Tuesday, May 14, 2019

All about Epidural Anesthesia!

Hello everyone...!

Today, I wanted to share with you all about a few things that you ought to know before you go ahead with Epidural Anesthesia during Labor. 

Yes, this post is for all the mom(s) and dad(s) to be. And also if you are planning to have a baby in the near future, this may be of your interest.

Though the after scene is a joyful ride, It's really tough and painful. Childbirth is the most beautiful thing women go through. No one ever gets a chance to create a human every day!! We are all blessed. 

But having said that, let's just see the fact too that the childbirth is a most painful experience. You would definitely do not feel good inside that God damn Maternity Ward. I remember struggling for almost 21 hours in pain.
 However, for the last few years, Childbirth is not as painful as it usually is. We have now got an option of Epidural Anesthesia in most of the Hospitals.

My doctor had introduced me to almost painless labor with Epidural Anesthesia. She explained well about what it exactly is and all the pros and cons of it. They give you a choice depending upon how you manage the pain.

So, here I am to share with you all about those pros and cons and everything I know about it so that you take a better decision whenever you are planning to pop out the tiny little human.  

What is Epidural Anesthesia?

Epidural Anesthesia is an injection that's given to your lower back during labor. It will make your nerves go numb and stop you from feeling the pain. It doesn't fully nullify the pain but for sure it reduces to an extent where you will feel comfortable during labor. This injection has to be put by an Anaesthetist.

The Process

This injection is first put in a lower dose which lasts for 1 hour or so. If the pain is still unbearable by the patient, the dose is slightly increased. Without proper supervision of an Anaesthetist, higher does of this injection will lead to a permanent collapse of the nerves.

It takes about 10 to 15 minutes for this injection to take effect. When you have the contractions, the only thing you will feel is a little pressure towards your vagina. That's the time you will have to push so that the baby comes out.

Because you won't be able to fully feel the contractions, the labor would get prolonged. It's said that Epidural makes you calm, hence reducing your Blood Pressure if it's high. Again, due to the inability to feel the pain, the labor might end up in C Section.

As Epidural can make the BP fall, your BP and the baby's heartbeat has to be checked every now and then during the labor. 

Though Epidural Anesthesia has its own pros and cons, I would recommend you to opt for this after consulting your trusted Gynac.


Do you guys have something to share about Epidural Anesthesia which I have missed out here? Comment down and share your experience of your pregnancy!!