Safe Medications for Pain Relief During Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery
Discomfort often comes along with the different stages of pregnancy but when that discomfort turns into pain, you want to make sure you are using only medications that are safe for pain relief during pregnancy. Fortunately, there are safe painkiller options available both over the counter and by prescription but as we suggest with almost everything related to pregnancy, you should discuss all medications with your OBGYN. There are two types of pain relief medications used during labor and delivery: analgesics and anesthetics. Anesthetics relieve pain by blocking most feelings whereas analgesics lessen pain without causing you to lose feeling or muscle movement. These two types of pain relief medications work in one of three ways:
- Systemic meaning they affect the whole body and reduce your awareness of pain, having an overall calming effect on the body.
- Local which affects a small part of the body.
- Regional which affects a region of the body, for example, the region below your waist.