Epidural Anesthesia in Childbirth
Pronounced: Epp-E-DUR-elEn Español (Spanish Version)
Epidural anesthesia refers to the placement of a catheter to administer medication to numb the abdomen and legs.
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An epidural is used to decrease pain during labor. An epidural directly affects the nerves that come from your spinal cord. It numbs the pain in the lower half of your body. It will also help to relieve the pain in your lower back that is often associated with childbirth.
After an epidural, you should no longer be able to feel:
Last reviewedMarch 2014by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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