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Is giving birth really the best on all fours??

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Firsttimer93 Thu 09-Apr-20 22:24:26

I read something interesting 'you wouldn't go in to the woods and take a shit lying on your back would you? So why would you go in to hospital and lie on your back to have a baby ?

Being induced in 8 weeks first time mum here guys and curious 🤷🏽‍♀️

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birdsbeefriesandeggs Thu 09-Apr-20 22:26:08

I started off on all fours on my last birth but I found it easier laying down.

DrFoxtrot Thu 09-Apr-20 22:28:35

I preferred all fours, it felt like pushing was more effective than when I was on my back.

Iwalkinmyclothing Thu 09-Apr-20 22:28:44

Standing was my best birth (ds2). I had ds3 on all fours but he had both hands on his head so it wasn't that easy... bet it would have been a lot harder on my back though.

Thunderblunder Thu 09-Apr-20 22:28:54

I’ve given birth 5 times and I found the easiest was kneeling on the bed facing the head rest and leaning on the head rest.
Felt much better and easier than lying on my back.

LittleLittleLittle Thu 09-Apr-20 22:30:04

I gave birth on my side.

It was explained in antenatal classes why you don't give birth on your back and then I watched One Born Every Minute. A few women were giving birth on their side and I was convinced when one who had a couple of children also did it.

Oh and I was induced. When I was monitored on my back it was absolute agony. I stood up until I was about to give birth then went on my side.

DoctorNicoleWatterson Thu 09-Apr-20 22:31:11

I really felt like I wanted to be on all fours but had complications so had to be on my back to be monitored, felt like the worst position to be in!

GeorgieTheGorgeousGoat Thu 09-Apr-20 22:34:18

I physically couldn’t stay on my back. Had to be on the floor on my knees leaning over the sofa every time. Usually rocking to ease and distract from pain.

IvinghoeBeacon Thu 09-Apr-20 22:35:11

I could only cope with contractions either on all fours or kneeling with arms resting on the seat of a chair or a birthing ball. I gave birth in a pool in the end and was leaning on the edge of the pool so in a sort of squatting position but weightless because of the water

Thatbloodybear Thu 09-Apr-20 22:36:08

I was on all fours both times, the miswives weren't keen on it the second time as I was in the pool, but I seemed mentally unable to make myself get onto my back, so for me it was definitely easier / the way my body works.

grafittiartist Thu 09-Apr-20 22:36:54

I think being on your back means that you have to push the baby upwards slightly, which makes it harder.
All fours/ leaning forward onto a bed- so much more comfy. Going with gravity.

MrsApplepants Thu 09-Apr-20 22:41:15

I gave birth on all fours, it just felt right and pushing felt like it was ‘working’ better in that position

jomaIone Thu 09-Apr-20 22:41:32

I was absolutely exhausted by the end and falling asleep on between pushes so couldn't do anything other than be on my back but I did move around for the whole 20 hours before that! Moving is best! Active labour 👍👍

Mixingitall Thu 09-Apr-20 22:41:33

I kept moving around and spent most of my labours standing, right at the very end I went in to all fours.

SpicedCamomile Thu 09-Apr-20 22:42:34

Standing was best for me. The first time I started off lying down because I had to be attached to a monitor but it was excruciating, I ended up kneeling backwards on the bed facing the bed board. Second time I stood up, leaning against a chest of drawers. Much better.

kitk Thu 09-Apr-20 22:42:35

Agree with your OP but please try and relax. Nothing wrong with a birth plan but not at the expense of your plan cos it's ok if it dsnt meet your pre plan

MrsBungle Thu 09-Apr-20 22:43:26

I was much comfiest sitting up on the bed. The midwife kept putting me in all sorts of positions but I just wanted to be on the bed. To each their own!

Branleuse Thu 09-Apr-20 22:43:45

I didnt have any leg strength in labour. Last two births I was lying on the floor on my side, holding my leg up

NannyPear Thu 09-Apr-20 22:43:55

For both I was on my knees and bent forward leaning on my husband.

StillWeRise Thu 09-Apr-20 22:44:45

well I hope that's convinced you OP smile

keepingbees Thu 09-Apr-20 22:46:17

I think it's instinctive and you'll only know what position works for you at the time.
For me I wanted to be upright throughout my labours, and apart from my first which was assisted so I had to lay down, I birthed much easier upright kneeling.

givemeacall Thu 09-Apr-20 22:47:37

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Tiddlytubbies Thu 09-Apr-20 22:48:08

My baby was early (36 weeker) I was on drips etc so couldn't move at all, felt so uncomfortable as I was in that position for 13 hours solid but the midwives wouldn't let me stand up or move around. Can't help but think if I had been able to I would of had a much more pleasant experience, Went in 6cm dilated, straight on the bed and didn't move from there till I gave birth!

ScarlettDarling Thu 09-Apr-20 22:50:30

I stood up to have both of mine. I didn't plan it, it's just what felt right. I really can't imagine lying down to have a baby. Mine were both very quick, especially my second., so perhaps gravity gave me a helping hand?

Tessaraqt Thu 09-Apr-20 22:51:16

On my knees leaning over the back of the bed for babies 2&3. It was almost instinct- I knew I "needed" to be that way, I couldn't stay on my back. I was being monitored and covered in wires, and was in agony with contractions but I remember gasping out "you need to help me get on my knees!".

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