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