I had nubain with my 1st two. It didn't help, in fact it made things worse for me. I couldn't breathe and started hyperventalating both times.I consented to the pain meds the first time, the 2nd time the nurse gave it to me without permission.I can't have an epidural, because of back problems, and I would never do IV meds again. However, I won't birth in a hospital either now, unless it was a medical emergency, so it's not an issue.
Quoting tanper29:I had the epidural. I know my sister got demeral and my niece got morphine.
I took demerol and stadol , first did nothing the second I felt OUT OF CONTROL of myself my body and STILL was in pain NEVER EVER EVER again drug is for SATAN!!
Stadol for pain and phenergan for nausea
I've never had pain medication for my labors. Just about every woman I've heard talk about the IV meds though says they just felt high, loopy, sick, not all there, and things like that. They're mind altering drugs to distract you from the pain, not any kind of numbing agent. So, if you get them, just be prepared to be out of your mind and have your memory be sketchy at best. There could be other side effects that impact you physically (throwing up, shortness of breath, etc.). Of course, everyone is different, so I can't say how exactly they would affect you or even me for that matter.I think you'd be better off taking classes for natural childbirth and learning to handle labor as it comes. Bradley classes are great for that. Hiring a doula would also be a good idea because she'll be able to help you moment to moment and give you suggestions based on how things are going at the time. :)
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