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Childbirth and pushing: how to know when to push?

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If you have had an epidural, the dose increases will hopefully be timed so that the effects are beginning to wear off by the time you begin the second stage. This means you will be aware of the contractions but will not be in pain. If you are totally numb as a result of epidural, your midwife will alert you to the start of each contractions. You and your partner will also be able to see from the electronic monitor printout when the contractions are beginning and ending. Concentrate on breathing and pushing and leave your midwife or nurse to prompt you when to start and stop. At the end of each contraction try not to relax too quickly- the baby will not continue to move forward unless you relax slowly.

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