Jump to content

Failed epi first, will it again?
Terrifed that I'll end up under general again


  • Please log in to reply
7 replies to this topic

#1 AliGeo

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:17 AM

I've had to make peace with the fact that tomorrow I'll be having my twins via c-section.

Now what is REALLY REALLY stressing me out is that I will end up under general again.

With DD, I had three different people try and get an epi in and all failed so I was put under a general. It was the worst, being stabbed in the back that many times, then missing the birth and first 12 hours of my first baby.

Now this first time was not an emergency situation either so they took their time, over and hour and a half, to get it in. I guess my only hope is that I'm at a private maternity hospital this time and they will do a better job.

Has anyone else been in this situation and have it work out the second time?

#2 elizabethany

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

I haven't but am hanging out for responses after mine failed.  Stressing about the next one.

#3 Sloane Peterson

Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

I had the spinal for my first epidual go in straight away, but second time it took the anaethetist about 40 minutes and seven tries to get it in. I'm not sure why it took him so long second time around?! I was having a c-section as dd was overdue and incredibly high up in my abdomen making it impossible for me
To stetch out my back. My ob said thishappens about once every 6
Months or so. My back has only recently recovered 18 months later.

Both anaethetists were at top Sydney private hospitals.

So I guess just because it happens, doesn't mean it will be the same each time. Having said that I would be anxious about this happening again should we decide to ttc number 3.

#4 Shadowess

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

I think it's just luck of the draw... most of the time it works, unfortunately other times it doesn't.

With DD1, I had an epidural during labour, and then was transfered to theatre for a c/s. It went in fine, no problem at all. With DD2, it was a planned c/s, and the anethetist tried for the better part of an hour to get a spinal in, and then an epidural, and I was on my last chance when he finally got it in. 5 more minutes, and I would have ended up with a general. He said that it just depends on the day, and one day it can be perfectly fine, and easy to get in, the next day it isn't.

So, I hope for you, that tomorrow is one of those days when it goes in perfectly. I'll have my fingers crossed for you.

Good luck!



#5 Emilliam

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

AliGeo,

I had to reply just to reassure you as I was just like you!

My first delivery ended in an emergency c-section and after over an hour of trying to get the epi in, I went into shock and my DD had to be delivered under general.

I am happy to tell you that despite my anxiety of a repeat, my two DS's were born with the epidurals almost going in the first time and no issues.

I was so anxious I changed obstetricians, hospitals and even towns lol! It all turned out perfectly - so much so that I went back a third time  tongue.gif

Good luck to you!!

#6 ~ky~

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:11 AM

I've had three spinals and two combined spinal/epidural with 5 different anaesthetists and all but the last one were quick and easy.

The last one had ultrasound to guide it and seeing as it was my fourth caesar, I was relaxed and knew what to do to help the anaesthetist the best I could. Still, he took over 30 goes to get it in and was just about to give up when he finally got it.

I carry quite a bit of excess weight and have done every time - it just seems that this last time it was tricky for that particular anaesthetist. Poor guy was mortified!

There is nothing that will give you an absolute yes or no answer. Just go into your caesar expecting all to be perfect - there is a very high chance that it will be. However, if things do go pearshaped again, don't be disappointed in yourself.

Good luck and congratulations to you for the upcoming birth of your twins - may it all be safe and a great experience!

#7 jojo24

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

My 1st c/s they tried 6 times to get spinal in and finally did it.

2nd c/s they tried 8 times then I had a general.

When I was preg with #3 I talked to them about the problems with getting it in they checked my back it was fine the surgical team were warned that it might take awhile and they said they were going to be careful and take their time and only took 3 goes to get it in phew!

#8 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:13 AM

Glad you asked the question as I wanted to know this too.

With DD they tried 7 times to get my epi in and once it was it was terribly patchy (could feel full contractions on one side - depending what side I was laying on). I'm not sure if it was because I'm overweight or because I struggled to stay still (contractions one minute apart so couldnt stay still for long) but I'm worried there might be something wrong with my back that will make it happen again this time coming.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.