As soon as I found out I was pregnant although very scary the one thing that didn’t scare me was the pain, as I knew I wanted every possible pain relief option on the market to date. Load me up, I wasn’t planning on feeling a thing… The look on my NCT teachers face when I told her there was no way id be bouncing on a ball with gas and air was priceless… Well 8 months later when I found myself pushing, I ate my bloody words, literally. I felt everything mean everything. Your going to feel a ‘slight burn’ the midwife said, a burn? More like Fire!! Well as you probably gathered this wasn’t my choice but as Jasper made his arrival pretty quick, My only choice was to get on with it! Below I have listed some pain relief options for you to think about, if like me your scardy cat I have added ones with the strongest to the mildest relief. Enjoy.
Tens Machine. The Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) This works by sending electric pulses to your body via electrodes on the skin. The longer you use it the more effective it becomes. You can start with this if you think your in it for the long haul, if not Id go straight for the hard stuff.
Water. This is the one thing I wish I had chosen, the only thing that put me off is that you cant have an epidural, so I disregarded it rather quickly. Although useless as a pain relief the warm water helps you relax, so your much calmer, either using a bath or a specially designed birthing pool so less stress for you and your baby. Definitely one to consider.
Entonox. In other terms gas and air. Who ever though Air is an appropriate pain relief was clearly on something ELSE! AIR!! Anyway, When this was first offered to me (after my demands for an epidural were shot down) after my first few puffs I sounded like something from the exorcist, no joke! think I scared the living day lights out of my midwife, especially when i pulled it off the wall later, that was awkward. Anyway this is the only pain relief I had, and to be honest not sure if it worked but it did make me feel drunk, sick and made my mouth dry, aside from that it does take your mind of the pain for a little while.
Pethidine. I wasn’t interested in the slightest in this form of pain relief, as it doesn’t have the best rep. It can make you feel very sick, which on top of labour pains its not ideal. If you want to give it a try, do it in early labour as if given in the later stages it crosses the placenta and can effect your baby’s breathing.
Epidural. I wanted this. Although I feel a slight hint of gloat that I had my baby without any pain relief its not enough to go without next time. Ill be hooked up to this as soon as I get hold of an anesthetist with my next baby. Epidural is passed into the small of your back by a giant needle. It takes away the pain so I have heard… But it also takes away the feelings in your legs if you have a full epidural, although you can ask for a mobile one, which you would be able to walk, a little, But If your planning a 10k straight after this is not for you. The epidural may drastically slow down your labour, and increases your risk of intervention, but if your don’t want to feel a thing, This is the one for you.