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4 pregnancy taboos you should ignore

Offering state-of-the-art facilities and providing quality medical and surgical care for women of all ages, Raffles Women’s Centre in Singapore has the biggest team of consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists in the private health care sector.

So, when it came to debunking some common old wives’ tales about labour and pregnancy taboos, we knew just who to talk to. Learn the truth behind these four pregnancy taboos.

1. Epidurals are unsafe as they cause long-term damage for mums

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Dr. Lee I Wuen, specialist in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from Raffles Women Centre, clarifies the myth behind epidurals for mummies-to-be. 

"It is not true that epidurals can cause long-term damage such as paralysis, rheumatism and backache. In fact, the use of epidural analgesia for pain relief in labour is very safe, and the risk of any complications from it is very low. If a woman in labour is unable to cope with the labour pains using other methods of pain management, then having an epidural is an effective method to relieve her pain. The pain relief it provides can last throughout labour, however long the duration of labour is."

 

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