I used to wonder if this was a reason why some mothers died more commonly thousands of years ago. But then it just didn’t make sense to dwell on.
However, I’ll bet it’s something that has crossed your mind. What can you do to make sure you do NOT get your baby stuck in the birth canal?
Causes Of Baby Stuck In The Birth Canal
There are a myriad of reasons why your baby may seem to stop coming down your vagina during your delivery. These include:
- improper positioning
- shoulder dystocia
- malformed pelvic opening
- stalled labor
Some of these cannot be prevented fully. But there is one single thing that will make your body work to the best of its ability. You want to get your baby moving down and out the best way possible.
Items Needed For Helping Baby Through The Birthing Canal
Best Prevention Tools
THE best thing to bring your baby down the easiest way is by moving around while upright. This could be:
- rocking in a chair
- bouncing or swaying on a birthing ball
- constantly swaying your hips
- rocking on all fours in a squatting position
In addition to keeping your labor progressing the best way possible, doing so also helps that baby come out the easiest. Let me give you an analogy.
How This Works
Say you have a ring on your finger and it’s on pretty tight. You know that you can get it off of your finger, it will just take some effort.
So you pull and wiggle and twist that ring while shifting your finger and knuckle joint around in order to get it off. You may even lotion of your hands to help it slip off easier.
Would your ring have come off as easy without you trying to wriggle and move it around? It’s possible, but highly unlikely.
Same goes for your little one. Except in this case, the shape of your baby and their exit path are much more variable in shape than a simple circular ring. But the concept still applies.
The Quickest Way To Complication
Ever wonder why it’s so hard to birth a baby while on your back? That tunnel through your vagina does down and forward. When you’re laying down or sitting back really far, your lack of movement and the simple fact of gravity are working against your body’s efforts of pushing that baby out.
Imagine trying to climb upward on a slide at the playground. It’s a heck of a lot easier to just be able to slide downward. Same this for your baby.
When I had my first baby I was sitting back in the traditional delivery position. I wasn’t as smart as I am now. And my baby quit moving through after about an hour of pushing.
He got STUCK.
So we ended up using vacuum extraction to assist. But we likely would never have needed it if I simply got up and did exactly what I’ve just outlined. I learned my lesson. I don’t want you to have to learn it too.
Steps To Take
After hours of effort, it’s terrible to be told that your baby has become stressed while sitting in your vagina far too long—thus leading to a cesarean.
You can prevent that! Just be sure to do the following.
1. Strengthen Your Squat
You can learn how to do goblet squats in the strengthening exercises post. These do so much more than strengthen your pelvic floor.
You’ll be able to have ALL your muscles that support you uprightly strong and ready for action in the moment of need.
2. Walk As Long As Possible
In the earlier stages of labor and for as long as you can, be moving around on your feet or dancing to music of you prefer.
Even if you go crazy doing circles around your kitchen or the delivery floor, DO IT! If you need to rest, sit on a birthing ball or rocking chair.
3. Sway When Bearing Down
Once your baby has started to descend and is traveling through your vagina, keep moving if you can. Even if it’s just a tiny sway from side to side while you’re squatting or leaning over the edge of something, it will make a difference.
4. Open Your Lower Pelvic Bones
Your pelvis isn’t a solid structure. It’s actually hinged and can bend back and forth depending on how you’re moving your legs. Squatting the right way can actually open your pelvic bones and vaginal tissues up to 1cm more than simply standing.
- Squat with your feed wide – This opens up the lower end, allowing more space for the baby’s head.
- Squeeze your upper hip bones together – If squatting is too difficult to do, you can have your husband or birthing assistants press your hip bones together. while you’re on all fours.
If you’re needing to sit up or lay in bed, hug a peanut ball with your legs wrapped around in order to hold the proper open positioning.
5. Breathe Your Baby Out
Sometimes when you push too hard, the constricting of your abdominal muscles too much around your baby can hold them stationary without you meaning too.
Focus on breathing your baby out until you absolutely can’t NOT push anymore.
Your uterus is completely capable of birthing your baby on its own.
Many mothers often are overcome with the intense feelings and pressures of the baby’s descent. They they get overwhelmed and try to push much more than is necessary.
This can lead to undesirable effects. But learning how to calmly control how you respond to such sensations will make a world of difference for your birth. Your uterus is completely capable of birthing your baby by itself, mostly without your help.
Just follow these steps on top of keeping your mind calm, and you’ll do just fine. 🙂
Did your baby get stuck?
- Natural Birth Essentials
- Natural Pregnancy Essentials
- 5 Reasons Why Babies Get Stuck During Labor, by BellyBelly
- How To Relax During Chidlbirth: 3 Simple Ways To Ease Tension & Enhance Joy