Active labour is the time when the real work begins after all the wrong signs and signals have passed. This is the time when your contractions become stronger, longer, closer and regular. Know what to do when you finally reach this stage.
You have successfully delivered your baby and you are thrilled and worn out at the same time. At the same time, your mind wanders off to your old pair of jeans and you wonder if at all you would fit into it again. You must understand that crash dieting or excessive exercising can cause severe damage to your body.
The active labour is the time after which you would deliver your baby, and it takes from a few minutes to up to a few hours or more to push the baby. It certainly takes longer for first tine mothers and women who have had epidural.
The only thing that you can do at this time is push, and you will be getting encouraged to push with each contraction to speed this process. You might even take it more slowly by letting the push come naturally, which is until you feel the urge to push. You should be tensed when you are pushing, and you can push when you are squatting, sitting, kneeling or even when you are on all fours.
Leave the rest to the health care provider who is working with you.
Here are a few pointers that will guide you to understand what to expect after labour and delivery:
Apart from that, never forget to give your body sufficient rest before you get into your daily grind. The body needs to heal which is also essential if you are planning your second child in the coming years. Take care!
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