Okay, I have a few questions....one have any of you received pain medication during labor? Two, if so what did you choose or opt for? Three, was your SO or support person allowed to stay in the room with you while the anesthesia was administered? I guess I'm referring in that instance if they were allowed to stay while receiving a spinal or epidural? Also, has anyone heard of a "walking" epidural? Just trying to do some research and hear some experiences from other people.
With Lexi I had an Epidural, with Zayne a Spinal. Personally I prefered the spinal because it wore off quickly. That being said, I think they'll only do a spinal if you are close to delivery (I was really close). I didn't have any problems with either but I"m going to try and stay off the drugs this time...we shall see
I had an epidural and they didn't clear anyone out of the room to do it. It was only my hubs though.
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I think what they mean by a "walking epidural" is an intrathecal. It's one dose of medicine rather than a tube that stays in your back. It's in a slightly different place in your spine, and in theory, you can still walk with it. Most hospitals won't let you though.
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I've had an epidural with both my girls. Both times it had to be only a nurse who I was told to wrap my arms around (I was sitting) so they could see the spot better and the anesthesiologist. They had me sit on the edge of the bed with my legs hanging over and put my arms around the nurse's waist and kind of bend so they could see my spine. They told DH he couldn't be in the room for sanitary reasons. Lol I remember crying when he left when I was going to have DD2. (With DD1 I was upset my ex couldn't stay but I didn't cry that time)
The first time I got one (with DD1) the guy wasn't very nice lol. He yelled at me because when he did it I flinched because of how it felt and he was like "DON'T MOVE, I'M RIGHT BY YOUR SPINE!!!!!!" Lol. I was like OMG I'm sorry! The second time the guy was really nice and told me it would be like a shock of electricity going into my back. And it was! But not that it hurt, it's just how he described it.
I think I was lucky with my girls because I was having bad contractions, one right after another, but when it came time to do the epidural, the contractions stopped just long enough to get it done! Lol. Hopefully if I get an epidural this time that happens again!
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I can't remember the details, but I had pain meds first (strong ones, can't remember the name) and then the spinal one. I guess I thought the spinal one was the epidural - sounds like those are different things? Anyway, the spinal one wore off too soon because when I was in active labor trying to push DD out who was stuck, it was very painful and then my OB realized that it had worn off because of my reaction when she tried to do an episiotomy (so she then numbed me locally).
I was induced a bit early because of a clotting disorder that I have, and so I think the induction contractions got pretty severe so they offered me the meds. I tried to hold off on them but wimped out at some point.
I think DH stayed with me through everything.
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I have had just an epidural and the first time my mom was in the room when it was put in place. The second I me my mom was returning from cafeteria so they made her wait outside until complete. However depending on hospital and anetheisologist I think it just varies.
I only got the epidural when I had my son. I didnt want any other kind of meds or narcotics because I really didnt want to feel dizzy or loopy, I wanted to remember everything. My husband was allowed in there with me the whole time, my hospital wasnt strict about who was in there. I got the epi after they broke my water and BELIEVE me I wish it was before because when the doc broke my water, it was WORSE than when the baby came out!
The epi didnt hurt too bad, but it was scary because you have to sit veryyy still. I had to do mine twice because the first one I wasnt getting numb. The second one the whole right side of my body got numb. And I freaked out, but it got better within half an hour.
But when I started pushing the epi was wearing off and by the time the baby was coming out, I felt pretty much everything, I knew when to push, and when the contractions were, and that made it so much easier to give birth!
I suggest NOT pushing the epidural button close to when the baby is gonna come out. Just a little numbness is better than too much!
During my second c-section (both of my sections included spinals), I started having pain/panicking, and they gave me morphine. Let me tell you, the SEVERE itching after morphine was SO miserable. That doesn't mean everyone has the same reaction, but there is little worse I can imagine than trying to breastfeed while *begging* my husband to scratch and peel the skin off of my entire back.