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June 28th, 2011, 01:39 PM
oicyur's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Do any of you on here have an irritable uterus?

For those who don't know what that means it means that you have contractions throughout the whole pregnancy that imitate labor contractions; frequency, duration, pain... they feel the same. It's obnoxious, to put it lightly. It leaves you in pain most of the time and is very, very, draining on your body!

Anyways, I've had 3 kids, all with an epidural and have loved it! It's made the experience wonderful! Especially because I've gone months and months in pain and am able to finally rest from the contractions.

However, with my last child they put it in wrong and it sped my heart up until they fixed it. Didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but 2 years later and I have had a bruise on my spine ever since. It makes me nervous to get another epidural again and possibly make the pain worse. At the same time I'm reluctant to go natural, because I know how tiring my pregnancies are and I don't want to go into a natural labor already exhausted. I don't know if that's a wise thing to do.

So, I am wondering if there are any ladies out there who have an irritable uterus, and what they chose for their labors in regards to the pain.
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July 7th, 2011, 07:29 AM
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I had an irritable uterus and was on bedrest for my entire pregnancy. As soon as i was off bedrest, i went into labor. I labored naturally for 30 hours. It wasn't until the end that the pain was intense and by then they didn't want me to have anything so i had to deal. My son was posterior and not decending so i eventually requested a vac assist and was given some nubain. I think that i was able to labor naturally for so long because i was so used to the contractions.

Nubain really helped me relax.. but made me appathetic about everything. I didn't even want to hold my son when he was born. I would try to go natural if at all possible if you want to avoid the epidural. Take a class, read a book, prepare. Spend a lot of time underwater, it really helps.

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July 7th, 2011, 11:21 AM
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I have a suspected irritable uterus I have contractions all the time and new dr thinks that is the cause. With my first I attempted to have a natural delivery but got the epidural. With my second I didn't even mess around and got the epidural right away. I will do the same thing this pregnancy as well. I don't have a high pain tolerance.

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July 10th, 2011, 11:42 AM
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I have an irritable uterus, and did both my previous delivers NCB.
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July 12th, 2011, 09:45 PM
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I have IU but this is my first baby so I'll have to update on how it goes but I plan on a NCB.

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