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Epidural=teenaged drug addiction??

I was watching Pregnant in America and one woman said there are studies showing that getting an epidural can cause dependency issues with the baby when they are a teen? Seriously? Where are these studies?


Asked by Musicmom80 at 5:14 PM on Mar. 6, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • that's pretty outlandish...... I'm not a fan of hospital births in general but that seems a little far fetched for me to believe. how could they make that connection

    Answer by hibbingmom at 5:18 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Good question. I'm NOT a supporter of epidurals, but that's one I never heard before!

    Answer by Adelicious at 5:15 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • eye rolling


    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:19 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Yeah, I rolled my eyes when I saw it. I mean, it's fine if you want to be anti hospital. But it seemed like they were grasping at straws when they didn't need to!

    Comment by Musicmom80 (original poster) at 5:22 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • That's a new one to me. I'm pretty anti-drug (because the baby can not give consent, and many are dangerous), but that seems just a tiny bit out there. I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if it was true, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was not true either.

    Answer by Mrs.BAT at 5:29 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Epidurals? I thought it was formula or vaccination that did that, LOL.

    Answer by SWasson at 5:36 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • am sure they are studies out there. getting and epidural is risky to both mom and baby. an epidural is not a joke neither is pitocin and yes i saw pregnant in america

    Answer by piwife at 5:44 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • side effects to epidurals
    Dural puncture
    Hypotension (29%)
    Nausea, vomiting, shivering (frequent)
    Prolonged labor
    Uneven, incomplete or nonexsistent pain relief
    Feelings of emotional detachment
    Respiratory insufficiency or paralysis
    Toxic drug reactions
    Slight to severe headache
    Septic meningitis
    Allergic shock
    Cardiac arrest
    Maternal death

    Answer by piwife at 5:51 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • here is more
    Neurological complications
    Backache (weeks to years)
    Postpartum feelings of regret, loss of autonomy
    Fecal and urinary incontinence or bladder dysfunction (inability to urinate)
    Paresthesia ("pins and needles")
    Loss of perineal sensation and sexual function

    Answer by piwife at 5:54 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • by the way i had an epi with my kids cuz i didnt know of all the risk. with dd it failed with ds it worked and i have a few of those side effects still and my dd is 4 yrs and 2 yrs old.

    now here is for the baby
    Direct drug toxicity
    Fetal distress, abnormal FHR (can lead to emergency cesarean)
    Drownsiness at birth, poor sucking reflex
    Maternal fever (impeded thermoregulation from numb skin) leads to fetal hyperthermia and neonatal
    NICU workup (spinal tap, etc.)
    Poor muscle strength and tone in the first hours
    Neonatal jaundice
    Decreased maternal-infant bonding, behavioral problems
    Hyperactivity up to seven years (suspected)


    Answer by piwife at 5:56 PM on Mar. 6, 2011