clementine / 849 posts
I had an unmedicated birth, and I don't plan on meds for our next. I didn't think it was that bad, tbh.
nectarine / 2834 posts
I ad medicated births both times. My second one was oh so easy thanks to an epidural that actually worked properly. I still found it super easy to bounce back (I think I was still peeing myself by this time after DD1!) and milk came in sooner the second time too.
apricot / 386 posts
my labor was similar to @Mrs. Oatmeal: 30 something hours before i got an epidural, I believe I would've had a c-section if I didn't get the epidural (baby was sunny side up and I wasn't dilating. Experience after the epidural was wonderful! Beforehand it was just exhausting (back labor) but not excruciating.
pomelo / 5093 posts
I just did, on Sunday, with my second child. I got the unmedicated waterbirth of my dreams, and I am still processing the experience. It for sure did not make me feel beautiful, or powerful, or any of those things. It felt like being marched up a hill at gunpoint. I'm glad that I did it, but if I were to do it again (NOPE), I think I might opt for an epidural.
Maybe with time I'll feel differently about it, but right now I am feeling a lot of mixed feelings. Proud of myself, I guess. But my labor went very fast - I went from a 4 to pushing 90 minutes later, so that really helped.
bananas / 9229 posts
I did with only GBS antibiotics. I've forgotten the experience... Now I feel like BFing is the hardest thing I've ever done lol! That being said, and with nothing to compare it to, aside from badly tearing, my recovery was fairly easy. I had her late afternoon on a Thursday and was mobile by Sunday or so?
honeydew / 7303 posts
Nope! I got an epidural at 10cm with ds and don't regret it a bit. Milk came in fast and recovery was easy.
grapefruit / 4355 posts
I labored without pain meds for over 36 hours (it was an induction due to pre-e and I was GBS positive so I had antibiotics, magnesium, fluids, cytotex and pitocin). I ended up needing a c-section though so clearly ended up with pain meds.
clementine / 827 posts
I had an epidural, my milk came in fine, and I had a really easy recovery. My swelling from pregnancy was completely gone the next day, I was walking laps around the hospital, and I felt much better than during pregnancy. On day three I went for a long walk with no problems. By two weeks I felt as good as new (except for nipple pain from nursing).
apricot / 346 posts
I did with DS #2. I felt great afterwards. Milk came in after a couple of days and recovery was a breeze.
grapefruit / 4663 posts
I had no pain meds but I had pitocin with both births. Recovery was a breeze and way way easier than I expected. My dh loves to tell everyone I picked up LO1 (1.5 years 28lbs) on the way From the birthing suite to the recovery room, I thought nothing of it but apparently the nurses were shocked My milk came in about the same and with more engorgement this time but I also have a better supply.
apple seed / 4 posts
@mrsjyw: I had the low intervention birth with my DS that I wanted. I would have had a med free birth if my midwife realized how quickly I progressed from 4 cm-9cm and checked me before administering 1 dose of IV pain med. I pushed that baby out within the hour and as a result had to have a pediatrician present for delivery. My post partum recovery was amazing and breastfeeding has been an adventure so far
nectarine / 2951 posts
Yes, I didn't have any interventions. I was lucky and had a pretty swift labor. My recovery was quick and my milk game in by day 2.
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