“You didn’t get an epidural?!”
The look of astonishment on so many ladies’ faces surprised me, at least the first few times. To be quite honest, I hadn’t thought that it was such a strange thing, to go through labor without any pain medications. Sure, it was painful. I mean, it was excruciating. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Here are the reasons I chose natural birth:
- Empowerment. This may seem kind of silly, but, I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. There are women who refuse pain meds (among them, my mother), so why couldn’t I? During the whole labor–although I was in extreme pain at times–I felt like I was overcoming something great, something that would make me a stronger woman. In the end, I did feel so empowered and deeply satisfied by my experience! Truly, there is nothing like it!
- Mobility during labor. During labor, I was able to move my body into positions that felt most comfortable for me. With an epidural, I would have been restricted, because I would not have had feeling in my lower body!
- Mobility after labor. Right after I gave birth (like, after I held my precious gift and kissed her and all that) I walked myself to the toilet and cleaned myself up. You CAN”T do that with an epidural. Check out facts on an epidural here.
- More involvement for my husband. This is not to say that women who choose the epidural route can’t get the support they need from their husbands! But because I was in so much pain, my husband was able to support me, encourage me, and guide me through my pain management. Because I was experiencing every ounce of pain during labor, I was able to lean on my husband (literally).
- Fewer undesired side effects. You can read about them here, but in short, epidurals may cause fever, headache, itchiness, painful urinating, to name a few. All things considering, I felt fine after my delivery.
Whatever you decide is your business. You know your body and your needs best! These are just my own reasons for my own decision. I don’t think I’ll ever opt for an epidural, because I had such a positive experience without one. But, every pregnancy and every delivery is different, so I certainly can’t generalize! If you have any specific questions about natural birth or delivery in general, just send me a message and I’ll do my best to help you out. Also, check out my hospital bag essentials post. Super helpful, especially for first-time moms!
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