Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods.  Here is the truth about: Epidurals.


In a small percentage of women, an epidural is not guaranteed to work, and the epidural can fail. This can be caused by the medication not covering all the spinal nerves as it enters the epidural space. The catheter that is inserted and left in throughout your labour can also drift slightly, and therefore cause lessened pain relief at certain times.  It can be re-inserted, you just need to inform your anaesthetist that you are not experiencing full pain relief.

If you have an epidural, you will be limited to your bed and you will need to be catheterized as you will lose the sensation of needing to urinate. The catheter will be inserted after the epidural has taken effect so that you won’t need to deal with that discomfort on top of everything else.

Also bear in mind that epidurals are not always suitable, and whether you can have one or not depends on how far dilated you are, too.


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