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BECKYBF
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10/3/13 6:53 A


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Last one I had an epi, def this time around I will


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CITYWIDE12
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9/17/13 9:58 A


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I am a mother of 13 children and one on the way, i went natural with them and what helps me get thru the pain is finding a relaxing place in my head and i have my eyes closed most of the time during the pain and people will ask you alot if you are ok but it does work.


MAMAMAMAMIA210
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9/14/13 8:58 A



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Natural for me, epi's don't work for me and it's a harder recovery (for me), plus I decline iv's (don't like them).

If the epi worked for me, the recovery was the same, and I could still decline the iv, then epi it would be LOL.


FLOWERNAY
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9/4/13 8:47 P


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Natural for me :). I actually used hydrotherapy for pain relief, and wouldn't do it any other way! My labor was amazing and intense and productive. Not to mention my baby came out clean :)


BECKYBF
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9/1/13 5:08 P


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3natural births and 1 Eli with emergency c section, wold get epi this time going VBAC ,no more c/s


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MRSMADELEINE
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8/28/13 3:00 A



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With my first I needed a CC. With this one I'm hoping for a VBAC. Most definitely I will want an epi.


Please note that what I write is not thought to be medical advice in any way. I am an ICU nurse and a med student in Germany and our standards might not apply to the ones legible in your country!


USPLUSONE
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8/25/13 12:12 P


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I agree with LROWLAN7. My first was horrible but with an epi it was amazing. I could stop and enjoy the baby coming out of me. I was also able to reach down and touch his head! It was weird and slimmy, but I was touching his head before I saw his face! I would have never, never be able to do that during the birth process without an epi. I'm very, very thankful they came up with this relief from pain! I think the whole process was amazing, and if we happen to get pregnant again (I really hope not!), I will most definitely get an epi. Birth isn't a contest.

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LROWLAN7
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8/14/13 10:40 A



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I'm having my fourth and I'm getting an epidural. I had one with my other three and the relief from pain was amazing. I was able to concentrate more on the baby and pushing and enjoying the experience rather than the pain. But I realize it is different for everyone. I had horrible contractions -- with my first 2, they were 5 minutes apart and 3 minutes long, and with my 3rd, they were 45 seconds long, but only 2 minutes apart. So for me, it was too much pain. I loved my epidurals and had absolutely no complications. My kids were all born with APGAR scores of 9s and 10s.

Good luck ladies!!!


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MAMAPOUNCEY
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8/13/13 5:59 P


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This is my first and I'm praying I can go thru it naturally!


DHARMAMOMMY
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8/10/13 12:42 A


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this is my first baby. we are going to a birth center so wont have the option for drugs and am looking forward to experiencing the transformation into motherhood.


So excited to meet our baby BOY.


SCHASTAIN3008
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7/30/13 1:25 A


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My goal was all natural with my first baby. I had a birth plan and everything that said I will ask for an epidural if I feel I need it so do not ask me. My nurse was very good and respected that. But after about 17 hours I wasn't relaxing in between contractions so I begged for one. It was the best feeling afterwards I finally relaxed and went from 7 to 10 cm within an hour and finally was allowed to push. My delivery nurse helped me with knowing what to look for when it was time to push soon enough I was telling her when I was ready to push just needed help with my legs. I also got a 2 degree cut so with the epi I didn't feel that at all which was great. I still plan to try to do all natural next baby but will take an epi if needed. Oh also they gave me some kind of pain killer you can take if you dont want or can't take an epi it helped for the first hour I took it but needed something more after


SOPHEUS42
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7/6/13 11:21 A



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I'm a FTM and am allergic to the ingredients in the epidural. Also allergic to the labor-inducing drug. I am very nervous about having a natural birth but know that I don't have a choice. Any advice for how to handle a natural bIrth or preparation for it?


KALLYFER
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7/4/13 8:04 P


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Do whatever feels right for you :)
My daughter just turned seven and I am 8 weeks pregnant.
After 14 hours of induced labor with her I was pretty much
Told I was getting an epidural. It definitely relaxed me but I
Couldn't feel my contractions anymore which bothered me.
I didn't like the numbness of my lower body. With this next
Baby I will do my absolute best to avoid it but if it means not
Dilating because I can't relax versus refusing the epidural and
Maybe having a c-section then I'll do the epidural. It really is a personal
Choice that no one can make for you, do what is best for you! :)


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CATYDABO757
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6/19/13 7:42 A


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I had an epidural with my first baby. This time around, my goal is to go natural. I didn't like the feeling of being stuck in the bed and feeling so "doped" up. I am only 5 weeks right now, but I plan on researching the best breathing methods and all that. I have a cousin who has done it twice now... so I will be having lots of conversations with her about it lol.

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TINA_GOINS
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6/10/13 3:45 P


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I'm planning for natural, but definitely will not rule out an epidural. This is my first pregnancy, so I will definitely just be waiting to see!


CHANISEP
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5/30/13 7:34 A



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My first 2 I got the epidural...the 3rd I had no choice but to go natural because my labor was so quick and the DR took too long due to show up and give the epidural. It was the worst pain EVER! I was just like the women you see on tv and think they are over the top...that was me. Totally out of character and had my poor nurse on the verge of tears. When it came time to push the Dr told me to prepare for the "Ring of Fire"! That is EXACTLY what it felt like once the head crowned. I do not recommend it just to experience it..enjoy the birth by getting a epidural.

