6 Tips On What To Do In Transition Labor

6 Tips On What To Do In Transition Labor | To help you through this phase and get you to pushing, I've listed 6 tips along with some partner tips and answer some common questions.

6 Tips On What To Do In Transition Labor

You’ve gotten through early labor and active labor and now things are getting pretty intense. If you haven’t gotten an epidural by now, this is probably the time when you may really start wanting one. But if you are wanting to have a natural birth, I know that you can do it. You can get through transition! To help you through this phase and get you to pushing, I’ve listed 6 tips below along with some partner tips. But first, let’s answer some common questions…

What Is Transition?

Transition is the last phase and the most difficult phase of labor. Luckily, it is also the shortest phase of labor. In this phase, your cervix will dilate from 7 centimeters to 10 centimeters (complete) and it will be 100% effaced. Your contractions will be about 2-3 minutes apart, each contraction will be lasting 60-90 seconds long, and they will be very strong in intensity. Because of the speed and intensity, this is when your focus might falter. Your contractions may even come back-to-back, one right after the other. With this intensity, you may begin to doubt your ability to birth your baby naturally and start requesting medications.

This is all normal, but you can do it! It’s also normal to start worrying about how long your labor will last and how much more intense things will get. Since we don’t know how long labor will be, this can be discouraging for women. This is why birth partners must be by your side providing you physical and emotional support. He/she should be your voice of reason when you’re doubting yourself as well as when the medical staff start offering medication. (Partners, if you are not feeling confident in being this main supporting role, you should look into hiring a doula.)

What You May Feel

  • Contractions that are Longer and More Intense
  • Nausea – vomiting or having dry heaves
  • Burping and/or hiccups
  • Time Distortion
  • Hot/Cold Flashes – sweating and going from hot to cold
  • Trembling and Uncontrollable Shaking
  • Intense Perineal/Rectal Pressure – you may feel like you have the need to have a bowel movement
  • Rupture of Membranes and Increase in Bloody Show
  • Loss of Modesty
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Irritability – feeling overwhelmed after coping well with active labor; announcing that you can’t do it anymore, that you are wanting to go home, or are wanting drugs
  • Loss of Resolve
  • Need for Physical and Emotional Support
  • Increased Sensitivity to Touch
  • Feeling Out of Control
  • Foggy
  • Averse to Distractions
  • Disoriented
  • Self-Doubt

How Long Does Transition Last?

As I mentioned earlier, transition is the shortest phase in labor and it generally lasts about ½ hour to at most 3 hours long. You are so close, mama. You can do it!

Now that you know what to expect from transition, here are some tips to help you get through it and be able to start pushing!

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6 Tips on What to Do During Transition Labor

1. Get in the Water!

Water is nature’s epidural. I can’t tell you how many times my clients have refused to get out of the water during labor and I have to remind them that since they have chosen a hospital birth that they have to get out of the tub. Birth center births and home births do not have this issue since their care providers are midwives, but unfortunately the majority of doctors in hospitals will not allow you to have a water birth because they do not have this type of training on how to catch a baby in the water. Although, if you are having your baby in a hospital, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be in the water during transition; it just means that you can’t be in the water while pushing.

Being fully submerged in the water (especially during transition) is one of the most (if not the most) relaxing places to be during labor. Getting in the water will help you relax your muscles which will enable your body to open up and push your baby further down into your pelvis to get ready for pushing. Get. In. The. Water. You won’t regret it.

2. Focus on Your Breathing

You probably have been focusing on your breathing all along which is good, but during transition, it requires your full attention. It may sound like a simple task that you just have to focus on breathing in and out, but it truly takes enormous effort and commitment to keep your attention on it when things get tough. Most women that I am with during their labor appreciate when I remind them to slow down their breathing, relax their jaw and take in a big inhale and let out a long exhale. The less tense you are, the better! And good paced breathing can help with that.

