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Old Nov 7th, 2017, 15:31 PM   1
PaulaR
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How good is nitrous oxide?


There is one hospital in my area that has nitrous oxide. I have severe allergy to medical tape and realy donít want to have an epidural taped to my back again due to the allergy.
I will have to switch doctors and hospital that I used last two babies. Is nitrous oxide realy much better than nothing? Is it worth it. Iím hoping so bc I donít know if I could handle a drug free birth knowing how great and epidural feels



 
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Old Nov 7th, 2017, 15:33 PM   2
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For me it helped me breathe through contractions and then I felt drunk after the contraction passed. I did use it on/off for 15 hours with my first and for less than an hour with my second but got no actual pain relief.



 
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Old Nov 7th, 2017, 15:53 PM   3
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I had all 3 of my babies with just gas and air. It doesn't kill the pain but it helps you not to care. I love it, but I've never had the chance of an epidural or anything stronger so I can't compare really



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2017, 21:00 PM   4
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I tried it with my first and it did nothing for me. I didn't bother with it when I had my second.



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2017, 21:50 PM   5
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I tried it with my first and it did nothing for me. I didn't bother with it when I had my second.
So you just used nothing?? How do people do this!!



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2017, 23:59 PM   6
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So I used it with my first, and it doesn't help with the pain. But it gives you something to focus on. If you have something to focus on already then maybe you don't need it. With my second I didn't use anything but when I got my stitches afterwards I used it. I've never used drugs but I asked my midwife if that's what feeling high feels like, and she said yes haha. I'm having a homebirth this time and I hope they bring the NO with them XP



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2017, 02:28 AM   7
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I used it with both of my births before I caved and got an epidural. I found it did nothing for the pain, rather it made me feel dizzy and ‘out of it’. If anything I found it a distraction having to breathe through the nozzle and actually quite hard work taking enough in every contraction that it had any effect on me at all. I seriously don’t know how people push on gas and air as I found pushing to take so much concentration during my VBAC, so beats me how people manage to do gas and air at the same time.



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2017, 06:10 AM   8
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If you would prefer a natural birth, I would do what you can to make sure you have as many options available to you as possible. It does help calm you, though some ladies feel sick using it. I had it available with my first birth, but didn't use it (actually never really thought about it in the moment and I'd asked the midwives not to offer it unless I asked). I found other approaches were much more effective for me and I didn't need it. But if you don't want an epidural then I would want to have some other option in case you need it. Btw, it's good to see some U.S. hospitals are starting to get it. It's been a long time coming.



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2017, 07:16 AM   9
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you have to use it correct for it to fully work it can take all the pain away but you have to continuously breath it in and out with no break i didnt take it out of my mouth and it worked great



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2017, 21:32 PM   10
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I tried it with my first and it did nothing for me. I didn't bother with it when I had my second.
So you just used nothing?? How do people do this!!
Yeah I had nothing for my second labour. Honestly it wasn't that bad, especially because it was fairly quick (4.5 hrs).



 
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