[Question about pain managment in pregnancy with HCM]

Author: Judith Swanson (---.dsl.earthlink.net)

Date: 08-19-02 03:42

I have read posts saying if you are a pregnant heart patient that you should not have an epidural. Is there a difference between an epidural and a spinal block? Do they have the same effect?

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[Re: Question about pain managment in pregnancy with HCM]

Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

Date: 08-19-02 11:35

Dear Judith

Please visit http://www.hon.ch/Dossier/MotherChil...ainrelief.html for a great explanation of the different methods of pain management for labor.

The epidural and spinal block are similar but performed in different parts of the back. From a medical standpoint, it is the drop in blood pressure that you need to avoid and I think the procedures may be similar enough for great care to be taken. Please talk to your doctors about how to handle your pain during labor.

good luck

Sarah