5 Most Common Epidural Myths




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Epidurals can sometimes get a bad rap, especially with natural births becoming popular again. However, every woman is different and while some may be able to handle a natural birth, for others it is just not feasible. Either way, making this decision based on myths can cause you to go through more pain than you needed to. Here are the 5 most common ones, and the reasons they aren’t true.
 

It Increases Your Risk of Needing a C-Section

There is no evidence to support this. Epidurals may actually speed up labor and lower the risk of c-sections.
 

Epidurals Make it Harder to Push

Usually epidurals will not hinder your ability to move your legs or feel contractions. You contractions will just feel like pressure instead of pain.
 

You Can Only Receive it During a Specific Time Frame

Epidurals can be used at any point during labor. Your do not have to wait until you are 4 cm dilated and you do not miss your chance if you wait.
 

Epidurals Can Harm Your Baby

This isn’t supported by any evidence. Not enough medicine reaches your baby to have any effect.

 

Epidurals Are Worse Than Childbirth

The area where you will receive the epidural is first numbed so you will only feel a sting when the needle is inserted.
 
Don’t let myths or pressure keep you from having an epidural if you feel you need one. If you are even considering one, make sure to do research on your own and go to your doctor with any additional questions you may have.


By: Alecia Stanton




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