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Epidural, definitely, for both babies. Contractions alone hurt so much....I can't imagine how delivery would have felt! It still wasn't pleasant. I'm jealous of my sister....for one of her deliveries she said she felt absolutely nothing down there. They had to tell her when to push!
99% sure there won't be a next time, but I'd have the epidural again, no question.
I did a natural water birth. I have a pretty high pain tolerance anyways, so I went in pretty confident. I had back labor which felt a lot like the back pain I'd had during my period when I was a teenager. I had a local anesthetic afterwards because I tore a little and needed a stitch or two, but I didn't feel any of that. I think I took some Motrin twice the day after, and I used some Dermaplast spray off and on.
I would do everything the same way if I were to give birth again. It was an awesome experience.
I had to be told when to push, couldn't feel when to push, and indeed my pushing didn't seem to have much effect, because I ended up with a ventouse delivery after over an hour exhausting myself trying.
I wanted to get as far as I could without the pain meds but after almost 50 hours of labor and only 2 1/2 centimeters dilation I opted for the epidural and it helped some but not totally, wore off a couple times by the end where I almost had to have a emergency c section but after 66 hours at the end I wanted to push her out ... so I did finally!
If I could change it I would do it natural and go med free, but thats just me and every birth is different so I hope for the next one I wont be in labor for so long so I can get down to business haha!
I went in to the hospital at 2pm. They gave me a morphine shot which did nothing and then sent me home at 4pm. I went back in at 7pm and was told that it was too late for any meds which is kind of funny since I never even asked for any. I started pushing at 8pm, the dr. used the vacuum at 10:30 and Nick was born at 10:40pm.
Next time I would refuse the morphine since it did nothing but make me sleepy but not enough to actually sleep and I won't let them send me home. I'll probably wait a bit longer to go in too.