Drugs Or Natural

15 Replies
Joanna - January 31

I'm 32 weeks and I'm going to try to do the natural thing, any advice?

 

Penny - February 1

Joanna, is this your first? My second was totall natural, however it was not planned that way. If you have done your research and are ready to go that way, great. I'm only 5 weeks with my 3rd, and my youngest is 10, but I don't plan on doing this one natural. Did that, and would rather not go through that if I don't have to. You need to be fully mentally prepared to do that. Good Luck!!

 

ca__s - February 4

water, water, water. sit in a bath or in the shower, and use the shower head if possible to ma__sage your belly during contractions. the water is very relaxing, the sound is distracting and the ma__sage effect is very soothing on the belly. by the way, all childbirth is natural as far as i'm concerned whether you use drugs or not. sometimes you need to accept some form of drug, in which case you shouldn't feel less of a woman. a baby comes out of you regardless, and that's about as natural as it gets - drugs or no drugs! good luck.

 

Mary - February 8

Try Hypnobirthing. I had my baby naturally, and had such a great experience, that I plan to go natural every time. There are Hypnobirthing cla__ses available all over the US. Try typing it into a search engine and you should come up with a contact number. The founder's name is Marie Mongan. Honestly, it was the greatest. I felt so strong and empowered, and hypnosis really works. The basic idea is to just "go into" the pressure of contractions instead of fighting against them, which causes fear and elevates pain response. Good luck to you. You can do it. I think it's a great gift you can give your baby--allowing it to be born how and when IT wants.

 

Maleficent - February 11

i think it's great that your planning a natural birth. i had an epidural with my first and don't regret it at all. with my second we tried to get the epidural but by the time it finally kicked in the baby was already born and happily nursing. (i was stuck in bed untill it wore off, it sucked.) my second delivery went alot faster and recovery was alot easier. this time i'm not commiting to drugs or natural. i'd like to give natural another shot, but i'm keeping my opitions open. what i can say is that as soon as the baby is out the pain STOPS. it's like a switch is flipped. it's amazing. good luck, i hope you get to give birth in whatever way you choose.

 

MARI - February 12

HEY I WAS PLANNING ON GOING ALL NATURAL, BUT I JUST COULDNT, AFTER 7 CM IT JUST GOT TO PAINFUL. I HAD AN EPIDURAL WHICH DIDNT WORK WHAT SO EVER! SO THEN I HAD ANOTHER WHICH ONLY WORKED ON LIKE HALF MY BODY! BY THAT TIME I WAS DIALTING EVEN MORE AND THE MORE I DIALTED THE MORE PAINFUL IT WAS AND SO THEY GAVE ME A SPINAL SOMETHING (NOT SURE WHAT ITS CALLED) AND IT WORKED EXTREMEMLY FAST AND JUST IN TIME FOR ME TO START PUSHING, I DONT REGRET TAKING MEDS AT ALL BECAUSE I THINK THE PUSHING OUT THE BABY WOULD HAVE HURT MORE PLUS I TORE SOOOOO BAD! ITS UP TO U, IF U CAN HANDLE IT THEN GO AHEAD MORE POWER TO U, BUT IF U CANT DONT HESITATE TO GET MEDS IF U NEED THEM.

 

~L~ - February 18

My 1st was natural, and with my 2nd and 3rd I had stadol put in my IV - loved it - kept the edge off but I could feel the pain enough to experience the birth and cooperate with the pushing.

 

Joanna - February 22

Thanks for all your advice, and yes this is my first. I've had my orentation for the alternative birth center at the hospital. It has jacuzzi tubs, birthing stools, and b___s. It has a really homey feel to it, I'm looking forward to it. Thanks to ~L~ for the medication name, I'll have to write that down just in case my going without drugs doesn't work all that well.

 

brucen - March 15

Also gives stadol two thumbs up!

 

Rita - March 16

I had my first son natural. Sitting in the shower with the water hitting my belly really help also the jacuzzi. I'm now 27 weeks and am planning to go natural again. I had a quick labor with my son so it pretty much depends on how your labor goes make sure you have enough energy to push. Good luck

 

amber - March 23

I couldnt do it without meds.... but i wish you the best of luck

 

marsha - March 23

i had my first without the meds and i plan too do this one without the meds. i dont know what scares me the most, a needle going through my back or not being able to fell my body after!! after the baby comes out its all ove no more pain i recomend doing it without meds.

 

Lynn - March 24

Marsha - I am SO with you! I can't stand th thought of someone putting a needle into my spine!

 

Akilla - April 4

Hi I am planning on having a natural birth. But not too sure the difference between Stadol Nubain Demerol Can someone explain the difference - would be grateful. Thanks.

 

Cathy - April 5

With my son I said I didnt want any pain relief when I was pregnant and I ended up with everything. First pethadine, then gas & air and more pethadine. Then I had more gas & air and diamorphine and then I had a botched epidural which didnt work and then another botched epidural which worked but punctured my spinal membrane so I had to have an operation afterwards to fix that. His birth was awful and I cant remember half of it. I decided not to have pethadine ever again because it affects the baby afterwards and makes your memory all fuzzy. He was 5 weeks early and the pethadine made him weaker than he would have normally been. He couldnt feed or keep his own temperature up for 4 days. My daughter who is 9 weeks old. I laboured at home alone with my 2 year old son until the contractions were 2 minutes apart, I coped really well and it helped alot being in my own home and not strapped to a bed with wires everywhere. When I got to the hospital I was 8cm and all I'd had was 1 contraction worth of gas & air in the ambulance before it had run out. I had gas & air at the hospital and she was born 2 hours later 8lb 11oz and shoulder dystocia (she got stuck at the shouders) I'm so glad I wasnt all drugged up again. I remember everything and I coped alot better with the pain than I did with the pethadine and because I didnt have an epidural I had an active labour (standing the whole time and then went on my knees leaning on the back of the bed for the last hour. It was so much better than my sons birth even though she weighed nearly twice as much as him. I found the best pain relief to be staying active and moving round. You wont know how you will cope with the pain until it is happening, It's different everytime. When the time comes try to make your decision between contractions, you will beg for anything while you have the pain and you might regret it afterwards like I did with my son. But try not to be on on your back, it's easier birthing either squatting or on your hands and knees. The hands and knees position also helps to stop you tearing because the baby is born slowly and gently. Good luck :-) Cathy

 

B - June 29

more power to ya girl!!!

 

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