I didn't want an epidural with my first labour but when I got induced, I asked for it. My memory was though that I could control the dose - pressing a button when I needed a 'hit'.
My labout ended in a cs so I didn't even get to the pushing stage - I got to 9.5cms! How disappointing ...
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i had to wait untill i was 3cms til i could have an epidural. I had one and it was different from the first. For the first i had to push a button to top it up every 15 mins but i was completely numb. They took the button off me when i was getting close to pushing. i never got the urge to push and the midwives told me when to. I felt everything by the time she was born.
In my 2nd epidural i was quite numb but could still feel painful contractions which was relieving although i was begging for NO feeling! when i got the urge to push it was wearing off. my bub ended up getting stuck due to her size and posterior position and i ended up with a big dose of epidural stuff and she was delivered using forceps.
tell the midwives how you feel and maybe they can give you more options with epidurals etc.
DD1 - 09.02.04 DD2 - 19.10.07
Sounds like our first labours were very similar. I had an epidural but my labour stalled for a very long time - turned out that bub was postirual facing also and was born with a vacuum in theatre momments before they started the c-section. I also couldn't feel contractions but the midwife put her hands on my belly to tell me when to push.
I personally vomit from every other form of pain relief so epidurals are my only option. I am more worried that in labour #2 (about 7 weeks away), I'll be told that its too close and that I can't have an epidural.
You'll just have to wait and see what happens. I know 2 ladies who have had 2 kids, one of them gave birth 30mins after arriving at hospital without drugs and the other took 4hrs but was too close to have an epidural.
Don't even try to make plans, have an open mind and remember that you both survived it the first time, you'll be fine with number 2 onwards also. Think of the reward at the end!
We had a similar first labour. DD1 was induced. I had an epidural at 5cm dialated and labour just dragged on... I ended up having vacuum extraction as well.
I just had DD2 last week and labour all up was 3.5 hours! I went to a hospital that didn't provide epidurals (they don't have a 24hr epi team) This freaked me out at first but I tried not to think about it. Here's how my labour went...
I stayed at home until the contractions were 5 minutes apart. When I got to the hospital I was already 5cm dialated!
I then spent the rest of the time in the shower with hot water on my stomach. I couldn't feel a thing! After an hour I felt the urge to push (you'll know the feeling when it happens). I called the midwife who checked and said I was 10cm! So she broke myh waters and the pushing was on. I knew how and when to push this time so it was much easier than the first. I think I pushed 8 times all up. No stitches! (as opposed to 3rd degree tears/epesiotomy with the first). It's an awesome feeling, hurt like hell, but recovered so much quicker.
So jump in the shower, it's the best natural pain relief during the first phase of labour.
I think if you've had a difficult first delivery like we did then your body should be more kinder to you this second time around wink
All the best and look forward to hearing how you go! smile
Linda ~ DD1: 10/01/06 ~ DD2: 26/06/07
Qld, 14,12,10, 5 yr old girls, and baby boy!
Second bub I was ready to sign up for another epi as soon as I found out I was pregnant, however after getting to the hospital and sucking on some gas and sitting in a huge bath I decided I was doing ok without it.
I did end up having one (again at my docs suggestion) after 19 hours of labour simply because I was so tired and still only at 5cm. I was just about ready to pass out I was so tired lol
If it had gone quicker I would have made it through without an epidural.
I think if it's something you really want to do you will be able to do it, as long as you stay open to the fact that sometimes things don't go to plan and you may have to re-think down the labour track.
Best of luck to you...hope it all goes exactly how you want!
Jaime QLD - DS 22/01/02 & DD 27/09/05
I have gone on to have 2 more babies with no epidural. I used gas only. My 2nd baby was 10lb, so, it is VERY possible to do it without an epidural. I felt more in control without the epidural, yes it hurt more, but it can't have been that bad, as I went back and did it again!
Sharoona you sound as though you described my first labour and i am going through same dilemma as you this time. But after reading this thread and everyone's advice i feel a lot more informed. Well I am going to try without it and see how i go. But i know it is there if i need it.