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Could Labor Pain Meds Lower Your Risk of Postpartum Depression?

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An epidural might be your secret weapon against postpartum depression. A Chinese study found that women who received epidural anesthesia during a vaginal delivery had a much lower risk for postpartum depression than women who didn't. How much lower? 21 percent. "It's a huge omission that there has been almost nothing in postpartum depression research... read more

Long Labor or More Painful Labor? Which Most Women Would Choose

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You don't really get to decide if labor is a marathon or a sprint. But what if you could? Researchers asked 40 pregnant woman if they would prefer a longer labor with relatively less pain, or a shorter labor with terrible pain. The general consensus: less pain, longer labor. The survey was distributed to women... read more

How the Epidural Will Become Safer and Painless​

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While there are plenty of moms who go without, most ladies are still big fans of the epidural. Epidural medication is injected into your lower back via a tiny catheter, and works by blocking the transmission of pain from nerves in your lower body to your brain. As good as that sounds, there... read more

Fever During Labor? It’s Not Because of the Epidural

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Did you know you might get a fever during labor? In the past, it's been suggested that epidural analgesia (the pain meds) is what causes laboring moms to burn up, but a new study in the August issue of Anesthesiology provides some surprising insight into the cause of maternal intrapartum fever (MIF). University of... read more