“While the first and second period of childbirth lasts, it is desirable for the expectant mother to be in a comfortable position, which is very difficult to find when lying down. The most natural in this situation will be for a woman to be upright – you can squat, kneel or walk. Following this advice, you will get yourself another powerful ally – the force of gravity, under the action of which the head of the child will put pressure on the cervix, helping it to open, and it will be easier to move to the exit.
Moreover, moving, we feel like full-fledged people and distract from unpleasant sensations. On the other hand, it should be noted that there are situations where freedom of movement during the birth of a baby will not benefit the woman. We are talking about complications that may arise in this process: for example, if the expectant mother’s blood pressure rises, she should not walk much.
So, if everything goes well, the first period of labor is better to spend in motion: listen to yourself and, if you feel tired, lie down to rest. It would be great now to go to the pool to relax and forget about the pain, but such an opportunity is a matter for the future.
In my opinion, a decent chair would be a worthy alternative for a woman: when you sit in it, you will feel relaxed, since the bone pelvis will be in a very advantageous position. With the onset of the second period, when the head of the baby begins its way through the birth canal to the outside, move necessarily.
Ride a special ball – they are now in many maternity hospitals – or look for a comfortable position, sitting in a chair for vertical childbirth. The third period, the young mother spends lying down: for two hours, following the birth of the placenta, she remains in the field of view of doctors, who must make sure that the birth did not cause her any complications.
As soon as this time is out, a woman can get up – provided she feels well. After a cesarean section, this period will be longer – 6 hours will be needed for the patient to gain strength, and for doctors to check if there are any complications.
Both in the first and in the second case, the movement will help our body recover from all events faster and easier, because the organs and tissues will be well supplied with blood.
In fairness, I must say that a few decades ago, obstetricians were not so calm about the behavior of women during childbirth. What was the reason for the ban on movement, which operated in ancient times? It is possible that it appeared due to the fact that the technologies accompanying the birth process, for example, methods of anesthesia, were not very developed then.
Think how it was possible to allow a woman to get up if she could faint from the pain ?! Now for obvious reasons, we can not worry about it. “
Period 1 of labor is the time of cervical dilatation with regular, equally strong contractions, repeated every 3–5 minutes. Usually, the opening takes place at a speed of 1–1.5 cm per hour, and until the neck is 4 cm wide, the process is rather slow (5–6.5 hours), and after – much faster.
2 period of childbirth: as soon as the cervix opens up completely (up to 10–11 cm), the baby’s head will begin to move through the bony ring – the entrance to the mother’s pelvis. Passing it, it will move forward faster. But the main thing is that at the 2nd stage of labor, the attempts are joined to the fights, thanks to which the whole “enterprise” ends.
Usually, the 2nd period of labor lasts 30–60 minutes, although it can be delayed for 2–3 hours – it all depends on the effectiveness of labor and attempts, the size of the child, the location of his head, and the size of the mother’s pelvis. The 2nd stage ends with the birth of the baby, his first sigh and cry.
3 period of birth: the birth of the afterbirth. The uterus decreases sharply in volume, the placenta separates from its wall and, thanks to several almost imperceptible contractions, comes out with fetal membranes and the rest of the umbilical cord.
The third period lasts up to 30 minutes, after it ends a woman puts an ice pack on the lower part of the abdomen to prevent bleeding.
“If the condition of a woman and a child does not foreshadow the appearance of problems, let the expectant mother move during childbirth, as she wants. You can discuss how exactly this is worth doing in advance with the doctor who is leading your pregnancy.
But as soon as such a threat arises (for example, a woman’s blood pressure rises, or, according to research, we see that the baby’s heartbeat changes), it’s better to lie down. This will need to be done also because specialists must observe the state of the baby.
To this end, they will connect it to a heart monitor — in this case, the sensors impose on the mother’s belly — and you don’t look like that with this accompaniment.
In addition to problems with well-being, other situations that arise even during successfully developing childbirth can limit the mobility of the expectant mother. For example, if a woman decided to use epidural anesthesia, which is now a popular method of anesthesia, it is worthwhile to prepare for the fact that after its introduction, the legs may seem to be wadded.
You will have to lie down at the time when the doctor will conduct a cardiomonitoring study.
So how to move or lie down? Focus on your mood (whether you want to resort to modern methods of labor management – using painkillers and opportunities to monitor the condition of a woman and a child) and the recommendation of a doctor who monitors the process.
In pursuit of comfort and naturalness, which are often associated for women with a free manner of behavior during childbirth, we should not forget about the interests of one more participant – the baby, who may require the mother to limit her activity, sometimes against her will. ”