(Closed) Nitrous Oxide during labor

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Never heard of it for labor but I freaking love it at the dentist. Makes me high as a damn kite in outerspace riding the rainbow of goodtimes lol. But if you want to be aware of what’s going on… Probably not. And you still feel pain, you just don’t care.

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve had it at the dentist and it basically makes me feel completely high. I’m not sure that’s really what I would want during the birth of my child.

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A midwife at the hospital where I’ll be delivering mentioned that a group there is trying to make it available for L&D in that hospital, but she’s not sure how long it will take. It’s widely used outside the US and I’ve read good things about it. She said (IIRC) that the FDA recently approved a simpler delivery system for it that might make it easier for US hospitals to use.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve also used it at the dentist and it makes me completely out of it and high. Not what I would want during childbirth, but maybe the dosing will be different for you. 


Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

eastcoaster:  I can’t give advice for labor, but I use it to calm down for the shot they give you while getting cavities filled because I’m terrified of needles. It makes me giggle and I feel a bit calmer, but I am still fully aware of what is going on and can still feel the shot they give me – it does not help with pain for me. I just use it because it prevents me from having a panic attack and my dentist office let’s me watch Tom and Jerry at the same time, so it’s an interesting experience lol. 

I think you should talk to a doctor too. Is it something that would be easy to try, then start a plan B if it ends up not working for you? I ask because they typically give me oxygen before to make sure my breathing is ok. I think it all depends on your mind and tolerence as well. I have a high tolerence to those types of drugs so they have to give me a little more than average and it takes about 15 minutes for it to start working on me. And with anethesia for after I got my widsom teeth removed I was able to hold a full conversation with my mom and the doctor, I was just a little wobbly. But I’ve seen other people say the craziest things after like they were completely out of it. 

So in my experience wtih nitrous yes it does help you feel calmer, but no it didn’t help me with pain. Hope it goes well for you! 🙂

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