Second Baby Did Not Follow Birth Plan: No Yoga Poses at This Yoga Mom’s Second Birth Experience by Nicole DeAvilla

Second Baby Did Not Follow Birth Plan: No Yoga Poses at This Yoga Mom’s Second Birth Experience

I was more open minded about my birthing experience with my second baby. The contractions began in the middle of the night. I lay on my left side and began my prenatal yogic breathing. The position and the breathing helped me relax during the contractions, which slowly grew more regular and stronger. 

I stood up only to use the bathroom, and later to dress. While standing the contractions brought me to my knees, though into a squatting position which made them easier to bear. At the hospital, the admitting nurse was surprised that I was so far into labor, because I was calm and breathing through the contractions. 

I continued prenatal yogic breathing with an open-mouth exhalation. The nurses complimented my breathing technique. When my labor seemed to slow down and not progress further, the nurses were instructed to break my water. That did the trick. I was now in full-blown labor.

I could feel the baby crowning. My doctor had me push three times and my daughter was born! I still didn’t do any yoga poses at the hospital, as I thought I would. All of my yoga training served me well, confirming that yoga is much more than simply yoga postures.

The content on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information on this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider. The opinions or views expressed on do not necessarily represent those of 30Seconds or any of its employees, corporate partners or affiliates.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community. Inspire and be inspired.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Prenatal Yoga $3 & Up
Yoga Equipment $5 & Up

When Your Birth Plan Goes Astray: The Rewrite of My Yogic Birth Story

When You See Your Newborn for the First Time: 13 Honest Stories for Parents-to-Be

What's a Birth Plan? Here’s Why You May Want to Create a List of Preferences for Labor & Delivery

Pregnancy Birth Plan: How to Write Your Birth Plan to Express Your Labor & Delivery Preferences

Elisa Schmitz
Oh my, so amazing. It sounds like your instincts took over, Nicole DeAvilla ! You are one empowered mama. Thank you for sharing this powerful birth story!

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

The Beauty of a Babymoon: How to Plan the Perfect Pre-Baby Getaway for Parents-to-be

Swimming During Pregnancy: 6 Reasons Why Moms-to-Be Need to Get Into the Water