For Those Of You Who Ve Labored With NO PAIN MEDS EPIS

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cattac - November 19

With my first 2 I got an epi right around 7 cm or 8 both times because my contractions got to the point where I had a really hard time breathing. For those of you who had a natural labor did you not get to this point??? If you did what did you do to alleviate the pain? Did walking help? I've been reading that thread on whether crowning is worse than contractions and it's encouraging because I'm scared of crowning with no meds! Anyway, let me know your feedback thanks!

 

Tory1980 - November 19

That is as bad as your labour will get. At 7-8cms the contractions are usually on top of each other - or they were with me and it felt like there was no relief but it only lasted a short time and after that my body seemed to almost rest. I stayed upright, not necessarily walking but leaning against the bed (get it pumped up so it is waist level), leaning against hubby or swaying backwards and forwards. Crowning burns/stings - almost like vinegar in a cut but not the immediate sharpness, more like the after soreness and it goes within a few seconds once the skin stretches. I loved the feeling as it meant baby would be here is a few pushes but maybe I am weird. The strangest sensation I felt though was when the babies rotated round, very weird but fantastic. You could try gas and air and work down the list from there but I know pethedine or diamorhine given too late in the labour can cause an antidote to be necessary as it causes breathing problems in the newborn. Good luck!

 

January - November 19

i had both of my babies med free.. the last just 12 days ago. It hurts and yes does take your breath away... the important thing is to just breathe through them. concentrate on breathing through the pain and not hold your breath which we tend to do when we are in pain.

 

tryin44 - November 19

I have had three children naturally. I believe the contractions are worse. By the time crowning occurs your body has been through such an ordeal painwise and adrenaline is pumping and atmosphere in the room changes to excitment because baby is real close. Crowning is painful but dable. Once you get to 7-8 you are so close.. I just go inward with my eyes close and hum.

 

margie - November 19

im so happy also to read about natural birth because thats what i intend and im pretty set on it unless something unforeseeable happens...whatever that could be? but i plan on having no epi, and was going to ask about a local anaesthetic like the one they give when st_tching you for an episiotomy for the pain of crowning but it sounds like after youve gotten that far the pain is more focused on getting that baby out. i am 35 weeks and starting to get NERVOUS as this is my first one!!! But your responses are giving me courage...thank you thank you thank you!

 

josie4 - November 19

I had a totally med-free homebirth. Around 7-8 is when things get the most intense. The contractions did not get worse after that. For those contractions I believe I mostly squatted and held onto the bed and rocked my pelvis. Nothing really helped the pain at that point, but some positions made it worse (I made the mistake of sitting during one!). I had no break between some of those contractions, but when I did, boy was it nice! Crowning hurts, but it only lasts a moment and then you have the relief after the head is out.

 

mummy2paris - November 19

Well i used gas and air but i felt ok like i could cope the whole way through(when i say cope i was shouting at everyone to cut the bay out lol) but if u have in your mind how u want your birth to be and not how u dont want it to be that should help gl

 

cattac - November 19

OOOH that was another question I'd been thinking about. Do they give you ANYTHING to numb you down there when they're st_tching you up? I dont know if I could take that! Thanks for all the responses...very encouraging! I guess this time I need to get up and move around or get in some other position other than sitting. Has anyone tried a shower or bath at that point or are we not allowed?

 

claire83 - November 19

ive had all three of my children with out pain relief as im scared of needles would love to have an epidural but havent got the guts, what i tend to do is think its going to get worse and well i just coped with it i suppose when u get to 8cms its so close anyway, when i had my last baby it was the worse pain wise i actually asked for an epi and they wouldnt give me one as i was at 8cms, im glad now though as it was over ten minutes later. hoping for a pain free labour this time too -well i can dream cant i lol im 8 days late

 

CJMITCH44 - November 19

I think it has alot to do with your mindset going into it - I had my daughter last week fully expecting to get an epidural. It didn't happen as I went from 5-6 cm to complete in 12 minutes. Yes, the contractions were on top of each other and horrendous, but I know that it didn't help that A: I went into panic mode because of the intensity and realizing that there was no time for any pain relief, and B: the nurses would not allow me to get out of bed when I was naturally trying to get into a more comfortable position. One of them said "if you try to stand up, your cord can fall out and will kill your baby" I agree that once you can start pushing, even though it is still very painful, it is different and for me, not as unbearable as the "transition" contractions. And yes, they numb you with a local anesthetic before they do any st_tching.

 

Tory1980 - November 19

Cattac, yes they will numb you if you need st_tches so don't panic! LOL! Just rememeber to take long slow pushes and listen to your body - if you push too fast then you run the risk of tearing. I also found that pushing actually got rid of the pain. CJ, good grief! What was the nurse trying to do - give you a panic attack! Staying off the bed was the only thing that helped me with the pain. Lying flat on your back or even sitting can make things worse for a lot of people - it did for me. Each time I have gotten onto the bed around 8-9cms simply because I start getting pains at the tops of my thighs - until then I stay upright. I can't believe someone in the medical profession would say that to someone is active labour - I don't mean that I don't believe you before that gets confused. I am just amazed she would even think to say that!

 

CJMITCH44 - November 19

I know, Tory! And she was PREGNANT too, so it makes it even harder to believe! Trust me, if would ever cross my mind to become pregnant again, (it won't) i would definitly be going with a CNM-I think that they are way more leniant about that sort of thing. Take care!

 

cattac - November 19

OK this is good news to know- that standing or moving around helps with the bad contractions because I took them all just sitting there or laying there wondering how the world people got through them. And it's interesting to know that pushing helps. I had one friend who said it was a relief to push but that's all she said. My last son took two pushes and he was out so I'm hoping that's how this labor will be. Actually the dr told me how to push and it was the best advice...lay on your back, take your hands and pull your knees toward you, chin to chest and push like you're doing a crunch...worked like a charm for me! CJMITCH...I can't believe a nurse would say that to you either- either she didn't want to do her job or she doesn't know what she's talking about.

 

josie4 - November 19

Definitely try other positions! Sitting or lying down made contractions nearly unbearable for me. I squatted for most of my labor. I tried the tub twice during labor and it helped but not for long.

 

josie4 - November 19

Btw, the way I pushed was lying on my side with my leg held up by my husband. I tried squatting for a little while, but the gravity made it way too intense.

 

Erins Mom - November 20

I agree with the other ladies, at 7 or 8 cm your basically in transition and that's definitely the worst it's going to get, barring some kind of complication. With the contractions right on top of the next at that point the only thing that helped me was my husband keeping me focused on the goal and helping me relax my body instead of fighting against the contractions, which takes extreme control, but will help you a ton. Just remember, right about the time you think you can't possibly handle one more, your just about done. Good luck!

 

Erins Mom - November 20

Oh, and I pushed in a side lying position as well and that was way more comfortable for me than anything else, but try several positions (squatting, hands and knees, side lying) as everyone has a different preference.

 

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