Painless delivery - Is it for real? Can I opt for it? Is it the same as vaginal delivery? Can I avoid a C-section and VBAC delivery by opting for a painless one?
The concept of a painless normal delivery can bring up several questions. To help you answer some of them, here are a few brief insights about painless normal delivery.
What is a Painless Delivery? Are there possibilities to achieve it?
A painless normal delivery is achieved by the administration of an epidural anesthesia during labor. A strong anesthetic is injected into the lower back for numbing the pelvis and the area down below. This helps ensures the mother is comfortable and awake during the entire procedure and can see the child being delivered. She will experience reduced pain in the lower half of the body. A regional anesthesia can be used to help stop the pain in a particular part of the body. If this seems like something you’d want to opt for, consult your doctor about some of the guidelines and tips for a painless normal delivery.
Women with a lower threshold for pain or women wanting to get pregnant after their thirties tend to go for C-sections since their ability to bear labor pain is quite low. They may also plan to go for a VBAC delivery the second time. An epidural anesthesia can offer women a chance to deliver normally the first time by reducing the pain to a large extent.
What are the Pros and Cons of Painless Delivery?
Like all medical procedures, a painless delivery will come with pros and cons:
- It helps women cope better with post-partum exhaustion or depression
- It relaxes the vaginal muscles to create space for the baby to descend.
- It decreases the mother’s blood pressure of the mother, which is good, since a high BP, may, at times, cause a stroke.
- It prevents damage to the pelvic muscles, which would otherwise occur during normal delivery.
- It can cause dizziness, shivering, or a backache
- The decrease in the mother’s blood pressure can slow down the heartbeat rate in the baby.
- It can cause severe headaches upon leakage of spinal fluid.
- It can cause irretrievable damage to the nerves.
- It may cause slow development and breastfeeding problems in the baby
Knowing the right tips to deal with a painless normal delivery can help you avoid the cons.
What are the side effects of a painless delivery?
Painless delivery is usually considered to be safe and reliable. However, at times, the epidural anesthesia used during labor to relieve the pain can exhibit some side effects which one should be aware of. The side effects of an epidural delivery can be classified into rare and temporary; as some symptoms are relieved once the anesthetic starts to wear off after medications, while some can be observed in very rare cases.
Here are some of the potential side effects of epidural anesthesia which are most seen.
Temporary Side Effects: Backache, loss of bladder control, low blood pressure, fever, nausea and vomiting
Rare side effects: Severe headache, nerve damage, seizure/fits, slow breathing, infection
The epidural is one of the most sought-after painless delivery methods by new moms. If you plan to opt for a painless normal delivery, knowing the right tips and knowledge about it will help you make the right decisions before and during the day of delivery.