Can epidurals safely relieve your pain while in labor?

Yes. Yes epidurals have been used for many years safely.
Epidurals. Any anesthetic or procedure is not without potential risk, side effects or negative outcome.. .... Much like anything that we do in life. You need to ask for both positive and negative potential effects.... Then make your own educated decision.

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Is getting an epidural the only option for pain relief while you are in labor? I am 36 weeks pregnant and I don't want to get an epidural because some of my family members had problems with theirs. I was just wondering if that is my only option.

Hello, . Hello, many women deliver sans medications. Some women successfully use hypnosis. General anesthesia really isn't a good fall back for an uncomplicated delivery. Besides you would miss seeing your baby as she or he is born. I would suggest keeping an open mind about epidurals, they can be very effective and it allows you to be fully aware and awake, so you don't miss any of the your first possible moments with your baby.
I. I respectfully disagree with what dr. Fowler states in her responses to you. I am an obstetric anesthesiologist and want you to be aware of all of the options available to you. I would like to first recommend visiting the american college of obstetrics and gynecology website at: http://www. Acog. Org/~/media/for%20patients/faq086.Pdf? Dmc=1&ts=20120424t1533385979 where you will find more information from obstetricians about pain relief during labor and delivery. The american society of anesthesiologists also offers an excellent outline of your options at: http://www. Lifelinetomodernmedicine. Com/anesthesia-topics/labor-and-delivery. Aspx I would be interested to hear what problems your family members had. As with all medical procedure, there are risks and benefits of performing the procedure. The benefit of an epidural anesthetic includes pain relief as well as a means to provide rapid anesthesia if an emergency c-section needs to be performed. The risks include bleeding, infection, temporary pain at the site of insertion, the need to replace the epidural because it isn't working right, and a chance of a headache. Obviously there are other risks, but these are the most common. Overall, options for pain control during labor are: 1) non-intervention. This includes breathing technique, massage, birthing tubs, and a whole variety of other childbirth techniques that are collectively referred to as "natural" childbirth. The biggest risk of many of these techniques is pain. However, the majority of children born around the world are born without the use of epidurals and IV medications. 2) IV pain medications. Generally speaking, these are generally reserved for people early in labor and are frequently discouraged for patients late in labor since many of the most effective medications (fentanyl and morphine for example) can all cause decreased breathing effort in newborn babies. It's not dangerous, per-se, however the general consensus is that it is better to avoid administering these medications too close to delivery. 3) epidurals and spinals. Generally women who have them are very satisfied as long as the blocks work. Most women who have had an epidural will request them on subsequent births. I've detailed the risks and benefits above. 4) nerve blocks (pudendal block). Many obs don't perform them and the blocks only help with external discomfort. They do not help with contraction pain (different set of nerves). We do not perform general anesthesia on laboring patients. Also, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) administration is not performed in 99% of the hospitals in the United States and there is little to no research on its use in women delivering babies.