What is nitrous oxide during labor?

Nitrous Oxide During Labor
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Nitrous oxide during childbirth: Overview

Nitrous oxide is a gas that's sometimes used during labor to help with pain relief. It's mild, safe, and easy to use. You breathe it in through a mouthpiece or mask when you need it. It won't put you to sleep. But it may help you relax. Some people get nauseated or feel dizzy.

What are the risks of nitrous oxide during childbirth?

Major problems aren't common. But some side effects can occur. These may include dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Or you may get sleepy if the nitrous oxide is used with certain other medicines. Also, it may not give enough pain relief.

What is nitrous oxide used for during childbirth?

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is sometimes used during childbirth to help relieve pain. It won't put you to sleep. It may be used with other pain relief options.

How is nitrous oxide given during childbirth?

You'll get a mouthpiece or mask to breath in the nitrous oxide when you need it. You should feel the effects soon after taking it. Because it can take almost a minute to start working, you'll want to use it before you feel a contraction. The effects will go away soon after you stop the nitrous.

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