Work by humans can’t be predicted. It’s not common to fear throughout pregnancy that you won’t be able to get to the hospital in time to give birth, but it’s also possible to have the opposite problem—painfully delayed labour.
If labour is slow or stops altogether, medical intervention, like as a caesarean section, may be required (C-section). When the labour is in its early stages, there are a number of things you may do to help it along. However, these techniques are not 100% reliable. So how to make contractions stronger and closer together? Here are some answers.
Discussed are the challenges that mothers faced during giving birth.
Using their feet actively while in a standing position
The assistance of gravity is one of the key reasons why standing postures are preferable to laying down. A healthy and safe delivery is facilitated by gravity, which helps the baby descend into the pelvis and increases cervix pressure. The additional health advantages of exercise may be yours to reap if you are able to get up and move about.
In fact, studies have shown that when women are able to move about and remain mobile during labour, they have shorter labours, less pain, fewer medical interventions, and more happiness.
Swaying, rocking, or even dancing the pain away is a common method of relaxation for many women.
What does it involve for someone to have a “walking epidural”?
Psychological Stimulation of the Breast
When you rub your breasts, you release oxytocin, which makes you feel good. A hormone called oxytocin has been linked to helping start labour.
Your nipples may be stimulated in a number of ways, including with a breast pump, your fingers, or the assistance of your partner.
Some ladies believe just getting in the shower and letting the water hit their chest is enough to produce the feel-good hormone oxytocin.
Methods of Pressure
Massage and acupressure have both shown potential as strategies to kickstart a delayed labour. Swedish massages may be a terrific way to relax, relieve discomfort, or just change things up.
During labour, acupressure may be used to stimulate sites linked to the hormone oxytocin release, resulting in stronger and more frequent contractions.
Those who have completed formal acupressure or birth doula training may be able to assist you. Ask your acupuncturist or massage therapist whether there is anything you or your carer can do on your own to improve your health and well-being.
Taking Bold Actions
A change in body posture during labour may make it easier for the baby to acquire a position that allows for easier descent through the pelvis. This is very helpful if you suspect that your baby’s positioning is delaying the onset of labour.
Seating options like a birth ball or rocking chair might help relieve stress and anxiety. Peanut balls, a kind of exercise therapy ball, have been demonstrated to decrease labour discomfort and speed up the process. This is great news for women whose labour has been delayed because of the location of their babies. If you’ve had an epidural and you’re finding it difficult to move from side to side or sit up straight, it’s best to ask for help from your support person or the nurse.
Changing One’s Point of View
Even though getting up and moving about doesn’t really hasten your labour as standing or walking would, it may help ease the pain of labour and make the time fly by in your mind. Moving may be mentally taxing, so a change of scenery, even if only temporary, can be a relief. Even if your move is just temporary, this is true.