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I have a quick question, if I opt not to receive an epidural and end up having to have a c-section would they give me pain meds before the surgery or would I be placed in a position where I'll have to go through surgery without anything?
THis is good to know! But what is the actual difference between a spinal and an epidural? Don't both numb you from the waist down?
Yes, they both numb from the waist down, but an epidural is administered constantly through a catheter type hose inserted in your spine. This is how they are able to "turn it down" or off when you start pushing so you can get some feeling back. This is also why you hear about some women who started with a good strong epidural, but then move around in the bed and the tube comes out of your back or shifts, and it starts to wear off! A spinal is 1 shot of medicine that will last for several hours and then wear off. I *think* most anesthesiologists and OBs prefer a spinal, if they are given the choice. (Like if you have a PLANNED c-section), but an epidural does the trick too! I had an epidural with my 1st because I labored and pushed for so long, and then it was an emergency section. With my 2nd planned section, they did a spinal.
It depends on if it's really emergent. If it is they will sedate you and remove the baby as quickly as possible. If it's more due to failure to progress then yes, they'd give you a spinal. You'd never be feeling the whole thing though, that would be terrible!