Spinal Anesthesia – Clarifying Myths

Spinal anesthesia before delivery, sometimes seems to be a 7-headed bug, but I confess that this is not the whole drama. Lately with the development of medicine, anesthesias are more adapted and more comfortable to use. Depending on the type of delivery you choose or need, it is a different type of anesthesia.

In cesarean section it is the spinal block even though in my last delivery the anesthesia was combined, a spinal part and an epidural part. I confess that it was the best recovery from the three births I had. But fear is common, especially if it is your first delivery, we arrive in the operating room very apprehensive, but know that all doctors are very well prepared for the procedure. The anesthetist asked me a series of questions and these, I believe, are customary.

How is Spinal Applied?

Common questions that are asked and are easy to answer. Spinal or spinal is applied to the lower spine . I took it myself lower, almost in the lumbar, so she doesn’t go up at the time of surgery.

Does Raqui hurt?

Normally the spinal does not hurt, because, before the application, the anesthetist uses a topical anesthetic, which alleviates or even extinguishes the pain. Hence a very thin and long, but malleable channel is introduced between the spine’s vertebrae , into the cerebrospinal fluid. Then the effect can be felt right away. Sometimes a sensation of hot down your legs, sometimes a feeling of heaviness, but there are those who say that they did not feel anything.

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Spinal Anesthesia Side Effects

The side effects of Raqui can still be felt in the delivery room: pressure too low, feeling unable to breathe, weight of the chest and dizziness. But we must remember that the doctor is there just to help, and friend, don’t worry, it’s a passing one.

Other side effects of Raqui are tingling in the postoperative period, tremors without feeling cold, itching or skin irritation for a few hours after the application of anesthesia. Some moms feel very cold, and it is common as well. I had most of these symptoms, but they were on different occasions and not all at the same time. I can say from a chair that it is no end of the world, it goes fast!

Cons of Raqui

One constraint of Raqui is post-surgical breastfeeding . Do you know why? Because most of the time after the surgery, the mother cannot lift her head due to the risk of post-spinal headache. It is a strong migraine that affects the patient and it is common for it to happen, so they ask not to lift the trunk. This care prevents this discomfort from appearing. It is very important to rest for a while in the postoperative period.

This time has recently decreased from 24 to 12 hours , but there are already some who ask for only 6 hours of rest. There are measures to be taken when mom has post-spinal headache that are very effective.

The spinal cord is indicated for cesarean sections, but it can also be used proportionally in normal births as it is an immediate anesthetic. Anyway, the spindle seems to be the villain of childbirth, but in fact it is great. Talk to the anesthesiologist before giving birth, a consultation to take all your doubts is a good one and will leave you more relaxed!

Questions from Readers:

Can spinal anesthesia leave sequelae?

The substance itself does not, but the form that is applied can cause sequelae. If improperly applied between the vertebrae it can injure the spinal nerve and cause chronic pain in the head. In the past, the risks even extended to loss of leg movements due to the thickness of the needle used. Nowadays, as the needle is very thin, this risk is practically nil.

See also: Cesarean delivery I did!

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother. Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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