Epidurals… when do you need them?
What do you know about epidurals during labor? Epidurals, or epidural steroid injections, relieve pain during labor and help you deliver your baby without having to go through the terrifying pain of contractions. You may need to learn when it could be helpful and what its benefits are. You should also be careful about its negative effects.
What you don’t know about epidurals
When do you need it?
- There’s no doubt that the invention of epidurals cheers you up, as it spares you much of the labor pain. You can have it administrated as soon as you go into labor, meaning while you push to help your baby out.
- If you decide to receive this injection, like most women, you can have your request met when contractions become too intense. This usually happens when your cervix is dilated to 3 or 4cm.
- If you receive this injection, you won’t feel the pain of contractions.
- This injection does not cause loss of consciousness or prevent you from cooperating with your doctor during labor. You’ll be aware of your contractions, without feeling any pain.
- If you suffer from hypertension, this injection may help reduce your blood pressure.
Adverse effects of epidurals
- Receiving this injection may cause shaking and trembling.
- In some cases, the administration of this injection may cause a leakage of the spinal fluid and a headache.
- After receiving the injection, you may have trouble urinating easily.
- You may also notice a slight decline in your blood pressure if it used to be normal.
Try not to move when you’re receiving the epidural. Sit on the edge of the bed, bend your back forward to form a circle and focus on your breathing. Inhale deeply from your nose and exhale from your mouth.
- After receiving the epidural to relieve your pain during delivery, your medical team will be watching your baby’s heartbeats.
- If you choose to receive this injection, you must follow the instructions of your doctor, who would usually tell you when you need to push to help your baby out. This could make the process take longer.