April 10, 2011

What they don't tell you about getting an epidural

All of you who have been pregnant and given birth with the epidural can probably relate to what I'm about to say. Those of you who haven't yet, well, here's what you have to "look forward" to:

I got the epidural and getting it wasn't sooo bad. Definitely nerve-racking but I got through it like everyone does. (I wrote all about it here) I was the one who read ALL the pregnancy books out there and not once was anything ever mentioned about your lower back hurting forever afterwards from where the epidural went in. Because yes, it still hurts. It feels like a bruise. It's been 3 months and it has improved, but at first, arching my back at all was out of the question. At one point it was so bad that I had to pull over while driving because my lower back was aching so bad. The girl who once rocked at doing handstands, could no longer stay up. No more back-bends, sit-ups, even picking up and holding Cole kind of hurt sometimes.
And then..... I started doing YOGA! I've gotten better and better with each time I've gone. The first time it was definitely HARD for me. It was pretty much the first exercise I'd done since having Cole. Some of the positions I couldn't do; it was just too hard on my back. Like for example the camel pose. It's pretty much like doing a back bend on your knees. Well everyone, I'd like to announce that at this past yoga class, for the first time since going, I was finally able to do it!!


So, if anyone has ever gotten the epidural and their lower back still hurts from doing it, yoga will heal you!!! Or at least improve it quite a bit :)

8 comments:

  1. oh my gosh I need to get back into Yoga! I remember that happening, it hurt so bad. I took lots of baths!

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  2. Wow. I had no idea!! I'm so sorry, Lauren. I'm glad yoga has been helping. That's so awesome.

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  3. Awesome! We did yoga this last week b/c I've been inspired by you! It was definitely hard!! I'm glad your back pains are improving. :)

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  4. On my last c-section, the doctor had a hard time geting the epidural in. It was a pain.

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  5. I'm so sorry it's taken so long to heal! :( But WOOHOO for yoga!! LOVE IT :) I really enjoyed it during pregnancy too...a few of the positions are altered a bit due to my big belly ;)

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  6. Yet another reason I'm terrified of getting an epidural.

    But I'm glad you found a solution to get rid of the pain!

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