All mothers-to-be have one common fear as the delivery date approaches: the fear of severe pain during labor and childbirth. The intensity of pain varies from woman to woman. Some may face very little pain, whilst others may experience severe cramps. With the advent of modern medicine and technology, it has become possible for mothers to get relief from labor pains, providing a respite from opting for C sections. This technique of painless delivery is known as Epidural anesthesia.
Epidural anesthesia helps to ease labor pains during the process of normal delivery. A popular technique adopted by many women with a low pain threshold, which is not only cost effective but also provides the necessary relief from the unbearable pain experienced during childbirth.
How is the procedure done?
During an epidural anaeasthesia, an injection is administered in the lower back, through which a fine tube-like needle is passed. Pain relieving medicines are passed through this tube, which cause numbing of the nerves and pain sensations. These medicines are very safe for the baby. With this procedure, the mother can feel the contractions without any crampy or colicky pains. The anesthesiologist and the nurse ensures that the epidural injection has been received well by the mother without any complications before proceeding with the delivery. One only needs to be in established labor for an epidural.
Is epidural good or bad?
Is painless delivery safe? The debate has been going on for years now. Even mothers who have had children previously have shown confusion over this topic. There are mothers who swear by this procedure, and then there are a few who would like to opt to go through the entire process of labor over again and have a normal delivery. What are the advantages and disadvantages of an epidural?
Painless delivery pros and cons:
Epidural anesthesia is still the number one sought after method for painless delivery. Before opting for this procedure, it is advised to take an opinion of your obstetrician well ahead of time.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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