Three pregnancy and miscarriage myths and tips
This is the second in our 10-part blog series on women’s health issues. Today, we’ll share some pregnancy tips and myths from Andraya Huldeen, MD. An OB/GYN at Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics, Dr. Huldeen isn’t simply an expert on pregnancy tips and myths; Minnesota Monthly named her one of the 2013 “Best Doctors for Women.”
Myth: “If I get an epidural, I will end up with a C-section.”
Epidurals do not cause C-sections. They are the most common pain relief used in the United States for women in labor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says epidurals are given to about 61 percent of women who deliver one baby vaginally.
Dr. Huldeen says women with longer or harder labors are much more likely to request an epidural. Labor is usually longer or more difficult because the baby is not ideally positioned or is bigger in size.