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Old 07-19-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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s/o Laughing Gas during labor?

Has anyone had laughing gas during labor for pain? How did it go? I just read about it in a different thread in OT and wondered...

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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Re: s/o Laughing Gas during labor?

I think that is something offered in the UK often. Personally, working in the dental field, I wouldn't use it. We aren't allowed to administer it or assist a patient who is using it when pregnant. It replaces oxygen with nitrous, so that is happening to baby as well. It is short acting, but still. The reason it is a pain reliever is because you are kind asphyxiating yourself. You get light-headed and feel "drunk".

I choose not to use anything in labor though. So I'm sort of biased toward natural. I would probably choose something short acting like N2O over a drug that is given IV and you have to wait for it to leave your blood stream/system before the effects wear off. At least with N2O you can reverse the effects almost immediately.
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I read that it's upwards of 60% of women who give birth use laughing gas in the UK.
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Re: s/o Laughing Gas during labor?

I used it during labour with DS but I was kind of freaking out. I didn't need it with DD but did use it after when they were stitching me. It helped quite a bit.
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