Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
Read more »
Helps relax perineum.
You get used to an open-leg position and pelvic pressure.
Pressure from toilet seat may be uncomfortable.
Encourages rapid descent.
May increase rotation of baby.
Allows freedom to shift your weight for comfort.
Allows excellent perineal access.
Excellent for fetal circulation.
May increase pelvis diameter by as much as 2 centimeters.
Requires less bearing-down effort.
Descent is encouraged by the position.
Your thighs keep baby well aligned.
Sometimes hard for health-care provider to hear fetal heart tones.
May be hard for you to assist in birth if you wish to do so.
Helps get oxygen to the baby.
Good resting position.
Helpful if you have elevated blood pressure.
Fine with epidural.
Can make contractions more effective.
Easier for you to relax between contractions during the second stage.
Can slow a birth that’s moving too fast.
Your partner can assist in the birth by supporting your legs.
Lowers chances of tearing or the need for episiotomy.
Good access to perineum.
May be hard for health-care provider to access fetal heart tones.
No help from gravity.
If no one can hold your legs, you must support them on your own.
You may feel too passive in this position.