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Yes, most women are able to remain active through labor and are encouraged to do so, perhaps using props such as a chair, beanbag, or birthing ball. Staying active can help since this can speed up labor, and changing your position can help you deal with labor pain. When you arrive at the hospital or birth center, discuss your birth plan with the doctor and inform her that you want to be as active as possible.
No, you will simply feel deeply relaxed, but will still be in control and know what you are doing. Don't worry-self-hypnosis will help you be less anxious and frightened during your labor, which will help you to deal with labor pain. With preparation, your partner can help you stay focused and use some hypnotic techniques too.
It depends on the procedures that your health-care provider follows for women who have already had a cesarean. After a cesarean, the doctors will want to monitor you and the baby either continuously or frequently during labor, because there is a very small chance that your uterus may rupture, which is often only detected through a change in the baby's heartbeat. But waterproof monitoring systems are widely available and many practices perform WBAC-water birth after cesarean.
This is up to you. Relaxing in warm water is often suggested in the early stages of labor, as long as your contractions are progressing. You can sit in the warm water for 1 1/2 to 2 hours for pain management, but then get out. Changing your environment helps keep your labor active.
Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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