Ferguson's reflex

Ferguson's reflex

a contraction of the uterus after the cervix is stimulated. The reflex is an important function of labor.

Ferguson's reflex

abdominal muscle contraction stage of parturition initiated by stretching of pelvic soft tissues.
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Delaying pushing until the mother experiences Ferguson's reflex can minimize her fatigue and does not increase the likelihood of fetal trauma during second-stage labor.
This is Ferguson's reflex, and it typically is accompanied by a loud maternal groan.