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2nd Stage Of Childbirth: All You Need To Know

by | November 30, 2018

Each labor is different, still there are few general experiences that you can expect to happen to you too. In the previous post, I explained all about the first stage of labor. If you didn’t already, read it here and come back to know more about 2nd stage of childbirth

2nd stage of childbirth
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The second stage of childbirth involves pushing and the delivery of your baby. Up until now, your body has been doing all the work for you. Now that your cervix has fully dilated to 10 cm, it is time for you to help by pushing.

Pushing and what to expect during the 2nd stage of childbirth:

During this stage, your contractions will be more regular than the contractions in transitional labor. They are still about 60 to 90 seconds each but are further apart (usually two to five minutes). You should now notice a well-defined rest period between them.

Common in the second stage (though you’ll probably feel a lot less — and you may feel nothing at all — if you’ve had an epidural):

Pain with the contractions, though possibly not as much
An overwhelming urge to push Rectal pressure
A burst of renewed energy or fatigue
Very visible contractions, with your uterus rising noticeably with each
An increase in bloody show
You will feel a burning, stinging sensation during crowning.
During crowning, you will be told to not push.
A slippery wet feeling as your baby is born

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Pushing and what to do:

Get into a pushing position that uses gravity to your advantage.
Push as if you’re having a bowel movement when you feel the urge.
Try to relax your pelvic floor and anal area.
Rest between contractions to help regain your strength.
Use a mirror to view your progress.
Use all your energy to push.
Do not be discouraged if your baby’s head emerges and then slips back into the vagina (two steps forward and one step back).

Once baby is born it will be time to deliver the placenta.

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Julie Nealon

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