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im a little confused about wat it feels like to have an epi. I had a totally natural birth for number 1 and was keen not to do it again for number 2, however i ran out of time and ended up using just the gas. This time around im just as keen not to go through all that pain again (been there done that) and am open to having an epidural, however ive heard that some women still feel quite a bit of pain after having it, in which case i wont bother with it. Can anyone tell me exactly wat it feels like, and if it was worth it??
It feels fantastic! For me, it did get rid of all my pain, I would recommend it to people who are interested, and I have no ill effects afterwards.
I only had pain relief on one side of my body and that wasn't that great. I could still feel the contractions and walk around. Second time around I didn't bother as it was way too much fuss for no real pain relief. I've heard that when they work they are awesome though...
I dunno how women out there do it all naturally!! Amen to you all!!

I would recommend the epidural. Ive had no effects after the birth..
I had an epidural,, didnt feel th epain of getting it and also didn't feel any pain for about 5 minutes so I ended up having a natural labour lol as the epidural actually ended up kinking <img src='https://www.huggies.com.au/forum/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='<_<' />
thanx ladies. More curious about wat it actually feels like...r u totally numb or can it be adjusted? do u feel pressure? feel baby coming out at all? ive seen on a medical show a woman who had an epidural but was still using the gas...? Is it adjusted/lowered when its time to push so u can tell wat ur doing? cant seem to get a straight answer blink
I had an epidural and it worked amazingly for me.

After they gave it to me, it took about 5-10 minutes before it took full effect and once I had it, I couldn't feel anything from the waist down. I was hooked up to an IV and would have to push a button to release more into my system. But unfortunately, they probably gave it to me a little late as I only had it for about 45 minutes and they said I was ready to push so they turned it off and waited about 15 minutes until I had some feeling return before I started pushing. I really didn't feel too much pain, but I could certainly feel the baby coming out!

It made my labour so much more bearable for me, and I will not hesitate asking this time around...maybe a little earlier though.
I've had 1 epi and it was awsome! my other 3 labours were too quick to fit one in sad .

It worked within seconds! They prepared my back then waited for the next contraction to finish then put it in, thats the most painful bit but its only a split second and the next contraction was just about painless at that stage the time between my contractions was around 2 min. I was very lucky it took the pain away but I was still aware of my contractions and still felt the urge to push.
Amazing. Get one. I don't want anyone out there to take this the wrong way but there are no prizes for going drug free!!
I really didn't want one but it ended up being the best thing. The needle was a bit scary, but I couldn't see it and DH was there holding on to me to make sure I didn't move!

The only way I can describe it is its like when your foot goes to sleep or you sleep on your arm funny... it goes numb and a bit tingly. I ended up having an emergency c-section and they just topped it up for me.

2nd time around i had a planned c-section and had an epidural for that too. I knew it was working when i said to DH that something was tickling me 'down there' and he said they were puting a catheter in!! Never heard of that tickling before!!!!

There can be some side effects, so talk to your OB/Midwife smile

thanx ladies. More curious about wat it actually feels like...r u totally numb or can it be adjusted? do u feel pressure? feel baby coming out at all? ive seen on a medical show a woman who had an epidural but was still using the gas...? Is it adjusted/lowered when its time to push so u can tell wat ur doing? cant seem to get a straight answer blink


I absolutely loved it, the only tricky bit was having to stay really still while they put it in while you're having contractions but other than that it was excellent. They turned it down before I started pushing so I could feel contractions and knew when to push but it didn't hurt at all. They can probably turn it down more so it hurts a bit, I could feel a weird sensation of her head but it didn't hurt at all. Hope that helps, my mum had it and it only worked down one side but mostly it's excellent.
I had an epidural and it was fantastic. It numbs the lower half of your body so you can't feel anything. If it only numbs one side of the body the tube they put in your back can be adjusted to numb the rest.
When it was time to push my midwife turned the epidural down a but so that I could feel when I was having a contraction. It wasn't painful I could just feel pressure. Once I had the epidural I had no pain at all. Would highly recommend it.
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