An expectant mom can be very excited and apprehensive at the same time when her contractions begin. She will be excited because she will be able to see her child very soon. She will feel apprehensive because there is still uncertainty on how she will give birth, if her baby will be delivered normally and will not suffer undue stress. A lot of emotions can go through her mind during this time. One fact remains. During child labor she needs to push to bring her baby down the birth canal in time for the imminent birth. There are two types of pushing. One is called spontaneous pushing. It is when the mother knows when it is the right time to push and does it naturally. The other one is called directed pushing where the birth attendant, a nurse or a midwife while tell the mother when and how to push. Below are some tips to help you know when and how to push when the time is right.
- Some women do not have the urge to push in the early stages of labor when the baby is still above the zero station and still high up inside the womb. The most effective way to assist the body to have the urge to push after a few contractions is to squat.
- The abdominal muscles should be used to push, not the neck and face, the arms and the legs. Using these will only make you lose a lot of energy and you need more energy at the latter stages of labor to ease your baby out of the birth canal.
- Find the most comfortable position for you. Most women find that lying on their side with several pillows between their legs is an effective way to minimize painful contractions. This position is very effective during the second stage of labor. Pushing in this position will lessen the tension on your perineum and will help avoid lacerations and episiotomy.
- Unless the baby is stressed, wait and allow your uterine muscles to push. This will occur naturally and will allow you time to rest and breathe easily. Use a breathing technique between contractions to help lessen the stress on you and your child. When you feel the urge to push, go ahead and push using your uterine muscles. Little grunts to accompany your pushing seem to be effective. Other women hold their breath when they push.
- If you are lying on your back when you feel contractions, take deep, cleansing breaths before holding it for about 10 seconds in which time you use your uterine muscles to push. Pushing your chin down to your chest helps give you more pushing power. Pull your legs back and hold on to grip bars or to someone’s hands while you push.
- After 10 seconds, relax and release your breath. Take another deep one and hold it for eight counts and release. When the contraction has passed, relax and wait for the next series of contractions to come. Relaxing in between helps you to recover the energy you expend pushing. A few more pushing and relaxing will be needed from your before you can meet your baby.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help you relax and focus more on your pushing technique. It can be painful and exhausting and doing everything to help your body relax and regain strength during child labor will ensure that you do not expend all your energy in pushing.