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Epidural or Spinal?

I have to have a c-section (VBAC not an option) and I've been trying to figure out whether I want an epidural or a spinal. I had an epidural with my DS and it didn't work properly so I ended up having to be put to sleep... I'd really like to avoid that this time! My concerns of a spinal is I know you have to lay flat on your back for hours (my hospital says 6 hours) and I'm going to breastfeed so I don't know how to do that while laying flat on my back.
Has anyone had both? Is recovery easier for one more than the other? Were you able to breastfeed?

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alc030

Asked by alc030 at 8:37 PM on Jul. 2, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • I don't have experience with the epidural but with my c-section I did have a spinal.
    Honestly, I had a bad experience with it. But they didn't have me lay flat on my back for 6 hours...maybe thats why I had a bad experience,lol. It didn't hurt to be put in or anything. But I had pain later that night and it lasted for about 3 weeks. I had to take a pain medication. I did breast feed though...about 8 hours after the delivery. They said the pain was from the c-section though, the tugging and the pulling..the doctor said that sometimes happens.
    kimberlyinberea

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 8:41 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I had 2 epidurals and I never had to lay flat on my back for hours
    mommy5409

    Answer by mommy5409 at 8:42 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • storkI had a c with my daughter. I had a spinal. If was not bad at all. I had her at 9:08am and I was back in my room by 11:30am. I did breastfeed her and I really do not remember much of it. I did feel very tired. They want you to stay in bed because you are not able to feel your legs to walk.. I stayed in bed till the next morning. Plus you have a cath. in. They will help you, they will not leave you alone when you are breastfeeding. I would not worry. I wish you a happy delivery!!!

    sta517

    Answer by sta517 at 8:51 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I would go with an epi if you have to have a c-section. There's just so much more involved with a spinal and I could NOT deal with being flat on my back for 6 hours. I've always had vaginal births and being able to move soon after is very important to me.
    miasmommy21407

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 10:42 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

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