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Old 04-09-2016, 04:34 AM   #21
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Re: Nitrous Oxide??

This thread is a bit old but I thought I would add my perspective as someone who has tried it. During my first labour I was offered the gas by the midwife, my labour was vey short, a bit over 2 hours, so by the time I arrived at the hospital there was less than an hour before I gave birth and the first time I was checked I was 8.5cm. I was offered it and tried it but my contractions were so strong it was very hard to focus on inhaling the gas. Instead I pretty much used the mouthpiece to bite on or I breathed out as I was trying to control the pain through exhalation. I think I managed to inhale maybe once and it just felt like I was dizzy. I didn't notice a difference in pain levels and the midwife said that "everyone says that it doesn't work but really it just takes the edge off slightly". Pretty quickly she took it away and said I didn't need it (I was pretty close to pushing).

I think that it might be helpful as something to help you feel like you are doing something rather than nothing and as a bit of a distraction (you only inhale whilst you are having the contraction it is a mouthpiece like with a snorkel and there is a rattling thing inside it so they can tell how much you are inhaling).

With my second birth, which was longer and less painful, I wasn't offered it at all and felt like my contractions were far more manageable. Over here there is a bit of a joke that the gas is more for the husbands than the women.

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