Childbirth is one of the most divine processes of nature. A woman’s body starts preparing itself for the birth-giving procedure weeks before going into labor.
Just like fetal development has various stages inside the mother’s womb, childbirth to has different phases to it. The first stage is the contractions. Then come pushing and crowning during delivery.
A contraction develops when the uterine muscles tighten and relax for the baby to pass through the birth canal. As you start pushing, the baby’s head will appear, but once the contraction is over, it will withdraw from the view again.
When your baby starts crowning, you will feel a stinging or burning sensation, which is known as the ring of fire. It happens as the baby’s head stretches the vaginal tissue for a few minutes, before going back.
The moment you experience the burning sensation, you should stop pushing. It helps lower the risk of vaginal tear or a need for an episiotomy. Once the burning sensation passes, it means that the primary stage of labor is over.
Preparing For Childbirth
You can prepare for a natural birth crowning before the genuine process begins. When you experience the burning, your midwife may offer perineal massage to lower the risk of vaginal tearing and burning sensation. In some cases, you may have to go for episiotomy, a surgical incision of the perineum to facilitate the labor procedure.
How You Can Prevent Tears?
- Exercise regularly and have a balanced diet so that your tissues are healthy enough to withstand the pressure on them.
- Lubricate the area with a lot of oil, so that the baby can slip out simply without exerting too much pressure on your muscles.
- Push the baby by lying on your side as this will lessen the pressure on the perineum.
- Take long breaths and push when you are exhaling. Instead of pushing violently, do the job slowly but firmly.
After Birth Crowning
During baby or labor crowning, your midwife will check for any obstructions and if the umbilical cord is wrapped around your baby’s neck. In some cases, they may have to use some means, like forceps, to deliver your baby manually.
Duration of Crowning
If it is your first delivery, baby crowning may last for a couple of hours. If this is second or subsequent delivery, the will be shorter.
I hope you got a better understanding of the baby crowning procedure. Always speak to your doctor before you enter into the delivery phase. Understanding what happens in the delivery room will help you to prepare mentally.