Help Your Baby Out – Tips For Labor Pains
Labor pains are intense but an amazing part of the birth of your child. During birth, your body and your baby are working together to facilitate a smooth transition into the world. Unfortunately a lot of the lifestyle choices we make and the birth practices we pursue are actually making things a lot harder for both you and your babe.
Here are a few tips to help your baby out during the amazing process of birth that will also help you get through birth in one piece!
Stay off your back
I used to watch TLC Baby Story and think that in order to push a baby out you had to be on your back with your knees pressed back to your ears and someone telling you to push and hold your breath for 10 seconds – I thought that was how it was done. Thankfully I learned why that is ludicrous before the delivery of my sons!
Giving birth on your back makes things harder for you and your babe. You are pushing against gravity and you restrict the movement of the sacrum thereby narrowing the space in the pelvis which makes it harder for your baby to maneuver its way down and out of the birth canal and it can increase labour pains.
Back lying during labour and delivery also presses on the vena cava which can impede the flow of oxygen to the baby and our body. We are told throughout pregnancy to stay off our back because of the pressure it places on the vena cava so why is it ok to be on our back during birth?
Rock your pelvis
Dancing your baby out with rhythmic rocking of the pelvis is a great way to aid circulation, keep the muscles of the pelvic floor open and embrace the movement of your baby.
As your baby moves into and through the pelvis in preparation for delivery, try rocking your pelvis in either a standing position (try dancing with your partner), or leaning forward and resting your arms and head on the side of a bed or couch, or by sitting on a birth ball and circling your pelvis in all directions according to what feels best. Pelvic rocking can help create a path of least resistance for your baby and help facilitate the birth.
Our breath is cleansing and nourishing. It helps us relax, it helps us heal, it helps alleviate discomfort. When we hold our breath we create tension, we restrict the flow of oxygen and we feel more discomfort.
During labour, your baby needs open space, reduced tension and oxygen. Inhale to expand and create space for your baby. Exhale sending your breath to your pelvic floor, releasing any tension. Nourish your body and your babe on its journey to its own breath in the outside world.