Question: Epidural injection is safe during normal delivery.... Or not
Answer: Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. It is injected when u want baby without pain. Epidural anesthesia eases pain while delivering a baby. Whether u want to have or not an epidural it is completely ur choice and it is safe.
Question: Is epidural safe or not during delivery ..
Answer: Epidural is safe during delivery ...it can reduce pain...but make sure that the doctor is well trained to give epidural. Like any other medications epidural also has side effects...here's some information about epidural injection that might be helpful for you..
An epidural is a special type of local anaesthetic. It numbs the nerves that carry the pain impulses from the birth canal to the brain. It shouldn't make you sick or drowsy.
For most women, an epidural gives complete pain relief. It can be helpful for women who are having a long or particularly painful labour.
An anaesthetist is the only person who can give an epidural, so it won't be available at home. If you think you might want one, check whether anaesthetists are always available at your hospital.
How much you can move your legs after en epidural depends on the local anaesthetic used. Some units offer "mobile" epidurals, which means you can walk around.
However, this also requires the baby's heart rate to be monitored remotely (by telemetry) and many units don't have the equipment to do this. Ask your midwife if mobile epidural is available in your local unit.
An epidural can provide very good pain relief, but it's not always 100% effective in labour. The Obstetric Anaesthetists Association estimates that 1 in 8 women who have an epidural during labour need to use other methods of pain relief.
How does an epidural work?
To have an epidural:
a drip will run fluid through a needle into a vein in your arm
while you lie on your side or sit up in a curled position, an anaesthetist will clean your back with antiseptic, numb a small area with some local anaesthetic, and then introduce a needle into your back
a very thin tube will be passed through the needle into your back near the nerves that carry pain impulses from the uterus. Drugs (usually a mixture of local anaesthetic and opioid) are administered through this tube. It takes about 10 minutes to set up the epidural, and another 10-15 minutes for it to work. It doesn't always work perfectly at first and may need adjusting
the epidural can be topped up by your midwife, or you may be able to top up the epidural yourself through a machine
your contractions and the baby's heart rate will need to be continuously monitored. This means having a belt around your abdomen and possibly a clip attached to the baby's head
Side effects of epidurals in labour
There are some side effects to be aware of:
An epidural may make your legs feel heavy, depending on the local anaesthetic used.
Your blood pressure can drop (hypotension), but this is rare because the fluid given through the drip in your arm helps to maintain good blood pressure.
Epidurals can prolong the second stage of labour. If you can no longer feel your contractions, the midwife will have to tell you when to push. This means that forceps or a ventouse may be needed to help deliver the baby's head (instrumental delivery). When you have an epidural, your midwife or doctor will wait longer for the baby's head to come down (before you start pushing), as long as the baby is showing no signs of distress. This reduces the chance you'll need an instrumental delivery. Sometimes less anaesthetic is given towards the end, so the effect wears off and you can feel to push the baby out naturally.
You may find it difficult to pee as a result of the epidural. If so, a small tube called a catheter may be put into your bladder to help you.
About 1 in 100 women gets a headache after an epidural. If this happens, it can be treated.
Your back might be a bit sore for a day or two, but epidurals don't cause long-term backache.
About 1 in 2,000 women feels tingles or pins and needles down one leg after having a baby. This is more likely to be the result of childbirth itself rather than the epidural. You'll be advised by the doctor or midwife when you can get out of bed.
Question: Is epidural safe for normal delivery?
Answer: Hello dear. Epidurals are widely considered safe, and probably you will be fine with or without one.
What worried me most personally was that epidurals have been proven in numerous medical studies to prolong the second (pushing) stage of labor because the mom can't feel to push well, sometimes leading to a vaccuum delivery or c-section. Often epidurals can slow progression a bit during active labor and thus about half of moms with epidurals get pitocin to strengthen their contractions, which can be stressful for the baby. On the other hand, because the epidural medication is inserted into the spinal column and not the bloodstream, less of the medication gets to the baby than with other drugs used during childbirth. Sometimes they are really useful because the mom can better relax and dilate. Hope it helps.