Thursday, January 15, 2009

I’m Debating

I was all for having an epidural until I saw a video on how it’s done. Let me just say that I had no idea they left the needle in your back so you can get the medication. Now I’m not so sure.

I just read this article from BBC on how the risks are lower than thought but still, what about those 30 people who had bad results? I would HATE to be one of them.

Mothers, please share your experience with or without an epidural and advice.

11 comments:

Katie said...

Honestly, the contractions hurt me so bad. And it was exhausting. That 7 hours of sleep I got with the epidural in was the first and last great night I have had. I completely look up to anyone who has had natural childbirth. But for myself, I really underestimated the pain and exhaustion.

That's my experience! Good luck and put up more preg pictures!!

the fellers said...

well, lets just say, I was just like you when I was pregnant with Scoty. I took a prenatal class, and they sent out stuff about an epidural, and I read it ALL, and was terrified, PLUS, we didnt have insurance, SO, the thought of the cost of an epidural was not something I wanted to do....because they bill you not just once, but every time they give you another dosage...so...yeah, I didnt really want to have one, but I decided I would learn how to breath and get through it naturally, and then see how I went, go in open minded. Well (this is going to be long...sorry), my water broke at 4:45am....and I didnt have Scoty until 8:48 that night...oh and did I tell you that I was not even dilated to a 1? Yeah, so I had a long road a head of me....so I was fine, but then they started me on the pitocin and it got really painful, so I wanted something, so I asked for pain killers, and I got it, then again, then again, finally they told me I couldnt have any more, cause it wouldnt even do anything to me, so I "caved" and got the epidural. YOu have to sit SO still, and the guy wasnt super good at it. It was hard, cause if I got a contraction, I still had to sit still, and they wouldnt let Shon hold my hand, he had to sit away from me, and behind me, so he couldnt even mouth words or encouragement to me....I was so hard, but once I got it, it was HEAVEN!! And I could relax, and the delivery went wonderful. I was so glad that I got it, but also so glad that I learned how to breath, etc (cause some people the epidural didnt work...I know some)....so with Rylee, I decided that I didnt need to be strong, I was going to get the epidural before anything...so right before they started me on pitocin this time, I said, Epidural please...got it, Shon got to hold my hand this time (different anesthesiologist...different hospital all together), and the guy did really great. I felt so good, hardly felt anything, and they even gave me my own little control, so if I felt it coming on, I just pumped it up...it was so nice.. I have however had some side affects from it...With my first one, I was tender on my back for awhile, and sometimes I would get pain shoot up my back, not super painful, but a little uncomfortable, then with this one, I have like a couple of times a week, a section of my back will go numb for about 10 seconds...just kinda like when you foot goes to sleep, then it is fine...but I promise I would take this over having to feel that pain. I salute those that can do it without one...me...I cant....or havent been able to. So my advice, after all the rambling, Get one, BUT learn how to get through it without, just in case it goes super fast, and you cant get it, or it doesnt work. OH, and for the needle that stays in your back....does a needle really stay in your back? I thought it was the tube, and they tape it all up and around your shoulder so you cant feel it, plus you are numb....was that a long enough comment for you? Good luck!

Liz said...

Yeah. I didn't know what I wanted either. I didn't take any classes I read books and became really scared of epidurals. I decided that I didn't want one-but I was open to it if I needed it. (here is my post about it: http://alligatorfood.blogspot.com/search/label/baby ) My contractions were like the worst period pain ever (which I do have bad periods). I went to the bathroom a few times during my labor which helped. Honestly though you arn't going to know if you need one until you are there. I was up to 7cm and it was bad but not deathly so I asked the nurse when woman normally get epidurals and she said around 5cm so I felt like it was do-able. My friend throws-up with pain when she is in labor at around 4 cm so for her an epidural works but for me or for my first one I was able to do it naturally-(but it was so exhausting I was ready for a nap between pushes) .. but it doesn't matter because everyone's pain is different. SO I would say plan on getting it and see or don't plan on getting it and see.


good luck.

Angela said...

You know my stories. I think its great if you want to do it without but if you get too tired just get the medicine. Don't kill yourself over it.

Brianne said...

I have done it both ways. I didn't choose to go natural the second time it just happened that way. They don't actually leave a needle in your back just a catheter that gives you the medicine. If you are a mentally strong person that can get yourself to a place where you can cope then you may want to try it. But I promise you that the pain you feel with contractions, especially once you get past a 5 will be the worst pain you will probably every experience. The other hard part it that you don't get to rest during your labor and then you are completely wasted after you have the baby. With an epidural you get to rest and have energy when it comes time to push which is nice because you can push for a couple hours sometimes. I pushed an hour with my first. I know the the risks are scary, but all 3 of my anesthesiologist, who were different, had never had a patient have any permanent side effects. It is a tough decision, but I would recommend it, especially if you are progressing slowly. Good luck.

