Epidural, it really wasn't very painful at all. I will use it again this time around as well. I want to think they gave me some other pain meds because I requested more but it could just been the epidural. I didn't wait for the pain to get bad, I went ahead and took it when they offered. I wasn't going to play around. I had been miserable for days so I am glad I took it when I did.
I have had 3 natural and one epidural. I plan on going unmedicated again with this one with just IV pain meds if it gets too bad.
Thank you ladies...I'm still not sure about what to do...I will definitely ask to be cut rather than risk tearing...a friend's wife is still having issues and she gave birth 5 months ago! I'm thinking epidural or TENS machine now...had some people recommend TENS.
I am such a baby when it comes to pain. I have a very low tolerance for it so when I was dialated at a measily one I was ready to pull my hair out. I had to dialate to 5cm before my dr. would even allow me to get an epidural. And that took almost 13 hours!!!! By that time I was crying and begging my mom, yes my mom, to do something. I felt horrible. With that being said, I'm all about the meds.
I did have the gas before getting the epidural, but it did nothing for me.
Good luck making your choice.