Giving Birth

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? - October 12

Im 17 and 10 weeks pregnent, im excited coz im gona be a mum bt im really scared of the birth. what type of pain killers can i get during the birth?


CAROL - October 12

It is best not to use any painkillers, including an epidural during childbirth. Risks to your newborn include: decreased muscle tone and strench, affecting the baby's sucking ability, leading to b___stfeeding difficulties; respiratory depression, fetal heart rate variability, thereby increasing the need for forceps, vacuum, c-sections and episiotomies. Risks for the mother: fecals and urinatry incontinece, paralysis or lower extremeties, headache, backache, meningitist, allergic reactions, seizures, vomitting and prolonged labour. Don't use medication. Read up on Hypnobirthing and the Bradley Method.


kiltim - October 12

I taught you were only 14 Carol?? How could you possibly know all those side affects at 14.


CAROL - October 12

Iknow all of these side effects because I read, kiltim. I read all of the time, always wanting to educate myself more and more. The mind has a neverending capacity to learn. You could also ask your doctor (better yet, a midwife), or do a search on the Internet.


Lex (Student midwife) - October 12

Dont listen 2 that the best form of pain killer is 2 go in with an open mind. You have to think positive about the birth- look forward 2 your reward at the end and let that get you thu each contraction. Remember when ur in pain each one will only last a few minutes and then you are pain free. Make sure you have someone supportive with you who u trust mayb friend/mum/partner?.At the time it might seem like its never going to en d but i promise you it will and it will all b worth it!!!!. There is lots of pain relief avaliable at the hospital so have an open mind and take the pain as it comes. If u think u need stronger pain relief then ask ur midwife who will provide it for you. The most basic pain relief is entonox (gas and air!) THIS WILL NOT HARM YOUR BABY!, it is made up of nitrogen and oxygen. The only part which gets thru 2 baby is the oxygen!!!. The point of gas and air is that it will make you less aware of the pain. Some mums do experience sum side effects such as feelin a bit sick but most think it is magic!!. If you do decide to have gas and air then make sure you start taking it as soon as you feel a contraction coming on otherwise it wont get in2 you system quick enuff 2 help u with the pain of a contraction. Another form of pain relief which you might try after the gas and air is pethidine. Given 2 u like an injection it will agen make you less aware of the pain (but a bit more so than gas and air). Will probably make you feel sleepy which can b gd coz ive known mums who sleep thru their labour with pethidine and then wake up ready 2 push!!. This drug can get thru 2 baby and might make then a bit sleep.....dnt worry tho!.Pethidine can sumtimes make you feel a bit sick as well, but it is usually given with some drug that will stop u feeling like that!. If you feel like the pain is way 2 much for you, you can ask for an epidural. This means having a needle put in ur back which is taken out after a small soft tube is put in. Anaesthetic is put thru this which numbs ur bottom half so you cant feel much cept a bit of pressure when u need 2 push. Many mums say epidurals are very gd but it does mean you will need 2 b wired up 2 lots of equipment 2 check ur blood pressure and 2make sure baby is coping alrite wiv ur labour. It will make you less able 2 give birth in a random position coz ull b wired 2 the bed!. I hope this helps you!.GOOD LUCK!!!


audes - October 12

Try not to think too much about the labour, instead think of the outcome and the bundle of joy you will recieve at the end of it. That made things so much better for me.


CAROL - October 12

Lex, why do you tell our young mother to be not to listen to me? As a student midwife, you know that what I say is true. Unless you are following the medical nurse-midwive (CNM) route, then you understand the risks that come with medicating the mother, and hence the baby, with the drugs typically administered at hospitals.


Bonnie - October 12

Midwives do not tell you not to take medication. They tell you to go in with an open mind. I.E. if you can make it through with just breathing and gas and air, fantastic. If you feel you get to the point you need medication, then you take it. Every pregnancy is different and you should judge your own intuition when you are there.


