Epidural Pain Relief

Assumption: Epidural analgesia relieves pain during childbirth with no adverse affects.

FALSE
According to studies, epidural analgesia does usually relieve pain during childbirth.  However, using an epidural often led to longer labor, stalled labor, and low blood pressure.  After the birth, women who used epidurals had more problems passing urine, moving comfortably, and were more likely to have a fever than women who did not use epidural analgesia.

http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab000331.html

My Views:
Many women feel that the pain relief is worth these relatively minor effects.  Others do not want to experience the effects and decide instead to pursue other forms of pain relief.  The answer to the epidural/ no epidural question is as unique as each woman who answers it.  The only thing I recommend for ALL women is to know the possible effects before agreeing to the procedure.  Knowledge will empower you and help you make the decision that is right for you, your baby, and your family.

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2 thoughts on “Epidural Pain Relief

  1. The eaprudil was good for the pain. The only thing is i had complications where they hit something in my spine, the medicine got to me too fast and paralyzed my lungs & i stopped breathing on the operating table getting a c-section. Then a few days later i ended up with spinals headaches becuase the fluid around my brain was leaking from the pin hole they put in my spine. It was horrible! So i had a bit of a horror story, but in all honesty, i would get an eaprudil again and pray i dont have the oops like last time!

    • Unfortunately, there are many stories like yours. While most women experience only mild side effects and feel that the benefits outweigh the risks, there are risks to be aware of! You do have other options for pain relief, and I encourage you to research them for next time. I’ll be happy to point you to some good resources for your research if you email me at sabirth@gmail.com. 🙂

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