When I gave birth to my DS in October 2010, I experienced involutary pushing, which went unnoticed for several hours by incompetent medical staff, causing dilation to stall at around 6cm.
I was aking noises like a dying elephant beccause my body was pushing and being hounded by staff to take something (coming in and asking literally every 5mins) I caved and had the Gas. This did not help.
Then there was a shift change, and the new midwife noticed the involuntary pushing, and i was given about an hour to try and get it under control by myself. I couldn't and was given a shot of morphine(?) which managed to stop the involuntary pushing. I took the morphine, because i was told my only other optioons were an epidural or C-Sections ( both of which i wanted to try to avoid at all costs)
Because this was my first pregnancy/labour I didn't realise that my body was doing it until it was pointed out to me. I was tensing up with each contraction. I had back labour, and don't remember feeling a single contraction in my stomach, but i don't know if that makes any difference. Looking back now i can see that that's what was happening, but at the time i had no clue.
I had really wanted a natural birth, but ended up with Gas and Morphine. I was very VERY disappointed with myself for this, distraught for a couple of months actually, but i've recently come to terms with my labour and am just happy that my son was born healthy.
My son was born, vaginally after 7 hrs and 45 minutes of active labour. I ended up with stitches, which i was told would help heal me faster (never again), and my son was born with a huge purple/black bruise on the left side of his head. He had difficulty breathing when he was first born, and took a while to start to breastfeed because he was just to fuzzy/sleepy due to the morphine.
Have any of you ladies experienced involuntary pushing? Can you ladies help me with natural ways to try and manage the involuntary pushing if it were to happen again with future pregnancies/labours. I am determined to go completely natural and med free in future.
Thanks in advance for any help