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scared of labor/epidural

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erin posted this 21 December 2018

So I am due in 2 months.  I haven't decided if I want an epidural?  I am really afraid of giving birth and I have read that there are some studies that suggest that the epidural leads to other complications.  Plus, I can't decide if I am more afraid of birth or having a needle in my spine!  Creepy!  

Did you get an epidural?  What was it like?  Would you do it again?

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layla posted this 21 December 2018

Congrats...I did have epidural and I ended up with an emergency csection. The epidural hurts but labor hurts alot more.

Madi posted this 21 December 2018

I got an epidural and it was AMAZING! No complications whatsoever during labor/delivery. I don't think I would have been able to handle it without the epidural. I think that if you are going to have complications/issues, they are going to happen regardless of getting an epidural or not getting one

brittany posted this 21 December 2018

So I went all natural with my first son, and got an epidural with my second son. I also was scared! I was having back labor and when I finally got the epidural, I was already 7 cm!! I remember crying, not because of the labor, but because I was so afraid of the needle, haha! It's really not bad though, I promise! they numb you in the spot first, and then you can't even feel when they give you the actual epidural. I had no complications what so ever.. my husband and I were bored, we didn't know what to do with ourselves haha. I will say though, I have heard of the epidural making people nauseas or give them the shakes, and my mother in law swears she has vision problems because of the epidural, but I say if you want to do it, you go for it! I had a great experience!

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Britney posted this 21 December 2018

With my first I opted for whatever medication they offered through the IV because I was afraid of the needle. That worked well for earlier labor, but I went for the epidural eventually. I personally did not feel anything since I was already on the IV medication. After they gave me the epidural they took me off the first stuff. It was weird pushing with the epidural because they are telling you to push but you can't really feel what your body is doing. So I focused on when they would tell me that was a good one and just try my best to repeat exactly what I did so I knew I was getting it right haha. Hope that makes sense.

Gemma posted this 21 December 2018

I was really scared of the birthing process too but I wanted to try and go natural. I was 7cm also when I went to the hospital and was in so much pain I decided to get the epidural. I honestly don't know if I would've been able to handle it without it lol. After the epidural I was nauseous and threw up a few times, they gave me medicine to help with that. I will say that after the epidural it slowed the process down a lot and I ended up pushing for an hour and a half because I couldn't feel anything. I'm sure if I went without I'd have my son within an hour of being in the hospital. I would definitely get a epidural for my next baby but maybe ask them to start with a lower dosage?  

The actual epidural wasn't so bad for me and was nothing in comparison to the contractions I was having.

Megan posted this 05 February 2019

Don't be scared of labor. Your body knows what to do. Read a lot on the different stages of labor so you can recognize them and learn how to deal with each one. I guess I have a high pain tolerance. I had 4 babies naturally. Yes it hurts. A lot. But you get through one contraction at a time, they don't last long and as soon as you can push you feel better because you are doing something!

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Bethanie posted this 07 February 2019

I’ve had a few friends who tried it naturally and succeeded! You’ll never know how strong you are until you attempt the unbelievable. Good luck. You got this!

Mya posted this 07 February 2019

Once you're in the delivery room you will know whether you want the epidural or not. I had my first natural but my second I wanted the epidural! 

Rebekah posted this 13 February 2019

I agree! Once you are in labor, you will be able to decide what you want to do. I had it set in my mind that I would only do IV drugs. I did that but after about 17 hours of labor, I did decide that I wanted to try the epidural. It ended up not working well. I didn't have any ill effects from it though. Even knowing how painful it all is, my second I didn't do the IV drugs or the epidural. Both deliveries were "helped along" with Pitocin. Towards the end is when the most painful contractions occur but by that time you are ready to push that baby out! 

Once you're in the delivery room you will know whether you want the epidural or not. I had my first natural but my second I wanted the epidural! 

Susan posted this 14 February 2019

Of course looking at the pain, labor hurts more, plus considering the fact that it'll be administered by trained professionals I think you have little to worry about. It's what most people get nowadays

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Jane posted this 14 February 2019

I am also three months away from giving birth and I am also nervous about it. As of now I am thinking about going all natural due to the research I've done about epidurals and other medications that they offer. I feel like I would be that one of the few who would have aftermath affects from it. But I won't know for sure until I'm actually there giving birth.

Jane posted this 14 February 2019

I am also three months away from giving birth. As of now I am thinking about doing it all natural due to the research I have done on the epidural and other medications that they offer. I feel like I would be the one of the few who would have negative affects from it. But I won't know for sure until I'm actually there giving birth.

Aneez posted this 14 February 2019

Me too! I heard of you move wrong while receiving the epidural you can get paralyzed. Is that true?

Megan posted this 14 February 2019

Yea, it is you have to stay still. It's the spine any single mistake can lead to paralysis buy after the injection, it's bliss

Me too! I heard of you move wrong while receiving the epidural you can get paralyzed. Is that true?

Laura posted this 18 February 2019

Has anyone had adverse reactions to their epidural?

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Lara posted this 02 March 2019

I had a friend who got a "spinal migraine" from her epidural. They ended up having to put a patch on her spine because her fluid was leaking out and giving her a horrible migraine. She told me that it was awful and that she would have rather had labor pain than the first 4 days of being a mom on drugs and being in pain. 

Mel posted this 04 March 2019

I got an epidural and it was painless... I also was already 5 cm when I got it with contractions almost 30 seconds apart. It really was worth it and I was able to enjoy my labor and delivery. It is best to wait as long as you can before getting an epidural. Breathing helps a lot, I advise attending a birthing class.😊 

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EVE posted this 04 March 2019

My first I got Epidural and it was an ugly feeling it going in and it creeps me out thinking about it but at the time I was in so much pain I didn't care and you wont care if a big needle goes in you because you are in that much pain. They had to poke me twice and I have had horrible back pain since then so when I was pregnant with my second I had horrible back pain so I told myself I will go through all the pain just so my back wont mess up more. Let me tell you the pain was horrible I birth a 9lb baby and recovery was horrible but I WOULD NOT change my birth plan it was an amazing feeling knowing WOW I did it with no epidural and how your body just knows what to do. I plan to do it natural with my third as well, so yes the pain is bad but you forget about it otherwise I wouldn't be saying I'm doing my third natural lol. I watched lots of YouTube videos on ladies that did natural and they basically helped me have confidence in myself. Good luck and I am sure you will do great!!!

Bri posted this 04 March 2019

I begged for my epidural when I arrived at the hospital. The contractions were unbearable. A few minutes after I got it, the pain subsided. Labor just felt like pooping (TMI). No pain whatsoever. Honestly, postpartum recovery hurt worst than pushing my baby out. The only aspect I didn't like about the epidural was my legs went so numb that I had no control over them. One of them had fell off the bed and I couldn't feel it or lift it up Lol Hubby had to put it back on the bed. Other than that, I am not sure how I would have made it through labor without it. 

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Alissa posted this 04 March 2019

Go for that epidural!!! The contractions hurt so much that I did not even feel the epidural whatsoever. Once it kicked in i felt nothing! Could not have done it without it.

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