The standard hospital labor position—semi- or fully reclining—is not ideal. When you're lying on your back, your uterus compresses major blood vessels, potentially depriving the baby of oxygen and making you dizzy or queasy. Try one of these positions instead to ease your pain and discomfort during contractions.
In the ideal birthing presentation, your baby is head-down with her back against your stomach—but sometimes babies position themselves in ways unsuitable for delivery. Here’s what to know about the best baby positions in the womb.