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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 21:53 PM   1
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Epidurals....how did it work for you if you had one?


All right ladies, let's talk epidurals.

With #1, I was in labor about 20 hours before I had an epidural. I needed a double dose because I didn't feel any pain relief with the standard dose, then even that one wore off so I had more....but when it was time to push, I still felt everything. I have been reading that some people push with the epidural and don't feel anything? Those who had one, what was your experience?

I'm thinking that if it doesn't even really "work" for me I might as well try to go without for #2 (if I progress as I should and don't need other interventions....it's all up in the air right now, as we all know...).



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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 22:02 PM   2
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With #1 I had an EMCS with a spinal, so it worked fab - dead from the diaphragm down. Surgery and all. So I was expecting something similar when I agreed to an Epi with DD, and I wasn't expecting what I got.

When they put it in, it didn't really work. After 15 minutes, added another dose. Still nothing, repeat twice until it's been an hour and still not working. Okay, they conclude they need to take it out and put another one in - probably hit scar tissue from spinal.

When they got the second one in? Perfection. I could still move my legs, but no contractions. It was like the most perfect epi I could ask for. I got some rest (I own't say sleep, but rest), kept my leg on a peanut ball to keep my hips open, and then woke up to 7-8cm dilated and going quickly. I was fully dilated shortly after waking up and it was wearing off by the time I started pushing, so I felt most things of the actual birth which was fab. Pushing was great. They pulled it out as soon as she was born and I walked to the bathroom after an hour before they moved me to post partum

I'm not planning on an epi for sure with this one, but I'm open to it if the need arises.



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 22:11 PM   3
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With #1 I had an EMCS with a spinal, so it worked fab - dead from the diaphragm down. Surgery and all. So I was expecting something similar when I agreed to an Epi with DD, and I wasn't expecting what I got.

When they put it in, it didn't really work. After 15 minutes, added another dose. Still nothing, repeat twice until it's been an hour and still not working. Okay, they conclude they need to take it out and put another one in - probably hit scar tissue from spinal.

When they got the second one in? Perfection. I could still move my legs, but no contractions. It was like the most perfect epi I could ask for. I got some rest (I own't say sleep, but rest), kept my leg on a peanut ball to keep my hips open, and then woke up to 7-8cm dilated and going quickly. I was fully dilated shortly after waking up and it was wearing off by the time I started pushing, so I felt most things of the actual birth which was fab. Pushing was great. They pulled it out as soon as she was born and I walked to the bathroom after an hour before they moved me to post partum

I'm not planning on an epi for sure with this one, but I'm open to it if the need arises.

Okay, you described what I experienced way better than I did. I was like you--I could still feel my legs and I could actually finally sleep because I didn't feel the contractions. When I woke up, I had an intense urge to push and she was born within the hour.

So I guess I had a good one the second time around !!



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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 22:32 PM   4
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With DD epi I didn't feel a thing when pushing, but I was dosed up on everything else they offered me right beforehand while I was waiting for it. With DS I felt the extreme pressure and a little pain on crowning but not much at all. It wore off fast each time and I was up and about within half an hour



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 22:49 PM   5
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I had one with my first baby, and it was a difficult labor. I couldn't feel to push, and my baby was being strangled by the cord and was in distress. Almost ended up with an emergency c-section. My baby was FINE, no worries. I regretted the epidural when I had this awful pulsating in my back for several months, any time I strained at all and sometimes when I'd sit down or stand up. It was awful.

With my second, I got an epidural. Apparently, if you don't push the button for more medication, it wears off after a few hours. Hahaha. It wore off before I got to transition and got some lovely stitches without the pain relief. The labor and delivery were MUCH seaside, though.

I didn't get the epidural with my third (induced) or my fourth (augmented after PROM). It's the most painful experience ever, yes, but as soon as the babies were out, the pain was gone, and I could get right up to use the bathroom. I had them both out in one push. No tearing. I was able to walk around and do whatever I wanted.

I've not met anyone else personally who had a problem with the epidural. It's just not for me. And I enjoyed my natural labors/deliveries much more.



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2017, 23:16 PM   6
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Oh I wanted to add I had no side effects after, but I have known people who got the awful headaches so it is definitely a possiblity. I've also met people who had issues long term from it, so it isn't without risk.

I also had a stitch, just one, I asked for the local because I was pretty sure the epi was totally worn off. It still felt weird, I could feel her pulling the suture stuff through but it didn't hurt, just felt weeeeiiiirrrd.



 
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 09:57 AM   7
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With mine they tried several times to get the epidural in, at one point my leg was involuntarily jumping about as he put the needle in. Then he tried again and punctured the dura, so I was leaking spinal fluid. I had the worst headache of my life for two weeks because there was no fluid cushioning my brain, and it started only half an hour after the epidural went wrong, so I had that to deal with as well as contractions. It gave me no pain relief and then I was bed bound with awful headaches.
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Old Jul 29th, 2017, 15:42 PM   8
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I had one with my first delivery after 30 hrs of active labour and the start of a pitocin drip. It was pretty ideal as far as epidurals go I would say, it didn't hurt at all going in, I didn't feel anything except instant relief from the pain. I fell asleep instantly after I got it, and woke up 3 hours later feeling pressure in my bum. I was fully dilated and ready to push. I could move my legs and was able to get up and squat on the bed, I could feel the contractions, but I couldn't feel the pain. I could feel baby moving down the birth canal while pushing, could feel the crowning, etc, but just didn't feel any pain. I was up and showering an hour after baby was born, probably would have been up sooner but it took them an hour to stitch me up so I had to stay in bed. No long term effects of the epidural except my feet and ankles were super swollen from being on IV fluids.

Had no pain relief at all with my second delivery which I preferred.



 
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 14:51 PM   9
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I'm a bit meh about mine. I initially got some relief, I was numb on one side but still had pain in the other although it wasn't quite as bad as it had been, but it wore off quickly and no amount of topping it up worked again.

I'd try having one again if I feel the need but hoping to go without this time.



 
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Old Jul 30th, 2017, 15:53 PM   10
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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.



 
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