Quoting Nikki *32 weeks*:" AH! Did you have an epi? Did you feel yourself ripping? I'm no good with pain. I've had 15+ surgeries ... [snip!] ... also... is an epidural just a shot in the back or do they leave something in your back(like an IV) and put the meds on a drip?"
They leave it in, sometimes in a drip, other times just leave it in, in case of emergency. I had an epi with all 3 of mine, but not for pain, my oldest it was to attempt at speeding things up because I had just hit the 24 hour mark and I was being induced for severe pre e so they weren't going to let me labor more than 36 hours. With my second, I ended up getting it to lower my BP, I was being induced for pre e as well, and I had severe hypokalemia, so my bp needed to be lowered ASAP or I needed a csection ASAP. Either way I would have ended up with an epidural. My last I got the epi cause 18 hours in I wanted to speed it up before the 24 hour mark hit to prevent even talk of csection. And it worked
With all 3 of mine the epi never really worked how it was supposed to, I guess. I could move my legs still, I felt when they crowned, I could feel when I needed to push. I still felt my contractions, but they never really hurt before hand. I felt them cut me, and sew me, but honestly it wasn't really bad. With my 4 yr old I had more pain after birth, I was literally ripped to shreds
front, back and sides. And then the smurf dr didn't sew me correctly, so I had tons of issues after.