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Epidural - series—Procedure, part 2

Procedure, part 2

Overview

An epidural usually causes little discomfort and is administered while you are sitting up or lying on your side, with your back curved outward.

After you receive the epidural, your caregiver will closely monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and your baby's heart rate.

Update Date 7/28/2014

Updated by: Cynthia D. White, MD, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Group Health Cooperative, Bellevue, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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