I'm looking to get a sense of the range of experiences with epidurals, from those who have already been there. I'm particularly interested to know exactly how much/little feeling you had (and in how much of your torso/legs), and how much/little you were able to move around. I'd be especially excited if anyone had what they call a "walking epidural" and how that went.
By way of background, I have the second baby due in just under 3 months (holy cow), and I have been trying to prepare for no epidural, but due to the complications, I may end up with an induction and/or continuous fetal monitoring (and therefore tied to the monitors). So I'm also trying to prep for the epidural scenario, and I have a consult appointment with anesthesiology next week. I want to get a sense of others' experience before that appointment. I had the epidural with DD but I really disliked it - couldn't move one iota from torso down, couldn't even roll onto my side. It made me panicky, but I also felt like it inhibited my pushing, and it took a while for it to "pull back" after I started complaining about it. I've since found out it's not like that for everybody, and I want to make a clear plan with anesthesiology to hopefully have "less" of an epidural - not even sure that's possible since I don't understand how it works! Thanks for any insights!