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Did you use the Epidural and would you use it again?

Post: #1
03-15-2012, 09:06 PM
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Did you use the Epidural and would you use it again?

When you were in labor did you use the epidural? If so, would you do it again knowing the risks? Having an epidural can be dangerous. When I was pregnant my plan was to have a water birth and not use any form of pain killer. However, when I was in labor my blood pressure was too high and they recommended the epidural. I think it was a smart choice at the time however, I can't stop thinking about the risk that I took. I am all about natural cures and alternatives to medication.



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Post: #2
03-18-2012, 03:39 AM
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Did you use the Epidural and would you use it again?

(03-15-2012 09:06 PM)dashboardc33 Wrote:  When you were in labor did you use the epidural? If so, would you do it again knowing the risks? Having an epidural can be dangerous. When I was pregnant my plan was to have a water birth and not use any form of pain killer. However, when I was in labor my blood pressure was too high and they recommended the epidural. I think it was a smart choice at the time however, I can't stop thinking about the risk that I took. I am all about natural cures and alternatives to medication.


As a mother, I don't like epidurals. I had one with my first pregnancy, mostly to shut my mother up! (If you've ever seen Carol Burnett on Mad About You when Jamie was in labor ... Youtube for that if you need to... well, you've seen my mother. The woman should never be allowed near a labor and delivery room. She's a walking ball of stress.) I've had six more children since then without an epidural and that was by far a better choice for me.

However... as a nurse, I have a slightly different view of them. If the mother is clearly not coping well with labor, if the baby is getting stressed by the mother's stress, if labor is stalling in its tracks because mom cannot relax enough to let her body let go... an epidural can be a huge benefit.



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Post: #3
03-19-2012, 02:30 PM
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RE: Did you use the Epidural and would you use it again?

I wasn't able to have one because my labor was going really fast, and they were afraid it would cause complications. I was only in labor for 4 hours. Still, I certainly wished I could have one at the time!



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Post: #4
03-20-2012, 10:39 AM
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RE: Did you use the Epidural and would you use it again?

Hello, yes I have used an Epidural and I have had 3 children used it with all 3 of them. I did know the risk and did still choose to go ahead with it. I would like to live in a fantasy world and think I could have done without but I know there was no way. Especially since I had to have C-sections with all of my children and the pain I had when I was in labor was NO JOKE because of the way their heads were. With my third ofcourse my c-section was planned because I had no choice but with the other two. I think that I would have dies had I gone through it without a aid for my pain being the amount of pain I was still in even with the Epidural!!



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Post: #5
03-26-2012, 07:29 PM
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I had an epidural when I gave birth to my daughter. I had to be induced and so I was given pitocin which made labor unbearable. Even when my first one fell out I opted to get another one because the pain was so bad. Picture me sitting off the side of the bed bent over and contracting while they are trying to administer another epidural and I am crying the whole time. It was not pretty but even through all that when I go into labor this time (I am 33 weeks pregnant) I feel better knowing if I want one I can have one.



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Post: #6
03-31-2012, 10:19 PM
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I have had two children and did not have an epidural for either one. With my first child, I was totally against it. I did accept two shots of Nubain, but only recieved relief from the first. It mostly helped me to rest and relax between contractions. With my second child, I actually WANTED an epidural, but by the time I got to the hospital, the labor was progressing too quickly. I got through it just fine with no drugs at all!

As with anything, while there are some risks involved, there are also several benefits. To many people the benefits outweight the risks, which is why they choose to receive an epidural.




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Post: #7
04-10-2012, 04:06 AM
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RE: Did you use the Epidural and would you use it again?

With all of my children I had an epidural. My my last two I had a spinal in addition to the epidural. I have a high pain tolerence but it was so important to me to have a good all around experience. I thought since I have the option to rule out the pain factor, I should do it so that my experience was a positive one.
Now saying that, I have seen women (and maybe I could have been one of them) who go through the childbirth experience with no pain medications whatsoever and they still have a positive experience. I think the choice of the epidural is a very personal choice. I also think it is very important that you allow yourself to be very fluid in your birth plan. Things happen and not always the way you want them to. So your birth plan should always include those "if this happens, then I will do that". By allowing yourself to alter your birth plan in the middle of labor, allows things to happen faster without hesitation which could be to the benefir of your baby and yourself.
I always say, plan for the worst and wish for the best. I think when it comes to birth, no statement could be truer.



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Post: #8
04-10-2012, 04:37 PM
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I did it both times I gave birth and really didn't have a good experience either time. The first time, the epidural only took on one side of my body and I still felt the majority of the pain. When they tried to "fix" it, they gave me too much and it was not a pleasant experience.

The second time I had one, they again gave way too much and I was numb all the way up to my neck, which made me feel as though I could not breathe. Of course I was, but since I couldn't feel myself breathing I went into a panic. Then, my blood pressure dropped to a scarily low level and they had to work to raise it back up. I nearly blacked out from that.

If I ever have another child, I do not think I will be having an epidural.



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Post: #9
04-13-2012, 05:02 PM
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I had two children and used epidural with both of them. With my second daughter, I had a bad experience and so if I do get pregnant again, I will not being using the epidural. I will just have a natural birth. I feel like I am strong enough to do that to make sure that my child is safe.



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Post: #10
05-07-2012, 10:25 PM
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I had an epidural for both of my children, and I would choose to have on again in a heart beat. I was in such pain before getting both epidurals, and it was such an incredible relief both times when they took effect. I was able to relax and not feel stressed out over severe pain. I did not feel an ounce of pain for either birth once the epidurals were administered, but I know not everyone has that experience. I've heard many people tell me they still felt everything, yet I became totally numb from the waist down (which was weird, but a welcome alternative to pain). The medication did not hinder either birth.



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