Your body does most of the work for you during the first stage of labour. This is when contractions start and your cervix begins the dilation process. Once you are 10cm dilated the second stage of birth begins and this is when pushing and delivery take place. For some women this is a quick process (which has both it’s positives and negatives) and for others it’s a very long, drawn out experience. The second stage can last from anywhere between 20 minutes to several hours. Doctors intervene when needed or requested.
It is in this stage that you need to be most aware yet relaxed (not so easy to do when you’re in pain and exhausted).
Many first time mothers ask what to expect during this ‘pushing’ stage. Unfortunately there is not one universal answer for this question as every woman’s birth is unpredictable and different.
However there are some strategies and processes to be mindful of for an easier, safer and healthier birth.
Giving birth naturally for the first time is a very unique experience and one like no other. It is unpredictable and sometimes out of our control, however, with these strategies, an open mind and a relaxed attitude; the second stage of your labour will more likely be trauma-free.
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