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August 26th, 2010, 02:50 PM
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Hi Ladies,

I'm wondering what worked best for you for pain management in labour? I feel like my inability to deal with the pain and having an epidural so early really helped lead to my c/s so if I go ahead with a vbac I really need to conquer this. What worked best for you? Did you read any books on certain techniques? Take classes?
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August 26th, 2010, 06:53 PM
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I stayed at home and labored in a birthing tub (we were planning a homebirth but the pain got the better of me...). You can labor in a garden tub or a regular tub or even an inflatable swimming pool in your living room. Temp needs to be around 99-100°. When I went in, I got my epidural after having some nubaine first and was 6 or 7 cm when I got there.
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August 26th, 2010, 07:27 PM
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With my first I had an epidural...but ended in a C-Section. I had a bad epidural experience, which could be part of why I had a C-Section.

With my second (just born 8/6/10), I just breathed through most of the contrations. Then right at the end I asked for Stadol (Nubain), however it didn't kick in until they were stitching me up. But I didn't feel a thing when they were stitching me up or delivering my placenta.
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August 26th, 2010, 08:06 PM
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I used the Bradley Method for my first natural birth and read the book Birthing from Within which REALLy helped a lot with my second NCB.
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August 27th, 2010, 05:28 AM
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I used HypnoBabies. It was awesome! I recommend it to everyone! I was really calm, practically slept in between each contraction, and just breathed through the contractions. I loved it so much that I'm going to the classes next year to become an instructor.
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August 27th, 2010, 01:58 PM
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I made it to 10 cm with no pain meds (with pitocin) before my c-section. I closed my eyes and breathed through the contractions. Took it one at a time. I washed out all the commotion in the room and just focused within myself (I guess you might call it meditating although I've never thought of myself as a mediator). Staying positive was also a huge factor. I kept telling myself I was doing a good job, making progress, getting closer, would be holding baby soon.... As soon as they said "c-section" all the negative thoughts poured in and that's when it was painful!

I also think it helped that the last couple of months of my pregnancy I "practiced" relaxing a lot. Dh and I would light candles in the evenings and just relax and enjoy quiet time. I visualized a successful labor/birth. So when I went to the hospital I was "in the zone". Lol I hope this time I can make it all the way! (C-section due to breech last time.)
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August 29th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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I used HypnoBabies. It was awesome! I recommend it to everyone! I was really calm, practically slept in between each contraction, and just breathed through the contractions. I loved it so much that I'm going to the classes next year to become an instructor.
The biggest thing is relaxing ALL your muscles.... neck, shoulders, let your arms and fingers just hang. Breath slowly through them. Having the hypnobabies playing during them was a lot of help. Classical music helped me too. I had a doula who helped me to be sure I was relaxing. You can tense up without realizing it. It works.
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August 29th, 2010, 10:42 PM
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I made it to 9 cm before getting an epi. I used breathing techniques learning in birthing class, the rocking chair, and the birthing tub. My friend who is finishing up her residency to be an OB told me that there are LOTS of different options with epidurals that aren't normally offered but are totally available. She recommended that I ask for a bolus shot next time if I get to a point where I just need a short break from the pain to mentally regroup. It is an epi that wears off after 30-45 minutes... just enough time to help you relax again, or let you rest. That is EXACTLY what I needed with my last birth... wish I had known that was an option that was out there!
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August 30th, 2010, 07:02 AM
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I ditto the birthing ball. I was on it about 30% of time.
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