• N
  • TX, US
  • 7 months ago

Epidural to or not to

I am going in to be induced on May the 21st, so literally 7 days y’all!! 💖 My Doctor has placed me an epidural on standby just in case I choose to have it, but I just wanted a little insight to moms who have had one or not had one and their thoughts! Thank you ❤️
  • E
  • CO, US
  • 7 months ago

I had back labor and was in a lot of pain with no reprieve from the contractions. I was begging for a c section to get it over with ( which they wouldn’t do). Then I got my epidural. GAME CHANGER!! I absolutely loved it!! My whole experience changed. I was able to rest mid labor and able to joke and laugh. It was hard to tell if I was pushing. But for pain it was amazing, I would do it again and love my entire experience. But you know what is right for you and you could always try natural and ask for an epidural if you feel like you need it. You may not!

  • K
  • GA, US
  • 7 months ago

Unless you are 42 weeks, there’s usually no good reason to induce early. Let your body do what it was designed to do. I had our 10lb son with no medication and I will do the same with our daughter due in August. Natural childbirth is not scary, it is empowering. Your body already knows what to do, you just have to relax and let it do it’s job. 😊 if you can avoid the induction, please do! It’ll be better for you and baby!! Remember, there are no real scientific studies on the effects of drugs on the baby during labor.

  • K
  • KY, US
  • 7 months ago

I went in with a plan to not have one unless I changed my mind. My contractions (if any) were sensations to pee over night every 5 minutes (I had on cervical ripening vaginal suppository & an ambien to sleep for induction in the am. No break of sac) they check in am I was still 1.5 cm, 5 minutes later (without contractions) I was 6 cm. They said this is your last chance, I was scared and asked, anesthesiologists wasn’t there, in 5 min, checked again and he was not crowning but I was 10cm too late for epidural. you don’t get it. The benefits outweigh risk before during and after birth, but if anything’s wrote you’ll be whisked off to C-section and get one anyway. Natural birth hurts, but better for hormones and longer stay. 🤷‍♀️ #complicated. Some people just need them and you don’t know until you are giving birth.

  • C
  • SCT, GB
  • 7 months ago

I went in planning to avoid the epidural - I actually chose to give birth in a ward that didn't offer it. But after 36 hours of labor and no progression, plus I was losing energy since I hadn't eaten anything and had been sick, I requested a transfer and an epidural simply because I feared I wouldn't have the energy to push when the time came. After the epidural I was able to get a bit of rest and talk to the doctor about my options. Basically, if you go in wanting one that's fine. But if you plan not to have one and end up requesting it, that's also fine. It's your choice and you can always change your mind.

  • V
  • 7 months ago

Also the people who tell you there’s no side effects unless it’s been years I wouldn’t take their advice on that

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