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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.

Review Date 4/19/2018

Updated by: John D. Jacobson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Center for Fertility, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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