pain drain An early epidural may be the best option
An early epidural may be the best option
Good news for moms-to-be. Having an early epidural does not increase your risk of needing a Caesarean, says a new study of 750 full-term, first-time mothers. Previous guidelines recommended other types of pain relief instead of spinal injection until the cervix had dilated more than 4 centimeters, but the study showed no benefit to waiting. "Getting epidural pain relief earlier in labor does not increase the risk of Caesarean or forceps delivery," says lead author Cynthia Wong, M.D. Women who had early epidurals "had fewer side effects and better pain relief" compared to those given narcotic injections. Bonus: Early epidurals cut labor by about 80 minutes, and newborns had better Apgar scores (an assessment of a newborn's condition that factors heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, reflex response, and color).
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