Painless Childbirth! – Gomti Thapar Hospital

Painless Childbirth! – Gomti Thapar Hospital

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After braving bouts of acidity, nausea and heartburn, it’s time to relax and wait for the miracle to happen. Nervous? Don’t be! Let’s put your “labour anxiety” to rest.

It’s common to see women worry about labour pain and the trauma that follows.  While most opt for normal delivery they do fear the extent of pain that the natural process would bring upon them. Doctors too recommended the natural way of childbirth however not everyone has the same tolerance to pain. Providing pain relief during delivery by employing techniques that can help women go through labour without much discomfort is therefore an option that women should exercise.

Pain Pain go away!

Painless childbirth may sound like an oxymoron to most, but thanks to Epidural Analgesia it isn’t!

The term may sound heavy but all it means is “administration of a drug that helps in relieving pain by blocking the nerve endings that transmit pain”. The underlying cause of pain is not treated only the feeling is numbed.

How does Epidural Work?

Epidural is a small injection that is placed in the space between the coverings of the spine (avoiding the bone).Through this , a fine filamentous catheter is passed into the back. The catheter is connected to a drug delivery system which continuously delivers the drug into space. The nerve fibers that transmit pain are embedded in this space. The drug acts on these fibers and blocks the sensation of pain thus reducing the discomfort at the time of labour. Despite the uterine contractions the labour pain is significantly less.

Why should one opt for epidural?

Epidural is the safest way to ensure an almost painless delivery. With its administration the pain that accompanies childbirth is fairly subdued and keeps women calm and relaxed during the process. This helps in making the overall experience of  childbirth positive .The choice to opt for an epidural however lies with the patient and therefore is an elective process. But in cases with certain underlying medical conditions epidural becomes a necessity.

Myths around Epidural

Being a process away from the normal , it’s natural for people to speculate and fall for myths that have little merit in them. Following are the most common myths around Epidural:

#1. Epidural increases chances of a C-section:

This is completely untrue since the decision to have a C-section depends on the indicators of the baby. Also, most C-sections happen after enduring hours of labour pain without an epidural.

#2. Epidural leads to backache

Backache is common during pregnancy, but epidural does not cause it! There is no connection between epidural and chronic backache. However soreness of back maybe experienced for a couple of days at the site of the injection. This soreness subsides after sometime.

Epidural Analgesia is a boon for women in labour. It gives them the flexibility to choose comfort during one of the most important times of their pregnancy. However it is optional and should be based on an individual’s tolerance for pain and medical history. For more, ask your doctor!

After braving bouts of acidity, nausea and heartburn, it’s time to relax and wait for the miracle to happen. Nervous? Don’t be! Let’s put your “labour anxiety” to rest.

It’s common to see women worry about labour pain and the trauma that follows.  While most opt for normal delivery they do fear the extent of pain that the natural process would bring upon them. Doctors too recommended the natural way of childbirth however not everyone has the same tolerance to pain. Providing pain relief during delivery by employing techniques that can help women go through labour without much discomfort is therefore an option that women should exercise.

Pain Pain go away!

Painless childbirth may sound like an oxymoron to most, but thanks to Epidural Analgesia it isn’t!

The term may sound heavy but all it means is “administration of a drug that helps in relieving pain by blocking the nerve endings that transmit pain”. The underlying cause of pain is not treated only the feeling is numbed.

How does Epidural Work?

Epidural is a small injection that is placed in the space between the coverings of the spine (avoiding the bone).Through this , a fine filamentous catheter is passed into the back. The catheter is connected to a drug delivery system which continuously delivers the drug into space. The nerve fibers that transmit pain are embedded in this space. The drug acts on these fibers and blocks the sensation of pain thus reducing the discomfort at the time of labour. Despite the uterine contractions the labour pain is significantly less.

Why should one opt for epidural?

Epidural is the safest way to ensure an almost painless delivery. With its administration the pain that accompanies childbirth is fairly subdued and keeps women calm and relaxed during the process. This helps in making the overall experience of  childbirth positive .The choice to opt for an epidural however lies with the patient and therefore is an elective process. But in cases with certain underlying medical conditions epidural becomes a necessity.

Myths around Epidural

Being a process away from the normal , it’s natural for people to speculate and fall for myths that have little merit in them. Following are the most common myths around Epidural:

#1. Epidural increases chances of a C-section:

This is completely untrue since the decision to have a C-section depends on the indicators of the baby. Also, most C-sections happen after enduring hours of labour pain without an epidural.

#2. Epidural leads to backache

Backache is common during pregnancy, but epidural does not cause it! There is no connection between epidural and chronic backache. However soreness of back maybe experienced for a couple of days at the site of the injection. This soreness subsides after sometime.

Epidural Analgesia is a boon for women in labour. It gives them the flexibility to choose comfort during one of the most important times of their pregnancy. However it is optional and should be based on an individual’s tolerance for pain and medical history. For more, ask your doctor!

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