Analgesia in pregnancy
Medications should only be prescribed during pregnancy if your doctor believes they will benefit the mother with minimal risks to the fetus. The use of prescription analgesics during pregnancy has proven safe and is very common.
Over 50 per cent of analgesics are classed in category C, and even more are classed in category D for use during the third trimester. Your doctor will work closely with you to check for any changes in cardiac output, renal filtration or plasma protein concentration that may need a dose adjustment to protect the developing fetus.
Combined spinal-epidural (CSE) analgesia is a popular treatment because it is fast-acting compared to standard analgesics without epidural techniques, 2 to 5 minutes versus 10 to 15 minutes, respectively.
Lumbar epidural infusion can take several hours to achieve sacral analgesia. But rapid onset sacral analgesia is especially effective at relieving pain quickly during childbirth. However, epidural analgesia is also a successful treatment for relieving pain in a part of your body, and during and after some surgical procedures.
Rheumatologists can also give steroid injections with an epidural analgesic to treat pain in your back or legs. This could be due to an injury, a prolapsed disc or sciatica.