An epidural is a local anaesthetic injected into the space around the spinal nerves in the lower back, which relieves pain during delivery. Here you can read about the treatment, effect, and side effects. The information might be overwhelming so if you have any questions, it may be a good idea to discuss these with your midwife or obstetrician.

Prepare yourself for the epidural

It will almost always be possible to set up an epidural

You must be active during the delievery

About the treatment

A thin catheter will be placed between the vertebrae in your spine

An iv access is established and a catheter will be placed in your spine

Your pain will decrease after 10-15 minutes

Risks and side effects

You may experience temporary discomfort in your legs and lower part of your body

You may experience skin itching or headache

You can get fever and experience a sligthly low blood pressure

Be aware

Your delivery may be slightly prolonged

An epidural does not affect the wellbeing of your baby

We do not know if an epidural affects breastfeeding

More information

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