We all want an easy & quick labor.I can’t think of anyone who I’ve talked to that said otherwise. It is something that is on the forefront of our minds from the moment we get pregnant (or at least…it was for me….but I’m a huge baby.) Everything is up to God and His timing. However, there are some things we can do to at least help the process along. Without further ado, here are four simple things that we can do to help speed up labor.
Walking is a great way to help easy labor along. It uses the natural force of gravity to help the baby descend, as well as puts extra pressure on the cervix to help it thin/open more. This is easier to do during the early stages of labor, and can help you to handle the contractions better.
2. Changing Position:
If you are like me, having an epidural as soon as humanly possible, you can’t really get out of the bed and walk around. This is the next best thing- changing your position. Because of the epidural, I had to have my nurse and husband help me move. They’d help me turn from side-to-side. This helps the baby to move down into the birth canal.
If you don’t have an epidural at this stage in the game (or don’t plan on getting one, go you, Wonder Woman!!!) than your options are a little broader than “side-to-side”. Squatting, lunging, kneeling, & getting on all fours are all great ways to help that sweet baby move down the birth canal.
3. Going to the Bathroom
If your bladder is full, this can potentially prevent the baby from descending. Be sure that you go to the bathroom to create as much room as possible! (If you plan on getting an epidural, they will insert a catheter, so once the catheter is in place, this isn’t something you need to worry about.)
4. Stay hydrated
If you are dehydrated, it can stall your labor. You don’t want to drink huge amounts of water, but taking a few sips or chewing on some ice chips in between contractions can help your body to stay well hydrated.
Here are my four tips on helping labor to speed up. Do you have any other suggestions? Comment below!
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