Positions for Labor
When it comes to positions in labor, more is better. Changing your position can help align your baby properly, speeding the labor process. Some positions can help reduce specific types of pressure or pain, so be willing to use whichever are necessary when labor begins. Being familiar with how the positions feel before labor begins is helpful, so take some time to try them out and decide which ones are most comfortable to you.
During the labor, what you prefer may change as the baby's position and your energy level change. A position that wasn't comfortable a few hours ago may be perfect now. Stay flexible and choose positions for comfort and effectiveness in labor.
Movement in Labor
Combining movement with positions can help encourage a productive labor while helping you cope with the stress and pain of contractions. Walking, swaying and rocking your hips are especially helpful because they make it easier for your baby to move through your pelvis.
Specific movements can be used to achieve specific goals. For example, pelvic rocking can reduce the pain of a sore back. Understanding which movements and which positions help to encourage specific outcomes can help your labor move as quickly as problem free as possible.