This is a discussion on epidural or oxyen gas... within the The Big Day forum, part of the Pregnancy Forum category; Is epidural really dat painful when inject to the spinal. or Shld i chose oxygen gas... does it really help ...
Is epidural really dat painful when inject to the spinal.
Shld i chose oxygen gas... does it really help to relieve painfulness...
While I opted for a no-pain relief during labour, the midwives kinda talked into me to take the oxygen gas.(After I insisted NO epi for me). Reason cos my cervix wasnt dilating, since every time the pain came, I tensed up. Sort of anticipating the pain and tensed up my body to counter the pain. which shouldn't be the case, cos the cervix wouldn't open up.
Inhaling the oxygen gas helped me to be 'disengaged' from anticipating the pain. My body relaxed by itself while I can still feel the pain throughout.
Epi, on the other hand, if you decide to take, is done by an injection through the spine. that one, totally NO pain from the waist down. But i heard the side effects can be quite 'cham'. But if you're a person who really can't stand pain, then go for it. No point resisting and in the end, get complications. esp. so for baby, cos baby will be in distress. Hope this helps!
Epi, please! Best thing ever!
But based on friends' accounts, the visual is quite scary. ;p what with the needle being so long and that you must really, really keep still when the procedure is taking place to ensure correct insertion to the spine.
But the pain/fear is short lived cos you'll literally NOT feel pain at all, waist down. good thing is, you can reserve your energy for the later pushing. =)
I had epi 4 times & didn't feel any pain during the needle insertion coz they will apply some cooling liquid on the injection site to sterilise the area. The cooling sensation helps to eliminate any injection pain I guess. Love epi!
Agree that gas has not much impact, I think having gas makes me feel worse, cos there are side effects like i felt giddy (maybe its light headed) and nauseous. And it made me feel weaker and no strength left to push. Heard epi is really painless, so agree that for those who is scared of pain, should just opt for it from the beginning.
I will opt for epi again for my #2. A relief when you're in great pain. . I think the oxygen gas really no help for me. It's good to have epi hahaha... Thumbs up..
I heard a lot of 'horror' stories about epi before i delivered and i was so afraid.
But because the pain was so bad, i went for it. I DID NOT FEEL ANY PAIN AT ALL.
So i think it is depending on the individual and of course, the skill of the doctor administering it.
Now, i think Epidural is the best thing ever invented!!
epi yes !!!
didn't feel pain during the injection and about 10 minutes all the pain of contractions gone
I dont't like edi...
I only took the gas during labor. Ppl always say about the side effect, I dont't want those happen to me in future, so I never take.
And one more thing is money, when I was in pain, the nurse keep ask me take edi, but when I think of I have to extra money just to stop 50% pain, I rejected it. Lol
happy-dural for me again pls!
pain free birth rawks.
For both my pregnancies i took EPI(MEDICAL SCIENCE GIFT TO WOMEN)I fully salute women who do not take it even with many hours of labour and inducing.My first one was 25 hours labour with inducing after 14 hours i begged the doc for it.Well not much effect.The 2nd one it was also induced and EPI from beginning till end.Then ice pack to relief my hips while pushing.
hmmmm the laughing gas doesnt work, imo. n i think it seriously stinks.
well, i went thru w/o epi. its not that pain actually, or perhaps i have a high threshold of pain.
At first I was determined not to take epi too, after hearing all the bad things about it.
When my due date approached, it turns out that I needed to be induced as baby's head may be too big for me. On my induction day, I still refused epi initially. They put in the oxytocin drip to start the contractions and to start labour. The contractions came and they were terribly unbearable, I wasn't dilating, so I quickly had the gas. It felt good (really light-headed) BUT didn't help with the pain. Finally asked for the epi, and thank goodness I did, because in the end I had to have an emergency c-section as after the doc broke the water bag, he discovered baby had passed meconium.
I didn't feel a thing when the epi was put in place
Seriously, i feel if you are worried about the pain from the epi, now that i've been thru it, the pain from the contractions are 100X more painful. Haha!
actually it depends on a few things. some ppl can go thru d whole delivery w just oxygen gas cos they find d pain bearable. some r scared of needles so dont want epi. some cos it's too late for epi. for me, though i'm scared of needles but i'm more scared of immense pain, so i choose epi right away. haha.. luckily i still got a chance to make a choice.
actually it's not as bad . just dat d feeling is weird when they inject d liquid in. cold feeling. n you'll start to shiver uncontrollably. you can ask d nurse to reduce your dosage if you want to feel d push, which i feel is better. lower chance of getting d common side-effects (e.g. vomitting, giddiness,..)
My water bag burst so i was put on drip to force the contractions to come. Oxygen gas and thigh jab did not't work at all. The frequency of my contractions is so fast that i have to rush the neurogist to inject the epi before my next contraction interval starts. But my whole body was shivering while being injected and after i gave birth. Uncontrollable shivering. Other than that, epi is a saviour
laughing gas did not work for me too.. tried a few sniffs and threw it away.. managed to deliver without epi..
my suggestion.. if by the time you are 3-4cm dilated and you cannot take it anymore, go for epi.. no point enduring coz we all have different threshold of pain..
should you chose to perservere, with every contraction psycho yourself that the pain will go away.. and try to relax as much as you can in between contractions..