On my last post, I shared with you my birthing experience at MCM. While we’re at it, let me follow up that post with my experience getting an epidural.
Hubby and I were very determined to go natural throughout my pregnancy. As much as possible, we don’t want to be induced, have epidural or twilight. No medication at all just like our moms and grandmoms. For a person who’s got a low tolerance for pain, this sounds like hell. But my husband was able to persuade me that I was brave enough to do it so I thought it’s worth the try. However, when we talked to our OB about our plan, she explained to us a few things that made us consider epidural. And it turns out to be a great decision for us!
Here’s my opinion on Epidural:
* I love that it’s pain free! I did feel the contractions before being admitted to the hospital but I was free from the most painful part of childbirth. I did not feel pain during the time I was pushing Natalie. Good for me!
* However, since you don’t feel the pain, you only rely on the doctors to tell you when to push. I was so bad at it that the anesthesiologist had to do fundal push on me to help Natalie come out. I swear I wouldn’t make it without his help!!!
* An extra cost of about Php10-15k was worth it just to skip the pain of childbirth. For some, they would rather feel the pain and save that amount. It’s really a personal preference. My friend who didn’t go for epidural said it was VERY painful. But it was also a tolerable kind of pain. So if you think you’re brave enough, keep that amount and go natural instead.
*Epidural is specially helpful when your doctor starts to do the stitches on you. Since you were drugged (haha) you will not feel the extra pain of being stitched right after childbirth. This was one of my OB’s major concern. She doesn’t want me to be moving and squirming. She was right!
Did you skip medications or had an epidural during your child’s birth?
How was your birthing experience with or without it?