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Hi everyone just want to ask how long must u have contractions before u can get an epidoral and been the first time in to labour how long does it take to have contractions after  ur water break? Thanks
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Labor is different every time, some women have contractions then their water breaks others water first.
Generally you can have the epidural right when your admitted to L&D but you have to teach that point first. I' was over due with my first so they took me once my water broke despite no contractions yet. Ask you OB what their rule is.
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I had contractions way before my water broke. My water didn't break on its own, my doctor broke it after I got to the hospital. I waited to go to the hospital until my contractions were less than 2 mins apart. I'm pretty sure you can get your epidural when you get to the hospital, but they say it can slow the progession of dilation. I waited to get mine until I really couldn't handle the pain, I was 5ish cm dilated and contractions were around a min apart.
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My doctor told me they typically give it once you're dilated to a 4. I got mine at a 3 because I was having back labour and couldn't handle the pain any longer. (I'm a wimp when it comes to pain lol) Good luck!
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Ya, agree that all women are a little different. They broke my water for me and started my epidural right after. I had contractions before that and was dilated to 3. I had latent phase labor with my first which is code for 3 days of pain. By the time I got to the hospital for that baby, they immediately started my epidural as I was a mess. I was throwing up with contractions. They started the epidural and iv fluids all at once.  But that's not a normal pattern. They'll assess you when it's time. Most first deliveries are slow and there is plenty of time to get the epidural on board.
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Thanks ladies my first pragnancy was compleet c section Nd now iam doing vbac so i dont know what to expact.bt what i know is me and pain Don't meet. Thanks again ladies.
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