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Old 11-08-2012, 06:37 AM   #1
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Question for moms who delivered without an epidural: What position did you use for pushing?

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Old 11-08-2012, 06:42 AM   #2
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side-lying with my homebirth (in the tub). With my first birth I started pushing at home squatting on the toilet, but was forced to finish up on my back when we got to the hospital. Not happy about that!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Re: push position

first birth, started pushing reclined in the tub, but was forced to move onto my back on the hospital bed.

second birth, on knees, then hands and knees.

third birth, sitting flat on my bum. OUCH. Won't do that again! My tailbone hurt for like 3 days.

This time I hope to be up on my knees, or sitting in a squat.
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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Re: push position

Lots of them! I will list those without pain meds:

#2 Squatting on the bed
#3 Squatting in birth tub - With an extended leg...actually got and have a recurring pain stemming form this birth
#4 Flat on back in bed
#5 Semi-Reclining
#6 Squatting on bathroom floor
#7 Semi-Reclining
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:37 PM   #5
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Hands and knees was my preferred position with DD and I think it will be the same this time too.
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:41 PM   #6
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i was on my knees when i pushed with both DD's (homebirth) while i labored i found also that even laying on my back in the water was more painful then leaning over the side of the birth tub
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:43 PM   #7
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I had DS1 semi sitting and it was great, about 10-15 mins of pushing and he was out. I had DS2 on a birthing stool completely upright and it was almost too much - my water was artificially ruptured at 10cm and he came out in like 20 seconds flat. It was the most intense thing ever! I felt like I was tearing really badly because I couldn't control my body to stop the pushing, but luckily I only had a few skid marks that didn't need stitches. I'd say just do whatever feels good in the moment. I learned that if you plan in labor where you want to be and in what position, it'll most likely be the opposite
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Old 11-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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Squatted both times. No other position felt comfortable for me
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Squatting on a birthstool in my bathroom. Was definitely the most comfortable. I am going to try all fours for this baby and kneeling on one knee so I can grab my LO.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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My doula asked for my preference and I have no clue so I said 'whatever feels instinctual'. It's good to know that woman have different instincts about these things
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