05 Jul Second Stage of Labour Highlights
Points to remember:-
- As your baby moves into the right position for the birth you will start to have sensations to bear down.
- These sensations will vary from gentle to stronger urges.
- In a normal birth, you should listen to your own body’s instincts.
- Baby has a short distance to travel, through layers of supportive muscle, passing through these muscles also shapes the baby’s head to make it smaller.
- As the muscles inside the birth canal gently stretch and move, this is also thinning out the skin by the entrance to the vagina, known as the perineum.
- The perineum thins out and grows to allow for the baby to be born.
- This skin has a reduced chance of trauma if you are not pushing when the head is born.
- Once the baby’s head is born, its shoulders sit in the birth canal and here the fluid is being squeezed out of the lungs. Your baby is still receiving oxygen from the placenta and via the cord as the lungs have not yet inflated.
- With your next tightening your baby’s shoulders will be born.
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