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  #1  
May 26th, 2011, 06:41 PM
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I was wondering what everyone's take was on IV Medications instead of an Epidural, or an IV Medication prior to an Epidural? I'm expecting my first child and DEFINITELY nervous!!

My plan is to have an epidural, but to hold out as long as possible (and maybe completely hold out if I can handle it). My sister in law told me she got a narcotic IV medication injected until she was dilated enough for the epidural and that it worked wonders. I'm considering that as well.
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May 27th, 2011, 05:51 AM
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This is my first too and I plan on an epidural. I wanna wait it out to see if I'm gonna need any IV meds before the epidural. My body is very receptive to narcotics... everything just knocks me out and I kinda want to be conscious for this.

How do you handle narcotics? The two most common are demerol and dilaudid. They can also give you phenergan for nausea too.
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May 27th, 2011, 04:08 PM
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I have an okay tolerance to narcotics. I've had to have morphine in the hospital several times (once on an empty stomach -but with phenergan!). Dilaudid is ridiculously strong though; I think that would be way too much! I was prescribed phenergan in my 3-4 months of pregnancy because I had severe morning sickness.

Epidural is a definite for me though!
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May 30th, 2011, 02:06 PM
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Check with your hospital and see what the offer for medsthen you can decide from there.
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I did the IV meds trying to hold off on the epi because I didn't want the epi. Long story. However the IV meds really didn't do anything for me and I needed a break so I got the epi. Best decision I ever made .
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July 9th, 2011, 10:37 PM
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IV narcotics carry some big risks when it comes to fetal heart rate and increase the risk of c/s

I would suggest thoroughly researching all of your options, and taking a class NOT offered by the hospital - Bradley, hypnobabies, or something simliar.

I am not pro any method of birth, as long as you educate yourself. So I guess you could say I'm pro informed consent!


heres an epidural consent form if you're interested
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July 20th, 2011, 08:59 PM
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IV meds are likely to make you feel very loop and "drunk". Be warned.
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