Feedback Responses

Feedback Responses

In labour, as baby passes downwards through the birth canal, this sensation can make you feel like you are going to have a bowel movement. With one major difference, even though it may feel that way, its baby’s head (or for a breech baby its bottom!). For some women, if they are not expecting to feel this, it can add to a feeling of anxiety. We don’t want you to feel anxious about this, as some amazing changes are taking place. We will look at those in the next section, for now, let us have a look at the feedback system in labour.

What else is happening now?

What else is happening now?

  • Pressure on the rectum from your baby, creates a response in your body that releases a hormone.
  • This hormone helps to keep the muscles of the pelvic floor relaxed.
  • The relaxing of the pelvic floor helps your baby to move more easily through these very important muscles.
  • This is a continuous cycle till birth – how amazing!

    

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