Over the years, many methods have been devised to relieve mothers of the birthing pains they endure! There are many pharmacological methods that can be used for pain relief. All you need is to discuss the options with your doctor to see which one suits you the best. The most common option however, which is routinely available at all birth centers is the Epidural Block. Clearly then, you need to know all about Epidural. Here is more on the same…
This is a regional analgesic which can be used during labour. In fact it is used for many lower body procedures. The same epidural can be used with stronger medications for a cesarean section and other lower body surgeries. An epidural is administered generally, once you are about 3 cms dilated. The anesthetist will check all your vital signs and then first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area.
The epidural is administered in between contractions and you will be asked to either sit or lie down on your side and curve your back outward. Medication is inserted into a small space outside the spinal cord in the lower back. This is called the epidural space. It can take about 10 to 20 minutes for the medication to have an effect and for you to start feeling relief from your contractions.
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