A painless normal delivery is achieved by administering an epidural anaesthesia to the mother during labour. This is a regional anaesthesia which can stop the pain in a particular part of the body.
Sometime patients have some questions and myths in their mind so we tries to answer some of them below.
Pain is a subjective feeling and is defined as 'an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience, which may or may not be associated with tissue damage'. Hence, pain and the tolerance to pain vary greatly from person to person. Labour pain is rated as severe by most women who do not receive pain relief. With advent of modern medicine and availability of techniques with skilled practioners, it is now considered "inhuman" not to relieve the pain of labour. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says "Labour results in severe pain for many women. There is no other circumstance where it is considered acceptable for a person to experience untreated severe pain, amenable to safe intervention, while under a physician's care".
- Controls unbearable pain during delivery
- Keeps other factors, including BP, pulse rate, heart beat under control
- Promotes safe deliveries
- Because of pain, mother secret hormones which give distress to baby. Epidural analgesia makes mother and baby comfortable.
- It brings down high B.P which some mother has.
- Good for patient who have heart disease.
- Delivery is fasten.
- If require Caesareian can be done with same tube.
- Caesareian can be avoided for patient who wants Caesareian for fear of pain.
Intake of extra folic acid and iron is essential for an expecting mother. Gynecologist prescribes a prenatal vitamin supplement to get the extra nutrients. It is advisable to consult with healthcare provider before taking a prenatal vitamin supplement as excess amount of some vitamins during pregnancy can have negative effect.