Pls I need all mummies who has used epidural to tell me the truth if after administering:- Q1) Will the labour or contraction pains become totally pain-free or minimum pain is involved? Q2) And how many epidurals can a patient ask for? Any minimum or maximum dosage can be used? Q3) How long does this epidural effect last? Until full delivery is over? Q4) Is administering of epidural injection painful too? Q5) Does this epidural help the dilation and vaginal tear pain-free too? Since young my pain threshold is extremely low. Now I am finally pregnant I am supposed to be happy but I am very sad, often cry because I am afraid of the labour or contractions pain. This is no good and not healthy for me and baby. I am only 3 mths+ pregnant but I swear really everyday, every single second I have been tormented by these labour pains until I cannot sleep at all in the night. I forced myself to sleep at 12am plus but I kept waking up every time naturally at 2am and stay awake till morning thinking of the pains! If I am so scared, should I do C-sect with epidural or normal delivery with epidural? Even while fully awake during day or night I also kept thinking of the scary labour pains. Nothing I do lessen my fears and worries. When I eat, shower, watch tv etc, these fears just followed me back at my mind. I just cannot shake them away. I think i need to see a psychiatrist for help now. I shared my serious concerns to my spouse but he told me don't be afraid only. I know he is very supportive but it doesn't help me at all. I really need desperate help from you mummies!

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You may find this article useful in understanding the different options available for pain relief during delivery: And this is another article that is on Epidural in particular: According to the second article, the numbing effect of epidural will take around 5-10 mins to kick in. One may still be able to feel some pressure as epidural usually helps eliminate 90% of the labour pain so as to allow the mother to feel the contractions to push the baby out efficiently. What my friend felt about her experience was that after the administration, she was able to relax more. Initially, she was too stressed and tensed up due to the pain. After she made the decision to get the epidural (after three hours of enduring the pain but was not dilating), she was much more relaxed and the delivery process was faster. Though I understand it is difficult to ask you not to worry about it as this is probably your main worry right now. But it would be good to simply find out more about the different methods available. Speak to your doctor to learn about how soon you can request for the epidural during the delivery process. I know it is impossible to ask you to not think about it.. so probably just try to not think so much about it. Distract yourself with other things, like preparing for the arrival of your baby. Take care of yourself!!

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