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Pain relief in labour

Useful information on the various methods of pain relief that may be available during labour including water, tens, epidural and entonox.
Labour for most women is painful. Thankfully in pregnancy the levels of endorphins, the body's natural pain relieving substances, which are similar to opium, increase to reach their peak when you go into labour.

If you can keep calm and relaxed they will help you. Pain relief falls into two categories:
  • Water and TENS which enhance your body's ability to cope with pain.
  • Drugs that can be used in labour to reduce or eliminate the pain you experience. These drugs are:
  • Entonox or gas and air
  • Pethadine and similar injections
  • Epidural

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what are the side effects in the long run of taking a pain relief at the time of giving birth
by Nidhij 7th Dec 2010, 8:44am
iam so glad i never had any pain relief i was hard but i really like having an natural birth x
by sianywoo 2nd Sep 2009, 10:28am
Acupressure for labour is fantastic in giving relief from labour pain! Even if you are not planning to have a natural childbirth, I'd really recomend a book about maternity acupressure method. I found the book at
by jaajamom 27th Nov 2007, 9:06am