I went into labor being very against epidurals and especially narcotics. But when I had to be induced due to low amniotic fluid, my opinion changed because the contractions were way more painful... Once I got the epidural I finally got relax and get some much needed sleep before pushing time. Just because you choose an epidural does not make you a bad mommy! Do what feels best...

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    8Theresa Gould
    Glad it worked for you but it didn't work for me at all. I had to have two epidurals with my first , it was painful, neither of them worked, I had back pain for months and months after I gave birth so I never had another epidural.
      I went into labor with a "see how it goes" approach. I figured that if I could handle the pain I'd just keep going, but if not I wasn't going to beat myself up about an epidural. 12hours into labor I couldn't handle it anymore. I got them epidural and had 2 blissful hours of pain-free rest. Then it screwed up. something got bumped and all the medicine went into my left leg from the thigh down ONLY. I was not prepared for the pain at all, but I did it. I delivered naturally. My daughter showed no effects of the pain medication. She nursed well from the beginning and was very alert. I didn't have any lasting affects either.

      Next time I'll probably do an epidural again, but I will invest in a natural childbirth class as a plan B. I really needed some better tools to handle the pain and if my epidural doesn't work again I want to be prepared.
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