A pregnant woman can choose different birthing positions, based on her comfort level during birth and the progress of her labor. An effective positioning can help speed up labor and reduce discomfort by aligning the baby properly and reducing unnecessary muscular effort. Here are 5 common birthing positions to ease labor:
- Hands and knees positions
In this birthing position, the mother is on all fours, like a horse. This position is very useful when the mother is experiencing back labor. Many women also find that this laboring method, along with pelvic rocking, helps to turn a posterior baby. Modifying this position, to have the head and shoulders on the floor, allows gravity to pull the baby towards the top of the uterus and gives baby some room to change positions.
- Sitting Positions
Sitting position is good for resting. This position widens the pelvis and lets gravity take its course. Mothers can sit on a chair or a birth ball that they may have practiced on. However, women who have high blood pressure are not encouraged to use this position. At KIMS Cuddles, we make sure we give you the best possible birthing advice according to your specific needs.
- Squatting Positions
Squatting is considered to be one of the most labor-efficient positions. It widens the pelvic opening, relieves back pain, speeds the progress of labor, and relaxes perineal muscles so that they are less likely to tear, improves oxygen supply to the baby and even facilitates delivery of placenta. Squatting position gives your baby a straighter route through a wider passage, creating the easiest path for your baby to move through your pelvis.
- Side-lying Positions
During the side lying position during labor or for the pushing stage, the mother rests on one side, with her body slightly curled in a fetal position. This position is effective for maintaining relaxation. It helps to reduce unnecessary muscular effort, which lessens fatigue in a long labor and increases the mother’s comfort level.
- Upright or Standing Positions
Upright or standing positions for childbirth use gravity to the mother’s advantage. This position helps the baby drop into the pelvis, and prevents pressure from being concentrated in a particular spot. Your labor is likely to progress more quickly and efficiently when you walk a lot, and you may find yourself upright during an intense contraction. You can try stopping and leaning against the wall or your birth partner to make yourself more comfortable.
When unrestricted birthing positions to ease labor are available to mothers, they are better able to adapt to changes through the first and second stages of labor.
Make sure you talk to our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles to practice these various birthing positions to ease labor before you go into labor.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance