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Mobile/Walking Epidural

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kidsareok · 21/07/2020 17:56

Hi - just wonder if anyone ha any experience of a mobile/walking epidural? I'm thinking about my birth plan (well, some of it but I'm mostly happy to go with the flow!) and I do like the sound of one. I don't like the idea of being immobile with an epidural so was wondering how different they were to a normal epidural? Thanks!

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zippityzip · 12/08/2020 13:23

I've literally never heard of this?! What is a walking epidural?

JCbtn · 12/08/2020 18:23

I had a mobile epidural with my first birth (currently 38 w 4 d with second). I was mobile in the sense that I could get up and go to the toilet, but the midwife will only let you walk if they’re confident you can control your legs well. Some people don’t react well enough to remain mobile, so it isn’t mobile for everyone.
And that said, you’re still tethered to the line and not fully mobile. I don’t think I would’ve felt like that comfortable squatting or kneeling. But I’m not the best person to talk about it because I ended up needing an emergency c section, so I never got to the pushing stage.
But as an aside, the great thing about the epidural is that, god forbid you need an emergency c section, the line is in and you’re that much more prepared.
I was induced and my uterus got hyper-stimulated, it was so painful so quickly, and that epidural was amazing! Kudos to the entonox only mothers - that epidural saved my life.

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