Information Specifically for Expectant Mothers

PHARMACEUTICALLY-BASED PAIN CONTROL

Intravenous (IV) medication (medication given in the vein) is widely used to relieve pain and anxiety during labor and delivery. Common effects from these medications on the mother are drowsiness and nausea. Although these medications are helpful in providing pain control during early labor, they become less effective as labor progresses. Additionally, this technique may have adverse effects on the baby. Talk with your doctor to see if he or she uses IV medications for anesthesia during childbirth, and find out if they are right for you.