I had my first at home, when I was in transition, or pushing they tried to get me to take gas and air, but it was more to shut me up and make me focus on my breathing lol... I never asked, I was just growling with impatiencte... this time I plan a home birth and will be using a mouth guard of some description to bite on as I actually found biting the mouth piece for the gas and air helpfull but didnt actually like the gas and air so technically I delivered without anypain relief in a standing/squatting stance, he was 7pound 1 but I am only 115 pounds and 5ft 4 so not very big myself... its deffo possible, just trust yourself.
bevan88 yes i don remember how much i took i know it was some, but it made me hallucinate and it hated it. First my bobble feel out and i thought it was a spider and then i started saying i couldn't do it and was going to loss baby that was only once i started g&a. Its something i've always wanted to do labour without pain relief. Whats this mouth guard as i have to agree on the biting on something thing.
I did it without any pain relief, but I doubt it would be too much different than having G&A. (I'm not sure, I've never had G&A but I hear that it doesn't take away the pain as much as it makes you feel better/drunkish about the pain. Is that true?) Honestly, it wasn't so bad for me at all. If there's no option for pain relief then you just learn to gradually deal with the pain and it wasn't a big deal for me.
I had G&A, morphine, and an epidural with my 1st. We had a lot of complications from it and I decided not to go for anything with #2 (home birth).
I found it easier, strangely enough!!? I didn't like G&A the 1st time- found it to just take me out of the right from of mind. So, I told my midwife not to even bother bringing it! For a home birth, I found just relaxing in the shower the whole time to be good enough.
If you can do it with JUST G&A, then you can do it without G&A for sure.
Thank you ladies it's reassuring to read all your positive stories about those who have done it. I didn't even know you could request for them not to bring g&a i may go with that. As then my hubby can't keep asking if i want it.
Feronia yes i could still feel the pain. And yes i felt like it was hallucinating i hated the way the g&a made me feel like it didn't have as much control
I said this in the thread that Guppy051708 posted to, but G&A isn't an option here, so I had my first son at home with no pain relief except positions and water and all that.
It really wasn't so bad, but I also think I ramped it up in my head that labor was going to be SO TERRIBLE (I had a few bad dreams about it and a few crying jags at my husband, worrying and worrying that I wouldn't be able to handle it) that when it actually happened, while it wasn't comfortable, I think I made it through because I kept thinking to myself "it's going to get worse, hang in there, just let it happen, just relax" and then all of a sudden my son was born, haha.
Good luck - it's VERY doable, and I think like Feronia and Guppy051708 both said, when it's not even an option you just put your mind to it and get it done!
Here are my unmedicated birth stories. The first one was in the hospital, but i still managed without anything, including G&A bc as i said before it's not offered here in the States. ...dont be freaked out by my first birth story. DS1 was a persistant posterior so he was born face up and thats why it was so bloody painful and long. That had EVERYTHING to do with his presentation. The second is my homebirth story. It was great
For me, hot water was THE BEST pain relief. I honestly dont know if i could have given birth without painrelief if it wasn't for water and being able to change positions. The water is truly natures epidural and i can never ever imagine giving birth without it.
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