Get one...you won't regret it but you may if you don't. ..lol. Before my first baby I was told the same thing as well about paralysis but it's so untrue. In fact, you can move...at least until it kicks in. The anesthesiologist had me to sit on the edge of the bed and he inserted the needle in...i felt a slight pinch and jumped since it hit a nerve or something weird but all was well and he got it in and then told me to just lay back in bed...it was over in seconds and I was able to move n bed with it.
Don't look at the needle lol. From personal experience, my anesthesiologist was very professional and kept the needle hidden from view as well as made conversion to make the experience a bit more tolerable. You'll also have a nurse in front of you to hold or to squeeze his/her hand. I shed a tear or two when it happened just from being scared but my nurse was very comforting and said I was doing a good job. It was definitely worth not feeling the pains of the contractions anymore.
I had a great anesthesiologist the first time. The second one was horrible. Both times it worked just fine though. No problems with the medication or paralysis. Even though I didn't have such a great person the second time I will be doing it again. The risk of paralysis is so small, it's equivalent to crossing the street on Sunday, wearing a moo moo and brown shoes, eating a pistachio ice cream, in May and being struck by a white car.
ive had 3 kids all natural and unless i absolutly need one im not getting one... everyone is different i have a friend who got one and her back got brused real bad because when they stuck her the 1st time tge guy messed up and so she got re stuck it doesnt mean it happens all the time... i. sure its rare
Here's my story.. I got the epidural for my son. Hurt like hell but also relieved pain immediately. BUT by the time I was ready to give birth [went right from 8 to 10 cm] it had worn off. And even though I told them I could feel EVERYTHING again since I dilated so fast I had no choice but to push... so it was completely worn off by that time. Needless to say giving birth hurt like hell. But I would still get the epidural again since it relieved so much pain during the hours waiting to meet my little man. There are risks to everything.. even in giving birth itself.
I went all natural with my daughter and I plan on going all natural with my son. I honestly didn't think it was that bad. I mean it's labor so of course it hurts but it wasn't unbearable. With the epidural though I've heard good and bad with it. I knew a woman who had it to and she to this day about 26 years later suffers back problems from it. But I've also had friends who have gotten them with no troubles. If you're afraid of needles just let them know and I'm sure the will be sensitive towards that :) good luck!
I plan on going all natural. I'm a ftm and the thought of an epidural scares me more than the thought of the pain of birth. Our bodies are made to give birth so I'm pretty sure I can get through it without the needle!
Honestly it wasn't even that bad. Just doing look at the needle lol. It's like any other shot.