26 Weeks Pregnant | Natural or Epidural?

26 weeks pregnant, y’all!  That’s six and a half months – craziness!  So before we get into a natural or epidural discussion, let’s do the weekly bumpdate details.

26 weeks

I seriously feel like my baby bump is growing each and every day – not that I’m complaining, itz just crazy.  Love my lil man already!

Baby Itz: 26 Weeks

Baby’s size? Head of lettuce.

Maternity clothes? Aaaaaaah-mazing.  I live in them.  I’m totally wearing them post-baby.

Stretch marks? Nope.

Sleep: Oy, not awesome this week.  Over the weekend, I was super restless and tossed and turned, but tossing and turning is not as easy as it once was.  I can’t seem to get comfortable, and even if I do, then I don’t feel tired.  Hopefully that will change this week.

Best moment this week: My friend Brittany (Delights and Delectables) passed through St. Louis with their new little addition.  Pretty much the best thing ever.  Love her.

brittany

Miss anything? Not really.

Movement: Lots and lots of movement. Jonny’s feeling him more and more which is fun.

Food Cravings: No cravings.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.

Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!!

Labor Signs: None, not that I would know what those feel like anyway!

Symptoms: Still a sore back in the evenings, but the same as before: the more I move throughout the day, the better my back is at night.  I try to get in at least two walking miles on a treadmill at some point in the morning which helps drastically.

Belly Button – in or out?  In.

Wedding Rings – on or off? On!

Happy or Moody? Happy.

Looking Forward To: Baby Itz’s room is being painted today!  And furniture will be delivered shortly after.  Itz all coming together!

How cute is Baby Delight?  Straight chillin’!

delight

Natural or Epidural? Let’s talk. So these thoughts were prompted on Saturday when I went to another amazing prenatal yoga class at Urban Breath Yoga.  Stacy, the instructor, began class by asking everyone to introduce themselves and share part of their birth plan, specifically if they are planning on going natural or getting an epidural. There was absolutely no judgement in the room, just a bunch of momma-to-be’s talking about what they envisioned – whatever that may be.

I’ve always said, without a doubt, I will be getting an epidural.  I’ve never thought twice about it.  And I confidently shared that in class.  Out of the twelve women there, there were just two (myself included) who said they were planning on getting an epidural.  After hearing two women speak about how they’d already had one natural birth and were planning on going natural again for their second, plus the numerous women who anticipated having a natural birth… it did make me reconsider what I want.  At this point, I’m pretty sure I’m still going to request an epidural; however, I’m more open to considering natural, or at least not getting an epidural the first second possible (which I initially planned on).  Truthfully, I think I need to do more research.  Luckily, I still have plenty of time.

Linz Baby Delight

Did/will you have a natural birth or will you request an epidural?  Thoughts on the matter? No judgement either way and mad respect to ALL women! 🙂

58 thoughts on “26 Weeks Pregnant | Natural or Epidural?

  1. Look into Bradley Childbirth classes. You could check out Natural Birth the Bradley Way. They teach you.how to be a proactive consumer in whatever birth you choose. Things I had in my birthplans were what I wanted in case of a c-section.

    I had a c-section Very unexpectedly with my first and went on to have 3 more natural births. It’s good to know what to expect. Also things like newborn procedures, a Bradley instructor will teach you about that too. I’m hoping to attend the instructor training this summer! I love empowering new mom’s!

  2. You are glowing!

    IMO to each their own. You do what you feel is right for you.

    Being a mom of 2 and having two polar opposite births I will say that I never intended to have a natural birth.

    However, my epidural failed during my youngest ones labor. By that point I was a 6 and honestly, doing fine! I literally had a 5min freak out then everything was calm and mellow and I had her naturally and it was less painful than my firsts birth.

    Every birth is different so the best advice is to just know ALL your options, educate yourself on every possibility that could happen and go in with your plan as the goal.

    There’s no medal won for childbirth. It’s an empowering experience, we women gain and can testify about once were moms. 😉

  3. I would say be open to having it either way. We were on the fence as well and due to a really quick labor, it wasn’t possible. Wifey rocked it like a boss. But when all is said and done, as long as everyone is healthy and happy, it doesn’t really matter.

  4. I didn’t really have a plan going in. I thought I’d see how I’d feel and go from there. I felt like I was going to go without until it came to the last chance to get one. Then I started to panic and caved. I didn’t have a horrible experience with an epidural or anything but I wonder it would have been without. Like Pavey said, as long as everyone is healthy, that’s what matters most.

