Sparked by one born every minute episode where the woman asked if having an epi would affect her baby in any way? The midwife answered that no, epidural doesn't go through the placenta so has no effect on the baby.
Although this may be true (though some doctors and scientists state that actually it CAN cross the placenta), i have recently found out (and feel rather stupid for not realising before) is that the effects of epidural on the mother can in turn effect the baby. Like secondary effects.
I just thought I'd point this out to people as I know some people decline other pain relief (such as pethidine) as they don't want the baby to be affected, and choose to have an epidural not realising that this too effects the baby.
have had four by epidural so far, soon to be five. mine had no signs whatsoever of effects from it. even only took between 20 minutes and about an hour to push them out, so didnt even effect me that way. only had to have 2 episiotomy's out of the four which honestly could have happened whether i had the epi or not, it was dr's discretion as to whether they decided to cut or not. my babies were very alert and ate right away...
not to mention that i had plenty of energy left over to love up my babies after they were born, having not used it up during labor
I had an epi with my DS as well and he had no side effects either. In my situation I could still feel just about everything so I knew when to push.
I wouldnt think it would have hardly enough time to get to the placenta during labour though as when you have the epi baby is born short time after (usually) I am not educated on this matter though , so thats really just my own opinion!
I've also read that epidurals can 'dull' the baby's natural instinct to nurse and that breastfeeding can take a few weeks longer than normal.
Definately not in my case, and he was premature, and i didn't see or hold him for a day. I would try not to take everything you see/hear as gospel. 99% of the time, everything is absolutely fine. It really is best to keep an open mind!
epidural doesnt go into your blood stream it goes into spinal space and directly affects the nerves in the lower half of your body so it doesnt enter the placenta to cross it as its not in the blood. x
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