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Do you think it's safe to push a little while having contractions?

38 weeks and 3 days. I am 50% effaced and 1 centimeter dilated... I have strong contractions for a few hours then nothing. I was wondering if you think it could be safe to push a little when your have strong contractions.. or do squats during them, to help dilate more.

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:40 AM on Nov. 6, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • You shouldn't push if you're not fully dilated because you can cause your cervix to swell, which can complicate it opening fully.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:52 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • squatting would be better. NOT pushing! if you squat, you help put the baby into position, and gravity works really good with your body. Pushing can make your cervix swell (as pp said) and could cause complications later on. Its good to walk, squat, use a medicine ball, if your water hasn't broken, try a warm bath, or just a shower to help your muscles relax a little. Good luck!!


    Answer by AliciaO at 1:08 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • i ditto the first answer, besides you can have slight contractions for weeks before anything actually happens. If your contractions get further apart not closer together and more intense, you may just be having braxton hicks.


    Answer by Aniyunwiya at 1:25 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • yeah don't push ur cervix will swell

    Answer by Armywife510 at 1:36 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

  • squats are you ok. pushing is not. it can cause your cervix to swell and when it does come time to push you might have to hold off. if you have an exercise ball, you can sway on that. it will help dilation too.
    you can take a warm bath or shower to help relax (even if your water has broken, it's the VE checks that will cause any infections by "pushing" the bacteria from the outside to the inside). relaxing helps dilation too. if you fight the ctx, it will cause them to hurt worse and dilation to take longer.

    Answer by mommytobobby at 9:12 AM on Nov. 6, 2009

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