As to BEXTER's Q as to why some push for so long, and don't they just start when the head is down and bubs is ready...
Some people may get the urge to push before that, and it's hard to argue with your body. Sometimes bubs may be a bit 'stuck' or is not optimally positioned, despite appearing to be, some womwn have more 'power' in their pushes than others, or are more attuned to their bodies, or have better 'pushing technique'. Some middies may be better at instructing, and some ladies may time their 'pushes' to better coincide with contractions.
All depends upon the situation, body and baby involved, I guess, and possibly a dozen other reasons.
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14-04-2013 15:15 #31
14-04-2013 16:54 #32Senior Member
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I only have the one baby so it's not really relevant, but I got the urge to push at 9cm with a "thin lip". Not quite 100% sure what that means but I think I was so close to fully dilated that when the midwife said I could push I think I was definitely 10cm. It was 6 minutes of pushing with a 2nd degree tear. The hardest part was the midwife kept telling me to push when my body didn't want to between contractions. It was good though.
I'm hoping my 2nd won't be less than 6 minutes!
14-04-2013 21:40 #33
I didn't mean to offend anyone by my question. I was just curious.
Sorry I could have worded it better.
15-04-2013 00:44 #34
Definitely there is hope for a shorter labour all round! Your body is more easily 'primed' and you kind of know the deal, I suppose, second time around, and traditionally they say 2nd and subsequent labours are apparently shorter.
Of course it would totally depend on the situ, but this thread seems to confirm that usually the second time is faster!
15-04-2013 09:16 #35
On my first, the urge to push was so strong that it is one of my lasting memories about the birth.
It was amazing. I really was taken aback by it at the time.
So I expected that again on my second, and was actually looking forward to it, but it never happened.
It didn't make any difference to the birth of DS2 or anything, it's just a little something that I noticed was missing.
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