I saw my OB yesterday for the first time in this pregnancy, and she told me I'd have to have a c-section this time since my last was c-section and my births will only be spaced 13 months apart. Anyway, with my 1st and 2nd childbirths I had epidurals, and to me the procedure wasn't painful. However I'm really terrified of getting the spinal tap. Does the needle actually go into the bone? Also, my 2nd I had the epidural during the c-section because it ended up being an emergency so I had planned on vaginal, so I don't see why it's necessary to have to be numbed from the chest down. How will I feel myself breathing? Will I feel myself breathing? I should've asked her all of this but we had a lot to talk about since it was my 1st appt. Can I refuse the spinal and ask for the epidural instead?
Answer by DragonRiderMD at 10:34 AM on Jul. 29, 2009
I believe that you can refuse the spinal. Talk with your doctor on your next visit about your fears. I have had a spinal and you breathe just fine. The pain in my back for the next few months was not worth it at all. I had the epidural when I gave child birth. I got the spinal when i got in a car accident. I really think that you should speak with the doctor on your next visit. How far along are you? I got from what you wrote that your in the beginning of your pregnancy.
Answer by raemommy at 10:12 AM on Jul. 29, 2009