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Dont pain medications given to moms in labor get to the baby?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
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In brief: Pain meds & fetus

The answer is yes for narcotic medications.
All of them will get into the babies circulation and make him/her drowsy or floppy at birth, occasionally requiring breathing resuscitation. The epidural form of anesthesia does not have a direct affect on baby's tone or consciousness, but is associated with maternal low blood pressure and delay in the 2nd stage of labor. So they all have some affect.

In brief: Pain meds & fetus

The answer is yes for narcotic medications.
All of them will get into the babies circulation and make him/her drowsy or floppy at birth, occasionally requiring breathing resuscitation. The epidural form of anesthesia does not have a direct affect on baby's tone or consciousness, but is associated with maternal low blood pressure and delay in the 2nd stage of labor. So they all have some affect.
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