Near the end of the first stage of labor, the pregnant woman's body is preparing to push the baby out. At this point, there's not much else to do to help the labor progress as it has reached the climax.
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Doing these few things may help labor along, even though they may not help labor progress quickly. A slow and steady progression of this stage of labor is best for both mom and baby.
Stair-walking help your labor progress because they not only provide you with a very clear goal (get to the top/get to the bottom) but the additional movement stimulates more muscles and helps thin your cervix more than you would on a normal walk.