  5. I had an epidural with both of mine. With my next one I’m going to do the same. To me, it gave me more of a chance to enjoy the experience with my partner instead of yelling at him and screaming. I know not all births are like that but I know I wouldn’t stay calm with the pain. Plus before my epidural my dad had to walk out because he couldn’t see me in pain. After, he got to visit and talk to me before the real part got started.

  6. Ooooh the hair on Baby D!!! How precious <3 As for natural vs epidural, I have always wanted to go natural but that's mainly because a needle going into my spine makes me want to faint, haha! I like the idea of keeping your options open, you will choose what's right for you!

  7. I wanted natural with H and ended up having to be induced (10 days late!) and ended up with an epidural. No regrets, though, it’s what I needed at the time.

    With this baby, I’d like to go natural, but I’m putting 0 pressure on myself. So much is out of my control. I hope to go into labor on my own, but I know that obviously isn’t guaranteed, so I’ll do what is best when the time comes.

    To each their own! I’m of the cliche, please just let baby and mommy be safe and healthy 🙂

  8. I went in with a plan for both pregnancies – natural birth and both happened. However, I did not plan to have my first daughter at 36 weeks. I knew nothing about premie babies and the challenges we would face with nursing. Our second I had planned a natural birth however the labour was significantly longer and WAY more painful and the thought of an epidural crossed my mine but was one of the last things I wanted. I had a list of drugs and would go in the order I felt comfortable and that was necessary.
    It’s good to go in with a plan but understand that it can change at the drop of a dime and understand what next options you want to take. I think education is a key piece to delivery for you AND your husband. Knowing what you want and don’t want is part of that.

  9. I may be the only one but I kind of want an elected/planned c-section. The whole thought of birth terrifies me beyond belief. I was present for my niece and nephew’s births (nearly 13 years ago! I was 15 at the time- my sister is 8 years older than me) and my sister had an epidural for the first and natural the second. When I say present, I mean front and center (well, not the doctor’s view anyway!) I understand it’s a huge recovery and all that jazz, but right now, I just can’t imagine having a natural birth. I hope by the time I have kids I will have Harry Potter’s wand to just magic the kid out, hassle and pain-free. (wishful, extravagant thinking 🙂 )

  10. This thought has definitely crossed my mind and I’ve always considered that I’d want an epidural too. Although, when the time came, I could definitely see myself reconsidering natural and being more open to the idea as well. I agree on doing more research on it before making a decision, which is the best way to go.

    Aaaand, I can’t believe you’re already 6 1/2 months! Boy, time flies!

  11. Glad you and Brittany got to catch up! Baby delight is adorable! I’m not thinking about having kids any time in the near future, but I would think I will be requesting an epidural. Thinking about pain freaks me out more than anything so I think it would help me stay calm.

  12. I had an epidural for both of mine. Both of my kids were posterior so my labors were really, r-e-a-l-l-y long. If I knew the baby wasn’t posterior and wouldn’t take 18 hours to come out, I’d consider trying it with no drugs. The part that hurts the most (in my experience) is when the baby actually comes out and by then, the epidural is turned off and you can feel all of that anyway.

    End goal is healthy baby and healthy mama. I don’t thing the “how” is all that important in the grand scheme. Also, keep in mind that you CAN change your mind. If you want to see how long you last before the pain (or length of time with the pain) gets to you, you can do that. Your birth plan can just include the possibility of an epidural. Nothing has to be set in stone. Good luck!!

  13. I had to laugh about wearing your maternity clothes after your pregnancy. We’ll see 😉

    My boys were both natural, though I needed something near the end for my oldest, who was breech. Today, I’m not sure what I would do. Probably the same. Whatever you choose will be right for you.

  14. Drugs all the way baby! Haha! I’ve had 3 and I can say a lot of times plans fly out the window. Thoughts you have had about the way things will go etc. I say more power to
    Moms that do it – but we all also have different labors and situations and there is really no wrong or right way. Just as long as we end up with a healthy little one right?!

  15. I’ve had both. My first was natural and I LOVED it. It hurt, but not as bad as I thought. Recovery was a cinch and I was up walking around 5 minutes after I was stitched up.

