Birthing positions

      6 LABOUR POSITIONS YOU SHOULD TRY

These are recommended positions from a whole host of different individuals but more importantly from mums themselves. Remember labour is not something to fear but embrace so try the below to find the most comfortable position in your penultimate stages into parenthood. Read more information.

1.BEING UPRIGHT

Forget your partner they have been  replaced by gravity! Whether you are standing, sitting or even kneeling remain upright as the weight of your child  will press upon your cervix encouraging dilation  and moving them into prime position for childbirth. See more about positions of the child during pregnancy and birth.

2.SLOW DANCE

Sounds a bit ominous, however it encourages participants enabling your other half to be part of the venture of childbirth. Grab your chosen  participant, and put your arms around their neck and lean in, similarly your partner should reinforce your lower back and lock in with his hand to ensure that you feel secure. Now rock. Side to side. No one’s watching don’t worry, add music if it helps  and watch your pain slowly relieve.

3.SITTING ON A BALL

The beloved exercise ball, most hospitals actually provide these within maternity wards as provisions for labour positioning prior to birth. The ball allows you to take the weight of your legs and feet and in turn your shoulders from all the stress. Now again rock in which ever direction takes your fancy. Click here to see more on the uses of exercise balls.

4.LUNGE

Exercise. I know. However this is proven to speed up the final descent of your baby should dilation begin to slow down. As such stand facing forward with one foot placed upon some form of leverage and rotate the standing foot to the side to open the knee. Switch, and stick with one that provides you with the mot relief.

5.LYING DOWN ON YOUR SIDE

Get your birthing partner involved . Relax and get someone to rub your back in the process. Feel free to drift away at least as much as you can between contractions. Alternatively sit back and  relax in a rocking chair.

6.KNEELING WITH KNEES APART AND LEAN FORWARD

There seems to be a lot of sit back and relax, which is easier said than done considering. So this one includes something of a more strenuous stance  sit back on your ankles and let your bump sink down in-between your knees and again rock as you see fit  – into pillows are suggested!