by the Wiser Pregnancy team
Ask Your Doctor Which Types of Pain Relief are Best for You:
• Which pain relief options are open to me?
• If I want anesthesia, what type (spinal, epidural or general) do you recommend? Why?
• Which type of anesthesia is safest for my baby? Which is safest for me?
If You are Considering an Epidural:
• What percentage of your patients get epidurals?
• What are the benefits of an epidural?
• What are the disadvantages or risks of an epidural?
• What is the procedure for getting an epidural?
• When during labor is it available?
• Will it hurt?
• How will an epidural affect me and my baby?
• How will I feel after the placement of the epidural? Will I be able to walk around after the epidural placement?
• What are possible side effects?
• How quickly does it begin working? How long does it last?
• What combination or dosage of drugs will be used? How will the different drugs or combination of medication make me feel during and after labor?
• How could the medications affect my baby?
• Can I eat and drink after having the epidural? If yes, what foods and drinks can I have?
• Does an epidural always work? What do I do if it doesn’t work?
• If I can’t have an epidural, what are my other options?
• Will I be able to breast-feed after delivery?
These questions are based on research published by publicly available and private medical information sources on the topic.
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