Push Unless It Feels Right
below has been written by Dr. Elliot Berlin, a Prenatal Chiropractor
in Los Angeles, California and is endorsed by LAPregnancy.com.
Birthing is a natural process carefully
orchestrated by the body and it is important for a woman to follow
her inborn instincts during pregnancy. Often times during the
second stage of labor, a doctor, nurse or coach will urge pushing
during a contraction even when there is no natural inclination to
push. A new study suggests that this type of coached pushing makes
little difference to how quickly the woman gives birth, and could
cause health problems down the road.
study was performed on 320 women who were giving birth for the first
time, had uncomplicated pregnancies and did not get epidurals during
labor. Half of the women were coached to push for 10 seconds during
a contraction, while the rest were told to do what comes
The report, published in the American Journal
of Obstetrics and Gynecology, shows labor was just 13 minutes
shorter for the women who were coached to push compared with those
who were told to do what came naturally.
And upon follow-up, those who were urged to push were found to have
an increased risk of bladder dysfunction.
One of the researchers, Steven Bloom, MD said in a
news release that "Oftentimes, it's best for the patient to do
what's more comfortable for her. Future studies will surely
confirm the importance of trusting the body and following natures
lead during labor and delivery.
Dr. Elliot Berlin and Dr. David Wittenberg are chiropractors
in Los Angeles that specialize in chiropractic care. B&W
Health Specialists is committed to relieving pain using the true
principles of chiropractic care.
This Belly Scoop has been sponsored by B&W Health.
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