Tips for early labour


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It’s an exciting moment when you feel that first contraction. You may be inclined to just jump on that birth ball and get labour going but in reality, this could actually make you super exhausted by the time true labour kicks in.

What I recommend to do in early labour is:
Rest when possible

Have little micro sleeps between contractions

Stay hydrated and eat well (fuel yourself for what’s ahead)

Stay in a safe environment (supporting the release of oxytocin to help you feel good and for contractions to amp up)

If you need to organise kids do this now as your frontal cortex (the part of the brain that does the decision making) is still very active and alert 

Distract yourself – have a few laughs, watch a movie

Be in tune with your babe honour their journey- birth is not a race

As the sensations increase you may begin to find certain positions uncomfortable- just move and try different positions and see what works for you. 

For partners:

This is your time to show your support

It may be helpful to fulfil any tasks that needed to be done (kids to grandparents, dinner, etc)
Offer distractions and humour 

Start becoming aware of contractions you can use an app if you like 

However, the timing of contractions is less important than the sensations. Refrain from mentioning the contractions and how frequent and long they are. Instead, use positive encouragement “ we are in this together” “I’m so proud of you” “you are so strong”.

Offer hydration (get an icy water bottle)

Maybe run a bath or shower

And make sure you look after yourself too – eat a healthy meal, make sure you get rest. 

How your cervix changes in labour

Dilation takes centre stage when we think of the progression of labour. Dilation is basically the last thing that happens to your cervix and there

From womb to earth.

Image by: @karlaroswell If you are reading this while life is blooming inside you, I want you to just take a moment and sit with

How your body is made to birth!

We’ve all been there before when we’ve either looked down at our vulvas or envisioned a baby coming out of that small area and thought,

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