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20The Epidural Can Definitely Affect The Labor

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One thing most doctors know both anecdotally and through multiple studies is that an epidural often affects mom's labor and can even slow it down significantly, yet many doctors don't discuss it with their patients. Studies have clearly shown a correlation between the administration of an epidural and a longer

second stage–often referred to as the pushing stage–of labor, according to Evidence Based Birth. In at least one massive study, the length of the second stage of labor for women who received an epidural was double that of women who labored without an epidural. The epidural could be relaxing the pelvic floor and making uterine contractions less effective.

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