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Old Jul 24th, 2016, 14:59 PM   1
qwerty310
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Gas and air (nitrous oxide)??


Hi everyone! I'm in third tri with my second child. First birth I was induced and had no pain relief. Now my hospital offers nitrous oxide gas as an option which I'm excited about. Would anyone mind sharing their experience with it? Hoping for some dissociation from the pain and that it doesn't mess with my breathing too much. When do you get it? Before transition? After? I found pushing fairly 'easy' (ha!) compared to everything before it.



 
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Old Jul 24th, 2016, 15:07 PM   2
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I was induced and got given it after they broke my waters before I got my epidural. It didn't do too much for the pain but found I didn't really care lol. Made me a bit loopy, DH's favourite story it when I looked at him so seriously and said "what would you look like if you were a gremlin?" Midwife was cracking up too. Definitely giving it another go this time and just gonna try breathing it in a bit earlier than last time



 
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Old Jul 24th, 2016, 15:16 PM   3
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I love it, gives me the giggles and a slight drunk feeling. I had it from around 5cm and it really helped me regulate my breathing, and it took the edge off the contractions.

I like hat you can stop it instantly and the effect is gone right away, the only downside for me is that it have me a really dry mouth.

I managed with all my labours with gas and air x



 
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Old Jul 24th, 2016, 17:56 PM   4
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Thanks ladies!!



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 03:33 AM   5
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Made me feel drunk too. I had it from 5cm dilated. Towards the end I had far too much and didn't feel like I was in the room! I could hear the midwife saying I needed to slow down with it but I didn't listen so felt out of it. Once the pushing started I kind of forgot about taking it though so everything went back to normal.
I will definitely be using it again.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 07:36 AM   6
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I only used it with the early contractions as i started to make myself sick with it, so i gave up on it. I DO like it though, and went back to it while being stitched up I absolutely HATED that part and it was the only thing to stop me shooing them all away haha



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 07:45 AM   7
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I loved it too! I also had it from 5cm and it made me a little giddy but I still felt in control.

I actually found it controlled my breathing, making me take long deep breaths for it to work better as I stopped for a bit and started getting a bit panicky breathing.

It works if you take a few deep breaths of it when you feel a contraction coming then you can just hold it and breath as needed when pushing

The advantages are that if you don't like it you can stop immediately and the effect goes away if you don't like it.
Main disadvantage as pp said is it leaves your mouth dry



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 14:15 PM   8
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I actually think my gas and air supply wasn't switched on as I felt no different and couldnt really feel anything coming out but I was in excruciating pain at this point.



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Old Jul 25th, 2016, 16:56 PM   9
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I was using it for about 15 hours on/off with my first and all it was was a distraction but I had it a tiny bit when pushing with my second and it did help me breathe but then feel drunk for 30 seconds after the contraction lol.



 
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Old Jul 26th, 2016, 11:07 AM   10
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It was a good distraction technical & really helped me regulate my breathing through the contractions. Did make me feel a bit spaced & I remember the midwife telling me off for chewing the end of the tube lol



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