How to push during labor is the question on all pregnant moms minds. First time moms have never experienced the exercise, so they need to learn! Today we’re talking all about how to push when you’re having a baby.
Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been told by multiple delivering OB’s that I’m a good pusher.
While I can’t attest if it’s just that my body delivers quickly or my killer baby pushing skills, I can give some tips for how to get that baby out that have been shared with me over the years.
How to Push During Labor
Today I’m sharing some tips for what to do during labor that will hopefully keep your delivery time short and quick!
While the average time a first time mom pushed is 1-2 hours (!!) our goal is to get that number down!
Push like you’re pooping. (You probably will!)
We all hear about “pooping on the table” and the truth of the matter is: you probably will! And that’s because the muscles you’ll be using are basically the same.
Instead of pushing as if you’re pushing from your vagina, imagine you’re taking the biggest poop of your life and it’s stuck. Gross visual, I know. This is the advice I was given with my first and it’s worked every time!
Don’t worry – someday soon you’ll be giggling over poop songs with your kiddos.
(Psst – that first poop can be scary! Read our post on how to poop after baby!)
Relax everything you can!
On the same page, don’t waste energy tensing part of your body that won’t help push that baby out. Relax your thighs and legs as much as possible and force that energy into pushing.
Listen to your doctor!!!!
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to push and when to stop. They’re waiting for contractions so that you are working WITH your body to get this baby out. If you push when it isn’t the “right” time, you might tear or use precious energy.
Lift your legs.
I’ve done this with my husband helping, nurses helping, or by holding my own legs. When you’re pushing, grab the underside of your thighs. Pull them close to your body. This will help position you to push easier and have your body assist naturally.
Tip your chin down.
I have no idea if this is a mental thing or actually helps, but both OBs who have delivered for me gave me this advice. Tuck your chin into your chest as if you’re looking at your belly.
Listen to your body!
Seriously the most important part of how to push during labor.
I can only speak from an unmedicated standpoint, but you’ll feel the contraction start to come back. I remember saying with my second out loud, “Oh, here comes the next one!” Your body will be telling you when to push. Listen to it!!
Use the intervals to relax and rest.
Between contractions will be short, but use them to your advantage. Catch your breath, mentally prepare for the next push. Your doctor may use this time to guide you on what you can try next.
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