Deadhead_kay wrote:Sorry for double post but I just wanna add that watching that video makes we wanna get an epi whenever I give birth lmao. I was always so pro natural birth and following my body and shit, but she looks so serene and relaxed. Idk they were talking about it over on b&m's side and I decided to bring it here lol
As a mom that had 2 epidurals, I fully encourage you to do it!
With my first son I had crazy back labour at home for 24 hours before finally getting my epidural. I had done the whole pain thing (minus the ring of fire) and was just done. The epidural was heaven and I swore I'd have one again next time... preferably sooner so I wasn't so exhausted.
With my second son, I was admitted into the hospital sooner, so my contractions hadn't really picked up yet. By the time the back labour really hit, I requested an epidural, and really only waited an hour or so. Unfortunately, he had trouble numbing my right side for some reason, so I ended up getting poked 3 times, and dosed with twice as much anesthetic as they'd normally give. I was so numb that I couldn't really tell if I was having a contraction anymore to push. When I was fully dilated they turned the pump off so the feeling would come back and I could feel my contractions enough to know when to push. Well that anesthetic wore off fast because I felt that entire ring of fire this time! Between the 2 pregnancies, I feel like I have a pretty damn good understanding of what a whole natural childbirth would be like, and I encourage anyone to just get the spinal. Don't be a hero. It was wonderful to not be exhausted this time after delivery. Minutes afterward I was stitched up, showering and then free to enjoy the whole night with my little man. I wasn't "out of it" or anything. It was beautiful, and really like the experience Ellie and Jared had. Be kind to yourself and just get the epidural. You won't get those first few moments back, so do everything you can to experience them fully and enjoy them