which is best and which feels best are two different things lol.
I went with the epidural for my first, and my second I went all natural...
The epidural made the contractions less painful.. but the pushing seemed to take longer and was harder. but i didn't feel a thing with the afterbirth or the stitches..
With all natural, it was faster , but more painful contractions, pushing was easier though, the after birth hurt, as did the stitches..
I didn't get the choice due to complications and an emergency c-section, but if you have a really high pain tolerance and get to have vaginal delivery, you can do that method. Otherwise, YES! But really you will know when you get there.
I can't really say from personal experience, because I was taken right back into the OR for a C-section, lol. I've known several women who have had epidurals. They were more comfortable during labor and no harm was done to baby. If you're hesitant, just try laboring naturally and see how you feel--many women still go through their entire labor and delivery without the help of pain medication (had I not had to have a C-section, this was my plan).It's a personal choice, in the end. Do what you feel is right!
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