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Did you have an epidural?

  1. LAZB

    pomegranate / 3904 posts

    Heck yes, and I had a great birth. I will definitely go with an epi again.

  2. Sofiel

    cherry / 150 posts

    No epidural here

  3. allison

    pear / 1895 posts

    Nope. I'm too scared that it will fail, or that I will have a terrible headache, so I just power through. I tend to have adverse reactions to pain meds.

  4. birdofafeather

    pineapple / 12053 posts

    Nope. There was only a brief minute where I thought "I can't do this" and then the moment passed.

  5. Purpledaisy

    nectarine / 2973 posts

    Yep. And it was amazing!

  6. fairy

    persimmon / 1343 posts

    yes, but it didn't completely work, I still felt pain on my right D:

  7. Honeygold89

    nectarine / 2527 posts

    Nope and hope to be able to do it again without one

  8. Pumuckl

    pomegranate / 3601 posts

    Nope, I wasn't opposed to it but there was no need and no time for it.

  9. illumina

    pomelo / 5469 posts

    Yes. Best thing ever...finally got some time to relax before pushing after being in labour for almost 24hrs!

  10. Alivoo01

    wonderful olive / 19353 posts

    Yup since DS immediately started having heart decels at the beginning on induction so they discussed potential c-section. It was either epidural now or put me under if we had to proceed with c-section later. Regardless, I wanted an epidural later on during my labor if needed.

  11. kiddosc

    grapefruit / 4278 posts

    Yep, had a wonderful experience. It allowed me to relax and I dilated from a 4 to a 10 in just a few hours. It allowed me to labor down and I only pushed for 20 minutes and only needed one stitch.

  12. MrsB2012

    nectarine / 2466 posts

    No, but I had a quick labor and delivery so it was ok..

  13. MrsKoala

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts


  14. littlebug

    honeydew / 7504 posts

    Yes. I needed it so I could get some sleep. I got it, slept for 3 hours, and then it fell out. When they replaced it, it didn't take. Which was actually fine, cuz then I was able to feel all my contractions and knew when to push.

  15. lilyann

    nectarine / 2878 posts

    Yes, I was exhausted after a long induction.

  16. Mrs. J

    pomelo / 5132 posts

    Nope! I didn't really want one, and I hope to do it without one again. Three days of labor, but no drugs no crying.

  17. Mrs. Chocolate

    blogger / nectarine / 2600 posts

    No for both

  18. fussygal

    pomegranate / 3580 posts

    Nope. Toward the end I was starting to doubt myself but pushed through with DHs encouragement.

  19. LuLu Mom

    GOLD / wonderful olive / 19030 posts

    Yes and I have no regrets at all!

  20. shinymama

    persimmon / 1128 posts

    #1 - Yup. Back labor/sunny side up
    #2 - Nope. He showed up 10 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.

  21. chopsuey

    hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts

    yes both times.

  22. .twist.

    pineapple / 12802 posts

    Heck yes! Best decision ever!

  23. Cherrybee

    papaya / 10570 posts

    Nope - even though I was induced with syntocin. I asked for one as soon as they started the hormone drip (ouch!) but they were really mean and told me I needed to wait (in reality, they were just too busy). By the time my midwife came back to my room (4 hour of agony later), I was ready to push. Grr.

  24. Tidybee

    nectarine / 2834 posts

    Yes and it was perfect! I felt the urges to push, could feel how effective the pushes were but still felt relief and could enjoy the birth process (as much as one can)

  25. Espion

    pomegranate / 3577 posts

    Yes, it was good because I ended up needing a c-section anyway, because my pelvis is not meant to birth babies. But bad, because I got the WORST sense of claustrophobia.

  26. erinpye

    pomegranate / 3706 posts

    Yes. First time, induction, worked pretty well but I had to get a second dose, and of course still felt all of my back labor, felt pushing, and felt my legs well enough that I was able to walk myself to the bathroom immediately after delivery, so it was definitely wearing off. Second time, another induction, epi worked for a little while, and then failed, even after they gave me 3 extra doses of meds. I was stuck in one spot, not being able to move to cope with the excruciating pitocin-augmented pain, as I went from a 6 to a 10 in 40 minutes, clawing my skin off because the narcotics made me so itchy, shaking, and nauseated. I didn't have one either time for more than 3 hours, and each time they wore off quickly. I would not get one again because I'd rather feel everything and be able to move through contractions, than depend on not feeling it, only to feel it *and* be unable to move and cope.

  27. Rainbow Sprinkles

    eggplant / 11287 posts

    Three attempts at one with DD1 (unsuccessful),
    No epi with DD2.

  28. bushelandapeck

    pomelo / 5720 posts

    Nope. I did need a small dose of Pitocin though.

  29. ZombieBullfrogHoller

    apricot / 319 posts

    No, I had a pretty quick labor (at least by my standards - 6 hours total from onset of cramp-like-okay-these-are-real contractions to baby-in-arms) and wanted to do it without any pain meds. Contractions were painful, but tolerable, until they strapped me to the bed (next time I'll punch someone before I go along with that nonsense again). I was still able to cope, but then I did have the "I can't do this, I NEED the meds!" moment. My doula suggested I get checked before they call for an epidural just to see. I was like, "Ok, whatever, fine, but then GET IT....uhhh, should my body be bearing down to push on its own?!" I had evidently been in transition because I was fully dilated and ready to push!

    Next baby, I hope not to get an epidural again, as long as things go as well as they did with this one, but I know that doesn't always happen!

  30. deerylou

    pomegranate / 3003 posts

    I did. I was induced (just with cervidil), but labor was immediate and hit me like a freight train. I lasted ten hours before I felt I needed relief to keep going.

    Unfortunately, my first epi attempt resulted in a spinal tap, and I experienced debilitating headaches my first week, postpartum. Not the greatest. I'm a little nervous about similar complications in the future, but delivery was such a positive experience.

  31. photojane

    cantaloupe / 6164 posts

    Yes. GLORIOUS.

  32. winniebee

    hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts

    Oh yes! And plan to again !

  33. SnowLion

    cherry / 104 posts


  34. CRGmama

    apricot / 324 posts

    Yes and it was the best decision I made for my labor! It enabled me to enjoy my experience. Although I would love to know how dilated I was right before getting it because right after I was at 10! I think I was in transition, but I was only 3.5cm two hours before it was given to me. It kills me that I will never know! I definitely plan to get one with our next!

  35. Sophs Mama

    apricot / 429 posts

    Yup, best decision of my life... well, except marrying my husband... and deciding to have our daughter, but yeah! I will be having another one too.


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