The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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The time of day you’re having your baby could determine the effectiveness of the epidural pain medication you receive. Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., found that women who were in labor between noon and 6 p.m. got longer epidural relief from labor pain than did women who labored between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. All the women were expecting their first baby and received the same amount of the spinal-epidural medication fentanyl. Researchers believe the study’s findings are related to the body’s natural biologic rhythms, which affect sleep cycles, hormones and even perceptions of pain. — Melody IP ANESTHESIOLOGY