I've come to notice that several of my readers are pregnant and I remember always wanting to know what other moms did during different situations.
Did you have an epidural? Are you happy that you did/didn't? What was your experience like?
I was in a ton of pain with Evan and am definitely NOT a supermom so I asked for the epidural. After a few short minutes, I was feeling REALLY good and was enjoying the last little bit of labor. I still knew when to push and had the urge to do so.
Isabella was pretty much the same way. As soon as he broke my water, extremely strong contractions started. Tears sprang to my eyes and I begged for the epidural. It took my nurse what seemed like forever to get someone in there to do it and I was feeling the urge to push. I would bear down and tremble trying not to push. She didn't believe me because I was just at 6cm before the epidural(about 10 min earlier). I couldn't sit still when he was trying to do the epidural because my contractions were about a minute apart and I kept trembling to make myself stop trying to push. He finally said he was done and I went to lay down hoping for relief. I didn't get much. The epidural only worked on my right leg. She put me on my side hoping that the epidural would kick in-but it never did and I FINALLY got her to check me. She goes "Oh no, there's the baby!" and ran out the door to get my doctor. He came in with just enough time to catch her. It was painful, but I did it and was fine. If I would have labored for several more hours, I would have definitely wanted my epidural to work!
If you've never had en epidural-it makes life all happy. :) Some people say they don't want one because they want to get up and walk around shortly after having the baby. I had an epidural with each kid. I held the baby, my family came back and held the baby- then they took the baby to the nursery. They got me up when they took the baby to the nursery so I could go tinkle. I was able to get up and walk both times with no problems. It doesn't take long for the epidural to wear off when they take it out right after birth.