    My second I had back labor due to a posterior baby and though I wanted the same natural experience, I caved. The pain was too much. The epidural ended up not working on one side, making the pain concentrate on the other side, I still felt everything but recovery took a lot longer and I hemmorhaged and couldn’t move my one leg for a whole day. Not to scare you, but it wasn’t pleasant. I might as well have dealt with the pain that lasted during the just labor, as opposed to the the pain I still felt after giving birth because my wrecked epidural experience.

    All that to say that if I had to do it again, I’d aim for natural again. Even if I had a better experience like most women do with the epidural, you can’t beat the natural and medication free feeling you get after it’s all over with. Ultimately though, all that matters is a happy healthy baby at the end. It’s the journey, not the destination. And take solace in the fact that most epidural experiences are a lot better than mine 😉

  16. I ended up having a c-section with both of my girls but an epidural was part of my first (13 hours of labor and no luck!) I waited for a while into labor before I got it…actually the doctor was going into a few other rooms so they said if I didn’t get it when I did then he may be awhile!! It made things a lot more comfortable and allowed me to focus rather than be consumed by the pain! Everyone is different though!

  17. I’ve done both–my first was natural, but I also had to be induced with Pitocin b/c I never went into labor after my water broke. So that made it really hard and all the techniques I had learned in Bradley classes went out the window. So second time around, another induction for the same reason, and after about 5 cm dilation, I said bring on the epidural. Both were easy/quick active labors, but I’ve got to admit, that epidural was nice! I will say that I think the only way to truly do natural birth is to be 100% committed to it. Otherwise, when the chips are down, you want relief. Good luck either way!

    • Totally agree about needing to really commit to it! My friends who have said well maybe I will get one have all ended up doing it. Committing means preparing and like many other things in life if you have the tools and are prepared you can do it!

  18. If I were to ever get pregnant…… An epidural would be a MUST! I need the DRUGS! I have been through some intense pain in my life, it’s NOT A GOOD TIME, no walk through the park…. SO yes, drugs please! I applaud you regardless of what you do – have a baby is tough!

  19. Almost to the 3rd trimester… how exciting! Ooh, natural birth is a hot topic and there are some strong opinions out there. 🙂 Like the first commenter, we did the Bradley method course which really helped us feel prepared for a natural birth and I had an awesome experience- smooth labor, she was born in a tub drug-free and I had a very easy recovery. But anything can happen in labor, and sometime an epidural can be really helpful… I’m hoping for a natural birth again but realizing that labor can be unpredictable. Another great resource is Ina May’s books- Birthing Within or… can’t remember the other title… but it really helped me to think of labor as my marathon, and the contractions having a purpose to open up, as opposed to thinking of it as “pain”- and it made a huge difference!

  20. I’m on the fence with this pregnancy too… although after my first delivery I was like anyone who doesn’t get one is CRAZY (jk of course, mad props to them!) But yes, being a nurse and after everything I’ve learned in therapy and yoga I’m definitely considering it 🙂

  21. Hey Linz! Okay so I had this long response written and then my phone closed the app, argh!! To summarize what I said before:

    I went all natural but had you asked me a couple years before getting pregnant if I was getting the drugs I would have said of course. I’m not sure when it all changed but pregnancy had such a profound effect on my lifestyle. In my mind I couldn’t understand why, when I never take drugs unless seriously ill, I would take them to numb the pain of the single-most important job my body was built to do. In a way I thought that if I was forcing my little one to experience a traumatic event that I needed to work through that with him and work towards the final goal together. There was never a question in my mind that I would do it naturally, the meds just seemed crazy to me. That being said, every person who knew I wasn’t getting the epi said I was nuts. (Well, besides my mom and sister who did it naturally)

    At 35 weeks I finally found a doula whom I really connected with and fast forward 6 weeks: the birth of baby Fischer went according to every dream I had ever had about the labor. With the help of many individuals (doulas, family, Pilates/yoga instructor, trainer..) I had been preparing for months for the final show and I was EXCITED. Looking back now I can’t really remember the pain although I know it was pretty significant because I have the pictures to prove it! However there isn’t a single iota of myself that wouldn’t re-live that day over and over again and I will absolutely try and do it naturally again. I also feel that the after-pain was significantly less bc it wasn’t nearly as painful as the birth!

    All that being said, keeping an open mind in the event that things don’t go to plan is do important. I really didn’t want medical intervention but I wasn’t going to buck the advice of the professionals around me if it came down to it. (Luckily I had a very supportive dr and Texas Childrebs Hospital loves natural births!)

