A woman’s body signals her when it is time to push. Most feel pressure or pain in the rectum or vagina, which some women say is similar to the need to have a bowel movement. Many women feel a sudden burst of energy during this time as well. Pushing feels much better than not doing so at this point.
Around 8% of women feel the urge to push before being fully dilated. Birthing attendants may encourage these mothers to use breathing techniques to curb early urges. Pushing too soon can cause cervical swelling and delay delivery.