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What to do when active labor stalls ?

What to do when labor stops progressing

Labor is a long process, especially for a first time MOM. First-time mothers always have labor that lasts for more than the average duration which is around 10-15 hours or more. The worst thing that can happen is when the contractions are strong and painful but the cervix is not dilating at all. This might sound rare but it’s not.

A lot of women have faced this and there are a number of reasons for this, reasons that are hard to decipher. But, luckily the solutions available can provide instant relaxation and progress. (They are all SAFE and NATURAL).


P.S. – Active Labor starts when you have dilated 4 cm. Even though the remedies mentioned below are very specific to that part of the labor, it can also be used for early labor (under MEDICAL SUPERVISION).

Common Causes of Stalled labor include:

  1. Induction: Induction is basically asking the baby and body to prepare for labor before they actually want to, so it’s bound to pose some problems.
  2. Baby has come into the pelvis in posterior position.
  3. Mother is emotionally stressed out. This is why it’s advised to keep the mother at homely environment during early labor.
  4. The baby has chin up a bit.
  5. The mother isn’t nourished or doesn’t feel safe in the environment around.
  6. The baby is large for mother’s pelvis.
  7. Epidurals. Your body needs heat to dilate the cervix and push the baby out. Due to epidurals the body heat reduces and hence slowing down contractions.

What can you do to progress labor?

  1. Try Side lying release or Forward-leaning inversion.
  2. Emotional Support is very important during labor. It has shown to produce favorable outcomes.
  3. Empty the bladder as and when you want to.
  4. Try nipple stimulation and orgasm. Both of them reduces the pain and progress the contractions.
  5. Move around and change your position. Some effective positions you can try during labor are:
    • Side Lying
    • Lying down on hands and knees
    • Squatting
    • Leaning Forward with support
    • Sitting on Toilet
    • Walking
  6. Eat and rest.  Eating during labor is important. But don’t push yourself. Your body will tell you how much you need to eat.

Choose a doctor who is friendly and tries to include your choices as much as you can. Someone who encourages you and your hubby to ask questions and also answers them precisely. This part is very important. It will bring you a positive and more fulfilling labor journey.

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