Antenatal Online Gives us the Top 10 Tips for a Great Labour

Top Ten Tips for a Great Labour Labour and birth can be daunting, particularly for first time mums and dads-to-be but. Here are ten tips for making sure you have the best birth possible!
  • A positive mindset really can help you have a better birth so believe in your body’s ability to have your baby and remember that women have been giving birth for thousands of years. You can do it! A good antenatal class will help you understand how your body is designed to give birth and will help dispel some of the fear you may have around labour;
  • Labour and birth can be unpredictable but having a list of birth preferences can help you. If you and your birth partner spend some time thinking about the kind of birth you want it will help you feel a bit more prepared;
  • During labour remember that each contraction is taking you one step closer to meeting your baby;
  • Make sure you eat - even if you don’t feel like it. The last thing you want to do is run out of steam so making sure you eat little and often during labour can really help. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks though, tempting as it may be to stuff down a cake;
  • That lovely white dressing gown might seem like a good choice for floating around in with your beautiful new baby and your post-birth glow but frankly birth is a bit messy...avoid anything white;
  • You may think that you don’t need or want pain relief and that is great. However no one knows how they will react during labour and if you feel overwhelmed and opt for drugs having wanted a natural birth, don’t beat yourself up! The birth is just one day out of your life. Don’t waste any of your time with your new baby feeling like you have already failed. You haven’t;
  • Don’t forget your camera! Those first few moments as a family are precious and you won’t get them again;
  • You can feel vulnerable in labour but try not to let that stop you from speaking up if you don’t understand what is being said or done. If you don’t feel comfortable then your birth partner can help or you could consider using a doula who will attend your labour and offer support;
  • Consider a water birth. It is a great form of natural pain relief and is a lovely calm way for your baby to enter the world;
  • ·         Try not to listen to horror stories from mums who have been there and did not particularly enjoy the experience! Their labour and birth may not have been the best but it doesn’t mean that yours will be bad. There will be mums out there who had a great birth and those are the people you need to hear. This site is great for positive birth stories and teams mums-to-be up with a birth buddy which is worth considering – www.tellmeagoodbirthstory.com;
I think there are few that would argue that labour isn’t challenging but it can also be a wonderful and empowering experience. Good luck and remember, you can do it! Louise Morrison is a mum of two and founder of Antenatal Online, www.antenatalonline.co.uk which offers flexible video based antenatal classes and pregnancy support.
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