To get a better understanding of movement during labor, check out the Mother's Advocate & Lamaze video for Better Birth on moving around :
[youtube bKqDW9JeTHM]There is no right or wrong way to move during labor, or any specific movements that may help more or less than another. It is all up to the mother to determine while she is laboring what works best for her. It is the act of moving itself and having the freedom to move which is key in the situation.
Position changing and moving during labor helps to make labor easier by:
- Walking around and moving helps your uterus work more effectively.
- Actively responding to labor and "embracing" your contractions helps to make you more confident about your experience and the outcome you will have.
- Staying active helps to move your pelvic bones and guide your baby through the pelvis in the most effective way.
- Laying on your side, leaning forward, or being upright helps to encourage the blood flow to you and your baby to help descrease the chance of your baby going into distress.
- Upright positions help to assist the baby to come down into the birth canal with gravity.
- Soaking in a bath tub or birth tub
- Sitting on a birth ball, which can also be used in a squatting position
- Different comfortable furniture, such as rocking chairs, couches, or chairs
- Use a CD player with some music that may help you to move or groove to a rhythm