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Do Women Commonly Opt for Painless Delivery?

Do Women Commonly Opt for Painless Delivery?

by: Dr. Bharti Minocha
Consultant, Gynecology

All pregnant ladies who are on the verge of motherhood have one common fear, the fear of acute labor pain during the time of childbirth. The intensity of pain varies from one mother to another mother. Some have very less labor pain and the pregnancy is easy while many have long delayed labor pains.

The technique of painless delivery includes Epidural Anesthesia. It is becoming a popular technique amongst pregnant woman and many are now asking their doctors about it. Doctors also advise this method to the patients who prefer caesarian section only because they fear the pain during labor.

A safe option to avoid pregnancy labor pain:

Management of pain during delivery is the most crucial thing, as excessive can lead to distress in both the mother as well as the baby. Painless delivery technique provides respite from excessive pain. The technique is not only cost-effective, but also gives relief from unbearable labor pain during deliveries. Recent trends highlight that now more and more people are getting aware about this advancement in pain management during delivery.

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Painless Delivery – A Recommendation:

In the present lifestyle trends, it is seen that women are postponing motherhood till late thirties and are suffering conditions like obesity and hypertension. All these conditions indicate towards a high risk delivery and the chances for normal delivery become less. With age, the threshold to bear pain also reduces but with epidural anesthesia chances of having normal deliveries increases.

Availability of the advance methods to counter the pain is beneficial, but it is important to understand whether you can opt for the method or not, going by your medical history. Doctors, generally recommend this method to those patients who have medical conditions, such as a complicated or prolonged labor, in such circumstances it will benefit you and your baby. It is also recommended if you are trying for a vaginal birth after cesarean section or if you have certain medical conditions such as cardiac issues, hypertension & preeclampsia.

Those who have any kind of bleeding disorders, or are on medications that can affect blood clotting (clopidogrel, heparin, warfarin, etc), have had a lower back surgery (in certain cases) or any sort of neurological disorders, are recommended to refrain themselves from using this technique for delivery.

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