    If you choose to try going naturally I would look into getting a doula. I could not have done it without Nina. She massaged me pretty much the entire time unless I was in the bath or walking around, had me doing modified yoga and she knew exactly how to get Doug involved and feel empowered. The Bradley method and hypnobabies are also good choices of programs to look into. Oh, start doing squats and wall-sits now!!! I know you’re in excellent shape which will really help you deliver smoothly whether with drugs or without. I delivered Fischer while squatting..and thanked my trainer after for torturing me with squats every other day!!

    Ultimately, you know yourself best. Your pain tolerance, your anxiety/stress level..all of those things need to be taken into consideration. If you want to hear more about my experience feel free to call 🙂

  22. It’s so fun to watch baby bellies grow. You look super cute! And I’m with you on the epidural. I’ve never had any kids or anything, but I’ve always thought…I’ll trust modern medicine and happily lower the pain level. I’m sure once my own baby time comes I’ll start questioning it as well.

  23. I hope to deliver naturally. BUT if in the thick of things I go with an epidural that’s okay too. I’ve never given birth before so I feel like it’s hard to say one way or another and having a healthy baby is really what it’s all about (like everyone else has said!)

  24. Drugs!! Give me the drugs! Lol – I had an epidural and then a spinal when there were a few complications and I had an emergency c-section. So grateful for both. 🙂

  25. I did it both ways. Epidural with my first and natural with my second, neither really planned that way, so my advice is to research now but don’t decide in advance. You never know what will happen, and you don’t want to second-guess yourself just because you decided to do it a certain way. For my first, I was all ready to do natural, but labor stalled, she was facing the wrong way, and I thought a c-section was imminent. Once I had the epidural I was able to relax, she turned around, and the birth was fine. I do remember expressing unbridled love for the anesthesiologist the next day! With my second, I was planning on an epidural, but labor was quick and relatively easy. The only down-side was needing an episiotomy with only a local, but I’m not sure that’s a reason to get an epidural.

  26. When I had C, I ended up getting induced. My original plan was to wait as long as possible for the epidural – or at least to 4 or 5cm. Since they induced me, i was stuck in the bed and couldn’t walk off the contractions or work through them in anyway i had been taught. I couldn’t even use the bouncy ball – which was my main plan. After a terrible night of sleep, I wasn’t progressing at all. I think I was barely a 3 and the nurse said “How about we do the epidural now? You are starting to feel pain and you really need to rest before we get to pushing.” I wasn’t sure but then my body said “Yes, do it!” I was finally able to sleep a few hours and during that time i went to a 6.

    My epi wore off while I was pushing and I have to say, I just couldn’t have done the whole labor process without it. Some women are great at natural childbirth, but not me. I ended up with a C section since she just didn’t want to come out. I think being open to all the options that are available to you and knowing as much as possible is a great help. You and husband will need to be able to make decisions on the fly, and they might not be options that you had planned on. The nurses will do their best to stick with what you want, but sometimes you need to be flexible. You have plenty of time to think and learn about it though!

  27. Wow. How you managed to write about such a hot topic without inciting a crazy string of comments is amazing! You have an awesome mentality and a very open mind. I am 22 weeks along and really just trying to learn as much as I can before I make a decision with my doctor. Either way, you’ll get that baby out and have a beautiful little boy to love!

  28. I took hypnobirthing classes and was quite content with the idea of going natural. Then, I got in there and things weren’t exactly as planned and I loved that epidural more than the series finale of Breaking Bad. Be open to where your labor takes you, because it might be unexpected. And, if you want natural and it ends up involving various interventions, it’s okay and it’s nothing to beat yourself up over, which I’ve sadly seen a lot of people do for years to come.

  29. I always had planned natural. My little girl was stubborn & 11 days past due date so I had to be induced. But, I’m proud of myself that after 18 hours of terrible back labor with pitocin contractions (MUCH more painful than regular) , I still stuck to my plan of delivering her naturally. Not gonna lie. ..It was so so painful & nothing can prepare you for it, but it is the most empowering feeling to know you accomplished your goal. Plus, the recovery when you go natural is so much quicker. I was up walking around 10 minutes after she was born. I’ve also heard countless stories of women who got an epi and it slowed their labor substantially then ended up with a section. (Of course there’s plenty that this doesn’t happen to as well.)

    I will say though if you plan to go natural – you have to be 100% committed & go in with a plan. Otherwise when transition phase hits you will cave.

    Regardless – have an open mind & of course the main goal is healthy mom & baby!!

