a reply to: SonOfThor
I delivered the first two without any meds, and I don't personally recommend it for most people. Some, sure, have a higher pain threshold, but a hard
labor can be extremely painful, and that can last for hours, potentially. You never know, going in, how long it will take, or how you can handle it.
An epidural leaves the mom alert and capable of feeling pressure, and pushing, but relieves the pain, for a much less stressful experience. Pain,
too, can be exhausting physically, even if one can handle it, and that makes for a harder delivery.
It's a personal choice, but that's my take on things. Epidurals with 3 c-sections, and could relax and enjoy the birth, even through surgery. Really
wish I could have had that option for the regular births! First one, by the time I decided I wanted it, labor had moved too fast, and there was not
time. Second, the military hospital didn't have enough staff, so no option. Induced, too. Imagine that one!
Really, everyone has a somewhat different experience. Even the same mom, from birth to birth, can encounter quite different scenarios. Get all the
best information on risk and benefits, and do what seems best for your wife. I'd personally say "epidural", but it's free advice so....
Hope all goes well, and good move, being close to serious help, just in case it's needed! Here's hoping and praying it isn't. Congrats, too!