... - October 12

carol y dont u jus get of this site u dont belong here u are jus full of c___p an no 1 likes u coz ur such a wast of time to listen to soooo bye bye xxxx


CAROL - October 12

Excuse me, but how am I full of c___p in regards to medication and it's potential side effects for mother and baby? Look it up and educate yourself, child. I'm not telling NOT to use it, just be aware that there is the potential for serious side effects. Good day, cretin.


Helpful - October 12

Here's some information on epidurals******EPIDURAL ANAESTHESIA Epidural pain relief is a popular method of pain management for women in labour. An epidural allows the woman to be alert and enjoy the childbirth experience with little discomfort. Epidural anaesthesia involves the injection of local anaesthetic drugs (and sometimes small amounts of opioid drugs) into the epidural space, which is located at the base of the spine. The nerves from the uterus and birth ca___l travel through this part of the lower back up to the brain, so pain-relieving medications injected into this area can dull sensation in these nerves. Opioid drugs administered in this manner are sometimes called neuraxial opioids or intrathecal opioids. Epidural procedures block sensation in the pelvic, abdominal and genital areas. A distinct advantage of this type of anaesthesia is that a catheter (small tube) can be inserted into the epidural space so that small amounts of pain-controlling drugs can be administered when required to effectively control pain. This is sometimes called a 'mobile epidural'. Any st_tching that is required after the child is born can be done while the catheter is still in place, so there is minimal discomfort. Between 80 and 90% of women surveyed in the UK who received an epidural described the pain relief as effective during the birthing process. Epidural anaesthesia may increase the duration of labour and the chances of requiring an a__sisted delivery, but is generally not a__sociated with any adverse effects to the health of the baby. Mothers who receive epidural anaesthesia are generally happier with their birthing experience than those that were given inhaled pain control gas or no a___lgesia at all. The drugs used in epidural procedures can cause temporary maternal hypotension (low blood pressure in the mother) and difficulty urinating. There are medical techniques to reduce the severity of these side effects. Contrary to popular belief, there is no increased risk of a woman developing chronic lower back pain if she has an epidural than if she had another form of pain relief. Very occasionally, the epidural can cause a small leak of spinal fluid after the procedure, which can cause headaches and mean the woman must lie flat in bed for a couple of days until the leak seals itself. There are slight risks of other side effects and complications, but overall, epidural complications are rare and any concerns a woman has should be discussed with her health care professional.


Helpful - October 12

Here's info regarding "laughing gas" *****NITROUS OXIDE (ENTONOX) Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a pain relieving gas that is breathed in during the contractions. Nitrous oxide is not as effective at relieving labour pains as other drugs, but it has very few effects on the baby. For the best effect, a woman must start breathing it as soon as she feels a contraction starting. An advantage of nitrous oxide is that a woman can control the amount of gas she inhales, and as nitrous oxide acts and stops acting quickly, a woman can time her doses according to the frequency of her contractions. Nitrous oxide can also be used for pain relief when there is a delay in receiving an epidural. Nitrous oxide has a very high safety record for both mother and baby. Some side effects that can occur include a fall in the oxygen levels in the blood of the mother, dizziness, dry mouth, excessive sedation and loss of awareness.


To Carol - October 12

First of all, moron, if you have ever had a child, you would not tell anyone not to use medications. Also, instead of copying and pasting your "information" you should learn how to read and comprehend first. When you get to be a "big" girl then you will understand.


.... - October 12

Carol.....I think it is funny that you call people "little girls"..when you are a little girl yourself. No amount of reading in philosophy or anything else is going to make you an actual adult.....I know you are desperatley trying to come off that cute........little girl.....


.... - October 12

oh excuse me..."child"...was the word.....but not much of a difference in my point.......


CAROL - October 13

It is sad that you ladies have bought into the hype that a medicated birth is safe. Hospitals WANT to medicate you. It makes them money. Every piece of toilet paper you use, you are charged for. Good luck, you poor sods!


To Carol - October 13

Of course hospitals want to make money you idiot! That's how society and life works. When you get older and atually understand things, you'll get it. And, if you have never been pregnant and had a child, you have no idea what it feels like so don't preach about hypnobirthing and such, as you have never practiced it.



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