“New” Pain Relief for Women During Labor

What “New” pain relief is being used to ease the pain of women during labor?

  1. Marijuana
  2. Vitamin C
  3. Laughing Gas
  4. Botox

Answer: Laughing Gas

“In the early 20th century, women used it to ease the pain of labor, but its use declined in favor of more potent analgesia. Now, a small band of midwives is helping to revive its use in the U.S.

One hospital in Rhode Island, South County Hospital in North Kingstown, has just added nitrous oxide, the formal name for laughing gas, to its menu of pain relief options for labor.”

““When the contractions started getting pretty intense, I was like, ‘wow, this is pretty bad,’” she said. “So they brought it in and it really took the edge off.””

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) is an alternative way to take the edge off of labor pain. Opiates can produce the following side effects:

  • Central nervous system depression
  • Respiratory depression
  • Impaired early breastfeeding
  • Altered neurological behavior
  • Decreased ability to regulate body temperature

Epidurals can make it difficult to move around and can prolong the second stage of labor.

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