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Benefits of Epidurals

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Benefits of Epidurals

I was terrified to get an epidural and tried to go without one. I made it to 4 cm before I gave in. I guess I’m a wuss. Here is a great article about the benefits of epidurals (minus the major benefit of it taking the pain away):

Epidurals during labor may protect muscles

Thu, Aug 26, 2010 (HealthDay News) — Women who have an epidural during childbirth are less likely to suffer damage to the “levator” muscles that support internal organs and are therefore less likely to suffer incontinence later in life, suggests a new study.

Researchers followed 367 Australian women who gave birth between 2005 and 2008 and found that about 13 percent of women who had vaginal births suffered damage to these muscles. The risk of damage was lower among women who had an epidural, BBC News reported.

Overall, two-thirds of the women who suffered muscle damage had no epidural.

The study appears in the obstetrics journal BJOG.

About two-thirds of women in the U.S. and about one-third of women in the U.K. receive epidurals during childbirth, BBC News reported.

HealthDay News

Article courtesy of Babycenter – CLICK HERE to read more

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