You may find that certain positions are more comfortable than others
during the pushing stage of labor. Speak to your health professional about
different birthing positions before your labor begins.
Kneeling, getting down on your
knees and hands, or leaning onto a birthing ball may help to take pressure off
your back. This position might help with
Squatting may help you push
Lying on your back in a semi-reclining position with your legs
supported by stirrups is a common birthing position used in the United States.
While pushing, your health professional may have you grab behind your knees and
Lying on your side is helpful if you are tired of lying on
Some birthing centers use a birthing stool or chair during the pushing stage. A birthing chair may make you feel more comfortable.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology