Monday, April 23, 2007

Tough

One of the questions I often hear nowadays is this: Do I plan to have an epidural, or do I want to do this childbirth thing as naturally as possible?

I’ve always thought that maybe, just maybe, I’m tough enough to get through childbirth without pain medication. I mean, women have been having babies for thousands of years. Surely I can do it, too, without the need for pharmaceutical assistance.

Then, sometime over the weekend, I slept in an awkward position, and I’ve had some highly uncomfortable back and hip pain ever since.

If it were allowed, I would have an epidural right now.

I guess I’m not as tough as I thought.

7 comments:

Pam said...

All I can ever think when I hear epidural is "spinal column" and "big @## needle."

Heather McDonnell said...

But the up side is that, if I get an epidural, Rob might faint while he watches the doctor administer it. That would be kind of funny.

Teresa said...

You are one of the smartest people I know and I'm sure that whatever you decide will be what's best for you and your baby. Moms(even new ones), seem to have an uncanny ability to know what's best for their child. Rob has come a long way since you've been together(and had to deal with your brother's sometimes twisted humor). I'm sure he will still be standing when it's all over and the excitement really begins, like oohing and aahing, counting fingers and toes, and kissing her beautiful little face.

Anonymous said...

Just a thought from Nebraska, check into cervical blocks. I believe that is what they are called. I had one with my frist and how it works is they numb your cervix with a shoot during a contraction (you do not even feel it) and the pain goes away. You still feel you stomach get hard and everything else but the pain is gone.

Heather McDonnell said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll ask my doctor about that.

Anonymous said...

Just remember just like an epidural you can not have one until you are at least 6 to 7cm, but you are able to move around after words, you don’t feel any needles and nothing harms the baby.
On another note your teacher is right pushing is the easy part. What is funny to me now when I took that class, what scared me was when they said after going through labor and then pushing and after all of that was done you still had to deliver the placenta. And the way my instructor described it was it would be ripping from the inside of my uterus leaving this open sore inside me (explaining that is one of the reason they have to come and push on your uterus after delivery) Then of coarse they tell you how big the placenta is I remember thinking on my god. You can only imagine the thoughts that went through my mind. Just for the record, no big deal.

Heather McDonnell said...

Eww. Way too much of childbirth is gross and freaky. But I'm sure it'll all be worth it. :)