Anyone have any back labor tips?
Most of this pregnancy (even before I knew that my placenta is anterior) I've had back pain. Increased sciatica and frequent lower back spasms.
I kinda knew I was destined for back labor this time around. My mom had it with me and she didn't know she was in labor until her mom forced her into going to the hospital. I was delivered in the labor bed (not the delivery bed.. they had them separated) because she was SO much in labor.
Well, currently I'm only 30 weeks, but last night I could tell I was having back labor and not just pain. My pain was aching and was surging and was radiating towards the front and into my hips. And the only position I could be in where my back didn't feel like it was being squished beneath a huge vehicle was on my hands and knees or squatting. And it made me think...
What positions are recommended for dealing with back labor?
BTW, the pains finally did stop last night a few hours after drowning myself in hydration (drinking a TON) and forcing rest even though I was in pain no matter what I was doing (with the exception of being on my hands and knees and squatting).
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
If the baby is posterior, it puts pressure on your spine and causes back labor. Being on hands and knees both reduces the pressure and encourages baby to turn. My DD was posterior and that was by far my most comfortable position. She turned as she was descending, so I was lucky.
I had some wicked back labor with DS2. Hands and knees helped a ton as did squating like you said. Also I found the having someone put a ton of counter pressure on my lower back at the beginning of a pressure wave until its peak helped a ton. I didn't like the pressure at the down/end of the pressure wave or between waves. I also was able to create my own counter pressure by squating in a doorway with my back against one side of the frame and my arms stetched across and pushing on the other side of the frame. Kinda a lean foward squat that you have to play around with. My MW also had a rice hot rice bag with lavender in it to put on my lower back which was nice for mild pressure waves and between waves. I was very bruised after labor on my lower back but that intense counter pressure was awesome!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
This is really great for back labor:
It is based on the procedure outlined in the book Back Labor No More.
Any position where you are leaning forward and the baby if falling away from your back will be better.
Have you tried seeing a chiropractor? I had terrible sciatica and two times to the chiro helped immensely. Just make sure you find one with lots of experience with pregnancy and post-partum.
Thanks for the tips ladies.
On the chiro front.. my mom works for a chiro who refuses to charge me or my family and encourages us to come in whenever his schedule will allow. Sadly, the last three times I've been to him for my sciatic, within hours I'm laid up in bed with pre-term symptoms, so I've stopped going. I'd rather deal with a sore and achy back than deliver too early.
I've been tempted to go looking for another chiro in town, one who has the right kind of bed and experience with preggos... but we live in such a tiny town that I'm not sure there IS one.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
I've seen a chiro through all my pregnancies, with my twin pregnancy I had pre-term labor at 33wks but then held out till 38 weeks. I've never had a problem with feeling labory after an adjustment so I'm not sure if it's the chiro or your body, but it might be a good idea to see if you can find someone who has experience with pregnant women.
I birthed an OP baby in the hands and knees position, I highly recomend it.
Sorry you are dealing with this. I had real trouble with low back pain in my 1st pregnancy and it is absolutely no fun.
I went to the chiro 3x a week at the end of my pg and never had any issues.
Ugghh back labor is the worst... I had it with my first baby and nothing I did made it any better.
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