    P.s- not sure where you are delivering but I delivered at MoBap & it was a great experience! 🙂

  30. I planned to go natural my first pregnancy but after an odd induction I changed my mind – took the epidural and never once felt bad about it. The 2nd time around I knew I would have an epidural going in!

  31. You’re looking fab!

    As you know how mine turned out–I totally loved having a natural birth. I am not going to lie–IT WAS HARD. But because my baby was totally fine (probably too chill in there, hah), I could choose what I wanted…..so for 30 hours I labored to get her here. It is a miracle, because man that was painful! BUT I loved it because my recovery was fast (back in the gym in 2.5 weeks), and I wasn’t ‘out’ of it at all. And she was perfectly healthy with no drug side effects.

    Of course we can’t all choose what we want in birth necessarily, so I think it’s awesome you have an open mind! Having a baby either way is a HUGE miracle & is tough no matter how you cut it. xoxo!

  32. Having gone through one epidural birth and one natural birth, I can honestly say that I would never consider an epidural for this third baby. Everything about that natural birth experience was well worth the hours of pain that I had. Recovery time, bonding with Clara, nursing, tearing (I tore much worse with the epidural because I wasn’t in tune with when my body needed to push) – all of it, was just better. I also had that, “If I can do this, I can do anything,”-feeling.
    I feel like God made my body for this purpose. That He equipped me with everything I need to get that baby out on my own (there are some occasions where this isn’t the case, I know).
    My question for you would be: What’s stopping you from doing it naturally?

  33. I planned on going naturally, but things happened differently. I went 2 weeks over and then had to get induced (using pitocin). I signed all the paperwork for an epidural “just in case.” I didn’t want to have to deal with any of that stuff while in the thick of labor. As soon as those pitocin induced contractions hit, I knew I would need the epidural. They come fast and hard and so isn’t easy to catch your breath. The epidural was amazing!!!!! Seriously, it was awesome. However, it made my blood pressure drop and so they pumped me full of fluids. (Which caused issues with my baby being able to latch on for breast feeding. Next time, hopefully I start labor naturally and then I plan to not do an epidural because I really don’t want the breast feeding issues that we had. 🙂 sorry this was so long! You will do what feels right for you and your baby 🙂

  34. I think it’s great that you’re being open minded. I felt the same way going into Hunter’s birth, and I’m so glad I didn’t have my mind set on one way or another because I didn’t exactly have a choice in the matter. I had to be induced because Hunter had to get out of there as quickly as possible. I did keep the epidural dose lower because I wanted to FEEL everything, and it helped SO much when you’re pushing. It took a little bit of the pain away, but I was still able to feel when I needed to push. Of course the induction wasn’t my “ideal” childbirth scenario, but in the end, I just wanted a healthy baby. In the future, I would like to avoid pitocin if I can, and if I get another epidural, it’d be a lower dose again. Maybe I’ll get the courage to do natural birth if everything goes well … we’ll see. Once again, I’m open minded!

  35. I feel like it is a total case by case basis, I said I would get an epidural, and in the end the epidural saved me from getting a c-section (it progressed my labor and did not halt it), but because of how fast I delivered after the epidural I know the next child could come to fast for an epidural if I go into labor on my own. I agree with everyone else, be ready for anything, know your boundaries/what you are comfortable with and make sure you and Jonny are on the same page.

  36. I have 2 girls, and have experienced both a natural birth and one with an epidural. The epidural made my second labor experience so much better. I was actually able to enjoy it where as during natural childbirth I felt like I was going to die. In hindsight some will tell you that natural labor is an amazing experience, but I did not feel that way at all. I am 22 weeks with my third, and I am definitely planning on getting the epidural again!

  37. I’m 15 weeks pregnant with #2 and I’m hoping for a vbac this time around. My first was induced and I ended up with a c-section. Not an emergency c-section, but strongly encouraged even by my midwives, because my son measured a few weeks behind in growth. So this time around I’m hoping to avoid any unnecessary interventions/augmentation of labor, because I’d love to have my vbac. We’ll see how it goes, but I now know that I have to open towards changes to my birth plan.

  38. You look so great!

    I’ve definitely thought about natural vs. not for childbirth. While I think sometimes you don’t end up getting to choose and things just happen, I’ve mostly been in the camp of being very against an epidural since it increases your risk of c-section, tearing, and other not-so-fun things in birth. I get really antsy and I don’t think I could stand being paralyzed from the waist down for hours at a time. I’d want to be able to get up and move around and not have to lay on my back to push.

