Just a quick post letting you all know what is necessary when receiving an epidural, so you will know exactly what to expect during your labor:
- Consent– the anesthesiologist will come and discuss the procedure with you, including risks and benefits
- IV fluids– to make sure you are adequately hydrated, because the medication may lower your blood pressure
- Continuous fetal monitoring– to ensure that baby is okay during the administration of the medication
- Urinary catheter– this is inserted into your bladder because you will be numb from about your abdomen down and won’t be able to walk to the bathroom and or feel when your bladder fills up
- Blood pressure cuff– to continuously monitor your blood pressure because the medication used may lower it
- Oxygen saturation monitor– to check your oxygen level and breathing rate. The medication used is a narcotic and may slow your rate of breathing.