Im asking this in here as I assume a lot of women have already had a baby.
The main thing I am scared about when it comes to labor is the cannula, tube/needle in the hand. I hate needles, and it seems like a big fat tube going right into your hand would be very painful. Is there anything to help this? Numbing cream or a tiny little numbing shot beforehand??
I had it with two of my three children, and in all honesty... When you're in labour you'll hardly be bothered by it, I also absolutely hate needles, but had two epidurals so had to have the cannula as well (induction)
I thought I'd cry over it, but I just let them do what they had to do, so it could be over quicker, they do it very quick and rarely have problems (unless like me you have spider veins) but even then they try and put you in as little pain as possible
Unfortunately numbing cream wouldn't do anything, and it makes more sense to just have the cannula inserted straigh away than have to have an injection to numb also. x
^^wss - I had one in each hand and it did hurt but it was over quick and I noticed if I didn't tense up it made it easier. As they are about to insert it don't look and take a deep breath. You will be fine hun, GL!
You're also alowed to puff on gas and air whilst they insert it to help regulate your breathing for those of us who panic Not sure if you have g+a there? But a paper bag would work just as well just to keep you calm x
For me personally it does not hurt.. I have had tons of them in my life time.. it really depends on who is doing them and some even use some numbing cream or a tiny little numbing shot first.. don't stress over it
I didn't have a drip or anything lol. However when I was being flown to the hospital a week before I had LO I had an 18 in one hand and a 16 in the other (18 being quick wide) and they didn't numb the are or anything lol.
When I was in labor, my nurse inserted the cannula in my forearm instead, just past my wrist. The hospital I went to puts it there for all laboring women because it is easier/more comfortable to move around during labor I guess. It didn't hurt to get inserted (contractions were keeping my mind off of any needles lol) so maybe you could ask your doctor about it. I would take a needle in my forearm over my hand ANY day. The only downfall was I have hairy arms and the next day... ripping that tape off... Ahhhhhh!! Free arm wax, lol.
I've had canulas a few times now as I've had a couple of surgeries and then when I was having Isobel I had four (I was very ill with a rare condition). I don't like needles and I really didn't like the idea of a canula when I first had one, I thought it would be much worse - actually it wasn't at all. It was no more painful that having blood taken, and less painful than a flu jab. Then once its in its not painful, I thought it would hurt coming out too but it doesn't.
If labour is straightforward you won't need a canula anyway and if you do then you will be too much in the labour "zone" to really care. I didn't notice mine as the midwife did them while I was talking to the doctor about my condition.
I'm a huge wuss, I get nervous all week about dental check ups in case I need a filling - and needle - if I can handle it anyone can.
If anything its more annoying moving around while attached to a tube!
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