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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 13:40 PM   11
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With my 1st my sister told me to drink loads so I got up to wee loads. Worked. Labour was 2hr...second labour even shorter and 3rd I done same again!



 
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Old Jul 11th, 2016, 15:06 PM   12
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Interesting Midnight-fairy. Do you think it was being really hydrated that helped? I got really dehydrated during labour and had to have an IV....and then I couldn't pee so I had to have a catheter. It wasn't a huge deal but I'm determined to make sure I'm really well hydrated right from the beginning of labour this time. I already have a stash of gatorade ready to go!



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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 03:15 AM   13
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I am not sure if it was being hydrated or the fact I was standing up and sitting on the loo to wee constantly, rather than laying down. We both did it with our 3 babies and weve both had easy fast labours.



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 06:52 AM   14
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My 1st labour. Walking, standing, swaying my hips and leaning forward all helped. It was a long labour so I would lie down for a rest sometimes but contractions were horrid lying down. Contrations also slowed down when I lay down. I had planned to use all fours as a labour position but it didnt feel right. I pushed in a squatting position with OH sitting on the bed behind me helping to support me. My second labour I stayed on my feet a lot too but during active labour felt a huge need to lie down and managed to find a position that was comfortable lying on my side. During pushing the MW was worried that baby wasnt coming down and thought he was stuck on my pelvis. I tried the birthing stool, all fours and something else I cant remember but baby still didn't come down. The MW remembered how well I had done on my side and helped me get in the same position. Then his head apeared and he was born quickly. I think being aware of different positions you can try is good and then go with what feels right in the moment. It also helps to have someone to help you change positions once you are in advanced labour because moving on your own can be hard.



 
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 06:54 AM   15
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Up and down stairs, on the ball, on all fous and standing up.
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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 08:38 AM   16
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I am not sure if it was being hydrated or the fact I was standing up and sitting on the loo to wee constantly, rather than laying down. We both did it with our 3 babies and weve both had easy fast labours.
Ok I'm going to try that! I do remember hating contractions that came when I was sitting on the toilet though. Maybe it will be different this time! Thanks for the tip anyway .



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Old Jul 12th, 2016, 08:40 AM   17
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With my 3rd I didnt lay down at all! Woke up with contractions, sat in rocking chair for a bit, went in car, walked to ward, rocking chair, then all fours in pool. She was the only one of mine that was not back to back!x



 
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Old Jul 18th, 2016, 15:17 PM   18
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My first delivery was a horrible, medically over-managed, mess. With my second, I was on my hands and knees most of the time. I ended up delivering in that position. My second was over a pound larger than my first and came out without cause a single tear... Whereas my first was only 7lbs 4oz and I ended up with a episiotomy that ended up as a 4th degree tear. I fully believe that labor position and delivery position made all the difference.



 
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Old Jul 21st, 2016, 22:14 PM   19
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kneeling all fours on bed, sitting on the ball (with hands on bed), or on knees on bed with arms draped over top of bed (hospital bed that can be adjusted). I remember my arms and legs feeling really weak so it was exhausting to keep my body weight up, which is why I really liked the ball. I had 2 prev CSs so was not allowed in the pool and baby's HB was being monitored which meant I couldn't wander too far! I did most of the pushing on my back (they were worried they'd have to do a last-minute EMCS), and it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. But before the pushing stage I wouldn't want to be on my back I think!



 
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