The main difference between an epidural vs normal birth, aside from the pain relief, is that there’s the use of medicine in assisting the mother during the delivery of the baby.
Studies show that babies whose mothers use an epidural took a longer time to be delivered because mothers are unable to feel the contractions to push the baby outside. Thus, this increases the risk of needing an assisted deliver.
. Because of this, doctors tend to use other instruments to get the baby out successfully, like using vacuum suction.
More importantly, the use of epidurals has serious side effects on the mother. Most women who undergo epidural during their pregnancy period might experience one or two of the following:
- Temporary weakness in the legs
- Nausea and headache
- Itchiness and irritation
- Back pain
- Difficulty breathing
Sometimes, the epidural doesn’t really take full effect and may even have no effect at all on some mothers. There are also some rare cases where the mother may experience excessive bleeding, especially around the injection site.
The mother may also experience trouble urinating and lower blood pressure, which can also affect the baby’s heart rate. The rarest complications that women could experience after using epidurals during their pregnancy are skin infections and permanent nerve damage.
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