Restricting Movement During Labor
In contrast to what you see in movies and on TV, lying on your back in a hospital bed is not the only way to give birth! In fact, walking, moving around and changing positions throughout labor makes the birth of your baby easier. Movement is the best way for you to use gravity to help your baby move down the birth canal and through your pelvic bones. Staying upright actually increases the size of your pelvis to make it easier for your baby to fit and rotate as necessary.
When it comes time to push, staying off your back and pushing with your natural urges can be key to making it as easy as possible for you and your baby. Be wary of anyone trying to "direct" your pushing. Nobody should be counting for you or telling you to hold your breath. It increases the risk of pelvic floor damage and actually can deprive your baby of oxygen! Keep in mind that if you have an epidural or continuous EFM, this will drastically restrict your movement during labor.
Learn more about how movement in labor, as well as pushing upright and with your natural urges, can improve your chances of a healthy, safe birth.