Some expectant mothers may find the idea of delivering a baby exciting or overwhelming. It might also be a bit scary, particularly for a first time mother, when you’re not sure what to expect. Your doctor or midwife will likely guide you in pushing your baby out, but if you want to mentally prepare ahead of time, you should know there are several different methods of pushing during delivery. Some practitioners use spontaneous pushing, while others use directed pushing. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about his method of delivery beforehand. transport services
Getting Ready to Push
Wait until you are 10cm dilated before attempting to push. Your doctor or midwife will let you know when you have reached this point. Some doctors will have you start pushing as soon as you reach this point, while others will have you wait until you feel the urge to push, even if you’re fully dilated.
Assume a position for delivery that is comfortable for you. If you have an epidural, your lower body will likely be at least somewhat numb and you might not be able to move into different positions. For those who can move around, several options for positioning include squatting, being on your hands and knees or semi-sitting. Experiment with what feels the most comfortable, and don’t be afraid to shift around if you feel like it.
Different Ways to Push
Get ready to push. If your doctor uses directed pushing, she will tell you when to to do it. Usually you will push for 10 seconds during each contraction, take a breath, then push again, possibly repeating with a third push. You will then rest until the next contraction, when you will repeat that process. Lamaze International recommends using spontaneous pushing for delivery instead, in which you push when you feel the urge, for as long as you want. The advantages to spontaneous pushing is that it is less tiring for the mother and poses less risk of damaging the perineum and the pelvic floor muscles.
Bear down when pushing as though you were having a bowel movement. If you are unsure about whether you are pushing with the right muscles, you might want to consider actually sitting on the toilet to push for a time so you can mimic a bowel movement and see how to push. Your doctor or midwife will also be able to direct you if you aren’t pushing effectively.
Pay Attention to Your Doctor
Make sure to stop pushing during delivery if your doctor tells you to, even if you still are feeling the urge to push. There may be a reason why she wants you to wait, for instance, in case an episiotomy needs to be performed or to adjust the umbilical cord if it’s wrapped around the baby.
Having a baby is exciting and often full of surprises. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can make this time a little less overwhelming.