@Regrann from @bumpbirthbabybeyond - Many women wonder why they seem to be labouring well and progressing steadily until they transfer to hospital or their care provider performs a vaginal exam. Then contractions stop or slow down. Cervical dilation may temporarily decrease. Labour stalls (or if it occurs repeatedly, gets copped with the label of 'failure to progress'). What's going on?
Guess what, mama?! There's likely nothing wrong with your labour or ability to birth your baby!
Your body recognised an interruption or threat to the birthing process and acted appropriately. If you were 'in the wild', an interruption to the birth process would likely mean a predator or other problem, requiring the mother to move to a safer, quieter place before birthing. This is the role of adrenaline in 'fight or flight', during labour you're not going to fight, so adrenaline inhibits oxytocin to put birth on hold whilst you move to a safe place.
Similarly, a care provider talking to you, negotiating with you, interrupting or examining you initiates this same adrenaline response as your brain is taken from a primeval zone of safety, happiness and hormones to a conscious state of thought and/or fear.
Best advice = Don't mess with the process. Trust it. Choose a care provider who respects your decision to decline unnecessary exams and supports hands-off, unhindered birth. Have a homebirth if you're able to.
Ideas to get labour back on track =
do some oxytocin-stimulating activities:
- get back in your zone
- watch a chick flick
- get your partner to give you a massage and a passionate pash
- decline any further exams
- talk to your baby
- snuggle your dog or cat
- watch a birth video
- read birth affirmations
- rock on hands and knees or leaning over birth ball to encourage bub into optimal position
- gentle bouncing on a birth ball to encourage cervical contact
If you're after extra info:
Trust your body and baby.
You've got this, mama!!
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