What they do: Opiod analgesics like Demerol act on the whole nervous system, rather than on any particular area. Analgesics don't completely erase pain, but they can lessen its intensity.
How they're given: They're usually given as a shot into a muscle or through an IV. Some can be self-administered, wherein you control the amount of medication you receive by pushing a button attached to the IV tube. You'll generally respond to the drug within 15-30 minutes.
- They provide pain relief over the entire body without causing loss of consciousness.
- You'll be able to rest during the early part of labor, saving energy for the second stage.
- You may experience drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
- Your baby may experience respiratory difficulties, exhibit poor sucking, and have slower reflexes at birth.