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Old 06-10-12, 12:25 PM
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Im a new mom to be from 2 previous miscarriages. I really want this pregnancy to go well. I've heard girl talk ab epidural, and yes its a blessing while in labor, but afterwards your back hurts and you can't even bend over to pick up your baby. I mean i want the feel good part but not that i can even pick her/him up. So my question hear really is,girlies that had epidural how was the experience for you. And girls with out.. Would you do that again?? OMG I just got my sonoline b in yesterday!!! Ahhhhh I love it!!
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Welcome to The Baby Corner and congratulations on your pregnancy!

I've had three babies and three epidurals. Never did I have back pain such that I couldn't hold my babies or breastfeed them. My labors all ended in vaginal deliveries (no c-sections) and my labor lengths were 11 hours, 6 hours, and 8 hours.

I'm sorry that you've been told horror stories but i think you'll find horror stories with either option. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is make the most educated decision and do what feels most right for you.

It's great to have you here at TBC. When are you due?
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Old 06-11-12, 01:22 AM
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I agree with Dopey. I had two births and had epidurals with both. With the first they gave me other pain meds first but the epidural was what really helped. I wouldn't do any other pain meds but the epidural with the second. I was in labor 24 and 18 hours and delivered vaginally for both. I never had any back pian afterwards and I was up and about within 12 hours after both births.
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Well thank yall girlies for the great feed back. I am due Dec 23. I am just 12 weeks. thank you dopey406 for the warm welcoming. I am glad to be apart of something nice like this
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hi there. I have had three babies and only one epidural. The major differences that I noticed between having an epidural and not having one is that after my first child (had epidural) I was in a lot of pain 'down there' for quite a loooong time (I'm talking days), I had a lot of back pain for the first 24 hours and it took me more than four hours after birth to get up and walk around the room without help. After my other two children (both without epidurals) I was up and in the shower within 1 hour after birth and would have been sooner if the doc didn't tell me to wait a little bit. I felt great! I was sore 'down there' but definately not in pain!! My advise, and everybody is different, would be to NOT have an epidural and go all natural!! Child birth is scary at first, and the thought of having a baby without the epidural definately is scary, but once you are in there, your natural insticts take over and all the worry goes out the window.

I have also had friends that have gone both ways with there children and they say an epidural is the best way. Like I said everyone is different.

Good luck and welcome to TBC!!
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