Epidural: Yes or No?

I think I had the worse experience with Epidural, both times with Adam & Hana. When doing my birth plan with my Doctor the first time we decided to get epidural. I heard horror stories about it and I was so worried. So the time came and I got admitted, an hour or so before I gave birth I was injected with it and my god it was painful! Right before I gave birth my aunt came to check how I was and suddenly her face changed and she started screaming at the nurses & midwives, my back was bleeding and had what looked like black blood coming out as well. So the anesthesiologist came and did it again. You can imagine the pain of having to stay still while having bad contractions! It was painful! 😥

After having Adam I had a lot of issues with my back. Bending down was painful, its almost like my  back locks and I can’t move. I didn’t pay much attention to it though as I was too busy and happy with my newborn to worry about myself. After 6 months or so I was pregnant with Hana, this time the backaches were tenfold. I was heavier and bigger 😥^^’

Sitting down with my doctor again doing the birth plan, I asked what was the other option besides epidural; she said gas but she does not recommend it, I either do it with epidural or go natural. I thought okay ill do epidural again, hoping this time it won’t be as bad. I was wrong… This time they gave me the epidural when I was about 4 cms. It took maybe 30 minutes or what felt like hours to have it done. I felt the first prick and it was painful so I told the anesthesiologist, he removed it and did it again. Second time was even more painful, I told him again its really painful so he removed it and did it again! He must have pricked me 3-4 times till he finally got it in the “right place”! Besides those pricks, he gave me 2 numbing injections which didn’t do much because I felt all the pricks. 

After giving birth to Hana, I went through the same back pains but this time I decided to do something about it. 3 days after I gave birth I signed up for post natal massage therapy and had someone coming every morning for an hour for a month to massage me. That helped me a lot with my back pains. Soon after a month was done and the massages stopped, my back pains started again. I’m thinking of signing up for another month of massages as it is now getting too painful. 

It’s hard having the normal routine with Adam running around or doing much in a matter of fact because of my back. It’s really painful at times! 😦

I’d love to hear what your experience with epidural was. Was it bad? Was it easy & quick or painful & long? How’s your back now? I honestly believe anesthesiologist should be trained well enough to be able to administer epidural once and correctly. When I kept complaining with Hana, the anesthesiologist said it was difficult because my back wasn’t straight! Hmm okay could that be the reason why it was painful for me …..?! Could that be the reason why it was so hard for the anesthesiologist to get it in correctly? 

Let me know your thoughts and experience ❤

xoxo

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15 thoughts on “Epidural: Yes or No?

  1. It’s so sad to hear that. To me I had an epidural with my first delivery and it was the best thing I chose to do ever. It was given to me like 5 hours before I delivered as I was having bad contractions and the anesthesiologist was great. He was very calm and fast. I felt the prick and when the medicine started flowing but this was for the first few seconds. No back pains afterwards.

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  2. I gave birth all naturally with my first son and it was a traumatic experience for me. I went through hell. I opted for the epidural the second time around and it was the best decision I took. Alhamdulillah for me, I recovered well. So sorry to hear your experience with it was awful. Maybe depends on the person administering it. Mine was excellent Mashallah.

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      1. Yes doing it all natural is horribly painful omg tht too I had a short labor of about 6 hours only compared to others who go thru more than 24 hrs of it. But I kept losing consciousness. Anyways every experience is different and every persons tolerance to pain is different.

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  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your experience. I took an epidural too and it was not troublesome at all. Of course you feel the prick of the needle, but nothing beyond that in terms of pain. However, for some reason, my epidural did not spread evenly due to which I continued to feel contractions on one side. This is when they tilted me to that side for a couple of minutes after which I was completely numb.

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    1. Oh that sounds painful. I think it all comes down to how it’s injected. If done correctly, I think it’s great. I didn’t feel completely numb though, I still felt some pain while giving birth x

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  4. So sorry to hear your experience. I had epidural with both kids and did not have any trouble. Hope your back pain get’s sorted out soon, it is difficult to care for kids when Mama is not feeling great.

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  5. Oh wow! I’m so sorry it was so terrible! I had totally drug-free the first time and it was 18 hours of torture, very happy to say my second was 4 hours with an epidural and felt like bliss (relative of course)!

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  6. This sounds like such a horrible experience to have, especially at such a crucial time of giving birth! I did not have epidural with mine, because as you said, I heard plenty of horror stories about back pain after birth. I opted for Gas, but to be honest, it made me feel sick and I was hardly aware of my surroundings until it wore off.

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  7. Oh my! Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience 😪 I had epidural for my first pregnancy as it was a C section. My mom was dead behind me to take rest as she kept reminding or rather scaring me on how I would get a back ache. Hope my second pregnancy goes smooth 🙏 Where did you deliver waheeba? I’m going to Al Zahra for my prenatal checkups right now.

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    1. Hi darling, I delivered at City Hospital. Apologies for late reply. I hardly had rest as I am busy running around with Adam. It’s hard for me to sit in one place! lol Inshallah your second pregnancy goes well and safe delivery xx

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      1. Thanks dear ❤️ No need to apologise as I know how it is for you. Adam cutie reminds me so much of my Shane when he was much younger. I love seeing Adam in the videos and pics 😍 You take care and enjoy this time with Adam and Hana.

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