If you’ve decided to have a natural birth, to manage each contraction you’ll use breathing, massage, movement, and/or position changes as well as support from your doula and/or partner. If something changes—labor is very long, you get exhausted, or any other factor that makes you feel like you need more help—you may choose to use pain medication.
If you are not planning a natural birth, pain medication is already part of your birth plan. Knowing how medications act on your body will help you anticipate what your labor and delivery will be like, by knowing how you will be able to use your body.
Pain medications for labor come in two types: analgesics and anesthetics. When you’re imagining your birth and writing your birth plan, try to visualize how you would act with either type of pain medication. Each one has advantages and disadvantages to both you and your baby.
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Published: March 25, 2018 | By SP Turgon, Certified Labor Doula | Reviewed by: The Best Ever Baby Expert Team | Last reviewed: March, 2018