Re: Epidural experiences
posted at 2/6/2013 11:00 AM EST
Check if your hospital has mobile monitoring. I recall they would let me disconnect to walk every hour, and I also recall being able to move in the room with the monitors - I brought in a big ball to sit on for my second, and that helped me a lot along with having a doula.
For an epidural - usually they need to put a bag of fluids in via your IV so usually it takes like 30-45 minutes from when you ask to when you get it (and my nurse warned me when I checked in about that time lag). And you will have to have a catherer (sp?) since you won't be able to use the rest room (and they did not pull mine out until I could walk over and use the rest room without help).
Both of my labors were induced but they were very different. First one was so much longer, and I did get an epidural at around 5cm then got to sleep for a while. For me, it started to wear off on one side but it did not block any of the back pain (DS was facing the opposite direction) so the whole pushing, I could feel contractions on the one side and back pain and it was a long, long pushing phase (almost 3 hours). And recovery was awkward because it completely wore off on one side but not the other so I had to have help for a while.
Second induction... it was very slow start then moved fast, and when I finally asked for epidural, I was 6-7 cm - and by the time that bag finished dripping, it was too late - I was minutes from pushing stage (but pushing was less than 5 minutes - with the nurses asking me not to push since I was not completely dilated, and my doctor was not there yet, for 4.5 minutes of that 5 minutes). Which surprised even my own doctor with how fast DD popped out especially she was was one oz short of 9 lbs.
I will be honest - hard to know how much of it was picotin and how much of it is that transition is just plain painful, but that 45 minutes before pushing and watching that bag drip was very tough. But it was just 45 minutes - and knowing it was over so fast, I would probably not change a thing. I also don't know if epidural played a role in how long it seemed for me to get moving and to feel fully alert or how much of that was the fact that labor was 3 times longer the first time.