Nitrous oxide, also known as “gas and air,” is a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that you can use during labour to help you relax and feel more comfortable.
Nitrous oxide has been shown to reduce the need for epidurals and other pain relief methods. It’s also been shown to help women relax and focus on their breathing during labour.
There are no known side effects from using nitrous oxide during labour, but it does make you feel lightheaded, which can be scary if you’re not expecting it. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before using nitrous oxide during labour. If you’re not sure whether it’s safe to use nitrous oxide during labour, talk with your doctor before deciding whether to try it.
Your doctor may be able to offer alternatives that have fewer side effects or no side effects at all. Nitrous oxide is safe to use during labour and helps reduce pain. It only takes a few minutes for the effects to wear off, so if you need more pain relief, talk with your doctor about other options.
The gas is also not safe for you to use if you have certain medical conditions, including tuberculosis or severe asthma. Nitrous oxide can pass through the placenta and into your bloodstream, so it’s important to talk with your doctor before using it during labour.
While there are no known side effects from using nitrous oxide during labour, it does make you feel lightheaded, which can be scary if you’re not expecting it.
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