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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.
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.
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!
Expecting a BABY GIRL on September 8, 2011
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 .