The relaxing effect of water, with its support and warmth, can help you through your labour. Your contractions may lose their rhythm if you become tense. This means that your labour may stop and start without moving on. Being bathed in water is likely to help you go with your contractions in active labour, so that they are less stressful for you and your baby.
Being relaxed also helps you to breathe calmly. It means you are less likely to take short, shallow breaths, which can make the pain of contractions worse.
In active labour, labouring in water may help your body to release less of the stress hormone adrenaline and more of the labour hormone oxytocin. This stimulates your labour contractions to be strong and regular.
Your body may also release more endorphins. These are the hormones that help you cope with contractions. A birth pool provides the perfect private nest for you to labour in.
Once you are immersed in the warm waters of the pool, you are in your own world and labour can be undistrubed. When the lights are dimmed and the room is quiet, the effect is enhanced. It may help you to feel more in tune with your labour.
The water buoys you up and makes you feel lighter. It is easy for you to move about, so you can make yourself comfortable. The best position for you is likely to be one that helps your baby move most easily through your pelvis.
A useful rule of thumb is to keep your knees lower than your hips. But you can easily adopt lunge positions in the pool too (one knee down,one knee up). This helps some babies to descend.
Being in warm water can make it easier for you to cope with the force of contractions.
It is just the same as having a bath to soothe a tummy ache or bach ache.
Guidelines state that you should not be left alone while you are in a birth pool. This means that either a nurse, your doctor or your birth partner should be with you at all times.
Using a birth pool for labour is often such a positive experince that many mums want to use one again when they have their next baby.
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