I accidentally did not get my epidural until I was fully dilated (the 1 anesthesiologist was in a C section, it was a Sunday). I had it placed for pushing which I was glad to have as doctor had to reach in to pull baby B out breech. I was not able to walk around, go in a tub, etc. because the twins had to be continuously monitored so I was wired up (they did not have a wireless monitor for twins). However I was able to be out of bed sitting on a birthing ball which helped me manage the contractions. Something to ask about at your hospital because you may be limited by more than just the epidural depending on their monitoring requirements and set up
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