Walking During Early Stages of Labor Has No Effect on Childbirth or Baby

Walking has no effect on the duration of labor or the probability of complications during delivery, according to a study by Dr. Steven L. Bloom of the University in Texas published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Bloom’s team studied a “walking” group against a “no walking” group of uncomplicated full-term pregnancies. They concluded that women who walked during early labor and those who remained in bed were equally likely to develop complications or need pain medication, episiotomies, or cesarean deliveries. The babies in both groups were equally healthy as well.


Reuters - July 8, 1998

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