I had an epidural with DS1 that wore off when it came time to push (the machine was on/off all morning and too late for the nurse to do anything by the time it came to pushing time!)
I had awful IV edema swelling and I think it also attributed to post partum issues (milk coming in late, slower recovery, etc.) for me.
I went unmedicated with DS2, he came so fast I didn't have time to change my mind! Recovery has been a breeze and milk came in fast without the horrible engorgement that I experienced the first time around.
pomegranate / 3658 posts
I did, except for antibiotics for GBS.
cantaloupe / 6630 posts
No, I had two c-sections. But all my sisters and SILs all went unmedicated. They described it as absolute hell but most recovered soooo quickly it is crazy. Two SILs had slow recoveries that required surgery though, because their labours went on for so long.
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
I had an uneducated labor with C. It wasn't super fast at all but it wasn't awful. And recovery was pretty easy. I'm hoping to do it again in December.
pomelo / 5132 posts
I did with DS. Labored for three days, no drugs. I hope to do the same very soon (c'mon baby!), with the exception of GBS drugs.
nectarine / 2784 posts
Yep. Sometimes I'm amazed I did it. My recovery was very easy though.
grapefruit / 4321 posts
Nope. I had a lovely epidural experience. It allowed me to relax and progress very quickly. My milk was in before I left the hospital and I didn't think recovery was horrible.
pear / 1809 posts
I attempted an unmedicated birth. I lasted 28 hours, but my labor wasn't progressing, so they suggested pitocin. At that point, I was tired and knew the pitocin would give me intense contractions, so I got an epidural. My labor lasted 46 hours total and ended in a c-section.
nectarine / 2994 posts
I had an induction with LO1 so had meds for that - didn't have pain relief though. Super easy recovery.
This LO is due on Sunday(!) and will hopefully be all unmedicated this time.
pomelo / 5607 posts
I had nitrous, no epi. Recovery went very well. I was exhausted, but up and moving around almost immediately.
wonderful grape / 20453 posts
Nope. I've yet to avoid an induction, and epidurals and inductions go together for me
pineapple / 12053 posts
Yep and hoping for the same with DD2 in a few months! I felt really good afterward with no complications so it was a positive experience for me!
eggplant / 11287 posts
Yep. And going for another round with baby #3, if all goes as planned! The difference between having an IV and no IV is unreal!
papaya / 10560 posts
I wanted an epidural with lo1 but progressed too fast and the anthesiologist couldn't get there in time.
I didn't even have an iv with my 2nd. I feel like two unmediated deliveries is pretty good!
pomegranate / 3192 posts
I had an unmedicated birth this time and it was amazing! Yeah, it hurt like hell but it was super quick and I felt great right away. No tearing, minimal vaj swelling (might be because I basically didn't even push) but by 2 weeks I felt 100% normal. I would definitely try to go med free next time (if there is a next time). I didn't "try" this time - but I got to the hospital too late for an epidural!
persimmon / 1328 posts
No epidural but I had pethidine (similar to morphine) and Gas & air. The gas and air was great but the pethidine was horrific, I would never accept it again. Did nothing for the pain and just made me feel completely wasted for hours!
grapefruit / 4291 posts
@Torchwood: Nitrous gas for the win!
I had an epi, pitocin, antibiotics and ventouse delivery with my first (27 hour labour) and recovery sucked compared to my second where I only had gas.
watermelon / 14467 posts
I did. Recovery was pretty easy. I had a minor first degree tear that had some scar tissue, but other that that I felt pretty good! I felt mostly normal by about three weeks postpartum.
persimmon / 1339 posts
Nope - laboured unmedicated about 10 hours til I was 10cm and then stopped progressing, so they gave me an epidural because everyone was sure I would need a C-section, but he came out with forceps.
Hot tip: don't let a doctor tell you its too late. After the anaesthesiologist put my epidural in he said as long as you can stay still for insertion (no mean feat!) you can get the epi.
My recovery was textbook - felt good after 2 weeks, back to normal after 6 weeks. A gyne surgeon did my stitching though, so that could have had some thing to do with it.
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
@ScarletBegonia: I did ask about an epidural when I was about 9 cm. they didn't say I couldn't have one, but because they knew I wanted to do med free they encouraged me to go without, which I'm grateful for, since I had the baby less than an hour later. But, obviously I hadn't stopped progressing at all.
pineapple / 12793 posts
Nope. Made it 46 hours without meds though. Did ten of those with pitocin. Gotta say I loved that epidural.
11 hours later I had a c-section.
clementine / 912 posts
Nope, I had antibiotics, Pitocin, and an epidural. I really think the epidural relaxed my body and let me progress quickly. 8 hours from water breaking to baby born. My recovery was also a breeze.
blogger / honeydew / 7081 posts
I attempted a med-free birth. The first 40 hours were unmedicated, then I stopped progressing. I got an epidural placed at 1am, was at 10cm by 2am, and K was born at 2:26. I think, had I not gone for the epidural, there would have been a whole lot more interventions needed.