3. Make Sounds During Contractions

Some women may feel that they need to be quite during labor or else they are making a scene. Please scrap that from your mind because honestly, making sounds during your contractions is normal and it’s actually helpful. These sounds that you make should always be low moaning sounds during labor. Those low sounds help relax your mouth and throat, which actually helps relax your cervix and vagina. (If you think about it, when you orgasm, your mouth is open and you are breathing deeply. We need you to do the same thing during labor to help open everything up to give birth to your baby. Like I tell my laboring mamas, open mouth = open vagina.)

4. Change Positions

It can be incredibly exhausting to move during this phase, but the more you move to help open your pelvis, the faster this phase will go. Hands and knees is a very popular position to do during transition since it removes the pressure from your back and allows your support person to massage you, put a warm compress on your lower back, or do counter-pressure to relieve that pressure and pain.

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5. Let Go

Women who have the quickest labors are the ones that fully let go and follow their bodies lead. They realize that everything in labor is beyond their control and they have to relax and surrender to all the sensations. Your job is to accept and work with the urges that are bringing your baby to you.

In transition, a new sensation that you will feel is rectal pressure. Some women tense and clench their bottom with this intense sensation, but your body needs to relax with it and allow things to open. The more you do that the sooner the pressure will be constant and you will be ready to push.

6. Ask For Help

Most women say that they couldn’t have got through labor without their partner. They often say their partner kept them focused and gave them a sense of security. So even if you don’t know what you want, still ask for help. You are letting your partner and support people know that they need to do more to help.

Partner Tips During Transition

Be Positive, Stay Close & Talk to Her

Partners should remain with you and give short, clear, positive, and simple directions. Phrases they might say:

  • “Breathe in. Exhale down your body.”
  • “Relax your shoulders, relax your jaw and take a big deep breath.”
  • “Take a sip of water before the next contraction.”
  • “You’re doing it. You’re doing great.”
  • “I’m so proud of you.”
  • “Let’s move to hands and knees.”
  • “You’re safe.”
  • “You’re almost there.”
  • “I love you.”
  • “You’re so close to having our baby.”

Your partner needs to be by your side and your upper body so that you can feel their presence, hear their voice and even look into their eyes. These things will give you the encouragement to continue.

Help Her Move

Moving can be very difficult for a laboring woman during transition. Your partner should help you with changing positions and help you continue your movement. They can support you while you’re standing and even slow dance with you allowing you to give all of your weight to them to fully relax.

Keep Her Cool

You have been working so hard during labor and at transition you may become very warm. Your partner can give you some relief by fanning you down or by wiping your brow, neck, and face with a cool washcloth. They should leave the cool washcloth on your forehead, but they need to remember to exchange it every so often for a cool, fresh one. They should also be reminding you to stay hydrated and drink water between contractions.

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Get The Water Ready

If you are interested in getting in the water (which you should if you have made it this far without pain medications), then your birth partner should help you get the shower turned on or the bath water running so that the temperature will be just right when you get in. No one wants a cold shower or lukewarm bath when in transition.

Don’t Take Things Personally

Labor in general his hard work, but transition can be the toughest. If you are being short and rude to your birth partner, they need to know to not take it personally. You obviously chose them to help you during this intense yet exciting time because you either love them and/or trust them. They are a safe outlet and they need to remember that you are hormonal, tired, and going through a lot so they should not take anything you say personally.

Hold Her & Touch Her

Some women prefer less or no touch at this point in labor, however, some women need constant touch at this time. Massage is usually a helpful tool, but if that is too much stimulation, counter-pressure is still always welcomed. Even if they just hold your hand, it will make you feel loved and supported.

Recognize Her Work

When you are in transition, you need to be reminded that you have reached this point because it will help you handle the phase much more comfortably by realizing it is almost complete. Your partner should remind you that you are near the end and that that each contraction is one step closer to holding your child. This can be a huge motivator.

Be Her Advocate

Unfortunately, transition is usually when an unsupportive care provider may undermine efforts of a natural birth. Unnecessary interventions may be suggested or attempted without your consent since your ability to make decisions and your ability to verbalize your wishes are limited in this phase. Your birth partner is essential at this time and he/she needs to act as your advocate and speak for you when you cannot.

