View Poll Results: Did you get the urge to push early?
Yes 56 62.92%
No 25 28.09%
Pushed anyway 21 23.60%
Waited to push 13 14.61%
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 16:50 PM   1
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Did you get the urge to push before 10cm?


Two part question.

Did you get the urge to push before 10cm dilated? If yes, did you push anyway or did you wait until you were fully dilated?

I was 6 cms when I got the urge to push and waited 2 excruciating hours til the midwife said I could push. Worst part of labour IME. If it happens again I plan on pushing anyway. Or at least not deliberately trying not to push.



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 16:54 PM   2
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I have no idea since my MW didn't check before I started pushing. I just pushed when I felt like it.

Many women start pushing around 9 cms and that will open up that last cm. Some get the urge prior and can do some breathing to help. You don't always have to push either, because your body will do it involunatarily.



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 16:59 PM   3
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Oh darn forgot the option for those who don't know cause they either didn't get checked or just pushed when they were told without feeling the need to.



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 17:35 PM   4
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I listened to my body - when it told me to push i pushed. I always listen more to my body than my midwife. Anyway i ended up with no tears or anything so listening to my natural instincts worked well for me.

I was 6cm when i pushed with my son and 7cm with my daughter x



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 17:39 PM   5
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Apparently I was 8/9cm but I had the urge to push! So I did!



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 19:12 PM   6
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I got the urge to push at 9cm and couldn't not push. The nurse kept saying "you can't push yet" but my body just did it anyway. I agree it was probably the hardest part of labour.



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 20:43 PM   7
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I never really had the "urge" to push other than feeling like I had to pee and nothing would come out (because the sack was putting pressure in there). I just pushed when her behind was crowning because the nurse told me I could. Her body was out in about 3 pushes, then I had to wait for the nurse to cut the cord from her neck and the head was another 3.



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 20:45 PM   8
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One of my most vivid memories (and I don't really remember a lot from 5cm-10) was the nurse telling me I was at 9 but not to push yet. The urge was unbelievably strong and I have to admit I didn't really fight it, but I didn't full on push either. I remember asking the nurse over and over "check again! Check again!!" When she told me I was 9 3/4 I wanted to strangle her. Lol



 
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Old Nov 26th, 2012, 21:03 PM   9
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Quote:
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Two part question.

Did you get the urge to push before 10cm dilated? If yes, did you push anyway or did you wait until you were fully dilated?

I was 6 cms when I got the urge to push and waited 2 excruciating hours til the midwife said I could push. Worst part of labour IME. If it happens again I plan on pushing anyway. Or at least not deliberately trying not to push.
I am so happy to read this because everyone I have talked to does not know what I mean....I was ready to push at 7cm and it took me another 8 HOURS to get to 10 and they would not let me push yet...it was excrutating...you cant help but push a bit and then I swelled up from trying so hard not to push but still pushing anyway that it SLOWED my labour down so bad....I was so releived to finally be allowed to push!



 
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Old Nov 27th, 2012, 00:18 AM   10
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Two part question.

Did you get the urge to push before 10cm dilated? If yes, did you push anyway or did you wait until you were fully dilated?

I was 6 cms when I got the urge to push and waited 2 excruciating hours til the midwife said I could push. Worst part of labour IME. If it happens again I plan on pushing anyway. Or at least not deliberately trying not to push.
I am so happy to read this because everyone I have talked to does not know what I mean....I was ready to push at 7cm and it took me another 8 HOURS to get to 10 and they would not let me push yet...it was excrutating...you cant help but push a bit and then I swelled up from trying so hard not to push but still pushing anyway that it SLOWED my labour down so bad....I was so releived to finally be allowed to push!
Yeah I wish I'd thought to question it and researched when I was pregnant. I questioned and researched everything else I'd never even heard of anyone pushing/needing to push early.

Oh man I can't imagine not being allowed to push for 8 hours! 2 hours was excruciating enough. I know what you mean about pushing a bit anyway (I kept insisting I wasn't pushing just doing a poo lol). In my daze I did remember that the midwives had all told me to keep my mouth open and relaxed as open mouth = open cervix and I wondered how I was supposed to relax my mouth while clenching and straining not to push. But I trusted my midwife (who really was wonderful and super supportive of a natural birth and she never once left my side so I really can't fault her) out of fear that I'd damage my cervix if I pushed too soon. I definitely now believe it would have gone so much quicker if I'd trusted my body instead.



 
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