Join Date: Nov 2002
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As I said, I *did* push. My body took over, and I went with it. I didn't hold my breath and strain with someone telling me "PUSH NOW! 1 2 3 4! AGAIN!!!" I just kind of grunted, and pushed. When I got to the part where I panted instead of pushing, it was again just my body doing its thing. I didn't plan for it, nobody told me to do it, at the time I wasn't aware of consciously deciding to do it, that's just what happened.
It might help you to read positive birth stories and books about natural birth, and write out positive affirmations that you are going to give birth easily, you are going to push the baby out gently, you will open up and not tear, etc. I know at first it feels kind of "hokey" but the power of your mind is really amazing, and just getting your head in a good place makes a big difference.