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ANGE_AHMED
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5/23/13 12:59 P


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To add:
What helped me get through it were back massages, a lot of leaning over and rocking my hips, rocking my hips while on all fours as it got stronger, and ice packs for my back.
BREATH, BREATH, BREATH
It takes a lot of breathing too (I'm not saying it to be funny I didn't realize how much you needed to breath you see it in videos but I WOH I'd practiced more breathing)

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ANGE_AHMED
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5/23/13 12:55 P


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I went all natural w my first and if ever I have another I plan on doing the same. I also had back labour (not fun). A lot of support from dh and my BFF got me through it. It did hurt but the moment it was over I felt a hundred times better whereas some women in the sharing room were feeling worse n worse as their epis wore off. I went natural mainly because I have a HUGE fear of needles and where I'm located its epi or nothing. Now that I've done it even if there were other options I don't think I would take them.
THAT BEING SAID: having gone through it naturally I'd also never ever judge a woman for wanting the pain relief because you are doing something huge n need to be as comfortable as possible with whatever route you WANT to take. If you want to go natural n are pushed into an epi you'll likely freak out. If you want an epi and don't get one you'll freak out.
I'll also say you can have whatever birth plan you want but when push comes to shove (in some ways literally lol) your body will take over n you'll know what you want to do and what is right for you.

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LILMISSBRISCO
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5/10/13 8:56 A



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I'm planning on going as drug-free as possible. I planned a drug-free delivery with my son, and was fine until about an hour before he was born. I had been on bedrest for almost a week, with most of that being in a hospital bed. I was having back spasms so bad I couldn't move. They gave me other medications, but the muscles wouldn't relax enough to let labor progress, so an epidural was my last and only option. It wasn't a miracle, or magically made labor painless. I felt most of it, but it did alleviate the back pain enough for my body to do what it needed and 15 minutes and 3 pushes later, my son arrived.


EXPECTING2013
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4/14/13 2:33 A


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I had a natural birth with my first but it hurt ALOT. I want narcotics this time.. no epidural because i want to be mobile.


MRSMAC2013
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4/11/13 4:47 P


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DRUGS please! lol


SHEMILLER
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4/2/13 12:44 A



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I'd like to go natural as I'm hypersensitive to pain medications. I'd like to be conscious when the baby comes. There is some concern with scar tissue from battles with endometriosis and several surgeries, so we'll have to decide as labor picks up.


AIDENBABY
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3/30/13 12:28 P


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I'm planning on going natural fora third time. I will need to be in a hospital due to medical history but it didn't stop me before. I've walked both of my children down. In fact, my biggest worry in terms of delivery will be making it to the hospital in time. See, I'm one of those walking, talking, laughing and joking 9cm people. The nurses both time thought I would probably be more around 4-6cm. My water broke on the toilet in the hospital with both kids. As soon as my water breaks, I'm at 10 and it's GO time in a big way.

As far as what I use for pain management, I use walking between contractions and squatting or getting on my hands and knees during them along with breathing exercises from being a long time asthmatic. I am a firm believer in listening to what my body is telling me. With my son (first), I had insane back labor and didn't want to get of my hands and knees for a very long time. Labor was almost 24 hours from start to finish with the last 2-3 being in the hospital. Turns out he was sunny side up. My daughter on the other hand was in a hurry. Her labor was like a sprint. Example, after her water broke she was born 3 contractions later. I didn't really push because I didn't need to. I ended up going for a D&C after labor due to unexplained bleeding. I ended up losing 1/2 my blood volume and I got to do show and tell for the medical students due to the type of catheter I needed to have. I guess they didn't do them very often and I was happy to help them learn about something that will someday help others.

Between the two labors, I'm hoping that this baby will be a happy medium. My plans are to do the same things I did for my other two with two exceptions: NO EPO (suspected cause of bleeding/not clotting right) and go to the hospital earlier in labor.


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ARIEANDDEM
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3/28/13 7:59 P


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I had an epidural and my labor and delivery went very quickly. I was pain-free and able to relax until I began pushing, and only when he started to crown did I feel any pain (in my vaginal area only). My back is a little sore where I had the epidural only when I bend over, and it's starting to not hurt as much now (5 weeks postpartum). Before I had the epi my contractions were so severe and hurt so bad. The epi made my labor and delivery so wonderful, and my baby came out just fine.


KANDY8408
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3/24/13 8:20 P


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I am going in automatically thinking that I will use an epidural lol and I commend and praise women who choose to do it all naturale. I guess with proper training and techniques, maybe going natural wouldn't be as painful. But I am a whimp lol and would like to get an epidural.

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BLUDRAGONFLY180
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3/21/13 10:21 A


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ftm, so i am leaving epi as an option but would rather do without it. i do want some IV pain meds, though. i will also likely get induced since i live an hour away from my hospital. i have only 6 weeks left and feel a little unprepared and very uncertain and anxious, as most ftm's do, i guess. hope all goes well!!!


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3/8/13 11:05 A


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Doing it without drugs isn't about being superwoman. For some theyve done it with an epidural and didn't have a good experience. And others are afraid of the epidural. I won't lie to you though, I am proud of myself for having done it naturally. But I didn't like my first medicated birth sO that was what motivated me.




HAUTEP1NK
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3/6/13 9:09 A



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I haven't had my child yet, but I plan on an epidural. I am not Superwoman and I dont need to pretend to be...lol


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I went with an epidural, but wish I hadn't. I was 6cm when they did the epidural, and by the time it was done I was already 10cm (this was at 3pm). The epidural ended up freezing me up to my neck, and everything halted. The nurse had told me I'd end up having the baby in the next hour, however it lasted another 5 hours! The nurse ended up shutting off my epidural (don't think she was supposed to do that) and without asking me turned on the oxytocin. It made my next hours so intense I almost couldn't handle it.
I will definitely be going natural for the next baby.

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