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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 22:55 PM   11
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That is so weird OP! I'm sorry you didn't get any or much relief!

I got mine when I was at 6-7cm and it was instant. The only time I felt contractions was when they had me lay on one side or the other (epidural medication is gravity fed, so if you're on your side, it can pull away from one side). Other than that, it was great. I could still barely shift my legs around, and when it came time to push I felt zero pain, but could feel when to push and could also squat and use the birthing bar. I felt a tiny bit when he crowned (like a 4 on a scale of 0-10, 10 being the worst).

I'm not trying to sound rude at all, but are you sure you got an epidural? It sounds really strange that it wore off and you needed a second dose. Epidurals are a continuous drip.
Haha yep! Definitely had the epidural! It WAS weird. The guy had to insert more medication initially because I wasn't feeling any relief with the standard dose....a couple hours later I needed more. After that dose, I slept a couple hours and woke up ready to push but I definitely felt the crowning....intensely....like an 8-9/10. I have a pretty good pain tolerance so I'm not sure what was up! I know my body is sometimes resistant to certain meds, so who knows!! I was also really out of it from exhaustion lol.



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Old Jul 31st, 2017, 04:01 AM   12
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Crazy! If you go with an epidural again, I hope it takes better than your previous experience! Fx



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2017, 17:02 PM   13
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My first baby my FIL did my epidural and it was amazing!!! I was immediately numb when he finished and I didn't feel a thing and never had to top off the medicine. My second I did it without and it was pretty painful, but not really that bad. Had an epidural with my 3rd done by a different dr and it was awful. I had to have 2 doses and then sit and wait 15 minutes for the numbing to kick in. I was fully dilated before I was numb and had the baby and felt everything.

I complained to my FIL about the epidural and he said some hospitals do a mini spinal (what he does) and others do epidurals that take time to kick in. So this baby I'm planning on going the no epidural route because of how horrible my last experience was. If I could have the mini spinal though, I'd do it again in a heart beat!



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Old Jul 31st, 2017, 17:44 PM   14
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Mine were good and I will be doing it with my third labour too.

My first I was induced and it very quickly got to a point where I couldn't cope with the intense contractions, so epidural in. Ended in an emcs as a few things went wrong not related to the epidural.

My second I got an epidural after going into labour naturally. It more slowly got to a point where I couldn't handle the pain, but it was a very long labour and I basically became exhausted and needed to rest.

With both epidural I had a window around my left hip where I could still feel some pain, but much less intense. Doctors have speculated it's because I hurt my back quite badly in that region when I was younger and probably have some damaged nerves, so the anaesthetic can't actually get to that little window. By contrast my right side was completely numb.

I am extremely glad I got the epidural with my second as it was a VBAC that ended in a forceps birth - I got a third degree tear and an episiotomy and I did not feel ANYTHING down there whilst all this was going on to my poor vag. Cannot imagine feeling the cut and tear as it happened and for this reason I'm 100% getting an epidural with my third.



 
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Old Jul 31st, 2017, 20:31 PM   15
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My first baby my FIL did my epidural and it was amazing!!! I was immediately numb when he finished and I didn't feel a thing and never had to top off the medicine. My second I did it without and it was pretty painful, but not really that bad. Had an epidural with my 3rd done by a different dr and it was awful. I had to have 2 doses and then sit and wait 15 minutes for the numbing to kick in. I was fully dilated before I was numb and had the baby and felt everything.

I complained to my FIL about the epidural and he said some hospitals do a mini spinal (what he does) and others do epidurals that take time to kick in. So this baby I'm planning on going the no epidural route because of how horrible my last experience was. If I could have the mini spinal though, I'd do it again in a heart beat!

That makes sense!! I think my friend who just had her baby had the spinal....I think I had the other one your FIL was talking about lol!!



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Old Jul 31st, 2017, 20:32 PM   16
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Mine were good and I will be doing it with my third labour too.

My first I was induced and it very quickly got to a point where I couldn't cope with the intense contractions, so epidural in. Ended in an emcs as a few things went wrong not related to the epidural.

