Epidural anesthesia is one of the most common medication used to help manage labor pain. Epidural provides analgesia that blocks the nerve impulses from the lower spinal segment that results to numbing of lower body. It is given during labor or just before the cesarean section.
It takes about 20 minutes to insert and another 20 minutes to take effect. It has a little or no effect at the baby, you remain awake after receiving the epidural so you know what’s happening around you. You can have the “walking epidural”, you can walk around during labor and feel less labor pain.
It is said that not everyone can have an epidural so it’s best to talk with your doctor on what pain reliever is suitable for you.