These are becoming less and less routine and you have the option to decline. They can inhibit movement, cause aggravation near the insertion site, and scare women because of the needle ;)
It’s needed in cases of dehydration and/or inability to tolerate food, to administer certain antibiotics needed in labor, with an epidural to feed fluid which brings up low blood pressure caused by the epidural as well as antibiotics if a fever occurs, and for a C-section. A compromise if you feel like you want to have a vein open in case of urgent access needed is a Heparin lock. This won’t inhibit movement, but is ready to hook up to an IV if necessary. This doesn’t, however, take care of the aggravation or needle issue.

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