1st Timer Seriously Considering Natural Birth Aka No Drugs

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Desiree - May 19

i want some one to share their stories with me.. i want to give birth with no drugs... i'm hoping i will be strong enough... i just want to hear some of your expierences because i'm really scared about it...

 

Lynn - May 19

Visit the Labor forum, there are a couple of threads on there relating to this that have gotten quite long.

 

BigMomma - May 19

Big OUCH!!! It doesn't pay to be a hero Hunny.

 

SE - May 19

Aw, that's not fair. She's just trying to make an informed decision.

 

lilmum - May 19

i applaud your effort. It takes guts now a days to even SAY that this is your intention. It is do-able! i had a natural labour up until my emergency c-sec. The only advice i can give you is don't limit yourself. When you go into labour, just tell the nurses not to offer you any drugs unless you ASK for them, but to tell you when your window of opertunity is closing (after 7 or 8cm, most docs won't give an epidural anymore). This way, you can do your best without any pressure, but if you feel you can't handle things, you know that there are still options. I hope everything goes great for you, and don't let anyone tell you what is right for you, that is something you will figure out for yourself.

 

Desiree - May 19

thanks lilmum for sharing.... in the beginning of my preg. i was 100% sure i would have drugs.. but the more i've thought about it i'm 100% reversed.. i really want to try it without any drugs... and TO Bigmomma i'm not trying to be a hero... i just want to expierence this.... there are so many controversies when talking about having drugs it kinda scares me.... i want everything to go as healthy as possible and i think i can do it....

 

Tee Tee - May 19

Good Luck!

 

Lynn - May 19

Desiree - I'm with you. This is my first & I plan on doing it natural too. I was going to do what lilmum said to do, just tell them to tell me when my last chance is. & it has nothing to do with being a hero. I've done a lot of research and have concluded that its the best thing for me and my baby, both medically & also because that's what I want.

 

SE - May 19

Yikes. I would love to say that if there's any chance of causing harm to my baby then I would opt for no medicine, but I'm terrified of the birth. A factor I'm concerned with, though, is b___stfeeding. If you get drugs then do you have to wait a certain period of time before trying to b___stfeed? I'd like to try as soon as possible.

 

Desiree - May 19

I know what you mean Lynn, after researching i have realized that it is what is best for ME and my child... i've had a lot of people tell me that if they had their child without drugs they felt so much better afterwards, that they weren't all groggy and stuff... as far as the pain goes, its def. gonna hurt.. but i really think meditation will help me through it... and my hubby will be right there with me to help me... the more i think about it.. the more excited i get....

 

Lynn - May 19

SE - you don't have to wait any period of time as far as I know, but it has been shown that medicated babies have a harder time latching on and learning to successfuly b___stfeed. Eventually they do get the hang of it of course but it could just mean more frustration and sore nipples for you thats all.

 

Carol - May 19

Good luck to all of you trying for natural. One of my good friends is planning on going this route. My only advice is to be open to anything that may happen during birth and don't beat yourself up if you can't do it drug free. There is nothing wrong with using or not using drugs. If it is too much, get the drugs and be okay with it. Too many women feel guilty for what they think is giving up and getting the drugs. This is a very painful thing and if that is what you need, then that is what you need. Best of luck!

 

lilmum - May 19

I would just like to add to some of the comments on b___stfeeding. In my personal experience, i had no problems b___stfeeding. I had a morphine-block type epidural for my c-sec as well as a walking epidural right beforehand (they gave it to me when they decided on the c-sec so it was already in place when the surgeon got there). I b___stfed my son about 6 hours afterwards, and was still very very numb, but he had no problems latching on (getting him OFF was the problem). Alot of women have troubles b___stfeeding at first, no matter how they deliver their babies.. just remember: keep trying. Don't give up, and don't resort to formula even if the baby hasn't eaten after 24hrs if b___stfeeding is what you want to do. They have food stores for up to 72hrs after birth and don't really require anything, so just keep at it.. they will get hungry, and they will eventually eat.

 

.. - May 19

bump..

 

SugarHigh - May 19

Your body was made for natural birth. If your body couldn't handle it then you wouldn't be pregnant sweetie. I'm going natural birth all the way too.

 

Desiree - May 19

thanks.. thats a really good way to look at it... i appreciate that! :)

 

Why - May 19

Pain pain pain. Why go for pain when you can enjoy it?? A lot of women hope for natural child birth and end up having complications such as a C-section and have to get the drugs anyway. I had an epidural and it was fine I wasn't groggy at all and enjoyed the experience without any pain. I love technology!

 

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