Will you do it without an epidural for the second time?
My first son I had an epidural, the labor was very painful and contractions were constant. With DS2 I didn't have an epidural and it was amazing, I loved the experience..but omg the pushing was incredibly painful! I am afraid to do it without an epidural this time, even though I want to... I am very scared. On one hand, it's something you only get to experience so many times..on the other hand, ouch! I had a dream about it when i first got my BFP this time and I've been worried about it ever since :/
My first two were with epidural. 2nd two without. I plan On going natural this time too because I had issues with my epidural on ds2. I also had my 4th 6 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Was planning on going no meds but wouldn't have had the choice lol. Honestly that labor hardly hurt at all. I mean it was a breeze. I'm hoping for the same experience this time!
With that said.... if I had no issues with the epidural and longer labors I would for sure get one again. Unless you noticed a reason for natural I'd say if it's painful and you need one then get one.
I've had two natural births, one I HATED and one was really ok. Going natural again this time because to me, the pain relief isn't worth the increased risk of complications. Easy for me to say though as my births have got easier so I'm expecting another easy experience this time.
If you're scared, I'd highly recommend buying the natal hypnotherapy cd or going to a birthing class that focuses on natural birth. It really does make a difference to your mind set and your anxiety.
With DD i had an 'epidural', but considering I felt what I think was everything and was up walking moments after birthing her, I don't think it worked the greatest. the anesthesiologist did not have the greatest bedside manner and the experience was unpleasant.
I am considering not having an epidural again. I have a high pain threshold after living with Crohn's for 10 years now.
It's really and individual choice. For me my bad experience first time as led me away from wanting another and I am more inclined to find more natural ways to control my discomfort
Happy decision making, we all have to do what feels right for us!
Thanks for your replies I suppose I will just go with the flow during the labor and see how it goes. I healed very quickly last time despite a slow hemorrhage afterward, they almost had to give me an epidural anyway and d&c. I was glad afterward that I did it without the epidural... it was only during the pushing that I wondered why I went without!
After my first labor with the epidural I had back pain in that exact spot, and it kept coming back on and off for 4 years.. I really dont want to experience that again. I figure I will try without but if I decide to get an epidural then so be it!
I'm gonna try without an epidural this time, but won't beat myself up about it if I need one. Mine went really well, but the increased risk of complications is something my anxiety riddled brain could do without, last time I completely panicked, they broke my waters and it went from 0-60 in the span of one contraction so I feel more prepared this time
Definitely! I had an epidural and had it topped up with my first and I don't feel it helped at all. With my second I couldn't have one as my hospital can't offer them, for me the general birth was blissful compared to my first but I feel like the epidural didn't help me at all when I had it, anyway. Plus I have been suffering with back pain from it for almost 4.5 years which would put me off more than the pain of childbirth!
I had an epidural with both my induced and natural babies, and if we have any more I will definitely take the epidural again. I love how it lets me relax and enjoy the process, plus get some rest. I've had zero complications from the epidural though, and went right back to normal within an hour or two of birth, so it worked fab for me!
I had an epidural with ds1 for other reasons. With ds2 i had one but it only worked on half of my body and he was back to back. After i had him i had pain in my back for a few years where i had it so decided i wouldn't have one again, ds3 and ds4 i didn't have one and i won't with dd1 this time xxx Its all frightening but i think until you are in that moment you just won't know if you will have to have one or not.
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