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Epidural question Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
Jan 25th '13

If I get the epidural like as soon as I start feeling uncomfortable from the contractions, when it wears off is that it? Or will I be able to get more? Because isn't it like an IV in your back that keeps getting the medicine? I just want to make sure that the epidural wont have wore off by the time I need to start pushing

Megan and Max 1 child; United Kingdom 1375 posts
Jan 25th '13

I had mine topped up a lot, I had horrible back labour!

RonniG Due July 19; 1 child; Plentywood, Montana 2036 posts
Jan 25th '13

Yes, There is an IV into your pack and if it wears off the anesthesiologist can come and give you more.

[♥]Mrs. Taylor 18 kids; Texas 12250 posts
Jan 25th '13

Mine wore off, and they gave me more.

Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
Jan 25th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:</b>" Actually, you want it to wear off by the time you start pushing. They can give you more but its better ... [snip!] ... its better to not be numb while you're trying to push a human being out of your crotch. Pushing is not painful, laboring is."</blockquote>




Well, yeah but I don't want it to wear off completely

Megan and Max 1 child; United Kingdom 1375 posts
Jan 25th '13

It's a good job I had it though, was pushing for an hour, and they made sure I was pushing and I knew I was but he got stuck and had to go for emergency c-section so was already numb and it happened quicker

{Shelly} 3 kids; 1 angel baby; London, United Kingdom 7104 posts
Jan 25th '13
Quoting Megan and Max:" I had mine topped up a lot, I had horrible back labour! "


This. I had horrible back labour too. I had a button i could push to top it up myself. But i only got a chance to top it up once before i went in for an emergancy c-section. (took about 4 hours to feel the need to push the button.)

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
Jan 25th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:</b>" Actually, you want it to wear off by the time you start pushing. They can give you more but its better ... [snip!] ... its better to not be numb while you're trying to push a human being out of your crotch. Pushing is not painful, laboring is."</blockquote>



This! Mine never did wear off & I didn't even feel my baby come out. I also had to have an episiotomy so I'm kinda glad I was numb. It only took 7 good pushes to get my son out but I didn't feel it

Sweetheart...* Due July 30 (girl); 1 child; Florida 1290 posts
Jan 25th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:</b>" Actually, you want it to wear off by the time you start pushing. They can give you more but its better ... [snip!] ... its better to not be numb while you're trying to push a human being out of your crotch. Pushing is not painful, laboring is."</blockquote>




Pushing is definitely painful along w all of the pressure that comes with it. Mine wore off a lot when it was time to start pushing but I was fine.

Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
Jan 25th '13

Does it make it any different if I get pitocin? Because if I'm scheduled to be induced Wednesday and I heard that pitocin makes contractions a lot more painful, so will they give me a higher dose of the epidural? I'm just really scared If I get it too soon that it'll wear off by the time I need to start pushing and I won't be able to get anymore because I know there's a cut off period

Misty Tarlton 5 kids; Fruita, Colorado 136 posts
Jan 25th '13
Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:" Actually, you want it to wear off by the time you start pushing. They can give you more but its better ... [snip!] ... its better to not be numb while you're trying to push a human being out of your crotch. Pushing is not painful, laboring is."


LOL pushing is very very painful, you obviously haven't had a baby without an epidural!
They usually give you a button to push if it starts to wear off, but it does last a long time. If its your first baby it will probably take longer to labor so you might have to push the button, just depends on how long it takes to get you to 10cm and start pushing. Just remember when you push, whether you can feel anything or not you have to push really hard from the start and you push like your having a BM so your like pushing out your butt and you have more energy when you first start than you do if your like some people and push for an hour or more.
Don't worry it will all work out! Good luck!

Yurvette [♥] TTC since Jan 2016; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Hyrule Castle, LZ, San Marino 37260 posts
Jan 25th '13
Quoting LEGENDARY JAS ♥:" Actually, you want it to wear off by the time you start pushing. They can give you more but its better ... [snip!] ... its better to not be numb while you're trying to push a human being out of your crotch. Pushing is not painful, laboring is."


This!



With my oldest I got a full numb epi... where I couldnt feel my feet... I couldnt even feel to push. But with my youngest I got a light epi where I could feel my feet but they were tingling and I could feel the pressure to push...

Momma +2 Girls 2 kids; Indiana 3612 posts
Jan 25th '13
Quoting My Widdle:" Does it make it any different if I get pitocin? Because if I'm scheduled to be induced Wednesday and ... [snip!] ... it'll wear off by the time I need to start pushing and I won't be able to get anymore because I know there's a cut off period"


The pitocen speeds up your labor so the contractions come closer together which might make them seem more painful then if they're to gradually come on their own.

Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
Jan 25th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Yurvette [♥]:</b>" This! With my oldest I got a full numb epi... where I couldnt feel my feet... I couldnt even feel ... [snip!] ... with my youngest I got a light epi where I could feel my feet but they were tingling and I could feel the pressure to push... "</blockquote>




Did they have to reverse the epidural so you could feel to push? They had to with my mother and she went basically natural but that was 22 years ago so idk if it changed

Momma x 2 18 kids; Whiskey d**k Mountain, WA, United States 1372 posts
Jan 25th '13

Depends, mine wore off the 1st time and the anesthesiologists were in surgery so they couldn't top me up......with my 2nd I got top-ups tho :)