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3 October 2023

Something about early labour that every parent needs to know..

 

I don’t know about you, but I always imagined that as soon as I went into labour, I’d need to quickly make that trip to the hospital to birth my baby.

Relying on things like one of my favourite TV shows Friends or other programmes, hearing other peoples stories – I just assumed that this is how it worked during labour. Get yourself to a hospital quick.

Even whilst teaching, a lot of the families that I work with are really keen to understand their timings – possibly think about when to make that phone call either to ask their midwives to come to their homebirth or head over to the labour ward or birth centre.

Whilst this is important – it really is impossible to say how long your labour will be.. everyone can be so different.

One of the most important things I share with the families that I work with is when it comes to spontaneous labour (this is labour which starts without any form of intervention such as an induction) one of the biggest secrets is to continue doing things that you would do in day to day life for as long as possible.

Make a plan for early labour

Just having a few ideas of things that you can do to keep yourself busy in early labour can really help you to focus your mind on something that you enjoy instead of… woahhh What do we do now? Here are just a few ideas of things that you can do –

  • Bake a cake to enjoy for once your baby has arrived!
  • Go for a walk
  • Grab a coffee… and even more cake!
  • Write a love note to your baby about how excited you are to meet them
  • Yoga
  • A hobby – so many of my clients have done knitting or crochet during early labour
What about using hypnobirthing techniques up in early labour?

When it comes to using your techniques in early labour – its entirely up to you what you do, however, I do tend to say that its best keeping most of your techniques for when labour becomes more established so that you can continue in day to day activities until you no longer feel like you can.

That’s the biggest secret to early labour – keep going until you feel the need to slow down, close the curtains and really let go and focus on birthing your baby.

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