since we're starting to get some babies arriving i'm thinking a little more about my last labor. i'm not looking to start a debate about getting vs. not getting an epidural but i wanted to share a little weird something that happened to me so that if it happens to you, you're prepared.
before thomas was born i went nutso reading people's birth stories and trying to prepare. lol. like you can ever really prepare for childbirth!! i did read ONE story about a lady being allergic to the epidural. i have zero allergies so i just skimmed past.
fast forward to my induction. i had lots of pitocin and horrible contractions right on top of each other. tried to go as long as i could without the epi. first mistake: if you want an epi, don't wait. nobody gets a medal for going without it so ask for it as soon as YOU want! i wound up having to wait FOREVER for the epi (by the time i got it, i had only 1 hour more and i was pushing, ha!).
got the epi and....ITCHY!!!! ITCHY ITCHY!!!!! like, the worst itchiness i've ever experienced in my life! omg! i could have ripped my skin off. guess what - i was allergic!!! it happens! if you get the epi just remember in your head that if you get itchy, ASK FOR BENADRYL! shoo! once the nurse gave me benadryl (via the I.V.) the itchiness was gone in a few min.
this was long winded. guess that happens when you re-live your birth stories! just wanted to give you the heads up in case it happens. i will say that even WITH the itchiness i thought the epi was totally worth it!