If you're considering an epidural during labor and delivery, check out the latest update about when you can get pain relief.
Whether a mom-to-be wants a natural childbirth or the option of pain relief, allowing her to choose what's right for her is always the way to go. So, it's good news that a new report says that women in labor don't have to wait for an epidural if they want one.
The new research published in The Cochrane Library shows women who received epidurals early in labor were not at any more risk of undergoing a C-section than those who waited longer, as some past studies have suggested.
"The literature has been fairly consistent that epidurals do not meaningfully prolong labor," Neil Seligman, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, told Reuters. "There may be a small difference, but there is no meaningful difference."
Study researchers found no difference in C-section or other delivery interventions (think forceps) or in how long a woman pushed during labor.
The findings are in line with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists policy that, barring medical issues, women should be given pain relief during labor when they ask for it.
So if you want pain relief during labor, don't be shy about asking for it—stat!