What Are the Pros and Cons of IV Fluids During Labor?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Please provide information on the pros and cons of IV fluids during labor and use of heplock.

Thanks.
Diann

ANSWER

Hi Diann,
There are times when these are absolutely necessary, such as when you want/need an epidural. If you are unable to hydrate yourself (say if you are throwing up all the time), you will need IV hydration for your labor. If you have had a prior cesarean or are at risk for post-partum hemorrhage, then a hep lock is very wise.

But otherwise, it is your choice, in my opinion. If your provider thinks one is necessary, find out the reason why -- there may be a good one.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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