Researchers: Childbirth Injuries Must Be Taken Seriously

Researchers: Childbirth Injuries Must Be Taken Seriously

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 13 Dec 2015 - 15:06


Giving birth to a child can be the proudest moment for a mother, but it also brings up serious medical issues. MRI scans show that upto 15% of women undergo pelvic injuries during childbirth which don't go away easily, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Childbirth is the most painful event the human body can experience and researchers have found that recovery from the pelvic injuries continues for more than 8 months. Therefore, it is recommended to follow Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor training that aims to tighten and contract the pelvic muscles. This exercise can be performed any time during the day. However, in some cases Kegel exercises don’t work at all.

Janis Miller, associate professor, University of Michigan School and team analyzed a group of pregnant women at high risk for pelvic muscle tears, with MRI scans to determine injury and their healing time.

Research Findings: The scans showed that postpartum pelvic injuries were not mainly nerve-to-muscle related. On the contrary, results showed:

  • Women with fluid in the pubic bone marrow or sustained fractures were 25%.
  • Injury similar to a severe muscle strain were 66%
  • Pelvic muscle tears with the muscle detaching partially or fully from the pubic bone were 41%

However, Miller recommends reaching out to a specialist if the injury is taking long time to heal or if there are unusual sensations of discomfort or if the woman is not able to continue with the Kegel exercises. 


Reference:Evaluating maternal recovery from labor and delivery: bone and levator ani injuries, Janis M. Miller et al., American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; University of Michigan news release, accessed 3 December 2015 via EurekAlert.


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