Recovery was awful, but it's because my stitches got infected. I had no issue with milk coming in!
GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts
Nope, but my epidural wasn't working most of the time so I might as well have
pear / 1610 posts
Nope, with DS I had a csection and with DD I had an epidural. I would have liked to try natural but my midwife basically said I needed to get an epidural because I was trying for a vbac. In the end, I'm glad I did because I don't think I could have naturally labored while stuck in bed with monitors all over me!
coconut / 8854 posts
No, I wax planning on it but it was just too much for me after they broke my waters. I had an epidural. But no side effects after at all. Recovery was amazing and fast and my milk came in on day 4
nectarine / 2208 posts
No epidural, but I did have stadol. I had both a relatively easy labor and recovery.
wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts
For #1, I had some IV medication, but I felt like it didn't do much and it had definitely worn off by the time I started pushing. For #2, I was med free!
eggplant / 11716 posts
I had an epidural with LO 1. No issues pushing and was up walking around right after skin to skin. Milk came in fast, but i'd been leaking colostrum before i ever went into labor.
Only side effect was swelling from IVs.
Planning on another epidural unless this labor is way shorter.
pomelo / 5257 posts
For LO1 I had 51 hours of labor. I got a shot go slow down contractions right before pushing. It did nothing for pain but it helped baby's heart rate during the final hour of labor.
For LO2 I was contemplating an epidural and when I got to the hospital I had decided to get one. Then I got to Triage and they said I was 10cm and could push as soon as I got on the delivery bed. So another unmedicated birth for me.
honeydew / 7917 posts
I had an epidural both times with no complications (just delayed labor with LO1). LO2 came pretty fast, and the recovery the second time around was much easier.
hostess / cantaloupe / 6486 posts
I had an epi with DD1 and everything was fine. No pain meds with DD2, I also had no chance to change my mind and that was great too. I recommend doing both lol my favorite part of going med free was not having to wait to walk/shower! Also feeling her come out was pretty cool. I much prefer an epidural for the after birth/stitching.
pear / 1531 posts
I didn't have an epidural or any meds for #1. I am surprised about all the positivity here surrounding med free birth. I am not sure I ever want to do that again even though I chose to do it once before. I had mild PTSD afterwards. Sure my recovery was easier, but the pain was indescribable. I did have a precipitous labor so maybe that contributed to the pain level. I do get sad when people express disappointment that they weren't able to have a "natural birth". Frankly, I'm not sure why our culture is obsessed with the birth experience. I want to tell them unmedicated birth is not all it's cracked up to be!!
apricot / 343 posts
I had an epidural and pitocin for my first, for the last 12 hours of a 28 hour labor. For the second, I was ready to deliver when I got to the hospital and so just had antibiotics for strep b. I had tearing for both but basically felt myself again within a week.
My midwife commented that meds the first time and not the second was the way to do it
blogger / nectarine / 2600 posts
I had 2 unmedicated births (Save antibiotics for GBS) and Im looking at a 3rd though I admit Im nervous.
persimmon / 1179 posts
@oliviaoblivia: Similar story here! 37 hours without, made it to 10cm, pushed for an hour and then had a c-section around 53 hours total of labour. My epi was amaaaaazing after the time without it haha.
pineapple / 12566 posts
I had an unmedicated birth with LO2. She arrived so fast that there was no time. When the anesthesiologist finally arrived, I was already at 10 cm. The recovery was fast. That said, I had an epi with LO1 and the recovery was only slightly longer. My milk came in around the same time both times.
honeydew / 7504 posts
I had an epi, and though I really didn't want it and cried making the decision to get it, I'm so glad I did. It took the edge off so I could get 3 hours of sleep. I think if I hadn't gotten that little "nap," I would not have had the energy to push for 3 hours and delivery D vaginally. As it was, he needed vacuum assist to drop through the canal, but I pushed him out on my own. Recovery was fine (excoriation from a tear, completely not related to medications) and my milk came in well. I'd like to go unmedicated with this one, but am completely open to the idea of an epi if I need it!
persimmon / 1281 posts
I experienced 26 hours of unmedicated back labor and dilated to 9cm but the little bugger wouldn't turn around & my contractions were weakening. So I needed pitocin and knew I couldn't handle it with an epidural at that point. So I did what I had to do. Not my ideal birth but my doula believes it saved me from a c section!
I had no issues from the epidural. Milk came in by day 4 & very slight swelling from the fluids which went away within 2 days after birth.
pear / 1586 posts
I had an epidural (and stadol prior to that) and had no issues related to the epi as far as I could tell. I was induced at 41+1 and start-to-finish the whole process took about 12 hours. I got the epidural about 6 hours in, but it wore off right at the end (pushed for 2 hours). My recovery was mostly fine save for dealing with a fractured tailbone thanks to LO's gigantic head! No issues at all with my milk coming in or supply/breastfeeding issues in general.