Women who go through childbirth know just how physically demanding it is on our bodies, but now there’s a new study out that proves just how traumatic labor and delivery can be.
According to a new study conducted by the University of Michigan, childbirth is ‘the most traumatic event the human body can undergo.‘ So ladies the next time your husband complains about having to shovel the driveway or mow the lawn, just keep this study handy.
The study even states that up to 15% of women experience pelvic injuries that don’t heal after they give birth. Researchers feel that many women should be given MRI’s after delivery to determine if there are injuries to the pelvic floor suffered during childbirth, and the extent of those injuries.
“If an athlete sustained a similar injury in the field, she’d be in an MRI machine in an instant,” said Janis Miller, associate professor at the U-M 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.”
“Women with pelvic injuries often feel like something isn’t right, but they don’t understand why and can’t get answers from physicians,” Miller said. “A woman may have bladder problems, and in some cases prolapse of organs if the pelvic muscles are not functioning well enough to hold them in place.”