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Pain Relief Methods during your Delivery

The image of women thrashing on a bed, clutching the bed sheet and screaming in agony before dropping off in relief after giving birth to the hero is one that most Bollywood movie lovers have watched with a pang in their heart. It had led to the belief that birthing has to be the most traumatic suffering a human being can ever endure.

Well, reel life differs from real life. Yes, labour pain can be intense, but many women have gone through it and have lived to raise huge families. Luckily for the 21st century women, they have science on their side. And science has come up with many pain relief
methods to ease labour pangs.

Pain Relievers During Pregnancy
Many women prefer normal deliveries without any medical assistance, but an increasing number of expectant mothers prefer to take some kind of pain medication to deal with labour. It is best to discuss these options well in advance with your doctor before your delivery, so you have a clear picture about the kind of medications that will be used and
its effects.

Usually doctors recommend pain relief medication depending on the nature of the labour, how long it takes for the baby’s birth, as well as the physical condition of the mother. If the woman can handle the labour pains, even for a long period, without too much discomfort, the doctor might not consider offering any pain relief medication, unless the patient expressly asks for it.However, in case, a woman is unable to endure the pain and asks for medication, here are some  medications that can be
offered:

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Systemic Medications
These are painkillers, which will take the edge off the pain for a while and reduces pain throughout the body and not just the pelvic area. It helps in relaxing the mother and makes delivery easier. It is often given as an injectable, though it could also be intravenously administered.
Epidural
This is amongst the most common pain relief medication preferred by expectant mothers. It is administered through a thin tube that is inserted in the lower spinal area and it gives the entire lower part of the body relief from the labour pain.
It is given on regular intervals through the tube during the labour, as the effect of the medication wears off.

Spinal Block

This is slightly different from an epidural because in this case the medication is injected directly into the spinal fluid, instead of the membrane that surrounds your spinal cord and spinal fluid. Once injected, the pain is kept at bay for a few hours.Your doctor is the best judge of the kind of medication to be given to manage labour pain. The nature of medication also varies on the stage of labour – whether it is early or active labour. During early labour, you could be given analgesic inhalers to handle the pain. However, in active labour, an epidural is a better choice.While it helps to discuss your medical options in advance, during labour let your doctor decide what is the best option.

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