Having Trouble Deciding

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kris lane - July 7

I am at 40 weeks with my 3rd. pregnancy. The first two were textbook deliveries, no complications & non medicated. This pregnancy,too, has been a healthy one but I am terrified of the pain I know is coming! I can't seem to get past it & let it go! I'm considering an epidural but don't know what that's like...have heard good and bad...any advice? Thanks!

 

Been There - July 7

Well, if your first two pregnancies were fine, then this one may be too. I would just say if you find the pain unbearable, ask for the epidural. The only thing I didn't like about the epidural was bloating. But after it was over, I the bloating left and I was fine. But for taking care of the pain, it's great.

 

starr - July 8

I was in the same situation.I gave birth to two healthy boys in 1994&1996 and everything went just fine with no drugs at all.But I guess after 10 yrs the intensity of the pain must have slipped my mind b/c I ended up getting an epidural after saying that I would go natural.It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.It took about 5 mins to put in,about 20 mins to take full effect and maybe a couple of hours to compltely wear off.The worst thing that I can say is that I now have an ugly scar on my upper back,where everybody can see b/c the nurse RIPPED the tape off of my back while taking the catheter out.That's about the only thing but the pain relief is priceless.Good Luck.

 

babybird - July 8

I had my first son natural (not by choice) and an epidural with my second son. And I have to say GET THE EPIDURAL! It was so much easier having a baby without all that pain.

 

AprilMum - July 9

I would get the epi. It doesn't make you feel totally out of it or anything - and for me, it basically just helped with contractions, which was such a relief. I think they were worse than labor!

 

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