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Is epidural advisable?

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Roxanne Lau answered:
Thanks for your question! Our Healthcare Expert will be answering some questions every week but in the meantime, here's a little tip from our Careline! An epidural is used to decrease pain. Women often choose to have one, and it’s also sometimes a medical necessity if there are complications, like the need for a cesarean delivery (C-section). Before labor it is best to keep an open mind about all of your pain relief options, including an epidural. If you would like to have an epidural, you will probably have a consultation with the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist before getting it. This is a chance for them to get a complete medical history from you, including drug allergies, previous reactions to anesthesia and your family history too. This is also the time for them to explain the procedure and what to expect. You need not request for an epidural immediately when you start to have some feeling of mild contraction. Your gynae will observe your cervix opening before deciding if it is appropriate for you to have an epidural. If you request to have an epidural when your labor pain has almost reach to it's peak, the effect of the epidural may not serve its purpose anymore. That may happen if your cervix has already dilated to a length where your labor may occur anytime.

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