Epidural anesthesia is a common met.hod used for pregnant women to reduce pain at birth. However, this method also has negative effects on their health.
Epidural epidural is used commonly during labor to help pain relief and give birth more easily. Epididymal technique was first used in the early 1900s. But it was not until about 70 years later that this procedure became popular and was voted by many mothers.
It can’t deny the advantages of epidural analgesia, but there are also disadvantages. In addition, if the epidural anesthesia does at the wrong time will cause longer labor, even lead to difficult birth.
Let’s discover both the advantages and disadvantages of this method of painless delivery:
What is epidural anesthesia?
Epidural anesthesia is a regional anesthesia that blocks pain in a particular region of the body. The goal of an epidural is to provide analgesia, or pain relief, rather than anesthesia, which leads to total lack of feeling. Epidurals block the nerve impulses from the lower spinal segments. This results in decreased sensation in the lower half of the body.
Effects of epidural anesthesia
Feeling pain and low blood pressure
The anesthesia needles touches the nerves associated with the legs, which makes the mother feel painful.
According to surveys shows that mothers is more prone to hypotension than normal.
Stay in the bed
When the doctor has injected the anesthetic into the epidural, the mother has to lie on her bed. At this time it is hard for her to walk or move. Her legs will lose their sensation and can not move until they are dissolved. This period can last up to 5 hours after the birth.
Loss of feeling in the legs
A long-term effect of epidural anesthetics is that they can cause a loss of sensation in the legs after birth. Some mothers may feel leg aches or feel cold feet than normal.
Maintain the posture
When the doctor puts the tube into the epidural space, the mother has to bend over and hold the position for 10-15 minutes. This is annoying because the belly is too big.
“Cohabitation” with the tube
In order to have epidural anesthesia, the doctor will attach the tube to the blood pressure monitor and check the pregnancy. Therefore, before the actual anesthesia, the mother had to live with the tubes even when eating, sleeping or going to the toilet.
Get anesthesia is still painful
This proportion is about one in 100 women. Mothers may have severe headaches for several days after epidural anesthesia. To limit the effect, the mother should lie still when placing the needle to avoid CSF leakage.
Few mothers felt pain after epidural anesthesia in labor
Some cases of postpartum pregnancy after labor induced numbness in labor are still painful. The cause may be due to the tube moving after placement and not bring the desired effect. If the case happens, the mother should talk to the delivery team to check the tube or dosage.
When the anesthetic promotes the effects, the mother may fall into a suspended state as in the dream. Others feel indifferent and less concerned about their birth. This makes it impossible for mothers to witness or remember every moment of their birth.
Anesthesia not only causes nausea to the mother after birth, but it can also cause itching, especially in the face. It also reduces the feeling of urination in the mother, so often the mother must be placed catheter to assist urination when using this painless method.
Back pain after birth
Post-natal back pain is common for normal or cesarean mothers. However, epidural anesthesia may be the cause for postpartum mothers more likely to experience back pain than usual.
Anesthesia reduces the chance of push birth
The epidural method will cause a longer prolonged labor induction period as the maternal vaginal rebound is also impaired along with loss of sensation of the lower part of the body.
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