All of the people that I know that have had babies, were all saying to me - as soon as you get in there, have the epidural, its awesome. So through alot of my pregnancy I had already decided that I was having an epidural. But then a few weeks before I had my son, I thought to myself, there are so many women that go through childbirth without any drugs at all, Why shouldn't I at least attempt labour without drugs? So I did. I had the gas, and I went through many hours of labour with that only. In the end I had an emergency caesarean, so I HAD to have an epidural. I so wish I hadn't, the pain I get in my back now is unbelieveable!
What I am trying to say, ( I think?), is you have to do what feels right for you, I am not telling you that every woman shouldn't have an epidural, but maybe you should give it a go without one first?You might surprise yourself smile
Marti, NSW, Baby Boy born on 17th July 2003