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Did you have an epidural?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by peainapod, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. rndmr2

    rndmr2 DIS Veteran

    May 3, 2009
    Jumping in to ask a quick question.

    Those who have had an Epidural, were you itchy and nauseated from it? :sick: I don't think they use the same meds but I remember when I worked ortho and we had a lot of people that had epidurals for joint replacements and I tell you 3/4 of the ones that had them were throwing up their guts and itching all the time for the whole time it was in (usually until the 2nd day). And then they were still in pain or the wrong leg was numb.

    I guess I just have a fear of them for when I have a baby (hopefully sometime soon) but I really don't want to be in pain (I'm a wimp! LOL) so if I wouldn't have the above effects I'll be first in line! :thumbsup2
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  3. thedonduck

    thedonduck DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2011
    Yes for both

    With DS- I was induced and epi was put in at 4.5cm and 20 mins later I was pushing! They never even hooked it up, but they said they must have put just enough numbing medicine that I relaxed enough to dilate.
    I got nauseous after delivery, but they said that it was likely due to his fast delivery and not the meds!

    With DD- epi in at 4.5 and 2 hours later I was pushing! Not as quick, but it didn't stall out any progress! I will say I still felt everything while I pushed! I don't know if they turned it down or it wore off, but lord almighty I felt it all! I felt so bad for swearing at the Med Student who was delivering me (I okayed it beforehand) that I made DH go out and get donuts for their staff room!

    I wasn't itchy, nor did I get a headache with either!
  4. tink68

    tink68 Mouseketeer

    Jan 12, 2008
    Yes with both kids but 2nd one ended up being a c-section because of his big head. :rotfl:
  5. Skip2MyLou

    Skip2MyLou Mouseketeer

    Feb 21, 2011
    1st pregnancy had epidural. I had no side effects. 19 hours of labor. Water broke without any contractions, so they had to induce me. I was up & back to normal within a few hours of DD being born.

    2nd pregnancy was scheduled for C-section but we didn't make it that long. My water broke (again without contractions). They were setting me up for C-section within 30 minutes of walking into the hospital. I had side effects from that one. Nausea, vomiting, and physically shaking. I was not cold, but could not stop shivering.
  6. Zandy595

    Zandy595 DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>The other day I f

    Nov 5, 2000
    They tried to give me one, but it didn't work. After delivery I had a horrible headache that went on for days until I went back to the hospital for a blood patch. The headache was due to leaking spinal fluid caused by the failed epidural attemps. That's why I only have one child. I didn't want to ever go through the pain of labor or a spinal headache again.
  7. jodifla

    jodifla WDW lover since 1972

    Jan 19, 2002
    Yes, after about 17 hours after my water broke. My labor wasn't progressing even after 2 bags of pitocin, but the epidural immediately helped get things going.
  8. mrssmith06

    mrssmith06 DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Yes with both! :thumbsup2
  9. HelenePA

    HelenePA <font color=red>I could use a cupcake now<br><font

    Aug 2, 2006
    2 yes, 2 no. I much prefer labor with out it. IF I have any more it will be with out it... and all 4 of mine were inductions.. Its just easier for me with out an epidural. btw you'll hear many horror stories about labor but I LOVED labor.. LOVED it..
  10. U2_rocks!

    U2_rocks! <font color=coral>The DISer formerly known as U2_r

    Sep 7, 2006
    Nope - had 3 babies without an epidural or any meds actually. Never regretted it one bit. It was tough, but it was still the best thing for me (I am very careful with drugs of any kind). And certainly there was no harm in the babies not being exposed to drugs.
  11. Zandy595

    Zandy595 DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>The other day I f

    Nov 5, 2000
    What exactly did you love about it?
    I hated every second of it and have an only child because of it.
  12. shoney

    shoney DIS Veteran

    Apr 4, 2005
    Yes! I've asked so many other people and no one has experience it!

    This was with my first in 1999. My water broke on Friday night and on Sunday morning they decided I needed a c-section. The epidural was put in on Saturday night so it was easy for them to change the medication for surgery.

    They put me on surgery table and secured my arms outward...like Jesus on a cross! I hated it!!! The baby was born shortly after and left with my DH.

    I started to panic, had anxiety and felt like I was going to throw up. I just wanted to them to untie me. Once I said I was going to throw up, the room went into panic mode. They pulled out a needle and that was last thing I remember!

    When I woke up in another room, I was so itchy. The nurse gave me a sponge bath with a scratchy sponge and it felt soooo good.

    20 months later, I was scheduled to have c-section. They put the epidural in, didn't tie me down and everything was fine.
  13. bettymae1121

    bettymae1121 sure. fine. whatever.

    Jan 5, 2010
    I had no side effects at all. None. Now everyone is different of couse, I rarely have side effects with any medication I take. But I wouldn't hessitate to have another epi.
  14. mickeyboat

    mickeyboat <font color=660099>Nothing like the cream and choc

    Oct 14, 2003
    I threw up after both labors - one with an epidural and one without. I also shook for a very long time with both.
  15. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    NOPE!!! I didnt want an epidural.
  16. canadianjovigirl

    canadianjovigirl DIS Veteran

    May 18, 2009
    No for both, but i really wanted it for my second as i had been there, done that and had nothing to prove to nobody, but when it came down to it i was way to scared to get a needle in my back - thankfully she came quickly (preemie)
  17. Shmily1

    Shmily1 DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2007
    No x 2. I didn't ever want one. Sure it hurt but it didn't hurt me as bad as thinking I might have a needle in my back. I'm terrified of needles so that just wasn't going to happen!
  18. indimom

    indimom Are We There Yet?

    Jul 18, 2008
    Yes X2.
    The first one didn't work all that well. I don't know why. Maybe less drug? Maybe not in the right spot? It barely took the edge off.

    Second one was WONDERFUL! Zero pain. My blood pressure did drop though, so I had to lay on my side the entire time. But, otherwise, very simple.
  19. Riles_and_Gabe

    Riles_and_Gabe DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    No on both of them...not on purpose though.

    My first one, when they asked if I wanted one, it didn't hurt that bad. When it finally started to hurt, I was too late.

    My second one, I hadn't realized I was in labor all day. By the time I figured it out and got to the hospital (I had to go to a different hospital that was closer and they had to pull a doctor out of her gym class at the YMCA) I had him within 15 minutes of arriving.

    At this point I know I can survive and the thought of that needle really scares me, so if I ever have another (not likely), I don't think I would get one.
  20. ENSOCK

    ENSOCK DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2006
    Yes for both. Both were c-sections. The first one it did not numb everything and I felt the doctor cutting. He made them give me extra so that he could finish. With the second one, it hurt worse than the labor. but after the meds I did not feel anything.
  21. Mariep26

    Mariep26 DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Yes x2. I got to 5cm with my son and 8cm with my daughter before I got it so I made an educated decision on how much more I could endure. My OB told me that she believes that I am capable of going without the epidural and who knows, I may give it a go if I have another but I doubt it.

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