When To Get An Epidural

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ca_pink - April 8

How dilated were you when you got an epidural? I was in labor for about 5 hours but dilated only 1 cm. I was in excruciating pain so I got an epi at that time. After 16 hours, I was only at 4cm and they tried to induce me with Pitocin but it stressed the baby's heart. So I ended up getting a C-Section. I was wondering if I got an epi too soon.

 

krista-lee - April 8

in my prenatal cla__s they said its best to go for the epidural 3-4 cm, if not it can stop or slow labor down alot, so you probably got it a bit early

 

C - April 8

They didn't offer it to me until I was 4 cm. but I'm not sure what the normal rule is. I think every doctor/hospital is different. my son was stressed by the pitocin too and they continued the delivery. They just cut back on the amount of pitocin they were giving me.

 

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