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Third labour - epidural?
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:06 PM
Hi. Not long until this bub is born and I'm starting to freak out about the pain. I didn't have and epidural with my first two, but considering it for my third.
I'm worried about epidural complications, but wonder whether they are less for a third labour as it won't be as slow etc. Can anyone tell me about problems they had?
Also, for those who have had a third labour, was there time for an epi? How long did you push for in your third labour (this is the stage I dread).
Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:14 PM
Even if I had wanted one, there wasn't time. From start to finish my labour was not much more than 2 hours and I didn't push. In fact I had to keep sucking down gas so I didn't push and send the baby hurtling across the room. It was my shortest labour by far. My other two were both hours longer.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:20 PM
My 3rd labour was a fair bit longer than my 2nd. Plenty of time for an epidural but the thought never entered my mind. Gas and TENS machine were enough for me. I also had a doula with me for my 3rd who was an absolute godsend.
Pushing stage was 9 minutes! Although it felt like longer.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:20 PM
Hi, i know you asked for experiences of 3rd labours but I just experienced my 2nd labour 2 weeks ago.
My labour was completely different, had 2 days of prelabour, so by the time my water broke and I could go to the hospital I was already 7cm. I couldn't handle the pain though, DD2 was posterior just like DD1, so I got an epidural.
My pushing stage was 1.5hrs, but overall labour was shorter (7hrs). I had an epidural for DD1 pushing stage 45mins but overall labour 13hrs.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:42 PM
My first was 23 hrs of posterior labour, 3 1/2 hrs of pushing, no drugs (not through choice, couldn't get an epi ) Episiotamy and very quick recovery, felt fine within 48 hrs (no panadol, etc needed).
My second was 9 hours. Got an epi within 45 mins of arriving at hospital. Went from 4cm to 10cm within 1 1/2 hours but had just had an epi top up so couldn't feel anything to push. Could literally not feel one contraction from having the epidural until it wore off enough to push. The pushing stage lasted just over an hour and I got a second degree tear.
What came next was not so good. About an hour or so after having my daughter I was back in my room and needed to pee. I struggled to walk to the toilet and started bleeding heavily and losing dinner sized plate clots ... was very scary and was looking at surgery if they couldn't stop the bleeding. Turns out I should have been given a cathedar as I was fully numb and wasnt able to empty my bladder properly. This caused my bladder to be enlarged and it stopped my uterus from contracting back down which caused the clots and bleeding. Once they drained my bladder and gave me drugs to contract my uterus all was good. I felt pretty shocking for a few days with tubes all over the place and bed bound, needing help to breastfeed etc. Just worth knowing as I had never even heard of that side effect occurring.
Edited by katieface84, 02 February 2013 - 08:44 PM.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:49 PM
Yikes, Katieface, that sounds scary. I lost a lot of blood and had heaps of clots after my second and needed some drugs to help, but didn't have an epidural so maybe it is not necessarily due to that. Though I know they have to give you a catheter with an epi, so not sure why they neglected that with you. Glad you came through it okay.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:06 PM
I had an epi with my 2nd. (my first was horrendous and I wasnt going through that again)
I didnt need to have a catheter so it is not always a rule. They let the epi wear off though so I felt the pain of him coming out. Had major tearing so wasnt good.
For my third It was the first thing I asked for when I got to hospital but they reckoned it was too late.
I dont know if that were true as DD wasnt born for another two and half hours.
I recommend it if you can have one. Not feeling those contractions with my second was fantastic!!
I was induced with him so I had it booked before I even got there and didnt feel one pain. Labour was about six hours.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:22 PM
Katie face, OMG that does sound scary
I had an epidural in my second delivery as I developed an extremely stubborn cervical lip that was excruciatingly painful and also babies head was not in the "correct" position and was not budging. After a few hours of trying all sorts of positions I was screaming the place down in agony and bub was in distress so epi for me and vacuum extraction for bub. I must say one of the most painful and distressing parts of that whole labour was the nurses trying (and struggling) to get that damned cathedar in me! they wouldnt administer the epi until it was in. I was so swollen down there they were really having trouble getting it in and it felt like I was just being stabbed over and over WHILE still having ridiculously painful contractions.
I know now why they insisted on getting it in though, I didnt understand at the time what could happen without one.
Overall... in my experience, I MUCH preferred my first epi free birth. I disliked not being able to feel my baby coming out and i didnt like having to be told to push. However, if it wears off by the time you have to push that would be much better. Though i really had not many options at that point, I was in too much pain and the baby just wasnt coming out I felt very cheated as most peoples second babies just seem to fly out!
So OP, my epi was performed very well, once the cathedar was finally in I couldnt feel a thing! no complications and i recovered well and was actually up and walking about and showering by myself not long after the birth and first feed.
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:49 PM
My first labour was drug free and I decided that I was never going to do that again. My next two I had epidurals for.
With my second, it took 2 attempts to get the epidural to work as the first attempt left me with patchy pain relief. Once it was in, it was really dense and I couldn't feel a thing at all. DD2 was born after 3 attempts at ventouse and then was born on the third attempt at forceps. She had passed meconium at the start of my labour and was becomming distressed so there was a bit of a rush to get her out. As I couldn't feel anything at all, I was unable to help push her out. She was also my biggest baby at 3.4kg. It took 3 hours for the epidural to wear off completely so I could get out of bed.
With my third, I had an epidural again, but this time it was perfection. The anaesthetist got it right the first time. It felt like little electric shocks when she was putting it in, but that sensation passed very quickly and still beats a contraction anyday IMO. I could feel everything that was going on during labour. I felt every contraction, felt pressure, was able to push but didn't feel any pain at all and was still able to wiggle my toes. It was wonderful. My third stage was 2 minutes. I was able to get up and have a shower around an hour after her birth.
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