    But then again, I think I have high pain tollerance. So it just depends on what YOU want 🙂

  39. I have three wonderful children. Each birth story is similar to the other. I had the epidural with each of them. I had all of my labor pains in my back. I used a tennis ball,as suggested, to put pressure on the area. The only thing that did was move the pain to the front. that felt worse. I was in a moderate amount of pain when the doctor offered it to me. They said that the pain would significantly increase when they broke my water. I felt that I could have probably handled what I was going through at that moment but was not ready for a significant increase. It does not take away all of the feelings. There was still feelings of pressure when it was time to push. It is OK to get one. They are helpful. Don’t be so glued to your plan. Do what makes sense for you on that day.

  40. I had one very medical birth and one all natural at home birth. My recommendation? Educate yourself, have a plan, and then be openminded when the day comes. I didn’t want an epidural with my first and we had a key question that my husband was to ask me if I asked for the epidural during labor. Basically he said “{name of nemesis here} said you couldn’t do it without drugs.” My response? F$%^ nemesis, give me the drugs.

    With my second, I had 10 minutes of labor and 10 minutes of pushing and I was at home in my own room, so I didn’t have the option, but those were 20 really intense minutes.

    Good luck with your choice and remember, the only thing that really matters in the end is that the baby comes out safely.

  41. I really didn’t want to get an epidural, mainly because I’m prone to headaches and didn’t want to risk getting the bad headaches that can be associated with epidurals. That by itself was enough form me to have a completely natural birth. Luckily for me it was a fast labor and by the time I got to the hospital I was already 8cm dilated and didn’t even have the option to get one. Once in my birthing suite I was told I was actually 7cm and could get one but it probably wouldn’t kick in fast enough before the baby was here. I stuck with my guns and although going natural hurt like hell (I wont lie, but it wasn’t as bad as I imagined) within five minutes of my daughter being born I told all the nurses I would go natural again in a heartbeat! 🙂 I am open minded though and know each pregnancy is different so I’m planning on going natural again this time in April. I also LOVE the fact that I was able to get up and walk around after her birth. I’m a control freak and the thought of not being able to use my legs or feel them terrifies me so much! I know you don’t have to get that strong of epidural but it still scares me!

  42. Like you said- mad respect to any woman who pushes a child through their vagina (can I say vagina on here? 😉 ) That being said, I am planning a natural birth. For me the decision was easy- my entire lifestyle leans more on the natural side. I prefer my Naturopath over my MD. I don’t take drugs for even a headache unless I absolutely have to. We eat whole foods- nothing processed. Basically, I see no reason to introduce an unnatural substance into my body when I don’t believe it’s necessary. My body was literally built to birth babies! Another factor for me was that I know I would go crazy if I was confined to laying on my back on a bed. I need to move around!

  43. You should totally watch “The Business of Being Born” documentary …if you haven’t already seen it. It covers different perspectives on effects of epidural vs natural as well as choices via induction and those effects 😉 xo

  44. Such a great nonjudgmental conversation! I’ll second the business of being born suggestion. You don’t have to take it all exactly as they say but for me it opened my eyes to the way interventions/inductions/having to lie on your back actually make things MORE painful than it would be if you’re able to let nature take its course and that’s why so many people opt for pain relief. I’m hoping for natural but all I can do is educate myself about options and prepare myself with tools to help (we’ve hired a doula and are taking her childbirth class as well) and ultimately, be flexible in the moment.

  45. I had a c-section so obviously there were drugs involved. But even if I didn’t, I would have absolutely requested an epidural. I don’t like pain!

  46. I say…go with your gut and what is best for you!! As a mom of 2 and a newborn nursery/postpartum nurse, I think just letting yourself know that the baby is coming out one way or another is a great way to face labor! Sometimes things don’t go as planned…just roll with it!! I really don’t like the term “natural” birth. It’s natural either way. I think women in general put too much pressure on each other, and in the end, it just really doesn’t matter as long as you do what feels right for you and your baby!! Best wishes : )

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  48. I did natural, mainly because , after a ectopic pregnancy, my 1st pregnancy, and the pain was horrific, and after doing yoga, I decided no needle in my back! I had back issues! Going natural was great, I did it again with my next pregnancy, and then i had twins and going natural was great!!!! You just need to focus on something other then the pain!! I focused on wall outlets!!!

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