For a c-section, the choices are an epidural block, a spinal block, or general anesthesia. You may or may not have a choice — your OB may take your preferences into account, but she’ll ultimately make a decision based on both your and baby’s well-being. If you’re put under general anesthesia, you won’t be awake for the cesarean. With the epidural and spinal blocks, the lower half of your body will be numbed for the surgery, but you’ll remain awake. Try not to worry about it too much. Yes, all three anesthesia options will involve a needle, but the needle prick is guaranteed to be less painful than what you’d feel without it! Women have c-sections every day — and no matter how you’re numbed, you’ll be meeting your baby in no time.
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