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    Default Pushing stage

    I'm pregnant with number 2 and with DS although I was told not to push in my Hypno birthing class, I did because my midwife was telling me to and I ended up with 2nd degree tears and grazes, it took MONTHS for me to feel even slightly normal down there, 6 to be exact I really want to avoid that this time around.

    So tell me how you 'breathe' a baby out please.

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    Great question, I'd love to know how to do this as I seem to panic and have such an urge to push I just push like crazy.

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    My midwives and ob never told me to push they just said 'you'll know when you need to' (which I didn't I just started pushing and had no idea if I should or not lol) and then after a while 'next contraction push toward your bum.'
    It was a very instinctual thing for me I think I just started pushing about an hour after my waters broke without actually thinking 'okay I need to push' I just couldn't control it.


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    Well that's how I felt with DS, the urge to push was so strong, but I've heard of women not pushing and 'breathing' their babies out and I want to know how to do this!

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    Congratulations on baby 2 SA Girl

    I actually found my whole labour with my second baby really good. I felt a lot more in control.

    The midwife had me kind of lightly pant. It worked because i didn't get any bad tears when he was crowning.
    Just a small one delivering his body - he was 9lb 6oz though



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    I had a light epidural with my second DS.
    I pushed and when it got to the crowning I felt ALL of it. I breathed it out. Surprisingly I started breathing and my Ob said for me to continue it.
    I guess it felt like I was bearing down a bit by blowing through pursed lips. Big deep breaths and then long controlled breathing.
    I can only describe it as how I would have controlled breathing for a really long sentence of singing when I was in a choir. A very long controlled and even breathing out through the diaphragm.

    I tore, but only a little. I needed no stitches. I had a faster labour. My first I tore enough to need a few stitches.

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    Just dont push. You will feel like bearing down (like doing a poo). Just dont. Instead relax your body and take nice deep breaths. Its harder to explain that it is to do.

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    I breathed DS2 out (all 4.5kg of him), DD I pushed out (3.5kg, was much harder work!). For me it wasn't a conscious thing breathing him out, it just happened. I can't imagine trying not too as it's an overwhelming urge! I'd love to hear from someone who has breathed out multiple children


    Regarding avoiding tearing I have never torn and I have been in water with all 3, first was born on the bed and the next 2 in water. I also didn't suffer any stretchmarks so maybe I just have good elasticity? Things like avoiding coached pushing, stopping for that ring of fire moment, avoiding having anyone shove anything down there while the skin is trying to relax while crowning (my midwife with my first held warm flannels on the area). Also avoiding pushing on your back too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    I breathed DS2 out (all 4.5kg of him), DD I pushed out (3.5kg, was much harder work!). For me it wasn't a conscious thing breathing him out, it just happened. I can't imagine trying not too as it's an overwhelming urge! I'd love to hear from someone who has breathed out multiple children


    Regarding avoiding tearing I have never torn and I have been in water with all 3, first was born on the bed and the next 2 in water. I also didn't suffer any stretchmarks so maybe I just have good elasticity? Things like avoiding coached pushing, stopping for that ring of fire moment, avoiding having anyone shove anything down there while the skin is trying to relax while crowning (my midwife with my first held warm flannels on the area). Also avoiding pushing on your back too.
    Im aiming to do it with #3 so ill let you know if im successful again

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    Thanks for all the replies so far, I had a water birth with DS but I still tore badly. I definitely blame the pushing, I strained a lot as the urge was very overwhelming and I didn't have anyone there to remind me to try not to DH wasn't much help.


 

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