I have heard and found it to be true myself that natural childbirth does equal a faster recovery time than when you have an epidural.
I had epidurals with both of my first two children.
I was 10 days late and was induced with my first one. I got the epidural right away with the first one because the labor was so intense. (The later you are, the more receptive you are to the Pitocin and it was painful!) The labor went very slowly because I couldn’t walk around or use gravity to get the baby out.
After Rose finally delivered, I didn’t want them to do a catheter because I heard you could get infections from it. Also the epidural was pretty well worn off and I was certain I was going to feel it. I asked them if I could try to walk to the bathroom. They left me sitting up too long and I got light headed so they were forced to do the catheterization.
With Walsh I was third in line to get the epidural and really needed it by the time I asked for it. They gave me some type of drug that made you feel drunk to tide me over until it was my turn for the epidural. I actually liked that drug a lot. You were happy even though you could still feel the contractions. I got the epidural and just slept. I was frustrated after getting the epidural that I couldn’t prop myself up vertical to push. I just remember sleeping and nursing the whole next day.
I wouldn’t have characterized my first two recoveries as difficult until after giving birth naturally to my third. The third recovery was almost non-existent. I felt like myself immediately after giving birth. I literally got up to pee just minutes after giving birth and was able to walk around and move. I had energy while they were taking care of the baby and slept well when we were finally in our room. The next morning I had lots of energy and was just moving around like nothing had happened. (Now could that have been because it was my third or was it because I had no drugs in my system at all?)
So I am wondering what other mothers have experienced? Did you find that you had a faster labor and easier recovery when you went all natural? What side effects did you find from the epidural or other drugs administered?
Do you think there is a connection between women who have birthed multiple children going natural because they are just easier to get out after you’ve already had one and then it seems like an easier recovery? So it’s not the natural birthing but just having given birth several times that speeds recovery?
Let’s hear from moms that had thirds or fourths on epidurals or other drugs? Was it an easier recovery than your earlier births?