Childbirth is a unique and unforgettable experience for each and every mother. It is a special moment filled with an abundance of joy, excitement, emotion, and mostly, anticipation. Although you may be more than ready to introduce your newborn baby into this world, your bundle of joy may be a tad more shy than you’d hoped.
How long your baby decides to stay in the womb depends on many factors, including the stage of your pregnancy, the positioning of your baby, the level of contractions you are experiencing and the size of your baby and/or birth canal during delivery.
Since prolonged labor can be an unfamiliar and often times nerve-wrecking time for expectant moms, The Stork Magazine has broken down the issue and compiled a list of possible challenges and solutions to provide some you with some comfort during a possible time of worry.
Even if your baby’s room is all decorated and ready, your baby may not be. Childbirth requires patience and that is important to understand. Sometimes, moms-to-be are so eager to give birth that they don’t realize that it just may not be the right time. Too much emotional or psychological stress placed on labor can cause labor to stall or slow down. If you’re feeling anxious, remember to take a deep breath and relax. Turn on some soothing music, turn the lights down, sway back and forth on a rocking chair or just close your eyes and allow yourself to daydream.
Bad Baby Positioning
If your baby is unable to navigate themselves through the pelvis with their head down, in the anterior position, you may be faced with a “mal-positioned” baby. In order to prevent this from happening, try to properly position your baby by laying on your side rather than your back while you sleep. Leading up to the last couple weeks of your expected date, try stretch in-forward leaning positions and perform exercises that allow you to sit up straight with your legs spread apart (consider stretches and meditations on exercise balls).
“Failure to progress” refers to when labor contractions do not lead to the delivery of a baby. When faced with these complications, you may find it difficult to change positions or feel comfortable lying down. In these cases, the presence of a doula may promote the natural progression of labor. Studies have shown that doulas play a positive role during childbearing and their support and guidance can help shorten labor and reduce the use of pain medication or epidurals during pregnancies. Doulas also have the ability to alleviate pain with a relaxing massage and promote effective contractions.
Bigger babies sometimes need more time. The birth canal may be too small for the baby to travel through so again, patience is a virtue. Walking and changing positions while in labor may help the baby descend and get into an optimal position for delivery. Labor is hard work so be sure to allow your body to rest and recharge. Maternal positioning to open the pelvis wider can do wonders for laboring mothers.