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epidural

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MrsRV Mon 14-Apr-14 17:02:27

...does the baby actually coming out still hurt? cringe... like the tearing/stretching/stinging bit!?!

MrsRV Wed 16-Apr-14 19:16:25

I was told no with DD1 as they were just so busy... I think I was lucky to even make it round to delivery before giving birth!!!! I may just refuse to be induced until I can have an epi this time. I'm liking the stories of feeling nothing. keep em coming ladies. 1.5 weeks to go.

CPtart Wed 16-Apr-14 19:43:30

I had one. All a bit of blur really, but I do remember they struggled to get it in first time. Not sure if they hit a nerve but I felt that type of pain and nearly hit the ceiling.
To me, the epidural hardly seemed to make any difference although maybe I got it too late at 7cm dilated? Two and a half hours of pushing and a second degree tear too.
Didn't need one second time round- all much quicker and straightforward.

GoooRooo Thu 17-Apr-14 09:08:58

I had one and they let it wear off for the pushing bit so that I could feel to push. So, yes it hurt. The head crowning is awful (sorry!) BUT all that said I was really really glad I got to feel what giving birth was like (afterwards on reflection, not at the time) so you might find you look back fondly at it!

Greenstone Thu 17-Apr-14 10:30:12

I had one too and they mostly let it wear off for the pushing. I found the pushing to be incredibly hard work (dripping with sweat etc) but so so much easier than the latent stage which was scary and intense. I do vaguely remember the ring of fire -- if you have an epidural, THE most important thing to do is LISTEN to your midwife when she says just pant now don't push. Once the head is out it's pretty much over.

Oh and you can really get the epi quite late. I got it at 8cm, then mw left me for ages to let it wear off. I'd recommend talking to your mw in advance about this (letting it wear off a bit for the pushing) if at all possible.

MrsRV Fri 18-Apr-14 08:28:19

but I don't want it to wear off... tge thought of it makes me want to cry. oh, & I'm having a giant baby. estimated weight at 36 plus 3 is 7lb2!!!! good job I'm being induced soon!!!!!!!!!

Jcb77 Fri 18-Apr-14 09:38:52

There isn't a set stage at which it's 'too late' to put one in. Depends on the labour. It takes about 20 mins to get one in then about 20 mins to get it working. This obviously varies depending on operator, back, sensitivity to local anaesthetic and (quite frankly) luck. In a woman who has gone from, say, 4 to 8 cm in an hour, with a history of quick labours, there's a good chance that getting one in and working won't happen before delivery. This risk but no benefit. So it might be 'too late'. But in a primip who has taken ages to get to fully, had a high head still and the contractions are going off, there might well be time and benefit (can be used for theatre if things go that way). Also, if the midwife knows the anaesthetist is in theatre and will be another 20 mins, that also adds to a possible 'too late' comment I suppose.
The whole turning it off/down so you can feel to push though - WTF?!? I have never understood that. It's the most painful bit, you haven't built up your tolerance or endorphins..... A aargh! It is possible to push a baby out with an epidural. Not everyone can, but then it's possible that they wouldn't be able to for that baby without one. Instrumental delivery rates go from about 7 to 14% with an epidural, so that's still a lot of women who are able to get it out. I'd insist on the thing being kept topped up!!!

Greenstone Fri 18-Apr-14 10:39:26

That's interesting that instrumental delivery rates are still only at 14% with an epidural. You hear so much about this that I assumed it would be higher. FWIW, when my epi wore off for the pushing, it just meant that I could feel everything I was doing, and the contractions, but the agonising pain wasn't there. So felt in control all around.

MrsRV, there is another line of thought (possibly anecdotal rather than scientific, who knows) that says bigger babies can be more straightforward to deliver because gravity is on your side smile

Whatever happens, it will fine. flowers

squizita Fri 18-Apr-14 11:01:31

My hospital does those new "walking epidurals" - has anyone had one of those? I guess they're less powerful (as you can walk in a limited way) so maybe don't need to wear off to push?

I am quite intrigued as several friends have told me epidurals are a godsend but make it more tiring/longer - the walking one might alleviate that problem to some extent?

Jcb77 Fri 18-Apr-14 11:12:06

Epidurals can increase the length of the second stage (the pushing bit). I guess it partly depends on how the rest of your labour's gone too though. If you've had an early epidural and managed to sleep for a while, it's probably much nicer/easier than if you've had a long latent stage, been in a lot of pain til 8cm then had an epi, but are still exhausted by the time pushing comes around then yeah - anything that makes it longer/more difficult is not going to get full marks!

MabelSideswipe Fri 18-Apr-14 11:16:28

Walking epidurals are usually called low dose epidurals or mobile epidurals. Please do not assume you will be able to walk as that is very rare. You might be able to adoptan upright position with support, get on hand and knees etc. The majority of women with a mobile epidural still labour in bed.

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Fri 18-Apr-14 11:21:31

JCB - Is that 14% figure all births, or first time births? The reason I ask is that the anecdotal experience I have is that most of the first timers who had an epidural ended up with an instrumental delivery (though I'm not suggesting cause and effect, just correlation) whereas those who had an epidural second time tended to manage without. Obviously that is just my anecdote and not proper data, so I'm just wondering whether it's an amalgamated statistic (i.e. whether, for your first, you might see a higher number)?

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Fri 18-Apr-14 11:23:36

I see so many conflicting things about mobile epidurals. The idea of what one means seems to vary a lot from hospital to hospital/ HCP tp HCP. I had always been told what the PP has just said - you might be a bit more mobile but not much. But I was talking to a friend last week who said she was able to walk around, kneel, etc (obviously within the confines of the monitors) and that experience was exactly what she had been told to expect with a mobile epidural.

squizita Fri 18-Apr-14 11:30:55

Hmm... so it seems to depend on where you have it as much as anything? Intereting the stuff I've been given mentions it as 'walking' and is part of Imperial so is it a case of a 'fluffy name' or that their HCPs are confident with using it?
I will ask my MW anyway, she is very straightforward and 'tells it like it is' with RL examples.

MabelSideswipe Fri 18-Apr-14 11:42:15

I think with regards to assisted birth and epiduralsit does depend on when the epidurals given in relation to dilation and also the position of the baby. If the baby is posterior and an epidural is given it is much harder for the baby to rotate and so an assisted delivery is much more likely.

MrsRV Fri 18-Apr-14 20:51:07

my first baby was back to back & I pushed for 4 hours. YES... really... FOUR. I couldn't have an epi as too busy at hosp. I was exhausted & contractions went haywire... they gave me the hormone drip & then realised baby had turned & was stuck before rushing me into theatre for spinal block, episiotomy and forceps delivery. Baby was completely battered & bruised for weeks & it broke my heart everytime I looked at her.

Hence I am frightened and want to feel nothing AT ALL. A week to go til induction and I'm starting to get upset & all the memories are flooding back. If only they could just promise me an epi but I know it all depends on so many different things.

Pregnantagain7 Fri 18-Apr-14 21:46:17

Both mine were mobile epidurals not sure if that is the same as a walking epidural, there was not a chance I could have walked or stood up I could feel my legs and wiggle my toes I certainly didn't feel numb. I would be surprised if a hospital would let you walk with one I would imagine that it's quite unpredictable how it would it would effect you I'm sure they wouldn't want the responsibility if you fell. But maybe walking epidurals are a totally different not really heard much about.

Carsandtrucks Fri 18-Apr-14 21:54:46

Felt him yes but not pain, just felt something coming out. Not painful at all

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