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April 15th, 2006, 09:27 PM
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This question goes out to the ladies that are a size 22 and up pre-pregnancy....I'm wondering if in any of your previous pregnancies..there were any complications with your pregnancy related to your size....I'm concerned the doctor won't be able to find the appropriate location for the epidural....am I just being paranoid??

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April 16th, 2006, 05:29 AM
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Before I had Sydney I was around a 22/24 and they had no problem with my epidural at all. It was perfect. When I went in to have her (which I didn't know I was doing at the time) I think I weighed 291 lbs and I had only gained 15 lbs total, 12 of which I gained during the last 2 weeks because of preeclampsia. Don't worry hun. They are totally used to dealing with plus sized women. I was worried that they wouldn't have a gown to fit or the strap for the fetal monitor wouldn't be big enough but I had no problems. Hope that helps.
Aimee & Joe ~ 9/9/00
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Joseph David arrived 2/4/10

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April 16th, 2006, 11:10 PM
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I'm concerned the doctor won't be able to find the appropriate location for the epidural....am I just being paranoid??[/b]
The term epidural stems from the location where the anesthesia will be placed. Epi = on top of; Dural = the dura, or the outter covering of the brain and the spinal cord ... so it means "on top of the dura." The medication is placed inside the lumbar area of the vertebral column (lower back), inside of that epidural space. So, unless your vertebral column is in a different location, they should have no problems giving you the epidural!
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