Originally Posted by AllisonR
So, if you were hands and knees you were more comfortable, but also more time. When you went to squat, more intense but quicker. May I ask, if you were comfortable with hands and knees, why did you change? Did you know it would be more intense, but you were ready to deal with that? Or did MW recommend the change? Or were you surprised? How did you deal with it? You looked concentrating, but not scared. What was it like?
Well, there are two reasnos why I changed position. first was the fact, that there was too much water in the tub and my face was under the water while pushing and I was worried I'd breath in some water when I was done pushing and took the deeeeeep breath - you know how it is - it's uncontrolable - and I had to make sure my face was above the water and it was very distracting.
Second reason was that the contractions although there were managable they still hurt like hell but were not going anywere. So I was waisting my time and energy being on my hands and knees because I felt it was not productive. Midwife never really told me what to do (actually she did, at the end when his shoulder was stuck and I had to go back on my hands and knees), which I really liked. I was evaluating every position myself and making my own decisions.
And yes, somehow I knew it would be much more intense if I went into the squat. It kind of made sense. My whole labor was like that - easier on hand s and knees, going upright made it much more intense. I was even comparing it to my first labor with DS1 which I spend 100% in upright possition torturing myself, never getting any break for 10 hours. If I only experimented with the possitions more it would not be so hard.
I was not scared at any point during any of my labors - it's just not my style, my personality.
I was very concentrated and "into myself". I guess I was surprised though at the intensity of pushing because I've never experienced that with my first one. I was absolutelly amazed at the strengh and amount of energy my body could produce.
And one thing did scare me actually - I kept leaning my head back ( very bad!!) during pushing and I swear god I felt my eyeballs coming out!!!
: it felt just like this smilie!!
It was very freaky and immediatelly reminded me to put my chin to my chest!!