As pregnant women get closer to their due date their doctor will give them the option of whether or not they want medication during labor and delivery or not. Sometimes it isn’t a question of preference but medical necessity. While having a baby is a natural procedure that women have been doing for thousands of years, sometimes medication is necessary to save your life. An epidural can also make the pain of childbirth much more bearable for the mother. The question of childbirth with or without medication is completely in your hands.
The Debate of Natural versus Medicated
For thousands of years mother’s didn’t have a choice on whether they could use medication to manage the pain, natural child birth was the only choice. Today the debate rages as to whether you should take pain relief or not, some mothers believe that not being medicated allows them the chance to feel closer to their child during the process. There are studies that have concluded that medication can interfere with the natural process of labor and even makes it go on longer. Natural childbirth allows the mother to move around during labor and find positions that are more comfortable and help with the birthing process. Here are some possible complications of having an epidural.
Potential Side Effects of an Epidural
Mothers who have had children both with and without an epidural have indicated that without the epidural they recovered quicker and felt less nauseated after giving birth. Some mothers have experienced prolonged pain after birth as the medication continued to wear off slowly. While epidurals are fantastic at managing and even completely blocking the pain of labor, they are not without risks either.
Changing Your Mind
You can change your mind about whether or not you want to use medication up to a certain point. If your labor is too far along it may be too late to opt for an epidural. Once you start feeling the initial contractions it is the best time to decide whether you want an epidural or not. Check with your doctor throughout your pregnancy and make sure that there are no pre-existing health conditions that may keep you from having the type of delivery you want. Some women who have heart conditions the strain of labor puts them at a much greater risk of complications during delivery. Have an open and honest conversation with your doctor about what you want and what you can expect during delivery. Your doctor will work with you to help make the birth of your child the joyous occasion it should be.