Once labor begins, it’s not always easy finding a comfortable position. You may want to move around to distract yourself as much as possible from the discomfort. But don’t exert yourself to the point that you will not have enough energy when the delivery process begins.
If your labor begins at night, then consider flipping on the TV while reclining to conserve your energy for when the baby is ready to come out. But as labor progresses, you might find that an upright position helps you cope with the pain of a contraction.Also if you have a labor partner, this is a great time for a back rub or massage to alleviate the tension, especially in the lower back.
Once active labor begins, there are many positions that will help you work through contractions as they get closer in frequency.
1. Putting your arms around your partner and leaning your weight on him will not only allow you to shift your weight as a contraction comes on but also to get much-needed physical reassurance from him.
2. If you are still at home, your kitchen work surface or counter is the ideal height to lean into just until a contraction passes.
3. If you are seated, pressing your back against a chair can alleviate some measure of the back pain between contractions.
4. If most of the pain is concentrated in the lower back, place a pillow on the floor with your knees on it and lean forward into the seat of a chair by pressing your arms onto it.
5. Some women prefer to be on all fours just before they head into a contraction. This position allows the weight to shift forward and away from the lower back.
6. For some women that have swollen feet, getting on all fours may not be comfortable. In this case, place a cushion on a chair and straddle your legs across it so that you are facing the back of the chair letting your chin be supported by it. This position allows the woman to shift her weight accordingly.
7. If you are experiencing contractions that seem like they are concentrated on one side of the body, just rest one knee on a pillow and keep the other one bent right before the contraction so that your body can adjust to an oncoming contraction by staying flexible.
8. Some women go on all fours and rock backwards and forwards or in a circle so that the pelvis can relax after a painful contraction.
These positions are not always easy to get into if you are tying them for the first time as a pregnant woman during labor. So try a variety of these positions to see how they feel even before you go into active labor. Once labor comes around, your body will automatically seek to find the most comfortable position; at this time it becomes particularly important to have your labor partner around so that he or she may assist you with pillows and back rubs at intervals between your contractions.
For most women, the backache associated with labor is what is most excruciating, so keep the weight off your spine whenever possible.