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How will I know when to push during Labour?

baby being held after labour and delivery

Many pregnant mothers-to-be wonder what the second stage of labour (pushing) will feel like. 😅

They wonder if they’ll know how to do it.

They also wonder if they’ll be able to do it.

Birth is a normal bodily function. When women are given the space, many instinctively know what to do.

How will you know when to push? 💁🏻‍♀️

It’s likely you’ll have a few moments of rest and relaxation in the final stages of labour, and then contractions may increase and become stronger.

It may feel like:

  • A strong urge to have a bowel movement

  • An increase in pressure on your pelvic floor

  • Feeling heaviness and pressure in the vagina

  • A rush of adrenaline or intense hormonal shift

  • When no matter what you do, your body simply pushes – this is called the fetal ejection reflex.

The answer to the question, ‘how will you know when to push?’ Well, all those experienced mamas are right when they say that you will just know – because your body will lead you. 😊

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