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Does labor hurt even with an epidural?

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March 13th, 2012, 06:17 AM
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My epi got rid of the pain completely for hours and hours of labour, BUT I believe it slowed down my labour also.

I've heard that with some people it doesn't work so well and they only go numb over half of their body or less. Also, they usually try to let the epi wear off a little before the end so that you can feel enough to push. Mine worked so well that this didn't happen and I really couldn't feel a thing, which may have contributed to me needing an episiotomy and ventouse. And the soreness from the episiotomy scar really hurt for around 2 weeks whenever I sat on it wrong or used the toilet.

I can sincerely say I don't want an epi this time and if I need drugs I will be asking for diamorphine instead.

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March 13th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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With my epi, the pain of the contractions stopped, but when I had to push, I could feel myself tearing. It hurt,yes, but was tolerable, and all I could focus on was getting my baby out so I could meet her and also avoid any more unecessary interventions.

For some, the epi does not work as intended and they dont get pain relief.
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June 25th, 2012, 09:15 AM
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I got epis with both of mine but almost missed them. The entire labor from first contraction to delivery with my second was 6 hours. They gave me an epi at 7cm and he was born 30 minutes later. With my first it did slow labor down compared with how quickly it went at first. I got the epi at 7cm and she was born 2.5 hours later. With both no pain once I got the epi but I could still feel when it was time to push

I want an epi again however since I almost missed it both times I will be better prepared to manage pain just in case. I'm thinking of checking out hypnobabies this time.
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