Epidurals: Yes, No, Maybe So?

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My midwife said more than once to me when I was worried about how my labor and delivery would go, "Melisa, It's not about the process, it's about the product."

And I tried not to be too tied to a particular vision of childbirth -- I wanted to be in the moment and go with the flow, and I didn't want to be disappointed if things didn't go as I'd planned. So I didn't have strong feelings about the epidural before giving birth -- but many mamas do.

CaraRose, who has delivered before without an epidural, wondered in Pregnancy if she should consider one this time around (there were painful complications with her last birth.)

Many moms reported loving theirs, and felt it allowed them to get some rest; others said they went without and were glad they did.

Of course, sometimes things don't go as planned and you can't always choose -- but you can educate yourself in advance about the options when it comes to labor pain medications.

What do you think?

When it comes to the epidural, are you more of a sign-me-up girl, a no-thanks kind of gal, or an I'll-wait-and-see woman?

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