Poll: What would you choose – lengthy but painless or quick, excruciating labour?
Her water breaks, her contractions start and she’s whisked off to the hospital. But if she had a say, would this expectant mom prefer a long, drawn out but less painful delivery over a quick labour that comes with excruciating pain?
Turns out, pregnant women would opt for the marathon session of labour that comes with less pain than a quick delivery, according to a new U.S. study.
An epidural “may prolong labour but reduces pain intensity, and it seems that would be preferable to most,” he told the wire service.
The study’s based on a questionnaire doled out to pregnant women who came to hospital to have their labour induced. They took the survey again post-delivery.
They were asked a series of questions, including: Would you rather have a pain intensity at two out of 10 for nine hours or six out of 10 for three hours?
Before inducing labour and even post-delivery, the women preferred less intense pain even if it meant nine hours of it.
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