Risks of an Epidural

There are a number of potential risks for both mother and baby when getting an epidural. Your medical team is trained in what to watch out for and how to treat any potential side effects. Make sure to talk to your doctor before hand and discuss the risks and benefits for you and your baby.

Possible Risks:
-Drop in blood pressure in mother
-Fever in mother
-Increase risk of needing other interventions
- Increase chance of labor stalling
-Heart rate problems with baby
-Spinal headache for mother

Those are the more common risks but there are other rare risks. Make the best choice for you and your family and ask your doctor questions.

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