Let’s talk labor pain.
It’s no secret that childbirth can get pretty intense. Whether or not you plan to use pain medication during labor, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the options. Because if we’re being honest…childbirth can be unpredictable.
Here are a few common options to discuss with your doctor:
Epidural Block: With the most common pain management option, you’ll lose feeling in the lower half of your body. It eliminates pain, but you won’t be able to get out of bed until it wears off.
Spinal Block: This has a similar result as an epidural, but it goes to work faster and doesn’t last as long.
Analgesics: These opioids are usually given through an IV and reduce your awareness of pain while having a calming effect. This is typically not given within an hour or so before delivery, because it can affect your baby’s breathing and alertness right after delivery.
Local Anesthesia: This is an injectable used for numbing a small area. During childbirth, this can be used to numb the vagina and perineum right before delivery.
Each type of medication has pros and cons. So it’s important to discuss these with your doctor so you can make an informed decision.