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14/06/2014 at 12:27
Hello, am curious.... What were your considerations a when weighing up whether to have an epidural? Did you choose to have an epidural? Did it work out as you hoped? Or are you planning to have one?
I was so wiped out by my labour (didn't have an epidural) and yet didnt even consider having one. I wonder whether, if there's a next time, it's worth thinking about.
14/06/2014 at 12:31
Wasn't planning it, I desperately didn't want one. After 2 days of contractions, a day of regular contractions to the degree everyone thought it would soon be over and then being told I needed the drip I begged for one. Best decision and I wouldn't hesitate again.
Labour is not a competition and you win no awards for doing it with no pain relief, I just wish I had that mind set before labour. When I asked for an epi I felt like a failure for not coping with the pain. Turned out I needed an emcs and they prefer a spinal over an epi in those circumstances but it didn't matter too much.
14/06/2014 at 12:39
iv never had one, but im of the mindset never say never and if you want/need one then so be it, theres no big award for doing it without so if the patient wants one then fine fair enough. i had a vaginal delivery (medical termination at 18 weeks) and had loads of diamorphine which was fabulous, then with my crash section under general anaesthetic i went from 2cm to 10 cm in 20 mins which was very very intense and no doubt id have asked for one had it continued but thankfully the dangerous trace etc was noted and i was whisked off to theatre
I was keen not to have one with Jacob, just because of the statistics of interventions leading to more interventions. As it was I arrived at hospital at 9-10cm, so it was a bit late. Then pushing lasted hours, and I had a ventouse and episiotomy without pain relief, then a spinal for a retained placenta, I so might as well have had an epidural on arrival and done it pain free! With Violet I was a bit more open to options depending on how I felt at the time, but didn't make it to hospital, so not an option! It's so hard to know how things will go. If I'd been in hospital with violet and the contractions had been as strong as they were but for 24 hours instead of 2 I'd have needed one.
14/06/2014 at 13:20
I didn't want one as I was worried about it leading to further interventions. At one point during labour they were talking about putting me on a drip as my contractions were irregular and they were a bit concerned about S, I did say that if that happened I'd want an epidural as I thought it'd be pretty painful. As it was I managed without one as my contractions ramped up on their own once they broke my waters.
I think next time I would possibly consider one, especially if I ended up in the same situation where I was strapped to a bed for monitoring as I found it so hard to deal with the contractions when I wasn't able to move around. I was lucky that my labour didn't last long, I think if it looked like it'd be a 18+ hour labour I'd want one just to get some sleep so I could have energy for it.
14/06/2014 at 13:22
I want to be really open minded to it, but feel culturally in this country it's discouraged, and already I've had it mentioned to me by MWs etc how I will *want* to be in the MLU and how much nicer it is, etc etc. I do have the (somewhat) irrational fear of reacting to it badly
14/06/2014 at 15:13
I had one both times. 1st time i'd been induced and was writhing around in pain, so asked for one, but had they checked i don't think they would have as I was actually ready to push, but they didn't believe me. After over 1 hr of pushing C was a ventouse delivery. 2nd time, i knew S was sideways and was prepared for a difficult labour, so asked for one on going into hospital as i didn't see the point of writhing in agony again, when i knew how much difference the epidural made before. S was manually turned and forceps, so i'm glad i did go for that option. The way i saw it was it was an intervention which only had side effects for myself, not the baby, and i didn't see the point of suffering when i didn't need to. I also hated gas and air, which only made me sick and fuzzy headed, so i refused that 2nd time, used my tens until i was around 6 cm, then had an epidural. Whether having 2 epidurals resulted in needing intervention both time, i'll never know, but i actually think that it didn't make any difference, particularly with S.
14/06/2014 at 15:23
14/06/2014 at 19:15
I wasnt really bothered either way. I decided that id make the choice if I needed it. I wasnt going to be a hero when in pain so if I needed one, I needed one.
I ended up being induced and had him within 9hrs. I lasted on my tens machine for about 2 hours but then needed gas and air which I was on for more or less the duration. Eventually I was in agony and was saying I needed something else, they wouldnt examine me because of the 4 hour checking rule but I demanded something more. They administered an epidural whilst I had a contraction..5 mins after they gave me it, the midwife examined me and and said " oops, your fully dilated" so I didnt need the bloody thing! An hour later, Freddie was born and because I had the epi so late, I couldnt feel when I was pushing or when I was being stitched up so it was pretty pointless to be honest! I know they have rules about how often to check but I kept telling her I needed to push but she was just so blase saying, " Im sure your nowhere near yet".
14/06/2014 at 21:08
Similar to what happened with me Gemini.
15/06/2014 at 11:22
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