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Moms who got epidurals
by Anonymous
February 20, 2013 at 12:09 AM
Why? I mean, why beyond the fact that it hurt?

I knew I would have a drug free birth before I ever got pregnant with ds but after going through the childbirth and being presented the information on edipurals it just left wondering why anyone would ever want one.

Why would you try so hard to keep your unborn baby healthy for 9 months, only to pump him full of narcotics at the last minute? And then all of the other meds that have to be pumped into your system because of the epidural...it causes labor to slow down so they give you pitocin, it causes your blood pressure to drop so they give you blood pressure meds. And all of it goes to your tiny little baby.

Then there's the side effects. It's possible to end up with horrible headaches for years, muscle and nerve damage, paralysis...the list goes on. And you can't feel what you're doing while you push so aren't you more likely to do some damage?

Honestly not trying to bash here but it just confuses me why anyone would do this. Once again, I know the obvious answer is "because it hurts" but my question is why is not worth it to be in temporary pain when there are so many risks associated with the alternative?

Replies

  • Blueliner
    February 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I was "stuck" at 8cm for 6 hours and the OB talked me into it, he said it might get me relaxed enough for me to start to progress again. I wanted a natural birth... ended up with a c-section... maybe the epidural led to the c-section, maybe not, I'll never really know...

  • MrS.GiFFord
    February 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM
    Seriously? Its their choice. I didn't use pain meds but that's just me...I would never assume what is right for me is what's right for everyone else.
  • crescentstar2
    February 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I didn't get one but my SIL did and she had horrible headaches for a month or so after her first 

  • laranadtony
    February 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Because I had a csection and it would not have been too much fun without it.

  • Unoriginal.
    February 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Because I was 19 and the nurse told me I needed it.

    I regret it very much.

  • Leobaby2007
    February 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I had one and it was fucking great. My mom had one with both of her kids 37 and 35 years ago. No problems.

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    February 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM
    Quoting MrS.GiFFord:

    Seriously? Its their choice. I didn't use pain meds but that's just me...I would never assume what is right for me is what's right for everyone else.



    Point out to me where I said, "anyone who gets an epidural is a shitty person".

    I'm simply asking a question. I don't understand and I want to.
  • AmandaMichele
    February 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM
    Because I am a horrible woman and not perfect like you.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    February 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM
    After the first line this post became very stupid.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    February 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM
    I had one because I could. I wasn't trying to be Superwoman.

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