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What is Pethidine like?

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Jodie1982 Thu 20-Nov-14 11:55:36

I usually just get by with Gas and Air, this time I'd like to try Pethidine as I think it might be a bit more helpful in resting between contractions? I did get the shot in my 2nd birth, but she literally came out 10mins later so I really didn't feel a thing.

Thanks for any replies
Jo 27+5

MrsCrankypants Thu 20-Nov-14 11:58:34

Personally I didn't like Pethedine, it made me violently sick and didn't help me much with the pain. It also let me feeling like I had a block of concrete in my bum cheek for weeks afterwards! Maybe I just had a bad reaction though......

Schoolaroundthecorner Thu 20-Nov-14 12:01:19

Made me sick too and i felt very out of it, could still feel the pain but didn't feel connected to it (that's not a great explanation but its difficult to describe). It did work, in that I no longer cared about the pain, but I didn't enjoy the dizzy feeling or getting sick. I think the reaction to it can vary a lot though from person to person.

Jodie1982 Thu 20-Nov-14 12:19:43

Thanks ladies. Do you know how far Dilated you have to be before requesting it?

AnythingNotEverything Thu 20-Nov-14 12:24:10

It made me sick and think it made the baby sleepy. It did give me a break to size during a long labour. It was a bit hallucinogenic and I didn't feel in control. I wouldn't have it again if I could manage without.

MrsCurrent Thu 20-Nov-14 12:26:55

It sent me la la. I locked myself in the loo and refused to come out (obviously they then came in).

Mummywithlove Thu 20-Nov-14 12:33:22

well i loved it and will have it again! it just made me sleep and when i had a contraction i woke up, i said i wanted some pain relief but not that i couldnt feel anything and this worked a treat i was also 7cm dilated when i had it, took about 10 to 15mins to start working xxgrin

Wednesbury Thu 20-Nov-14 12:37:28

I have had one labour with pethidine and one without. The one where I had it was my first labour and the baby was back to back, so there was no let up in pain between contractions and the pain was immense and I was really agitated. (I was also on my back being monitored so couldn't move around to help with the baby's position.) I am told that it calmed me down between contractions but I remember feeling totally out of it and hallucinating that I was somewhere else talking to someone else. The midwives found it hard to get me to respond. I later had an epidural.

With the second labour, the baby was not back to back so there was relief between contractions and I used breathing and later gas and air (using the same breathing techniques). I listened to hypnobirthing CDs while pregnant to try and practice and develop breathing and calming down techniques. I found this much better. I think if you cannot manage the pain on gas and air and if labour is prolonged (it was with my first) it is better to go for an epidural as you remain mentally in control.

TywysogesGymraeg Thu 20-Nov-14 12:40:28

Pethadine made me sick too. I hated it.

It didn't mask any of the labour pains, but it did make me feel woozy. I think the baby came out a bit sleepy becuase of it.

I went without the second time wasn't time for it in the end anyway. DD2 was fast!

whatsagoodusername Thu 20-Nov-14 13:01:58

I used it in two births. I liked it.

I didn't get on with gas & air at all the first time and was pretty out of it with exhaustion anyway (insomnia night before going into labour, walking miles then labour all night and day) so I don't know how much the pethidine contributed to that.

Second birth, I had it overnight and it helped me relax/doze off between contractions.

I think you can ask for it as early as you like. It lasts a few hours, and they won't give it to you late on in labour in case the baby is affected after it's born.

Some people say it makes the baby sleepy, hard to wake up, feed. I never noticed any problems with my DC.

doobeedee Thu 20-Nov-14 13:02:06

Made me sick and was given too late so baby was extra sleepy for the first 24 hours and wouldn't feed. I'll try to avoid it if I do it again.

NaiceNickname Thu 20-Nov-14 20:02:07

I was given it not long before I was ready to push, didn't notice it have an effect although I did throw up everywhere in the shower after labour hmm and DD was really sleep for a day after birth, wouldn't feed properly. Will be trying to avoid it this time around, gas and air will have to do!

sianilovesbeingamummy Thu 20-Nov-14 20:06:19

I ended up having every pain relief going, my plan was just Gas and Air but when it came to labour i just wanted anything to help me sleep, had been a long 72hour labour which ended in emergeny section anyway so opted for elective with second and undecided with this pregnancy. would like to try natural but scared incase results in an emergency again

sianilovesbeingamummy Thu 20-Nov-14 20:06:49

p.s. i was sick with every form of pain relief, adrenaline i think lol

MuscatBouschet Thu 20-Nov-14 20:08:02

It helped me doze during a 2 day back to back labour. If you've already had a child or two you probably won't need a break to sleep because it'll be fairly fast.

BikeRunSki Thu 20-Nov-14 20:14:54

I loved Pethidine! Felt completely dissociated from my body, in a rather trippy way. G&A Did nothing for me at all.

TiredNow Thu 20-Nov-14 20:16:28

I loved it! G&A made me sick and feel a bit out-of-control drunk but pethidine just took the edge of in a lovely blurry way that meant I slept between contractions and woke up in time for the pushing bit with plenty of energy
I had it with both DSs (DS2 a homebirth) at about 4-5cm, wouldn't have a third without it!

Bondy83 Thu 20-Nov-14 21:01:59

I had diamorphine it was fab highly recommend it

StrawberryMojito Thu 20-Nov-14 21:04:40

It made me talk utter nonsense about people in trees and didn't do anything for the pain.

ThursdayLast Thu 20-Nov-14 21:06:16

I liked it. I was sick almost immediately, but I was feeling sick with the pain anyway, so I don't count that against it!

ThursdayLast Thu 20-Nov-14 21:07:02

It definitely took a large edge off my pain. I was able to even doze off a bit in the early hours.

CaptainAnkles Thu 20-Nov-14 21:16:40

I didn't like it, it made me feel like I was drunk, with the associated 'out of control' feeling. I was talking rubbish and couldn't remember what I had said, I wasn't answering questions that the hospital staff were asking because I wasn't concentrating properly. In a situation where you already feel a bit helpless, I didn't think it did me much good.

However, it seems to work well for a lot of people or they wouldn't have it available.

ColgateSmile Thu 20-Nov-14 21:17:19

I hated it. I slept for a little while, then felt really spaced out when I woke up. I don't feel like it took the edge off of the pain, my baby was born a few hours after I'd had the injection, he had to be given oxygen and wouldn't breastfeed for the first few hours either. Can't say for certain that was to do with the pethidine but I do think it had something to do with it sad

Boomtownsurprise Thu 20-Nov-14 21:19:37

Fucking hideous.

Like being drunk (not squiffy, drunk) but without any of the happiness.

Made me and baby lethargic. Helped bf start off difficult. I have no good memories of it.

Boomtownsurprise Thu 20-Nov-14 21:23:19

No I don't think it does work for people. I think there's a lot of us that trust the doctors that get fucked over in their 'advice' at an extremely sensitive time. Equally, fairly, you don't know what it's like til you had it to know if it might work. Or be ok. Just because it can be used in labour doesn't mean it should be. Forgive me but those making the decisions around birth are often men. There's a thread running about contraception being a feminist issue.

Not half as much as giving birth imo.

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