At thirty seven and a half weeks pregnant, I developed gestational hypertension and was sent to the hospital to be induced. Before, I was sent on my way my doctor asked me what I had chosen to use for pain management while in labor. I automatically told her that I had chosen to get an epidural as soon as possible. I assumed that by making that choice that my labor would be easier and mostly pain free. I was completely wrong.
Like most pregnant women, I did research on epidurals before getting one. I knew how the procedure worked, and what to do and what not to do. When the anesthesiologist got to my room I was put into position and prepped for the epidural. She started the first step and told me that I would feel a stick and burn, which wasn’t painful at all. She then proceeded to stick the epidural needle in my back and told me that I would feel pressure and pops. That was not the case at all. Since I was put on bed rest prior to my induction, my back was swollen, and therefore, they could not numb me. I felt every bit of the needle go up my spine, and it was the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. After it was over, I thought I was done with pain, but the epidural only numbed my left side. I could still feel everything on my right side.
I told my nurse that I could still feel everything on my right side, and I was given the choice to have the epidural replaced, or to just grin and bear it. I didn’t know then that there was a chance that the epidural catheter would not be placed properly. When I reached my twentieth hour of labor and I had not progressed I was prepped for a C-Section. I was nervous about this because I was not numb. While in the operating room the doctors and nurses tried and tried to numb me but they were not successful. The finally used a local on my stomach and thought that they had me numb, by again that was not the case. They began the C-Section, and I could feel everything. I was immediately put under, and was unable to see the birth of my child.
Apparently spinal taps are more effective for c-sections. If I had known that my induction would result in one, I would have endured the pain of labor until I was in the operating room. If I ever have any more children, I will more than likely have a scheduled c-section, and I will choose a spinal tap over another epidural, and hopefully I will have better luck. I urge you to research spinal taps and epidurals thoroughly before having either procedure done. Hopefully, your c-section experience will have a better outcome.