This is part three of a four part series on the most widespread myths about birth classes.
Myth #3: I can’t control what my body does during labor
Reality: You may not be able to control what your body does, but you have a LOT of control over what you do to your body. Many women believe that they have no control over the length of labor, how intense their contractions are, or whether they tear or need a cesarean birth. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do now and during labor to make labor shorter and easier and to reduce your risk of tearing or needing unplanned medical interventions. For example, pushing on your back increases your risk for cesarean birth. By simply turning onto your side to push, you’ll make it easier for your baby to pass through your pelvis. Trust me, the whole class is full of tips and tricks like that.
Check back tomorrow for the final myth about birth classes!
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