My second I got an epidural after going into labour naturally. It more slowly got to a point where I couldn't handle the pain, but it was a very long labour and I basically became exhausted and needed to rest.

With both epidural I had a window around my left hip where I could still feel some pain, but much less intense. Doctors have speculated it's because I hurt my back quite badly in that region when I was younger and probably have some damaged nerves, so the anaesthetic can't actually get to that little window. By contrast my right side was completely numb.

I am extremely glad I got the epidural with my second as it was a VBAC that ended in a forceps birth - I got a third degree tear and an episiotomy and I did not feel ANYTHING down there whilst all this was going on to my poor vag. Cannot imagine feeling the cut and tear as it happened and for this reason I'm 100% getting an epidural with my third.

Wow!!! Thank goodness the epidural worked for you!!! Gosh, that sounds like it would have been intensely painful without it!



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Old Jul 31st, 2017, 22:48 PM   17
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I've personally never had an epi but I've known lots that have. I have heard horror stories, like my mother said that when they gave her an epi during my birth they didn't get it in the first time so they had to jab her again and she had a horrible headache for a few days afterwards. I've heard quite a few stories of it wearing off before delivery and a couple girls I know complained that the spot where they had the epi would burn every once in a while months after they'd given birth. I've also heard people say that the epi is the best thing ever and they wouldn't birth any other way. A doctor told me once that a lot of people choose the epi because when you can birth without feeling much pain, the majority are going to choose that route.

The reason I went medication free is because of the simple reason that I have a huge phobia of needles, however I'm not completely opposed to the epi. If there was ever a time when my labor dragged on and I was exhausted, I'd get an epi just to have some relief.



 
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Old Aug 1st, 2017, 01:21 AM   18
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I am so happy to come across this thread. I am expecting my first and planning to go the natural birth route. Everyone I have came across said the Epi is a wonder drug - and they would definitely recommend it. I even spoke to a lady who goes to the same OB as me, and said she doesnt allow any doctor to insert the epi but herself, and she knows her story. I am planning to have an Epi (even though I have a horrible fear of needles) - I think my fear of the pain beats the needle fear.

Following to see what everyone here's opinions are



 
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Old Aug 1st, 2017, 02:30 AM   19
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My first baby my FIL did my epidural and it was amazing!!! I was immediately numb when he finished and I didn't feel a thing and never had to top off the medicine. My second I did it without and it was pretty painful, but not really that bad. Had an epidural with my 3rd done by a different dr and it was awful. I had to have 2 doses and then sit and wait 15 minutes for the numbing to kick in. I was fully dilated before I was numb and had the baby and felt everything.

I complained to my FIL about the epidural and he said some hospitals do a mini spinal (what he does) and others do epidurals that take time to kick in. So this baby I'm planning on going the no epidural route because of how horrible my last experience was. If I could have the mini spinal though, I'd do it again in a heart beat!

That makes sense!! I think my friend who just had her baby had the spinal....I think I had the other one your FIL was talking about lol!!
When the dr put in the medicine and told me he'd be back in 10 minutes to make sure I was numb I started crying!! I expected it to be immediate and it was awful. He came back in and I still wasn't numb so I had to have a second dose of the medicine, which made me incredibly nauseous so I started puking, and then I was fully dilated before he even came back in to check on me again...

The only problem I had the first time around was pain in my urethra for probably about 6 months PP. I'm assuming from the catheter



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Old Aug 2nd, 2017, 09:19 AM   20
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I loved mine, just wish my OB would have allowed it earlier! My water broke when i was only 1 cm so my OB started a pitocin drip to speed things up. He wouldn't allow the epi until I was 5 cm, which took 12 hours. Once I got there, the epi was wonderful. I finally got a few minutes rest, but progressed to 10 cm and ready to push an hour after getting the epidural. I could feel the contractions to push, but it didn't hurt at all. I pushed maybe 5 or 6 times and she was out. No lasting effects for me. Oh, and my OB doesn't use a catheter, even with an epidural. I was happy about that.



 
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