Tag «physical preparation»

Is your baby posterior?

The most common position for a baby during labor is head down with the back of the head (occiput) facing the front of the mother (anterior). When the back of the head is facing the back of the mother (posterior) the baby’s position is called Occiput Posterior. This occurs in 15-30% of labors. A baby …

Vocalization in Labor

Vocalization in labor (making noise during labor) can be a great tool for releasing tension and stress from your body. But not all noise is equal. Making too high-pitched of a noise, like a scream, screech or a squeal, tightens up your chest and neck muscles. Every muscle in your body is connected, so these …

Progressive Relaxation

This exercise should be performed after you have mastered the tense and release exercise. If you have the ability to relax some muscles at will, you are ready for this exercise. Begin in the most comfortable position that allows your body to relax fully, such as lying on your side. Choose a part of the …

Perineal Massage

Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the perineum (skin between the anus and vagina) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. While this preparation is often cited as reducing perineal damage, research studies disagree on the effectiveness of perineal massage used during childbirth. In one study women who performed 10 minutes of perineal massage daily …