- The second stage of labor starts when your cervix dilates from 5 to 10 cm.
- Contractions are stronger and closer together. (Use breathing techniques to cope). They last around 60 seconds and are 2-3 minutes apart.
- Pain is focused on the cervix.
- Possible leg cramps.
- Sensations of heat and cold.
- Labor cannot be stopped now.
- Desire to sleep between contractions.
- Nausea and vomit.
- Possible discouragement.
- Impatience and irritation.
- Possible tiredness.
Pregnancy Day By Day suggests the following positions for this stage:
- Sitting in an upright or semi-recumbent position. If you adopt a sitting position on a bed, sitting at a 45-degree angle can help your breathing and reduce the risk of a condition known as aortocaval compression, which can affect how your blood is circulated around your body and to your baby.
- Because kneeling or squatting increases the pelvic outlet, many women will naturally adopt a squatting or all-fours position to give birth since they find that this is the most comfortable and easy position to deliver their baby. Upright squatting and kneeling positions help increase your pelvic outlet by around 28% compare to when you’re in a lying-down position. This means that there is more room for your baby to descend through your pelvis and into the birth canal.
- Alternatively, you may find that lying on your side is your preferred position. There is some evidence that this position can protect your perineum from tearing.
- Props: some women find using a beanbag, birthing ball, pillows, or a large cushion while kneeling and leaning forward helpful.
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