Labour & birth Pregnancy Pain relief: the medical options Your options for pain relief during labour: the facts about medical options available to you. 1 of Ad break Pain relief: the medical optionsAs B-Day approaches, one thing preying on your mind will be how you'll manage the pain.'There are no Brownie points for bravery,' says consultant midwife Annette Briley. 'If you need pain relief, don't be afraid to ask. There are many different types on offer, and the more you know about them, the more confident you will feel.' Pain relief: the medical optionsTens Machine(Trancutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): Uses electrical pulses to stimulate your body's own painkilling hormones and prevent pain signals reaching your brain. Pros You're in control - most effective if used from early labour. CONS: Not strong enough for everyone. Needs to be removed in water and for foetal monitoring. Pain relief: the medical optionsGAS AND AIR (Entonox): A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. PROS: Fast working. No side effects for your baby. CONS: It can make you feel light-headed and sick. Pain relief: the medical optionsPETHIDINE/DIAMORPHINE/MEPTID: These opiate drugs are either injected or given via a drip. PROS: They help you relax and sleep. CONS: Can make you woozy and cause breathing problems in the baby. Continue slideshow > Pain relief: the medical optionsEPIDURAL: Local anaesthetic is given through a fine tube inserted into the 'epidural space' at the lower part of the spine. PROS: Nine out of 10 women feel total pain relief. Some units offer mobile epidurals, a lower dose drug, so you can still feel the urge to push. CONS: Your legs will be numb and you'll need a catheter, as you won't know when your bladder is full. It can lengthen labour and you're more likely to need a forceps delivery. Pain relief: the medical optionsSPINAL BLOCK: Used before a planned or 'elective' Caesarean, this is an injection of local anaesthetic into the fluid around the spinal cord, in the small of the back. It lasts around two hours and is given in a single dose. PROS: It's fast acting and no tube is left in your back. CONS: Your legs will be numb so you won't be able to move around. You may feel shivery, sick and get a headache. By Babyexpert.com Last updated on 2 October 2007 Comments Daily deals from top retailers Latest on MadeForMums Mamas & Papas issue urgent recall of multistage car seats Is 'papa' becoming the new 'dada'? These hipster parents reckon so The amazing story behind little Asher's first ever modelling job Kym Marsh: Why I think Cheryl's keeping mum on her 'pregnancy'