For more tips on what your partner can do to help you during labor and birth, read this.

While you don’t know what your transition will be like, you (and your partner) can now be ready for the challenges it may bring. Above all, remember that transition is only a small part of your birth. It is the fastest part of labor and the next stage, pushing, should be better. All in all, I want you to know that you can do it. 🙂

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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TRUTH!⁠ 😂⁠ (quote via @nottheworstmom via T TRUTH!⁠ 😂⁠
(quote via @nottheworstmom via Twitter)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
We get that diapers and childcare aren't cheap and We get that diapers and childcare aren't cheap and bills really add up, but it doesn't cost much to schedule time as a family together. Get out of the house together and make memories. Whether you drive to the lake or your nearest beach or a cool park close by, spend time together. Invest in your memories. Invest in your relationships. Those will be the things that stay with you forever and make you the happiest and "richest" in the long run. ❤️⁠
📷: @momsgotink⁠
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How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠ You k How would you finish this sentence? . . .⁠
You know you have a newborn when _______.⁠
📷: @healthiest_baby⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the You’ve spent the past 9 months preparing for the arrival of your beautiful baby. 🤰 Labor and delivery has come and gone. Now its time for your 6-week postpartum check up. 🏥  So much of life after delivery is focused on your new bundle of joy that you can sometimes forget to care for yourself. This is exactly why I believe the postpartum appointment is so important to you as a new momma – because it’s all about you! 💗⁠
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Sure, your provider loves to fawn over your sweet baby, but this appointment is about mom. How are YOU doing? Self-care is so important to your health and recovery after having a baby, so let this appointment focus on your well-being. 😊⁠
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Here are 10 helpful questions to ask when you see your provider at your 6-week postpartum check up. 📝 Your provider will likely cover most or all of these topics on her or his own, but use this as a guide to remind you to ask anything she or he doesn’t cover! {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @tailsandwings⁠
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#postpartum #postpartumlife #newmom #postpartumcheckup #postnatal #postpartumhealth #postpartumwellness #obgyn #4mind4body #momcare #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodlife #postpartumdoula #postpartumrecovery #mommychick #babychick
YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠ Go and find your troo YES 👏 IT 👏 DOES👏⁠
Go and find your troop, your tribe, squad, village. Whatever you want to call it. Find people to surround yourself with who will support YOU, love YOU, encourage YOU as a woman and as a parent. Parenthood is tough. Especially when you feel alone. So find your village and love them hard. And from one mother to another, load up on wipes. Because motherhood can get quite messy too!⁠ 😉⁠
📷: @hallmarkbaby⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfe An amazing story from a determined mom to breastfeed her #triplets. 💗 With hard work, determination, help and support, anything is possible.
Words & 📷: @triplets_and_toddler
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“I breastfed my first child so I knew I wanted to #breastfeed again. People were skeptical about me #breastfeeding triplets, and this drove my determination! 💪 My boys were born at 29+3 and therefore it was so important for them to have #breastmilk! 🤱
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After having an emergency C-section, I knew there was no time to rest, so I started hand expressing within the first hour. I set an alarm to ensure that I expressed every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours overnight. ⏰
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Being separated from my boys was hard so having pictures/video links helped whilst I expressed. Seeing my teeny, vulnerable babies in their little incubators drove my determination to provide them with my milk! I also rotated muslin squares between us so that I could smell them and vice versa. This also helped me whilst I expressed during the night away from my boys. Their smell on the swaddles kept me focused! 💙
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Twice during our #NICU journey my boys were split between hospitals over an hour apart! This was the hardest time and meant I was separated from 2 of my boys for a couple of days. During this time I kept up with expressing and ensured that all three of them had enough milk to take with them until we were all reunited.
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Looking back I feel it is my sheer determination that has really enabled me to successfully breastfeed my triplet boys! Not once have they needed donor or formula milk. It required a massive commitment both physically and emotionally but I am so proud of my achievement! My boys are now 11 months and are still breastfeeding." ❤️
