Keri37 wrote:Epidural scare me. I saw an epidural on tv and they put the needle in your spine. the needle isn't small. Just not for me. Look for the advantages and disadvantages on the internet. The only advantage is pain relief.
Pain relief is a good enough advantage for me!
I was throwing up with my EARLY contractions--I was only dilated to 4 when I started having transition-type contractions--so I certainly benefited. I think another advantage I had is because I didn't experience all the pain of the earlier contractions, I was very strong and energetic when it came time to push. So I only had to push for about 25 minutes because I had so much energy and could hold the push longer. And I didn't see or feel the needle go into my spine so it didn't bother me one little bit! That said, I'll still try to not have one next time around, but if I feel serious pain like I did with DD I'll get another one.
Here's a very important point I want to make: Everyone must make her own decision when it comes to labor and delivery. You do what is best for you and what is best for your baby at the time, and that may change from minute to minute and from delivery to delivery. Don't let anyone judge you for the choices you make! Definitely do your best to not have an epi, because of COURSE you can do it! Women have been doing it for years. But if you choose to get one, you are NOT any less of a woman!!!