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Pregnancy is a time when you will lose most of your mobility because of the baby growing inside. During this time, it is important that you prepare yourself for the process and try the different positions in order to get used to the feeling. When the day arrives, you will be mentally and physically prepared as the practice would have helped you.
Positions for Labour
During pregnancy, it is advised that you practice the different delivery positions so that it helps you settle and makes you more comfortable.
In the first stage of labour, you should keep yourself mobile and into an upright position. This will allow the baby to move smoothly through the birth canal. You should also practice relaxation and breathing which will help you through the entire process of labour. There are many positions available which one can explore which can prepare you for child birth.
What To Do During The Early Stages Of Labour
While you welcome the new phase, it is essential that you prepare a checklist of activities before you begin practicing the positions to help induce labour that you would require to start as the due date approaches as this will help you completely prepare for the onset of pregnancy. After adhering.
- Appointment with your doctor – This is the first thing that you would require to do, which will involve some paperwork and confirmation of your pregnancy.
- Connecting with insurance provider – You will need to learn about the insurance policy and how best can the baby be included in the coverage plan.
- A dosage of folic acid supplement – Folic acid is essential during this time because it is essential to protect the baby against brain and spinal cord problems.
- Checking before taking medicines – You need to be very careful while taking any kind of medicine during this phase, even over the counter ones. Hence it is advisable that you consult your doctor prior to taking anything.
- Quit smoking – Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage and many other problems. So if you are pregnant you should give up smoking immediately.
- Cut out alcohol – Most doctors advise to cut out the intake of alcohol. However, if you do decide to drink you may choose to do it in the 2nd trimester and it should not be more than 1 or 2 units once or twice in a week.
- Cut down on caffeine intake – Too much intake of caffeine also leads to miscarriage, hence you should limit yourself to only 200 mg per day.
- Eating healthy – This is the time to get into healthy and balanced eating.
- Seeking relief from morning sickness – To avoid morning sickness, try to eat in small portions and multiple times in a day and try to consume food which will make you feel less queasy.
- Learning the red flag signs – You should be conscious of your body during this phase and seek medical advice whenever you start getting cramps or cramps with bleeding.
- Schedule for exercise and rest – It is very normal to feel fatigued at this time because your body is getting used to frequent changes in hormones. It is essential that you take it easy, sleep as much as possible and relax. Exercising regularly helps in coping up with the changes happening in your body.
- Maternity clothes & inner wear – Pregnancy involves changes physically as well. Hence you should start buying clothes and inner wear which make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Prepare a budget for the baby – You need to prepare and plan yourself for the addition in expenses which will happen when the baby comes in.
Best Positions to Relieve Your Pain during Active Labour
The best positions to ease labour pain are ones in which your body is upright. Few of the most recommended positions that could help you get through labour comfortably are –
1. Standing and Leaning
This position allows you to support yourself with the help of your spouse or a wall and makes the labour less painful. Standing position helps the baby move through the birth canal because of the change in your pelvis. This increases the chances of moving into the 2nd stage of labour. However, this position maybe more tiring and you will have to have a strong spouse.
Squatting positions encourage the descent of the baby by increasing its rotation. It helps increase the pelvic diameter up to 2 cm. This position may be little more tiring though.
3. Lying on your left side
Lying on the left side is a resting position which can make the contraction more effective and slows the birthing process
4. Kneeling with the birthing ball
You may choose to lean against a wall, desk with knees or use an exercise ball on a higher surface slightly bending your knees. If you are using a ball then to try the the birthing ball positions, you will need to lead forward into the ball with your head, arms, and upper chest. After placing yourself in this position, you can rock from one side to the other. This is one of the best ways to practice sitting positions to induce labour.
5. Hands & Knees
Kneeling with legs spread wide apart and lean forward with the support of your hands. In this position, you need to sit on your ankles and let the belly sink down gradually between the knees. You can use some pillows to rest your chest or head if required.
Flexing the muscles of your legs as you stretch your legs help you relax and also makes sure that the baby has space to move around.
7. Raising Feet
Sit in a chair and elevate one foot. With each contraction lean forward into the raised foot. This helps the progress of labour.
Sitting on the birthing ball helps relax your legs and lower back. Swaying from side to side and back and forth also helps. You may use an exercise ball to rest the upper body or you may also do the same swaying movements on your hands and knees. Swaying help opens the pelvis and rotates the baby.
9. Lying on the side and raising the upper knee
Lying on one side with your lower leg straight and upper leg bent as much as possible by resting it on a pillow. This is another position which opens your pelvis and encourages your baby to descend.
You can start with facing forward placing one foot on a stool and rotate the standing foot opening your knee slowly. Then keep lunging in between contractions. You can try with each foot up in turns.
In this you will be able to concentrate on labour with your eyes shut and doing a ‘pelvic movement’ by sitting down. The rocking helps the baby rotate and descend.
12. Lying on the back(Reclining)
Reclining means lying down in bed or against a wall or on a chair or person. It releases the tension and helps relax the muscles. This option is good when you feel tired but do not want to lie down completely.
Thus, the different positions can be tried out before you go for delivery. By practising these, you will be able to prepare yourself physically for your baby’s entry.