It’s common for pregnant women to be told not to push during labor until it’s time. The thought process was waiting made things easier and safer for soon-to-be-moms.
That’s not necessarily the case, according to a new study by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Once the cervix is fully dilated at 10 centimeters, indicating the beginning of the second stage of labor, it makes no difference whether women wait to push or just go ahead when they feel ready.
The study used 2,400 first-time pregnant women at one of six US hospitals. The women were at least 37 weeks pregnant with a single pregnancy, and all had received epidural anesthesia to reduce labor pain. Once the cervix was…
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