9 Aug 2022 | 4 min Read
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Every woman goes through a different labour and childbirth experience. Labour pain also varies from one woman to another. While it is inevitable for women to go through labour pain, it is difficult to predict the level of pain as everyone is different, and every childbirth experience is different. Even if you have experienced childbirth earlier, there is bound to be a difference in the labour pain.
The good news is, that there are ways to manage labour pains. Some women wish to avoid drugs or other medical means, while others are open to considering all available options. There are both natural and medical ways for labour pain management.
Here are some natural and medical ways to manage labour pain.
According to research, proper preparation can help reduce pain or at least reduce anxiety or modify how the expecting mum thinks of the pain helping her to better cope with labour. There are many non-drug pain relief options for labour which include:
It is commonly referred to as epidural used commonly for pain relief medication during childbirth at present. You can get this procedure done either during a vaginal birth or a cesarean section (C-section). This method takes about ten to twenty minutes to work, and the doctor injects the medicine into the lower back.
Epidurals help relieve pain throughout labour while letting remain alert and active. In a few cases, it could lower your blood pressure, leading to a slowing down of the baby’s heart rate. One of the side effects of using epidural is how it affects the ability to pee. Hence, you may need a catheter. Some other side common effects include-
This method is more common before a c-section birth compared to vaginal birth where the doctors give a shot to you in the lower back. The effect start showing within a few minutes and lasts for about one to two hours. The side effects of using a spinal block are the same as those that are there during an epidural.
A CSE is a combination of both epidural and spinal block benefits to ease pain quickly for some time. A CSE provides the same level of pain relief as an epidural but consists of a lower dose of medication. You can still walk after getting it and hence it’s at times also called a “walking epidural”. You may be able to use the bathroom as well with assistance if the birthing centre allows it. The risks in CSE are the same as an epidural too.
This is not a very common medication used in childbirth but it can be effective to help relieve anxiety at times. It is either injected into the muscle or uses an intravenous (IV) catheter. It may take about ten to twenty minutes to work and can provide relaxation for about three to four hours. Tranquilisers can make the mum-to-be drowsy and even cause her to forget parts of her labour. However, they don’t completely get rid of the pain and can make the baby very sleepy and sluggish after they’re born.
The doctor may inject narcotics through intravenous injection to reduce labour pain. They start to show effects within a few minutes and last for about two to six hours. They eliminate the pain and can make you feel sleepy. Plus, they might affect your baby’s and your breathing too. Narcotics are usually given to women who don’t want an epidural but want something for their pain relief during labour.
Childbirth is a special experience, but labour pain can be a painful experience. However, with proper treatment and care, the pain heals.
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