I'm 37 weeks with my second baby, and find myself thinking about labour and delivery more and more!
Just curious what positions in labour you found the most helpful for progression, and what made you the most comfortable?
My first labour threw me off.....
I had done lots of reading about how upright positions were the best for progressing labour (walking, on the ball, lunges, etc), but right from when labour began to the end (23 hours), I always progressed better when I was lying on my back (and I was more comfortable!). It was totally counter-intuitive. I even stalled at 7cm at 1pm in the afternoon and didn't progress for sooo long (because the nurses told me to stay upright), until I finally went on my back and things sped up again! I think I only dialated one cm from like 1pm to 8pm😣. I delivered close to midnight. I wished I would have just listened to my body and not the nurses, because whenever I was upright I felt like I couldn't take a deep enough breath to support the contractions. In hind site it makes sense that if my uterus wasn't getting enough oxygen then things wouldn't progress as easily.
Now I'm just curious if labour will be similar this time around. It must have been how my little one was positioned or something. Anyhow, I guess I should just expect anything, because labour is so unpredictable, right?!
Hi babytobe, I don't have an answer for you but I'm in the same position, I'm 38 weeks on Monday with my second and also find myself thinking about labour a lot. My first labour was quick because I was induced but I'd read the same, being upright gravity helped etc but then I ended up being laid down the whole time and things progressed so quickly. No pain nothing then they broke my water and 3 hours later my DD was here. Curious to know what people have to say to your question as I feel this time will be totally different. Hope you don't mind X
i do think bring upright helped me, either stood up leaning over the bed swaying my hips side to side ir rotating in the ball. Everyone is different though, you just need to do what feels and works best for you
I agree, do what feels right. I labored upright at home got to hospital at 7cm then of course c in your back... Increased my pain and slowed my labor. This time I will be following my body and not anyone else
I was induced with my first and couldn't do anything but stand up. I would sit on the edge of the bed between contractions but had to stand up when the contractions came. The pain was unbearable on my back or all fours. I ended up having a Csection though cause my daughter got distressed and only got to 6cm x
I don't know about progress because I only allowed one cervical check and at that point I was fully dilated, so no real idea how slowly or quickly things progressed in terms of numbers. But I was upright the whole time. In fact, literally never laid down from the second my waters broke (contractions started about 30-60 minutes after that) until my daughter was born, apart from that one cervical check (and lying down was awful!). I rocked on my birth ball for a good bit and then when I was pushing I walked around and stopped and knelt or squatted to push. My daughter was born with me kneeling over a chair on our bedroom floor (I had a home birth). Total labour from waters going and absolutely no other labour signs to her being born was 11.5 hours. That said, I think do whatever feels right to you and most comfortable. You know your body better than anyone. There are lots more things that impact on progression, like baby's positioning, your energy levels (whether you are eating and drinking enough), and whether you feel relaxed and have some privacy away from niggling nurses or other people coming in and interrupting what you're doing. But really, just listen to your body and do whatever feels right and most relaxing for you.
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