This is the third part in a three-part series. Be sure to check out the other two parts:
Part 1: “Do You Really Need a Birth Plan”
Part 2: “Emergency C-Section is Only the Beginning”
To get an epidural or not?
That seems to be one of the top questions plaguing pregnant women everywhere.
I’m here to tell you, ultimately, it doesn’t matter.
It is a personal decision that only you, your partner and your doctor (but mainly you) can make.
When I was pregnant with my first child the only part of the birth I actually thought about was the epidural. My husband was under strict instructions that I would be receiving an epidural at the earliest possible time and under no circumstances did I intend to birth a child without medication.
In fact, I was curious if there was some sort of pre-epidural I could take leading up to my due date (spoiler alert: there is not).
I know there is lots of research about why not to use drugs during childbirth, but I have a very healthy and active 3-year-old who is proof that my epidural was harmless.
After having had such an eventful and scary first childbirth with Cassidy, I was hoping for a much calmer more “normal” experience with Amelia. Since I had a C-section prior, I could have opted to schedule another one. However, given the reason for my C-section, I was a good candidate for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean).
We decided to try for the VBAC, and the doctor was willing to let me go to my due date, but after that date, the risks went up so I would have to schedule a C-section.
Big sister Cassidy was not patient. She wanted to meet Amelia so badly.
Due to my emergency C-section with Cassidy, I did not have any contractions or labor of any sort with her.
With Amelia, I thought she was moving around a lot and “partying” in there towards the end. I was getting tired of all of her partying. Later I found out it was Braxton Hicks contractions.
Huh? You would think a mom would know.
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