Is there anyone who should not or cannot have an epidural?
Anyone with documented bleeding problems or an infection at the site where an epidural is given should not have an epidural.
Are there side-effects associated with epidurals?
There are a few side-effects: Not feeling the urge to urinate is quite common. Lowering of the blood pressure can occasionally occur and might cause lightheadedness or nausea. Slowing of labour can occur, as can itching. Any unusual or unexpected feelings that occur should be reported immediately to the doctor.
Do epidurals cause backaches?
Backaches are not uncommon after delivery, but epidurals are rarely the cause. More likely causes of backaches are positions and the pressure due to pushing.