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Quick: Would You Recommend an Epidural When Induced!??

  • poll: Epidural when you were Induced?
    Heck Yes! : (85 votes)
    65 %
    No Way! : (5 votes)
    4 %
    It was great! : (38 votes)
    29 %
    It was horrible! : (3 votes)
    2 %
  1. Revel

    pear / 1563 posts

    Couldn't think of a good answer for your poll, but I had an unmedicated pitocin induction, so it can be done! I was ineligible for epidural for low platelets, which i only found out after the pit had started. I had planned a med free birth before I knew I was having an induction, but figured I would probably get one once I knew I was being induced. That said, from the point I really wanted it until I delivered was less than 4 hours, so that puts it in some perspective. In the end I was happy I went med free, although I feel now that it wasn't really a big deal. Best of luck to you for a speedy and safe delivery!

  2. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    It really depends on the dosage. I was doing fine until they kicked it up to the max dosage and I lasted 2 hours before I was like NOPE.

  3. Torchwood

    pomelo / 5607 posts

    For what it's worth, DH says that from the time they started the pit to when I was done and ready to go was less than 2 hours. (I don't recall, too many drugs.) So it could go faster than you think once things get really moving!

  4. blackbird

    wonderful grape / 20453 posts

    PS don't ask for it during shift change. I made that mistake with E.....

  5. pui

    bananas / 9899 posts

    For me induction involved a lot of waiting (they started me on pit at around 9am and I had DD at 00:31am the next morning. I had an epidural at around 1pm when the contractions got bad. It was a lifesaver for me. I was able to rest until it was time to push!

  6. dc yoga bee

    grapefruit / 4770 posts

    This evening the midwife met with me and said she thinks I'll be ready for pitocin first thing in the morning. Then she asked if I wanted the epidural, and it sounded like I will get the epidural before the pitocin. She thinks I'm gonna go fast with the pit based on how things have been progressing!

  7. Purpleliciois

    apple seed / 1 posts

    I joined just to reply to this post. My water broke at 37 weeks with no signs of labor starting. My plan was to always try to go med free but open to options depending on pain. My water broke at 4:30 am and 9:00 pitocen was started. I made it until about 4:00 when I was in so much pain I could barely wait for the epidural. The epidural was amazing! I felt so much better. I could no longer feel the awful contractions but j could feel the pressure in my bottom. I knew when it was time to push and my labor was not stalled. I had the epi at 4:00 pm and my baby girl at 6:22 pm. The only thing that stalled my labor was waiting for my doctor who was with another patient in delivery. I pushed for 12 minutes total - 3 rounds of three pushes. I had no tear at all snd basically felt recovered at delivery. Now it did help that my peanut was 5 lbs 10 oz. I just wanted to share my positive epidural story. I tried natural, next time I'll get an epidural as soon as I can although I did like being able to use the bathroom whenever I wanted though most of my labor. Good luck and do what works for you and baby that day.

  8. BSB

    hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts

    Good thread to read as I'm considering saying a definite yes to an epidural for my twin delivery. I have a risk a higher risk of c-section so the thought of missing the window for an epidural and having to be unconscious during general anesthesia if I have a c-section doesn't sound like something I want. So now, I need to read up on how much pain I'll have during the induction.


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