I delivered both my son and daughter with an epidural and I've just always thought it was the right decision.
I'm not big on pain and I thought it's what's best for me and my body. Throughout this pregnancy so far, I just assumed I'd be doing the same with delivering the twins.
However, I came across an article the other day about it and the pros of it seemed really good to me. ..I've never really done research on the subject before now.
I'm still hesitant because of pain...but it's something I am definitely looking into now. Especially if it's better for me and the boys.
I am aware that I may need a c-section but I plan on not doing it unless I have to. I'd really rather not.
I guess I'm looking for more information, other than just 'facts in an article'
I will be talking to my doctor about this and seeing if he thinks it's the best decision for me or not.
But for those who have gone through this, or even those who haven't, any advice? I'm really stuck on this. I want to make the right decision.
I had both of mine naturally, and it was definitely the right decision for me. I mean, sure it hurt, but I wasn't really focusing on the pain at the time; I was more concerned with focusing on getting them out lol. Also, I found the stress of the hospital experience to be worse than the pain. #2, born at home, was a great experience.
I have heard that the epidural makes it harder to know what you're doing since you can't feel anything. I think that would be horrible. I very much want to be in tune with my body during birth. I also don't understand why doctors push pain medication during labor&delivery when women are instructed to be very careful about what they put into their bodies during the entire pregnancy. I have heard so many women talk about how out of it their babies were after birth plus trouble with breastfeeding etc. from the drugs in their system. And I'm not judging anyone! Just wondering about anecdotal evidence.
I was the opposite of you- I was dead set on a natural birth because I'm petrified of needles and catheters! Our bodies are designed to go through childbirth and pain is really not the worst thing in the world- especially pain that you know will end once the baby's out!
I expected childbirth to be far more painful than it was. I'm not opposed to drugs so I did have a couple local morphine injections which helped with the pain but made me very nauseous and resulted in some issues later (baby was too sleepy & didn't nurse & then dropped temperature) since it was applied too close to delivery. I didn't have an epidural or anything but my labour was fairly quick and my baby was only 6 lbs.
This time I'm going with a midwife led hospital delivery & hoping that if I do end up taking any medications they will be absolutely necessary and properly administered.
I delivered a breech baby naturally with no epidural or pain medications. I was most surprised that it was not as painful as I thought it would be. It wasn't even the most painful thing I've felt in my life. To me, the pain of childbirth felt more like the pain of working out really hard, rather than the pain of being hurt. But, I may not have had a particularly painful labor. I'm sure the pain can vary from labor to labor.
In my opinion, mental preparation is a big part of it. If you're expecting a lot of pain and don't know any techniques to help deal with it, it will probably hurt a lot more than if you train yourself with coping techniques, both mental and physical. Support people are really important too.
I think delivering without the epidural was the best decision for me. Especially in the case of a breech baby when I needed to push him out FAST, it would have been really difficult to push properly if I was numbed from the epidural. Even without the epidural, it took me a few contractions to figure out how to push effectively. (In the end I pushed him out in 20 minutes).
I would ask your doctor to find out what's best for you. I don't know anything about birthing twins. I don't even know how they deliver them naturally. It sounds more complicated than breech to me, but again I don't know.
I had both my kids without epidurals. It was painful and really painful right before it was time to start pushing but I was too scared of the needle the first time and delayed requesting an epidural. And once I requested it they realized it was time for me to push. I am very happy that I didn't have one during pushing because I only pushed for a short time with both kids and know many people who got an epidural and then had trouble with pushing leading to them pushing for an hour or more. I also liked that once the birth was over there wasn't anything in my system and both babies nursed very well from the start.
I planned on a natural birth with my first. I was totally dedicated and 110% confident, had a midwife at a birth center, took classes, did all the "right" things - and it was horrific. I could never have imagined that level of agony and exhaustion, especially since everyone told me how empowering and beautiful natural birth is. Plus, all those interventions I was set on avoiding could have really helped my labor. I'm definitely getting the epidural right away next time!
I'll chime in. I will never take pain medication in child birth. It is simply not a risk I am prepared to take. I have litigated a number of medical malpractice suits on epidurals and have done extensive research into the ramifications and am just not comfortable incurring any risk that can be avoided, especially if the pain relief is only for my own comfort. (I'm fine with risks that have corresponding medical benefits) For my last pregnancy I was very well prepared, I took an intensive Bradley Method course, followed a strict diet and exercise regime and ultimately did not take any pain relief medication. I did this despite the fact that I was induced, had a hyper-sensitive reaction to Pitocin and had one single contraction that lasted 11 hours because they could not get my uterus to release. The pain was very manageable because I was informed and prepared for it. I agree that it is not like an injury. I have pregnancy induced gall bladder disease with this pregnancy and the pain is easily 10X worse than my last (even artificially strong) labour. I also like the sports metaphor that it is like running a marathon, if you woke up one day and said out of nowhere, "I'm going to run a marathon", you wouldn't likely be successful but if you are prepared it is very manageable.
Me too. I feel exactly the same as this.
Originally Posted by jennifermariska
But I went in with an open mind, knowing that if it became too much I'd ask for drugs and not beat myself up about it. I wasn't going to turn myself into a martyr if I really couldn't cope but luckily I managed to pull through without needing anything. If the pain had become unmanageable I wouldn't have opposed intervention.
I had an epidural with my daughter, not so much because of the pain - it wasn't that horrible - but because I had a very long labor and hasn't slept in over 48 hours as contractions were keeping me awake.
I'm VERY glad I made that choice. After a very very long early labor and active labor that moved very slowly, I got the epidural and progressed quickly (and slept!). When my water finally broke, their was meconium. I think if I had tried to stick to a natural birth, the extra few hours may have been extremely dangerous for my baby.
I don't want to scare anyone out of a natural birth, if everything goes smoothly I think that's the best option. But I also want to say that it's important to know when modern medicine can be beneficial...even though I had no noticeable issues during labor, trying to hold out for a very long labor would have been the wrong choice.
I had zero side effects from the epidural, I didn't feel it go in (although staying still through contractions was awful) and I only pushed for I think 17 minutes.