Ladies, it is impossible to learn a new skill (pushing) when you are in pain! That is why you need to learn how to push during your pregnancy and then practice it every time you go to the bathroom. You need to have a strong transverse muscle (inner most abdominal muscle) so you can push for as long as necessary without your muscles getting tired. You need to learn how to push with your strengthened transverse muscle and how to relax your pelvic floor at the same time. It is sort of like patting your head and rubbing your belly. That is why you need to practice it! When you are going to the bathroom make sure you put your feet up on a footstool about 7 inches high. This supports and aligns your bowel and makes it easier to have a bowel movement.
You also may want to start drinking a tea called Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. It is a uterine toner and will help your uterus in labor.
To prepare for the first stage of labor (the painful stage) you need to learn how to surrender to the pain. You can do this by doing birth visualizations during your pregnancy. You can listen to my Coming Contractions CD. If you listen to it a lot during your pregnancy and then bring it to labor your body will relax when it hears the music and voice. The ability to relax will decrease your pain!
So if you have not started preparing for your marathon of labor….what are you waiting for?! Start with buying my Perfect Pushing DVD that is now on sale in honor or Labor Day. Would love to hear about your labor. Julie Tupler, RN