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The pain of labor is definable. It comes with the contraction and then goes away. You can control this physical pain with the tools learned in prepared childbirth class or with medication. Your choice of how to manage the pain of labor is best made when you are in labor. It is very important that you understand your options and remain flexible about choices for managing your pain during labor. Developing a plan or set of expectations for your labor will help you to be prepared and feel in control. However, no one can tell you how your labor is going to progress. By expecting the unexpected, you can be more flexible about the options that you choose to use during your labor.

There is no right way or wrong way to have a baby. You are not in competition with your sister or the friend down the street. Do not set yourself up for failure just because your labor did not go like you thought or because you chose to take medication when it was not planned. You need to feel good about the choices you make for yourself when you are in labor. Do not let anyone tell you differently!

Pa in Management in Labor

Systemic Medications and Regional Anesthesia

It is important for you to discuss your options for pain relief with your healthcare provider prior to the onset of labor. You need to share with them any concerns you may have about the effects on you and your baby. Keep an open mind and know your options ahead of time so that you can make an informed choice in managing your labor.

Systemic Medications In Labor

Systemic medications affect your whole body. They can also affect the baby and are therefore administered at the appropriate time with the dose depending on how your labor is progressing.

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