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A very welcome relief to the pain of labour
Member Name: LucyRuth
Advantages: Quick pain relief, doesn't affect the baby
Disadvantages: Loss of mobility
I had an epidural for the birth of my son just under three weeks ago, so it's all fairly fresh in my mind.
My birth plan involved a birth pool and gas and air, however my son had other ideas and a combination of meconium in the waters and having to be induced meant that I ended up having to be constantly monitored and unable to move. This intensifies the pain of labour, and so I had no hesitation in opting for an epidural, 34 hours into my labour!
Firstly a local anaesthetic is adminstered to your back- this feels like a scratch or a wasp sting. Not very nice, but on the scale of labour really nothing to worry about. The rest of the procedure was completely painless for me, although you can feel the pressure of the tube going in. It is really nothing to be scared of, and less painful than having a canula inserted in my opinion.
The relief from the contractions was quick-within 15 minutes or so for me and it is certainly a welcome relief! Of course you also lose feeling in your legs, which is bizarre but not particularly unpleasant.
I went on to have a c-section with my epidural and I was so grateful to be awake for the birth of my son. It was a terrifying but amazing experience.
Before I went into labour I had honestly not even considered an epidural as I had planned a birth with little intervention of lots of moving around. However as this was not to be, I am delighted that I opted for an epidural when I did and would recommend it to anyone.
I was also really lucky that I suffered no ill after effects. The epidural itself wore off after a few hours and I was up and out of bed that same day.
As my midwife said to me, no-one comes round with medals for those who get through labour with no pain relief- you do what you need to in order to get your prize, which is of course your baby!
Summary: I'd do it again
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