Brenda Wairimu has in an Instagram post hinted that her pregnancy was not easy.
This is because she went through an epidural birth when delivering.
She shared this with the witty caption below.
It’s almost Mother’s Day!!!That head…was not easy to push out.Would I do it again?……one word. Epidural.
An epidural is a procedure where doctors inject a local anaesthetic into the space around the spinal nerves in your lower back.
This anaesthetic usually blocks the pain from labour contractions and during the birth very effectively. With an epidural you can usually move and can push your baby out when you need to.
An epidural is usually done by an anaesthetist.
Below is how the procedure is carried out.
- Before an epidural, you will usually have a drip for fluids put into your arm.
- You can sit up and bend forward over a pillow, or lie on your side curled up into a ball. This makes it easier for the needle to be inserted into the right place. You will be asked to stay still.
- Your lower back will be washed with cold antiseptic. A small amount of local anaesthetic will be injected into the skin of your lower back.
- A needle will be inserted between the bones of your spine into the space around your spinal nerves. Your anaesthetist will insert the epidural needle when your contraction stops, so it is important that you tell them when you have a contraction.
- A small soft plastic tube will be inserted and the needle will be removed. That tube delivers the anaesthetic that will numb your pain.
- It usually takes between 5 and 30 minutes for your pain to be relieved by the epidural.
- You usually only have an epidural during the first stage of labour – but it can be given at any stage of labour.