For most women, pregnancy signifies good news. With the two lines on the pregnancy test confirming the arrival of a little one, or little ones (in case of multiple pregnancies), the next nine months or so are spent focussing on ensuring the pregnancy and the baby are healthy. Most of the planning revolves around improving the mother’s food habits and other nutrition related things. There’s planning related to names, clothes, ceremonies and all of that, but as the due date closes in, the excitement gets merged with a tense feeling of the labour pain.
Sounds like what you are going through?
Don’t worry. You are not the only one going through this. Nine out of ten to-be mothers, especially the ones who are pregnant for the first time, feel these last moment jitters. While some say the pain is excruciating, others say labour is not all that bad. While much of it depends on the size of the baby and other medical conditions, a lot of it also depends on the mom-to-be’s state of mind.
Before we explore the pain-angle of a delivery, here’s something we all know.
There are two ways of delivering a baby, vaginal birth or C-section. Many women, naturally enough are afraid of the pain, which is by far the most severe kind a human being would go through, and often, post delivery survival is considered as the woman’s re-birth, considering the labours. C-section, since its inception, has changed the concept of ‘chance survival’ after the delivery. Some women though are afraid of the pain or are unable to give birth naturally, and C-section in these scenarios comes as a boon to those mothers.
But if you are a mom-to-be and planning to have a C-section because of fear of pain, you might want to read and know about the painless delivery method, the third option of delivery. Painless delivery is a method where the mother does not go through the rigours of pain, but also have a healthy delivery. This approach, of late, is gaining in popularity as many are opting for the same.
Who should opt for this method?
Painless delivery, also known as Epidural Analgesia or Epidural Anaesthesia has grown quite popular mainly since more people are using it and then talking about it to others who may want to deliver their baby using this. Often in cases of women, especially those who delay having children till their late thirties or have problems related to obesity or hypertension have difficulties in giving birth through the usual method because as one grows old, the threshold for bearing much pain reduces in the body. Women who are at the right age to give childbirth but don’t want to go through labour pain while doing so could ponder over the painless delivery option.
How does painless delivery work?
In the Epidural procedure, an Epidural Catherer or a small tube passed through the lower back area through which drugs, in most cases anaesthesia is passed on to relieve labour pain while giving birth. The local anaesthesia helps numb the nerves and pain sensations, although it does not hinder the ability to move. While the delivery happens, the patient may feel contractions but all without pain usually felt. This procedure could be an option for the many mothers, but exceptions to those already on blood thinning drugs or if the blood tests return as abnormal.
Just opting for this method is not the answer to your problems. You might want to read further on to know what this process brings to the table, although it does come with its own set of disadvantages.
Benefits of painless delivery
During normal delivery, the baby experiences distress due to the hormones secreted by the mother when going through pain, but with this procedure, both the baby and mother are comfortable enough.
An excellent method for mothers-to-be with a heart condition, and could be through the delivery process without the stress involved.
Painless deliveries prevents damage to pelvic muscles.
Heart beat, pulse and blood pressure kept under control.
Easier and faster deliveries.
If in case of an emergency while the procedure is ongoing, a C-section could be performed without complications.
A painless delivery method is a great alternative to the C-section, especially if the latter becomes a choice to avoid labour pains.
Disadvantages of painless delivery
It’s great to be able to go for vaginal or normal birth minus all that intense pain. Yet, everything comes at a cost. Here are some of the disadvantages of painless delivery.
Mothers may face headaches after giving birth.
As this process causes numbness, the power generated during normal delivery reduced to a great extent, leading to the use of vacuum or switching to a C-section procedure.
In some cases, blood pressure may drop significantly
As the pelvic muscles endure relaxation in painless delivery, the baby’s head may not rotate as intended, leading to the use of forceps.
Post procedure backaches, dizziness and shivering
Some mothers might find difficulties in urinating.
The painless delivery procedure works differently depending on the mother’s health among other factors. Although painless births are gaining popularity in the modern world since it completely helps avoid the pain part, mothers-to-be should always opt for this method not on the grounds of its popularity but after knowing its benefits and disadvantages, especially after consulting your doctor.
About the hospital:
Ankura Hospitals is a chain of super-specialty hospitals for women and children in the cyber city of Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam and Vijayawada.