Pros and cons of pain relief.

Discussion in 'Second Trimester' started by Manda, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. Manda

    Manda Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2005
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    Hi Girls hope everyone is ok just thought i'd post this as it might give people helping hand when doing their birth plan :)

    Nitrous oxide (gas and air)

    Provides some pain relief for some women.
    can be self administered.
    No short term effects on mother or baby.

    Nausea and/or vomiting ( i had this for 5 mins)
    Feelings of confussion, drowsiness or disorientation.
    not a reliable form of pain relief.



    Provides some pain relief for some women.
    Aids relaxation ( i slept between contractions lol)
    Provides sedation.
    May help cervix dilate more quickly.

    Feelings of dizziness, drowsiness and disorientation.
    Nausea and vomiting.
    Not effective for all women.
    Can cause baby to have breathing difficulties at birth if given less than 3 hours before birth.
    Increased risk of jaundice for baby.
    baby can have sucking difficulties.


    Most effective form ao pain relief.
    Helps control high blood pressure.
    Effective pain relief if forceps or vacuum birth is required.
    Preferred anaesthesia for caesarean birth.

    Confined to bed with most epidurals.
    Increases length of labour.
    Increases chances of forceps or vacuum birth approx 50% of first time mothers need this assistance.
    Around 1 in 100 women will experience a severe headache after the birth.
    Around 1 in 550 women will experience persistent numb patches on theit legs after the birth(these usually resolve in 3 months)
    Around 1 in 4000 women will experience a life threatening emergency with epidural administration (paralysis ie rare).
    A catheter may be required to pass urine.
    Some women have extremely itchy skin.
    Sometimes an epidural doesn't work effectively.
    Womens temperature may rise during labour - resulting in the baby needing antibiotics after birth.

    Hopes this helps :)

    Manda x
  2. Sarah&Braydon

    Sarah&Braydon Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2005
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    wen i was pregnant i refused to look at pain relief to scared to think about the pain i knew the basics but didnt want to know the rest
    i had a labour using only TENS nothing for giving birth and gas n air for stitches
  3. Hypnorm

    Hypnorm Well-Known Member

    Mar 15, 2005
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    i only used a tens and gas and air. i didn't want to use anything else as i suffered quite badly with migraines and some drugs can trigger them

    The gas and air was great esp with 19 hours of labour!! you administer it your self when you feel a contraction coming and if you feel sick you just stop sucking and the effects wear off after about 10 secs. You feel like you've had about 10 pints. it helped me to sleep a little between contractions. but i could hardly focus on my hubbyand i went cross eyed!!
    they took it off me at the pushing stage as i was too sopey with it.
    Had a sore throat the next day!

    Tens was good. use it from the onset. but tricky to use at the same time as gas so hubby had to push the boost button for me!!

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