Health Tip: Having an Epidural

By on March 12, 2010

An epidural is an injected anesthetic often used during labor and delivery to ease the pain of childbirth.

The Nemours Foundation mentions these possible risks of an epidural:

  • Increased difficulty pushing during labor (although a doctor can adjust the medication to compensate for this).
  • A drop in the mother’s blood pressure.
  • Headache.
  • Rarely, problems urinating for the mother.
  • Some bleeding in the mother.
  • Slow heartbeat in the fetus.

Source: HealthDay

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