I am 32 weeks with my first and i am wanting a natural birth as well. I am absolutely terrified of having a needle put in my back, just thinking about it makes my heart race so unless my pain is completely unstandable then i will not be getting an epidural what so ever.
One of the things everyone tells me is to just keep an open mind because you never know how labor is going to go, make a plan of how you want it to go but always keep an open mind because it may not always go the way you want it to.
Im planning to have a natural birth, this is my first and I am also veery terrified of needles. I couldnt imagine it and plus sone women have back troubles after getting the epidural and they also say it causes a higher risk for having to get and emergency c section. But idk ive read up on it and im pretty,sure im doing mine natural unless the pain is unbearable and I also want to be completely to myself and not take any pain pills I kniw of some women that do and I just would rather be to myself all the way.
When are you due im due Sunday with my first a boy and i plan on goin 100% natural no meds at all so i think its a great ideal i mean our bodies was made to handle it b4 man created medicines...but if you can't handle it i see nothing wrong with getting meds but as 4 me im try my best to have him naturally...GOOD LUCK 2 ya
I had my first two natural because I was to far by the time we made it to the hospital. With my last one I tried for an epidural but it only took on my left side. They wanted to redo it but I refused. ( i was induced this time and it was day two of labor and i was at a 7)I had a midwife thus time vs a doctor and she was amazing. Just listen to your body and breathe and you'll do great! But if you decide to get something don't feel bad about it. Good luck!
I would try and read up on some techniques for natural labor to have in your tool box for when the time comes. Also, make sure you read and understand the stages of labor. I can't imagine going in there without any techniques or clue about what is happening during labor. And yes...stay open minded. I did it and my toolbox was full!
Im also considering a natural birth...im beyond terrified of somebody sticking a needle in my back...ive heard stories where most moms said they wasnt going to get a epidural...and the pains was soo severe...they freaked out and got one anyway..lol..so..im going to wait and see how the labor pains are going to be..lol
I thought I wanted a natural birth right up to the point that I was in labour. I don't like needles at all and really was freaked out by the thought of the epidural and the needle in the back. while I was in labour I decided to get it. best decision ever, made the process seem to be not so painful. I actually got a nap in before the pushing started. I was given the gas option and the drip drugs but neither helped me out until that epidural went in.
That being said before last year my hospital didn't offer epidurals. So the nurses there know how to help with the pain. In the end it's your decision but from my experience I would have done it all over again with the epidural.
I had an epidural with my first, but I let it wear off before pushing...24 hours of early labor, 4 hours of active, 20 minutes of pushing...easy easy easy labor. I didn't even feel myself tear, had complications after because of bleeding from a tear in all directions (which I didn't feel happen because of the focus) but the labor itself was SO easy.
my second child i went to go get the epidural and after several INCREDIBLY painful sticks, it finally worked - for all of 20 minutes, on one side, then stopped working completely, LOL. no early labor, 4 hours of active, 3 sets of pushes...more pain than my first labor because it was back labor, but totally do-able.
with my third baby (just born this past March 30th :-) ) I decided what the heck, both of my other labors were essentially pain-relief free because the first wore off and the 2nd never worked, so let's try this one without any meds. I went through 35 hours of active labor without any relief - I dilated to 8cm all on my own VERY easily, walked, talked, laughed, bounced on a ball for relief during the contractions...then started having complications (my uterus basically dropped into my pelvis and I went from 8cm back to 2cm) and ended up needing pitocin (it was a genuine need - I was determined to go all natural but crazy things were happening, you can read about it in my journal :-) ) and it caused hyper-contractions and it was AGONIZING...so I still held on until finally I started feeling a desperate need to push but because of the uterine prolapse the nurse said I wasn't fully dilated and needed to wait so I didn't tear my cervix...and at that point the contractions didn't stop - they were continuous..so I got the epidural at the last hour and it barely had time to work (I wasn't completely numb) before I pushed my stubborn little stinker out after 30 minutes of pushing.
SO....I can say after 3 very different, very exciting labors that you definitely can do it without pain relief. I don't think getting the epidural with my 3rd was very useful but it did help me resist the urge to push while I finished dilating - definitely didn't numb me much though, lol. I tore terribly with #1, slightly with #3, and got an episiotomy with #2 and you don't feel that really at all.
I really had a blast giving birth all 3 times despite the pain - you don't think of it as PAIN you think of it as PROGRESS, at least I did. When I have #4 in a couple years I will definitely go all natural again, it was a ton of fun, despite all the craziness that happened! The biggest advantage to me of not getting an epidural is that you can MOVE...and that provides AMAZING pain relief and can help prevent tearing, among other things like dystocia.
My experience w/ natural birth was wonderful. I hope you find what works best for you.
My first was a 9.1lb baby, was 42 weeks gestation, was not induced or given any medications.
My second was a 7.9lb baby was into 42nd week of gestation, had my cervix thinned w/ cervidil (sp) after failing to dilate naturally after water broke, and birthed without pain medications or epidural in a pool of water.
Both experiences were amazing. My 7.9 baby honestly “hurt” worse than my 9.1, but I was technically “induced” by cervidil being placed on my cervix, although I had already went into natural labor at 42 weeks. It was a precaution we took to ensure I would dilate fully.
The water helped soothe my contractions and I was able to birth in a very good position. I was much more relaxed, but due to being “induced”, the contractions were much less tolerable.
With my daughter, the contractions were tolerable and almost exciting since w/ each one, I knew she was getting closer.
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