Pain Management Options
Self Help Strategies
The most important thing in labour is to get comfortable! Feeling in control of what is happening to you is important. Try to relax, listen to your body and keep calm.
Complementary therapies can be used in addition to, or as an alternative to, other forms of pain management, dependent on which therapy is used.
Women may benefit from the warm water which really helps by relaxing muscles and reducing the intensity of contractions.
The TENS machine (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) lessens the pain for many, but not all, women.
In the early stages of the first stage of labour you may find 1g (two tablets) helpful.
Entonox (Gas & Air)
Entonox is a mixture of oxygen and a gas called nitrous oxide. You breathe it in through a mask or mouthpiece that you hold yourself.
Another form of pain management is the injection of a pain-relieving drug, Pethidine. It takes about 20 minutes to work and one injection of Pethidine can last between two and four hours.
An epidural provides pain management by blocking the nerves carrying pain from the womb and birth canal.
Remifentanil is a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA). It is a strong morphine-like painkiller that works very quickly and wears off equally as quickly.
If You Have a BMI Over 40
Pregnant women with a BMI over 35 are at higher risk of complications than those with a normal BMI (20-25).
Antenatal Assessment Unit (Quantock Assessment Unit)
Telephone: 0117 4146906
Cossham Birth Centre, Kingswood
Telephone: 0117 4145150
Southmead Maternity Reception
Telephone: 0117 4146894
Mendip Birth Centre, Southmead
Telephone: 0117 4146900
Mendip Ward, Southmead (Postnatal / NICU)
Telephone: 0117 4146901
Southmead Hospital Switchboard: 0117 9505050