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Must I get an IV during labor?

I've heard that I have to get an IV once I go into labor. Is that true?

Submitted by HCTimes

Here’s a little-known secret: You don't need an IV just because you're in labor. If you plan on having an epidural, then it’s a good idea to get an IV soon after you’re admitted to the hospital. But if you’re planning on having a natural delivery, ask your doctor or midwife about other options, such as skipping the IV altogether or getting a hep-lock, which will keep a vein open just in case you need IV medications or fluids.

The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.

Here’s a little-known secret: You don't need an IV just because you're in labor. If you plan on having an epidural, then it’s a good idea to get an IV soon after you’re admitted to the hospital. But if you’re planning on having a natural delivery, ask your doctor or midwife about other options, such as skipping the IV altogether or getting a hep-lock, which will keep a vein open just in case you need IV medications or fluids.

The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.

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