When you are in labor the best thing you can do is listen to your body to figure out what position feels best for you. That takes top priority in any birth. The labor support people may offer suggestions but whether or not you do them should be up to you and how your body feels. Remember birth is a dance between your baby and your body. You should move in a way to help allow the baby to come on out. Sometimes you need to get into certain positions to help your baby move through your pelvis.
If you end up with an epidural you will be limited in any awareness of what needs to happen in your body. The epidural blocks the pain but also any ability of your body to help guide you and baby with the birth. You will also be limited in what positions the hospital allows you to get into. There are different degrees of epidurals from full blockage where you have no feeling or use of your legs to a walking epidural where they may allow you to be upright. Usually, it is hospital policy to keep you in bed once you have an epidural.
No matter what positions you use please know there is help in getting your pelvic bones back to their normal alignment after birth when you work with a Birth Healing Specialist.
Understanding what is really happening to the pelvis and pelvic floor with different positions during birth can be really helpful for healing afterward.
When moms are tuned into their body and the baby during labor they instinctively will get into the best position possible. But with epidurals, there is a loss of that awareness. Please understand that the position you were in during the time the baby came out is important for the Birth healing specialist to know to help rebalance your pelvic bones.
In this video, I share with you the different positions you can use during labor and their effect on the pelvis and pelvic floor muscles.
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