Learn to Push During Delivery
You may have heard other people say that you need to push in the process of giving birth just like going to the bathroom. This phase occurs after the cervix is fully dilated and no longer covers the baby's head. There is now a smooth passage through the birth canal, from which you can push your baby out.
Once the cervix dilates 10cm or completely, you can push your baby out. You can feel the pressure of the baby's head in between your legs, giving you a signal to push. You can fell increased pressure in the pelvic floor, strong urge to have a bowel movement and pressure in the vagina. The urge is so strong that most expectant mother feel better while pushing.
How To Breathe While Pushing?
Breathing will help you stay calm and focused. Proper breathing will assist in contracting the muscles entirely. You will then utilize more muscles and gain the strength required for pushing.
Keep your throat/jaw relaxed and mouth open: If you do not relax your throat or jaw, your perineum will also not relax. It is an involuntary action (which occurs without the conscious choice of the body), known as Sphincter Law, which you should completely avoid.
Place your hand just below your bust, on top of the abdomen: The moment you get the urge, tighten the abdomen by putting your hand on it. It relaxes the perineum.
Exhale by sending your breath downwards: You should not send out the breath through your mouth. You should flow it down. Say a whispered sound of ‘ah’ or ‘o’ as it helps to exhale. It relaxes your upper body and perineum as well. You can practice this skill way before to develop it automatically in labor.
Do not try to hold any sounds that could come spontaneously. Holding your breath can be damaging to you and your baby. However, if holding breath makes it easier for you to push, you can do it as long as you are comfortable.