Does antenatal pelvic floor muscle training affect the outcome of labour? A randomised controlled trial

Agur, W., Steggles, P., Waterfield, M. and Freeman, R. (2007) Does antenatal pelvic floor muscle training affect the outcome of labour? A randomised controlled trial. International Urogynecology Journal, 19(1), pp. 85-88. (doi:10.1007/s00192-007-0391-z)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00192-007-0391-z

Abstract

It is thought that antenatal pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) might produce a strong pelvic floor resulting in prolonged labour, whilst some believe it produces well-controlled muscles that facilitate rotation of the foetal head and shortens the duration of labour. This secondary analysis (of a previously published randomised controlled trial) assesses the labour and delivery details of 268 primigravidae who were originally randomised at approximately 20 weeks gestation to supervised PFMT or a control group. Between the two groups, there was no difference in the duration of the second stage of labour or in the need for instrumental delivery. PFMT does not appear to facilitate or obstruct labour.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Agur, Dr Wael
Authors: Agur, W., Steggles, P., Waterfield, M., and Freeman, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:International Urogynecology Journal
Publisher:Springer Verlag
ISSN:0937-3462
ISSN (Online):1433-3023
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