The parasympathetic nerve system, where oxytocin is released, regulates labor. The “rest and digest” stage is frequently used. Why is it crucial to understand this?
The parasympathetic nervous system shuts down and the parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes known as “fight or flight,” takes over when our bodies are placed in a circumstance that causes us to feel afraid or worried. Labor halts when this takes place!
When there is no pattern to your contractions, you are in prodromal labor. Imagine that your child is getting ready for the big event by practicing and training!
Early labor: When contractions start to occur regularly but not as often. Resting now is a wise decision. Feeling secure, protected, and loved stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, which encourages greater labor. Save energy so that
Active labor is characterized by longer, stronger, and more frequent contractions. At this point, we rely most heavily on our comfort mechanisms and move our bodies to speed up the labor process. Additionally, if we aren’t giving birth at home, this is when we frequently call in labor assistance and travel there.
The Climax, the Transition As the infant descends into and travels through the birth canal, many novel sensations are experienced. This is likely to feel really intense. You are doing fantastic!
Pushing: The baby needs to be delivered into the world now! Some expectant parents have the fetal ejection reflex, in which case they make no attempt to push the baby out; other expectant parents labor really hard! Each is typical.
Baby’s Born: congratulations and great work!! It’s always amazing to bring a new human into the world, whatever the story is.
Placenta’s Born: The ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ follows soon after the baby. What will you do with yours? Take a look? Bᴜʀʏ ɪᴛ? Eɴᴄᴀᴘsᴜʟᴀᴛᴇ? Art?
Rest + Recovery: The days and weeks after having a baby it’s especially important to take care of your birthing body. But the reality that many birthing people are truthfully shouting is that ᴘᴏsᴛᴘᴀʀᴛᴜᴍ is forever!
It’s always important to say that this isn’t the only way of labor and birth to look for folks! We wish everyone self-love and grace for holding your stories of labor and birth.