You are providing the anesthetic care for a 23-year-old G2P1 woman in early labor. You have discussed the risks, benefits, and options for analgesia with her. She has elected to proceed with an epidural for labor analgesia. Using a combination of bupivacaine and fentanyl in the epidural will provide which of the following characteristics as compared to the use of bupivacaine alone?


A) Decreased nausea
B) Decreased pruritus
C) Increased analgesia
D) Increased motor block