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Old 10-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #11
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Ugh just remembered I has a spinal for a surgery once and I had back pain for months after surgery.

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Old 10-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #12
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Ugh just remembered I has a spinal for a surgery once and I had back pain for months after surgery.
I think you should make the decision when you are pregnant.

I am all about med free birth because of unnecessary exposure to chemicals.... but I also never want an epi because the idea of anyone putting anything in my spine does not sound like something I would EVER request. Maybe it's too many ER episodes but I hope to never have anything inserted near my spine.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:46 AM   #13
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Re: Just get the epi?

I've had seven epidurals and will get another. I don't do well with pain. I've actually read that red heads feel pain more than others and truly believe it. I've tried going without pain meds with some of my births. After hours of pain and labor moving very slowly, I got an epidural. I took a nap and labor progressed nicely. My first took two hours to push out, the others took one or two pushes. The epidural didn't affect my ability to push. My babies were all able to nurse right after birth and their apgars were fine. I've had no bad experiences with epidurals and hope this one will go as well.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:59 AM   #14
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I think you should go with your gut and do whatever you want, as long as baby comes home healthy.

I don't think personally I will ever get an epidural. I have way too many fears about it that outweigh any fear of "pain". And I say pain in quotes because for my labor with my son I referred to it as pressure instead of pain. And I felt fantastic after, sore yes (I tore) but I felt relieved and awake.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:13 PM   #15
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I've had seven epidurals and will get another. I don't do well with pain. I've actually read that red heads feel pain more than others and truly believe it. I've tried going without pain meds with some of my births. After hours of pain and labor moving very slowly, I got an epidural. I took a nap and labor progressed nicely. My first took two hours to push out, the others took one or two pushes. The epidural didn't affect my ability to push. My babies were all able to nurse right after birth and their apgars were fine. I've had no bad experiences with epidurals and hope this one will go as well.
My dh, fil, and 4yo are redheads. I believe what I read about redheads and pain, too. They don't seem to tolerate pain well at all.
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Old 10-18-2013, 11:51 PM   #16
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I got epis with my vba2cs. I tried I really did but ugh. I use to have a high tolerance for pain, not anymore. Wth dd1 I was good until I got cold and the burning and shaking happen I just thought "oh hell no!"

With dd2 I walked around labored then thought "yeah no reason for a 35 yr old woman to be in this much pain!"

Both times they allowed me to sit in an up position the whole time. So my bed was all the way up and I kept my legs bent.

With dd1 I was concerned that I would be to tired when the time came so I needed rest and I couldn't get it before the epi. After it dh and I both slept. Nurse came in and said we are going to start pushing 45 minutes later baby was born.

With dd2 got the epi and when came time to push two pushes and baby was born.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:02 AM   #17
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Well let's see, you carried the baby, you're birthing the baby, so I would say DO EXACTLY AS YOU WISH! You don't even have to tell anyone about it if you don't feel like being judged by the judging judgers.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:46 AM   #18
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I think it's just crazy that laughing gas isn't a viable option in the US , the risks are way less and you kind of get the best of both worlds. I am too much about control to stand the thought of being immobile but if that doesn't bother you then go for it.

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Ive have 5 epi births and 2 induced no pain meds births and 1 all natural birth. After having the all natural birth. I'll never be induced or get an epi again. Your recovery is awesome, 200 times better.
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I agree with others about too afraid of the epi. I have had 1 induced pain-med free birth , and 1 natural med free birth. I think for me, the epi wasn't even an option, it was never offered, and that helped me stick to my decision.
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