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There's no perfect position for labor. However, trying different positions can help you feel more in control and cope with the pain. Research suggests that certain positions can also enhance the progress of labor. By involving your labor partner, you might feel greater support, too. As your labor progresses, try positions until you find one that helps you feel comfortable.

Keep in mind that with the use of some pain relief medications you might be restricted to bed or to a specific position. If you have preferences for your position during labor, talk to your health care provider.

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