Painless normal delivery is achieved by administering an epidural anesthesia to the mother during labor. This is regional anesthesia which can stop the pain in a particular part of the body.
This is an advanced pain management technique that ensures that a pregnant woman has a comfortable labor. A regional anesthesia (epidural anesthesia) is given in which an anesthetic drug is injected near the spinal cord in the spinal canal. This numbs the body below the waist, but the movements are not impaired.
Anesthesia is given when the patient is in active labor.
The thought and perception of pain during labor and delivery vary between people. Exceptionally, the first-run through moms require an appropriate antenatal guiding with respect to the great nutritious eating regimen, antenatal activities, and physiology of labor pain. Epidural anesthesia is a progressive method of pain management during labor, which guarantees that a pregnant lady has a comfortable labor. It is a regional anesthesia in which a sedative medication is infused close to the spinal cord in the spinal canal.
How is delivery made painless?
Medication is delivered through a catheter – a very thin, flexible, hollow tube – that’s inserted into the epidural space just outside the membrane that surrounds your spinal cord and spinal fluid. An epidural is the most commonly used method of pain relief for labor. A small area on your back will be injected with a local anesthetic to numb it. A needle is then inserted into the numbed area surrounding the spinal cord in the lower back. After that, a small tube or catheter is threaded through the needle into the epidural space.
When the torment and pain are more, the mother secretes more hormones which will make a great deal of irritating and distress to the child. Since Epidural Anesthesia gives help from pain and torment, the number of hormones produced will be very less and hence both mother and child can be comfortable. With the painless delivery procedure, undesirable or pointless cesareans can be avoided. However, it can cause pain, backache, dizziness or shivering. An epidural is likely to cause numbness in the lower parts of the body after delivery. You may need help while walking because of the numb feeling.
FAQ about Painless Delivery
Sometime patients have some questions and myths in their mind so we try 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. Labor pain is rated as severe by most women who do not receive pain relief. With the advent of modern medicine and availability of techniques with skilled practitioners, it is now considered "inhuman" not to relieve the pain of labor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says "Labor 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.
When the baby is ready and descends down the birth canal, mothers get a ‘natural urge’ to push.
During labor, you should lie on your back, tilt your head down and position your legs close to your abdomen. Use your hands to stretch your upper thighs.
Now, follow your natural instinct to push. Take a deep breath and hold it while pushing during labor. Don’t hold your breath for too long and take frequent breaks.
Unlike Normal delivery, you do not go through the excruciating labor pain. Hence, you can expect to sit and romance with your husband during the delivery and after delivery with your baby!