Pethidine is a sedating analgesic drug and is one of the more
commonly used methods of pain relief during labour. It is
administered via either an intramuscular or intravenous
The major advantage of pethidine is that while it will lessen
the pain, you are still able to feel the contractions unlike an
epidural which blocks all sensation. The sedating effects of
pethidine can also help you to rest during a long or difficult
However there are several disadvantages to using pethidine. It
may make you extremely nauseous, in which case you might be given
an injection of an anti nausea drug such as maxolon. The effects of
the pethidine injection last for up to two hours so if you don't
like the sensation, or it does make you nauseous, you have to wait
until it wears off.
Pethidine can also affect your baby. If it is administered too
close to delivery it may affect your baby's breathing, and it can
also make your baby sleepy for the first few days after birth which
can make it more difficult to establish breastfeeding.
"I had half the amount of pethidine that you can be given
and it made me so relaxed and distance myself from the the pain of
"I had pethidine, and it was the SHIZZLE!"
"I loved the pethidine the first dose made me sleep,
the second put me on a high."
"I had pethidine early and that was great, as was very
early morning and made me relax so I could sleep."
"I had a shot of pethidine which was great for about an
hour then I was begging for more!"