I did both.

With my first, Ryan, I was afraid of the pain, so I eventually got an epidural. When I had my daughter, Kimmy, I decided against it just because it was so expensive. I did really well, according to the nurses.

With this pregnancy, though, I'm not sure. I keep going from yes to no. I liked that I could watch my son be born (sort of, I don't want to see all of it. No mirror, please) and not worry about the pain, but I feel the epidural made the pushing longer. My daughter was out in three pushes, and the recovery seemed to be quicker, because I didn't have to wait for the stuff to wear off, and I didn't need as much help around.

Megan GibbsMountain Home, Idaho
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    I wanted an epidural, though by the time they were able to give it to me I was too far along. They did give me the fast acting drug, which numbed me from the waist down that lasts about 1.5-2 hours. It was just enough to help me get my energy back so when I started pushing, I could feel everything. I still had to push for 2 hours!
    About Megan Gibbs
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    Finally got a job. Jack in the Box. Not much, but it's something. I'm divorced but in a new, better relationship and he's my new son's father. I'm very happy to have him in my life (my ex is a free loader, currently living out of his car).