There is no reason to lie: labor is a process that can cause discomfort and / or pain of different intensity.The good thing is that there are several ways to help make this process before giving birth to your baby less painful. In Life and Health we tell you which are the positions that can relieve you while you have the contractions.
It was time to give birth! Your body has already started labor. Your baby is ready to go out into the world, but you have to open the way.
Labor consists of 3 stages: contractions (mild and intense); the birth and expulsion of the placenta. During contractions, the neck of the uterus or cervix dilates to approximately 10 centimeters radius. Therefore, it is not surprising that it could hurt: the body opens so that the entire body of your baby can find the way out.
During all the labor you must try to be calm: it is the moment of culmination of your pregnancy, which is quite exciting! At last you are going to meet your baby! But there is no denying that it can be a painful process.
The important thing is that you do not get scared or discouraged. You have already spent nine months waiting to see your baby, and these contractions are the final stage before finally getting to know your child. Therefore, keep in mind that it is something that will happen and that there are several positions in which you can feel better and relieve pain.
The key is that you listen to your body: you yourself will know in which position it bothers you or hurts less. Here we suggest some, so you can think about them in preparation for your labor. You can combine them and adjust according to the intensity of the discomfort or pain.
- To help labor, it is good to stand and walk a little. But when you get tired you can lean on your partner or someone close, surround him with your arms and move smoothly, as if dancing a slow song. You can also sit and rock yourself.
- Sitting with pillows that support your back is a good idea. You can also lean forward to relieve your back. Another good idea is to sit upside down in a chair. Put a pillow between the back of the chair and your abdomen and lean by resting your head and arms on the top of the chair. This position is good for the back to relax. You can even ask your partner to massage your back.
- Make a half squat (supported on one leg) or stride on a chair or stool. Every time you have a contraction, lean towards the foot that is on the chair.
- Kneel and hug an exercise ball (Swiss ball) or a pile of pillows.
- Sit down and put a stiff foot on a small chair or stool.
- Assuming the squat position helps open your pelvis, which gives your baby room to better accommodate herself.
- Put “in four”. Resting your hands and knees in a quadruped animal position can relieve and stimulate the flow of oxygen to your baby.
- Lie down in bed with pillows on your back and legs bent and open. With each contraction, lean forward or bring your knees to your body.
- Lie on your side with a pillow between your knees. This position will give you a break and stimulates the flow of blood to the uterus.
I hope these tips help you. You must bear in mind that no position is perfect during labor. Most women find theirs after trying several or try them all. If you have questions, you can talk to your doctor. He or she will have suggestions.
But remember: Your body is wise and will tell you how you are most comfortable during labor in preparation for your baby’s arrival.