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|Originally posted by AnaNicole
I was reading another thread and a couple of posters made mention of the risks of getting spinals/epidurals for c-sections. I would love more info on the subject as I am facing a scheduled section at the end of May. I grok the paralysis risk, and I've heard about spinal headaches. Can anyone elaborate on the issue for me? Would it be better to ask for general anesthesia? Would that make me more groggy afterwards??
Wanting very much to make the best choices here.
|Originally posted by DaryLLL
The above posts refer to risks to the mother.
There are risks to the baby as well. An epidural does affect the nervous system of the baby (research is scanty [no funding, no duh]). The drug is passed throught the placental filter.
The longer the epi is in tho, the worse the risk. So, if you are just having one put in, say 15 or so mins before your planned c-sec, the baby would be less affected than if it was in for hours as most moms today use them, for pain relief.
|Originally posted by clewal
When I had my c-section, the dr asked if I wanted a spinal or epi. I chose the spinal mainly because I was afraid of the epi not working. The dr also suggested it because the epidural didnt work on my mother or grandmother. I did have a headache after I had my son, but I really think it was due to low blood sugar and excitment. After I threw up (not fun after a csection) I felt fine. I didnt like the fact that after a spinal I had to lay flat for 6 hours. The spinal did wear off quickly, one hour after birth I could move my feet.
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