The Randalls said...

The epidural was heaven. You are in SO much pain that you don't even feel the poke and don't really care what they have to do to take the pain away. I think that it was worth it and it makes you relax so and that can actually make your labor go quicker. I say go for it and enjoy the birthing experience. Nick will insist that I get it since I hit him in the face while he was trying to tell me to breath before I was medicated. I love your bump by the way it is So cute!

Danielle Arnett said...

the shot itself was miserable as I had to endure it bent way forward during a contraction during labor. It was NOT fun. I was close to transition when I got it, but once I got it and it kicked in, Labor was fine. Transition was just that and that pain was just as intense and as usual as at birth (without the epidural). The choice is your's, but without is fine too if you are healthy, can focus & concentrate on breathing through the contractions, know that the pain will get rough and don't let it scare you. Staying calm is the best medicine you can give yourself. The pains will pass. I won't exaggerate, the pain is real and laboring can wear you out. With Robert, the Dr.'s gave me Demerol - all it did was make me dizzy and dingy and I still had to endure the pain through it. Would never do that again. I did it natural 4 out of 6 times. I had the epidural with Josh. Would I recommend an epidural? I would say it's an individual decision. Although I did it with Josh and it was oaky, I'm not sure, given the chance to do it again that I would. Keeping things as natural and drug-free as possible is best, but agian, it's an individual decision. Just remember this: Watch your percentage of effacement and cm of dilitation during labor. When you reach 100% effacement and are at 10cm dilitation - make sure the Dr. is there to catch the baby b/c that is when you can safely push. Not before that! You may be tempted to push before that, but don't. Breathe through the temptations to push and work hard not to push until it is time. Also, Don't freak if you lose your mucous plug prior to going into labor. Watch for it and just let the Dr. know. If your bag of waters break, don't freak...you need to call your Dr. and make your way to the hospital. Don't wait too long to get to the hospital. For me, I waited until I could no longer walk through a contraction to go, but the hospital here was close to home. As for you, when to go to the hospital is a decision you should make after consulting with your OBGyn Dr. Christina, you know your body best. You will learn to distinquish the difference between true and false labor. Take care. We love you and you are in our prayers.

k8e said...

Ok, wow, I would be freaked out after hearing all these stories. I went with an epidural and it was heaven. My labor experience was awesome! I loved the epidural so much I wanted to name the baby after the guy who gave it to me. Honestly, for me, morning sickness was 10 times worse than delivery. You'll be just fine. Just don't let everyone else freak you out.

ChrisandLindsay said...

I absolutely loved the epidural!! It was amazing. I never really had any bad contractions before...until they broke my water and then like instantly they started hurting so bad. I don't even remember it hurting when they put the needle in my back, but after it started working I felt so good. And it's just a tube that they insert into your back, so the needle doesn't actually stay it. You also can't feel it still in there, so once it's in you'll be just find. I was actually able to sleep a little bit while my mom and aunts were watching the monitor at the size of my contractions and were just amazed that I was just laying there. The part that literally hurt the most for me was when they hooked me up to the IV. They put the needle in your wrist and man it hurt so bad, I started crying a little, but then after that, I didn't feel any pain for the rest of the time. My labor went very smoothly and will never, ever do it with out the epidural. It did start to wear off for me on the left side, but they just gave me another dose and I was fine the rest of the time. I haven't had any side affects. Like some of the other people that have commented on here, it still would probably be a good idea to go to a prenatal class to get an idea of what is supposed to happen and what you are supposed to do...I was signed up for one, but went on bed rest and then got induced before I could even go, so I had to go into it not knowing anything, and I did okay. Anyways, good luck!!!

Cheryl said...

Well you probably don't want my opinion since I don't feel contractions. Seriously I don't. I did get an epidural with my first c section and it didn't work, I felt the whole thing, yeah lots of fun. I delivered Zach VBAC and it was nothing. With my other c sections I got a spinal and got a hot spot from one and a spinal headache with the other. So I'm not a big fan of getting needles stuck in my spine. That's my $.02. Good luck. I loved Dr Sear's Birthing book, it's very informative.

Danielle Arnett said...

If you have it, you will never have bragging rights to not having it. Your mom can say that she had 5 children without one.
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