Rhombus of Michaelis
This picture is incredible!! You can read my posts advising giving birth on your back is not efficient but when you can see the evidence with your own eyes, it really hits home. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can you see that bulge on her lower back? That is the rhombus of Michaelis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the second stage of labour, a combination of bones including your sacrum actually move backwards and in doing so, increases the diameter of your pelvis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is what is known as opening of the back.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is completely normal and is in fact an integral part of a physiological birth as it allows your baby the maximum amount of space to turn as they navigate their way out into the world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In order to facilitate the opening of your back, you should use active birth positions where you are upright and leaning forwards.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So cool right!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And while your pelvis is expanding, your baby's head is moulding - changing shape to fit through those pelvic bones!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your body was made to do this! And your body and your baby work together!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Birth is not something to be feared...it is something to be understood!