by Jennifer Parris, May 28, 2021

After your epidural is inserted and starts kicking in, you’re probably going to start feeling pretty fine. So fine, in fact, that you might just want to get up and take a walk around the hall. But not so fast there, momma. Once you get an epidural, you’re pretty much bound to your bed, says Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, a double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “With an epidural, you will not be able to walk during labor,” says Dr. Gaither. But once you’ve delivered, you’ll be able to walk around again, trusting that you’re steady on your feet. “Upon delivery, the epidural is removed and you’ll have the ability to feel and resume walking within a short period of time,” she says.

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