Choosing a Labor position

For those of you who didn’t already know, yes here are different positions for you to choose from for when you are in labor. The labor position you choose beforehand should be one with which you are comfortable and help ease the process as much as possible.

What are the pros of changing positions during labor?

During labor what position to you imagine yourself in? It is very essential that you choose the position carefully as it may be the difference between a normal delivery or a less comfortable one. You sit down well before hand and discuss your options with your doctor or midwife.

In the U.S. Most women stick to the cliché, woman-flat-on-back kind of labor. Although this is the most commonly used position during labor there are various benefits to getting off your back and being in an upright position.

Some of the benefits of the Upright position are:

  • You will need relatively less medication during labor.
  • This position also grants better self-confidence and control, both of which are essential in a delivery
  • You will have a relatively shorter labor period, which is a big plus.
  • This position also helps in dilating your cervix and widening your pelvic opening.
  • You will experience stronger and then more efficient contractions.
  • This position causes less stress on the baby.
  • This position helps the decent of the baby through the birth canal.
  • The position is an advantage as it help bring oxygen to the muscles in the uterus and also to the baby both very essential factors.
  • The chances of needing an episiotomy or caesarean section are considerably reduced.

 

Some of the best positions we recommend for labor are as follows:

 

  1. Standing: The more upright your choice of position is the more you allow gravity to help you do your work of pushing. During the first stage of labor even walking around can help in progress of the labor, but make sure you don’t end up tiring yourself too much while walking because you are going to need the strength to push later.
  2. Kneeling: If you have decided that being upright is comfortable and something you want to continue to do then kneeling an also be an option as eventually walking will tire you out. This position can help especially if the baby is pressing against your spine
  3. Squatting: This is a good choice for the second stage of labor, but it may be hard to maintain this position without support. Many women find it comfortable to squat on a toilet. Make sure you have a steady support like another person, a low stool or even a bean bag.
  4. Sitting: You can try sitting with one knee bent and the other relaxed. You shouldn’t lean to far back as you sit. This position too helps in increasing the blood flow to the muscles in the uterus as it drops forward thereby releasing the pressure on the diaphragm.
  5. Lying sideways: A sideways position can be beneficial if you are exhausted or have had an epidural. This position helps take weight off, what is the main blood supply to the baby and also relieves the tension on your perineum.
  6. On all fours: If the upright positions have exhausted your reserve of strength, or if the contractions are not too far apart then being on all-fours is beneficial. This position brings gravity on your side and get it to do your work for you. This position can help slow down the contractions and it also a good position is the baby is positioned with the back of his/her head pressing against the rear of your pelvis.

 

Finding a position beforehand which you are comfortable with, is essential but it is more important to improvise as your body responds to the labor as it progresses. As you change and find the best positions your baby will find the best way to fit through the birth canal.

 

If you practice the squatting position when pregnant it will be relatively easier for you to get into the position during labor. In the squatting position the leg bones act like potential levers to help widen the pelvic outlet but an additionally 20-30%. You can try these positions in the privacy of your home and find out which of the many positions you are most comfortable in.

17 thoughts on “Choosing a Labor position

  • August 13, 2018 at 8:45 am
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    When I gave birth to my son, the squatting and going on all fours when I got tired towards the end were both so helpful! But if my memory serves me correctly, my midwife had me try all of these labor positions and I’m sure they were helpful in pushing the baby down and out!

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  • August 13, 2018 at 10:18 am
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    I wish I had known these when I was pregnant.
    This is such an informative post.
    I feel many women don’t have the information handy to make an informed choice.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 11:03 am
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    I haven’t had kids yet but I had no idea that there were so many things to consider. I literally had no idea there was any other labour position than on your back. lol

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  • August 13, 2018 at 12:41 pm
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    Ohh, laboring scares me so much! I will have to chow this to my friends, she will give birth in september! Thanks for the tips!

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  • August 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm
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    I have recently met with some friends among which one was pregnant and another one gave birth a few months ago. She was actually mentioning how the nurse asked her to go for a walk in the park next to the hospital, so that she can speed us the process. This is a very useful post, as I don’t have children I never thought about positions in labor.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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    This is informational. Might come in handy, years down the line. Thanks for sharing

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  • August 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm
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    I don’t kids yet neother am I planning to have one anytime soon but I had no idea that there are other labour position than on your back. This post would definitely help women who are going to have their child soon. Very informative.

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  • August 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm
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    This is not something I was asking myself questions about but i guess it is also good to know for when i have a baby!

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  • August 13, 2018 at 6:48 pm
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    Good to know. I just stayed in my bed and asked for the drugs. It helped a lot.

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  • August 14, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    I have been in labour twice and i really wish if i had known these. and my sister is going to be lucky to know these tips.

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  • August 14, 2018 at 8:48 am
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    We are still planning for this new adventure, and when I reach that part these information will surely be handy. Thanks for sharing!

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  • August 14, 2018 at 8:55 am
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    Wow, these are great tips for any women who is going to give birth. Wowen in Singapore usually give birth in one position, that is lying on the bed 🙂

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  • August 14, 2018 at 11:23 am
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    I just stumbled upon this blog today and not regretting spending even a minute of my reading time

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  • August 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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    I find squat position more comfortable for me when I am in labor. As it allows me to push more effectively.

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  • August 14, 2018 at 8:33 pm
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    I would choose the squatting position in my imagination. I think I’ll need a lot of psychological help when this happens, I hope they will lead me well…

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  • August 15, 2018 at 6:23 am
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    Wow I had no idea that there were so many labor positions! I’m seriously going to be so nervous once I get pregnant with my first.

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