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*This story is not to bring any mothers down that choose to formula feed. (I, personally, had to give my son formula at 7 months old!) We share this mother's story to inspire mothers and celebrate our victories! ✨
If you are having breastfeeding struggles and want to succeed, contact a good local IBCLC and receive support. Find new mom friends who are also breastfeeding who can encourage you. And if you choose to formula feed, we honor you too. 💕 #mommychick
WTF 😑⁠ (via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠ .⁠ WTF 😑⁠
(via @thenatewolf via Twitter)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠ (quote via @friscoar Repeat after me . . . 💗⁠
(quote via @friscoareamoms)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #positiveaffirmations #motherhoodaffirmations
🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠 4 Ways to Promote Your Child's Mental Health 🧠⁠
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Your child’s mental health is fairly complicated. It's also critical to their overall health and wellness. We often think of mental health as it pertains to adults, but just like growth and physical development, research shows that mental health is something that should be considered starting at birth. ❤️⁠
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When children are very young, their brains are extremely sensitive to environmental stress. Toxic stress, defined as high levels of prolonged stress, can have life-long effects on children. Limiting stress for young children is critical for their early mental health. One of the most fundamental ways we can help eliminate toxic stress is by building a strong relationship foundation from the very beginning of their lives. Your relationship with your baby is an integral part of their sense of self-esteem, independence, and confidence; three key factors in mental health.⁠
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Building that relationship with your child can be broken down into four key concepts . . . {Click 🔗 in bio to find out what they are!}⁠
📷: @vlentine⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE Just in case you call her a boy, here's a MASSIVE bow that shows she's a girl . . . yet still somehow get's called a boy. 🤷⁠
📷: unknown⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤 Good Bedtime Routines for Babies of Every Age 💤⁠
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If you’ve ever typed into Google, “Why won’t my baby sleep?” you’re not alone. In fact, you’re among thousands of other parents/caregivers who are likely as tired as you are. Chances are, if you have gone down the Google rabbit hole at 2:00 a.m. (or just asked your pediatrician for sleep advice), then you’ve most likely been introduced to the concept of a bedtime routine.⁠
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A bedtime routine can be an incredibly helpful tool in establishing healthy sleep habits and good sleep hygiene. Infants and young children thrive on routine; in fact, they are comforted by predictability (spoiler alert: most adults are this way, too!). Plus, a young mind is exposed to so much new information every day that it’s reassuring for a child to know that they can depend on certain events to have a predictable structure.⁠
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Bedtime routines are also a cue to their brains and bodies that sleep is coming. With a predictable bedtime routine, your little one will start to recognize the order of the routine and begin to anticipate what comes next. With enough repetition, this process happens automatically in a very Pavlovian way. A calm and successive routine will also make the onset of sleep come more easily. Can you imagine if you walked out of your workout and immediately someone told you that you had to lay down and fall asleep? This would be nearly impossible, and the same is true for our little ones. By allowing them some time to unwind, you are making the falling asleep process that much easier. Here are some tips on what to do for your little one's bedtime. ❤️⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📷: @hannahxruth⁠
Article by: @ohbabyconsulting⁠
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#babysleep #goodnight #bedtime #bedtimeroutine #nightnight #sweetdreams #sleepconsultant #babysleeptips #sleepcoach #parenting #sleeptips #motherhood #babylove #sleeptraining #parentingtips #sleeping #toddlersleep #sleephelp #parentinghelp #sleepcoaching #parenthood #sleepdeprived #sleeptraininghelp #babysleepconsultant #babychick #mommychick #momlife
THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴 📷: @brit THIS. The struggle is real.⁠ ⁠🥴
📷: @britt.kav⁠
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#parenting #parenthood #parentlife #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #mommychick #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #momhumor
It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑 (quote vi It's the beeeeeessssttttt . . . 😬😑
(quote via @smalltowntallgirl)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
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