An epidural is a commonly used pain relief method. It’s estimated around 60% of women have an epidural during labour. It is a drug that is injected into the small of your back and is a highly effective pain relief method when giving birth. It works by numbing the nerves around your stomach area, so while you are still awake, you won’t feel much labour pain at all while it is working. However, there are still some complaints about the side effects of an epidural that you should be aware of.
When you are deciding on what pain relief you want available during labour, you should do your research, so you can make an informed decision. To help you, here are ten common complaints about the side effects of an epidural from women who have experienced it.
Tricky to receive
When the epidural is given, you will need to stay very still and in an uncomfortable position for about 10 minutes. You will also have to stay in this position until it starts to work, which can take up to 20 minutes. This can be difficult as you will be coping with labour at the same time.
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