Childbirth is worse than running a marathon.
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Can I say it? Suck it up all you marathon runners, according to researchers from the University of Michigan, giving birth is “the most traumatic event the human body can undergo.”
Researchers used MRI equipment typically used to diagnose sports injuries to explore what a woman’s body experiences during childbirth.
15 percent of women never fully recover from the birth-related pelvic injuries.
According to Janis Miller, an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, “We have this thing where we tell women, ‘Well, you’re six weeks postpartum and now we don’t need to see you—you’ll be fine.’ But not all women feel fine after six weeks nor are ready to go back to work, and they aren’t crazy.”
Miller continues, “Women with pelvic injuries often feel like something isn’t right, but they don’t understand why and can’t get answers from physicians.” Such injuries can lead to bladder issues and organ prolapse. And no amount of Kegel exercises can fix that.
Miller hopes that this research encourages more doctors to stop taking a one-size-fits-all approach to postpartum recovery and take each mother’s concern seriously. She also encourages mums who feel like they are experiencing a delayed recovery or non-average symptoms to seek the help of a specialist.
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