Well, I did the pushing "like those women on tv" and it was horrible. I pulled muscles, burst blood capillaries on my face. My eyes were bulging out of my head and I felt like I was pushing so hard my internal organs were going to come out with the baby. THAT IS NOT NORMAL AND NOT NECESSARY. With my other births I did instinctive spontaneous pushing -- meaning I allowed the pushing to happen as an involuntary reflex. Basically I just labored until my body made the baby come down. Any pushing I did was completely involuntary -- I couldn't have not done it if I'd tried. Because it was allowed to happen spontaneously, my body was truly ready for it, so second stage was quick in all those births -- not more than 10 minutes. And aside from the ring of fire (which was brief) it felt good.
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1/19/07 at 3:28pm