In this video, Penny Simkin gives some excellent advice for moms planning for an epidural. What about postponing it? The longer it’s in, the denser it becomes, so Mom will have less ability to move her legs as time goes on. Also, the chance of Mom acquiring a fever increases the longer the epidural is in. She recommends planning to use self-help comfort measures (you will need it at home anyway) such as breathing, relaxation techniques, massage, and changing positions to delay the epidural.