Health Tip: Having an Epidural

(HealthDay News) -- An epidural is an injected anesthetic often used during labor and delivery to ease the pain of childbirth.

The Nemours Foundation mentions these possible risks of an epidural:

  • Increased difficulty pushing during labor (although a doctor can adjust the medication to compensate for this).
  • A drop in the mother's blood pressure.
  • Headache.
  • Rarely, problems urinating for the mother.
  • Some bleeding in the mother.
  • Slow heartbeat in the fetus.

-- Diana Kohnle

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