Pregnancy: Pain Relief Options for Birth (cont.)
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Will I Feel Anything After Getting the Anesthesia?
Although you will feel significant pain relief after getting anesthesia, you may still feel mild pressure from your contractions. You may also feel pressure when your health care provider examines you.
Will I Have to Stay In Bed After Regional Anesthesia?
Not necessarily. Your anesthesiologist can tailor the anesthesia to allow you to sit in a lounge chair or walk. Walking or sitting may even help your progress in labor. If you are interested, ask your anesthesiologist about a "walking epidural." Keep in mind, however, that your personal labor situation may not allow this type of epidural.
Will Regional Anesthesia Slow My Labor?
In some women, labor and contractions may slow after regional anesthesia for a short period of time. Most women find that regional anesthesia helps them to relax and actually improves their contraction pattern while allowing them to rest.
If I Have Regional Anesthesia, Will I Be Able to Push?
Yes. Regional anesthesia allows you to rest comfortably while your cervix dilates. It should not affect your ability to push; instead, it will make pushing more comfortable for you.
Are There Any Side Effects to Regional Anesthesia?
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Your anesthesiologist takes special precautions to prevent complications. Although complications are rare, some side effects may include:
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SOURCE: American Pregnancy Association.
Reviewed on 7/9/2012
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