|I have heard stories that sometimes if you accept pain relief
it can affect the baby very badly, so that they are born sluggish
and unable to feed properly. Is this true?
There can be complications for the baby if you use pain
relief. There are even times when the doctor will recommend
that you avoid pain relief because of the condition of your
baby. Having said this, the risk is very small. Your doctor
is an expert in this field and has a deep understanding
of the risks and benefits that pain relief brings, and will
be monitoring you and your baby very carefully to minimize
risk. If you are in the unlucky situation that your baby
is born and appears to be limp and disinterested in feeding,
these effects will pass quickly.
Should you require a general anaesthetic, the risk to your
baby is very small because of the speed with which the baby
is removed from your body. In the other cases of pain relief,
the doctor will ensure that the doses you take are the minimum
amounts which will provide the pain relief you need, so
that the effect on the baby is lessoned. This is also the
reason why a specialist is used to administer the anaesthetic
or epidural. It is done with an enormous amount of care.
Pain relief is a vehicle to help you and your baby cope
better with the labour and birth. The risk to your baby
is very small and you should trust your doctor to make decisions
in this regard that are in the best interests of you and
your baby. If you are concerned then convey this concern
to him so that he can understand your feelings.
Pain Relief - Discussion
Pain Relief - Epidural
Pain Relief - General Aneasthetic
Pain Relief - Other than Medication
Pain Relief - Some Reasons