What is Labor breathing?
Labored respiration or labored breathing is an abnormal respiration characterized by evidence of increased effort to breathe, including the use of accessory muscles of respiration, stridor, grunting, or nasal flaring.
Lamaze technique. The stated goal of Lamaze is to increase a mother's confidence in her ability to give birth; classes help pregnant women understand how to cope with pain in ways that both facilitate labor and promote comfort, including relaxation techniques, movement and massage.
- Contractions during the Pushing Stage. During the second stage of labor, the uterus continues to contract about every five minutes and each contraction lasts 45-to-90 seconds. The contractions are usually strong and forceful and may or may not be accompanied by an urge to push.
- A Lamaze class will be taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). Lamaze classes range from one hour to three hours long and last for over the course of four to eight weeks. Typically, you'll bank about 12 hours of total class time.
- An epidural block is a numbing medicine given by injection (shot) in the back. It numbs or causes a loss of feeling in the lower half your body. This lessens the pain of contractions during childbirth.
Here are some pushing tips:
- Push as if you're having a bowel movement. Relax your body and thighs and push as if you're having the biggest BM of your life.
- Tuck your chin to your chest.
- Give it all you've got.
- Stay focused.
- Change positions.
- Trust your instinct.
- Rest between contractions.
- Stop pushing as instructed.
- There is pain and labor does hurt, but it was not as bad as television shows or family and friends made it out to be. To me, it felt like a menstrual pain that was more painful than normal but not excruciating. It feels like cramping when you get your period, just a little more intense. And the pushing is a relief.
- If you're a first-time mum, active labour may take about eight hours. This is an average, though, and it could be much shorter or longer than that. It's unlikely to last more than 18 hours. Once your cervix has dilated to 10cm, it could take you an hour or two hours of pushing before your baby is born.
- A multip with a really strong urge to push and a really elastic cervix may be able to start pushing at 8 cm. She may well not be able to not push! A primip will probably not accomplish anything except cervical trauma and exhaustion if she starts pushing at 8 cm.
Your body will let you know just what position is best at every point in your labor.
- SITTING ON TOILET.
- LEANING OR KNEELING FORWARD WITH SUPPORT. Pros: Can help shift the baby if needed.
- KNEE-CHEST. Pros: Good for back labor.
- ON BACK WITH LEGS RAISED. Cons: Works against gravity.
- Generally speaking, first babies tend to engage from about 34 to 36 weeks. However, some babies only engage once labour starts. If your baby hasn't engaged by the time you go into labour, it's likely that the power of your contractions will soon push him down. Similarly, if your baby's head engages early, don't panic.
- Childbirth, also known as labour and delivery, is the ending of a pregnancy by one or more babies leaving a woman's uterus by vaginal passage or C-section. It involves three stages of labour: the shortening and opening of the cervix, descent and birth of the baby, and the delivery of the placenta.
- A frequent cause of back labor is the position of the baby. Positions such as occiput posterior (when baby is facing the mother's abdomen) can cause pressure from the baby's head to be applied to the mother's sacrum (the tailbone). However, a baby in an odd position does not always result in back labor.
Updated: 29th September 2018