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Does it hurt to get an epidural?

  1. lawbee11

    GOLD / watermelon / 14076 posts

    I think there was a slight stinging sensation but it definitely hurt less than the contractions!

  2. Dandelion

    watermelon / 14206 posts

    Nope. Just a little sting. It's tough when you're trying to sit still during contractions, but the sting is just a sec and within 5 minutes it's in effect.

  3. marionberry

    pomelo / 5041 posts

    Not really! I had a spinal and there was a little wiggling where I'd get a pain here and there but overall pretty pain free.

  4. Mrs.Panda

    nectarine / 2358 posts

    The initial numbing medication feels like a bee sting (or what I'd imagine one feeling like as I've never been stung) and then after that were a few more tiny pricks and pressure. Totally better than the contractions!

  5. Mrs. Jacks

    blogger / pineapple / 12381 posts

    An epidural is like a gift from God. All you feel is the sweet relief of pain medicine wafting down your body. You will contemplate a brief and torrid love affair with your anesthesiologist, but your fear of pregnancy will keep you in check

  6. Espion

    pomegranate / 3577 posts

    I agree with PPs, the IV was worse. They must've had the cannula right on top of a valve or something. Damn thing hurt the entire hospital stay.

  7. Ree723

    grapefruit / 4819 posts

    @Mrs. Jacks: Lol, so true! My anaesthesiologist told me he hears it all the time!

    OP: no, it didn't hurt at all. A minor sting when they injected the numbing shot, but it didn't even cause me to flinch. Like others have said though, I was willing to endure any brief pain to get the contracton pain to stop!

  8. Anagram

    eggplant / 11716 posts

    I literally didn't feel it at all, so I guess at that point the contractions were so much worse, the needle didn't even register.

  9. MapleMoose

    grapefruit / 4213 posts

    I was so focused on staying still and breathing through the back-to-back contractions from the pitocin (not to mention the pain from back labor) that I don't remember any additional pain when they administered the epidural.

  10. littlejoy

    pomegranate / 3375 posts

    I've photographed over 20 births, and about 10 of them have been epidural births. I've never heard a woman wince or cry out when getting the epidural.

  11. photojane

    cantaloupe / 6164 posts

    Nope. I didn't even feel it. I was having terrible back labor, so someone probably could've chopped my toe off and I wouldn't have noticed. It was SUPER quick though. I think the anesthesiologist was only in the room for a total of 10 minutes. I would've done it even if it hurt though... afterward was bliss! I was able relax and enjoyed time with my family.

  12. photojane

    cantaloupe / 6164 posts

    @Mrs. Jacks: YES. haha! Afterward I told him "I LOVE YOU!" and his response: "Yes, I hear that a lot."

  13. fairy

    persimmon / 1343 posts

    nope, the worst part was trying to hold still while having bad contractions

  14. littlejoy

    pomegranate / 3375 posts

    @photojane: I bet!!

  15. Bao

    GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22276 posts

    Nope!! I did have a bit of pain where the needle was afterwards. That was the worst of it. Definitely worth it!

  16. mrs. wagon

    blogger / watermelon / 14218 posts

    Pressure and sting. Nothing compared to the contractions you will probably be experiencing at the time. The IV was so much worse, in my opinion. Take it from someone who has had 5 epidurals in 2 deliveries!

  17. gracecat

    clementine / 878 posts

    Nope I don't remember it hurt, it just felt like getting a regular flu shot then bliss.....


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