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Epidural help

Hello everyone
I'm 25 weeks pregnant with my first child and I'm very excited to meet HIM!

I've been thinking about the delivery and  I'm not too convinced about getting and epidural, yet I still have my doubts. I want to give birth and be able to feel my baby coming, but I don't really know the level of the pain. I want to be brave and do it without and epidural, but I think the problem is that I don't know anyone who has given birth without one.

Can you guys help with your experience?

How many have done it without one and is it really too unbearable?
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I'm hoping to go without one as well. This will be my first child. You can do it! Pain is only temporary and it's good pain bc your body is doing what it's designed to do. Just stay positive about it all. That's what I'm doing. People keep telling me I'm crazy to not want it and I'm getting tired of negative remarks. I wish one person I know would be positive about it.
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7965686 tn?1396910229
I've given birth with no epi. It's not to bad if the labor is fast. I had an epi with this labor only because I had been in labor for over 24 hours with intense contractions. My midwife came in and told me the med school she gave me slowed down my contractions so she was going to give me pitocin. I know how bad pitocin hurts so I asked for an epidural before she gave me the pit. I was done trying to tough out the pain.  Turns out all I needed was the epidural, they didn't need to give me pit after all.
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I did it with one I thinks it's amazing cause you don't want to get too exhausted to really get to know the baby and stuff. For.me it was less about the pain and more about not feeling like a zombie.
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U don't have to decide ahead of time. Tell your doctor you would like to try and complete labor and delivery without but want the option. That's what I did with both my daughters. I think experiencing the pain is part of it, an important part, at least try to get through it you know, I was induced with both girls and the pitocin does make contractions more intense, i won't lie, the pain is extremely intense, but labor and delivery is an amazing experience, I think getting the epideral and taking all the feeling away right away is just that, taking part of it way, but everyone is different, that's what makes this world so beautiful. Give natural a try, if it is too unbearable ask for the epi! Good luck and congratulations!
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9358102 tn?1418673367
You will know what to do.. I've had two babies and am on my third I want to do it with no epidural but you never know.. three first time I was induced with pitocin and I made it to 7cm and then I couldn't take it after 17hrs . With my second one even though I had a preemie three pain didn't not compare it was unbearable...  but even with the epidural  my pain did not go away it helped but it doesn't go away at least not with me.. I can move my legs and everything.. With my last one I was even walking to the bathroom with a little stability from my husband.. I guess it depends on the person..
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Thank you so much for your comments! They really made me calm down :)
Good luck to all with your bundles of joy ♡
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I had no epi for the first time with my second child only because they couldn't find the right spot my first labor was horrible I couldnt feel nothing I couldn't  lift my own leg couldn't tell if I was even pushing it was all bad with my second one I told them to give up I had to push so much easier painful but a lot better from the start of my contractions to birth I was in labor for a hour  I'm now prego with my third and I've already choose to go natural again
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I gave birth naturally..my contractions werent regular and i was told to take a paracetamol and have a bath and if i came in id be sent home..when i did eventually go in i was almost 10cms and in my head i was thinking if im not at 3 yet i can NOT do this..as soon as she finished examining me my waters broke and i started pushing..there was no option for an epidural..and im glad..you have to just find a way of coping through the pain..but i think it made me in control..i felt as i pushed the babies head slipping back, which is normal i think..but i knew if i pushed as hard as i could the pain would stop..so i did!i dint think you have the same control if you cant feel whats going on..that all being said..im still not sure how ill cope doing it 8 years later lol..best thing i think is keep an open mind and go with how you feel at the time
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I've had 2 children and pregnant with my third. Had the epidural with my first born and not my second and believe me, it was unbearable!  Will definitely get it with this little one.
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9358102 tn?1418673367
I've had epidural and you can definitely feel baby coming and burning as your hoo haa stretches.. everyone's pain is different and their pain tolerance you do what's right for you.. with mine I can feel and move my legs.. I can also walk add soon as I have my baby.  
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