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Preparing for labour • Prepare a list of preferences important to you for labour and discuss these with your partner, doctor or midwife and hospital. • A birth plan is simply a flexible wish list but will help focus you on what you want. • Learn to visualise how you attain a goal; apply this in labour too, literally ‘seeing’ how the baby moves down in the birth canal and then is born. • Use water in labour and during the actual birth too for effective pain relief, if you like the idea. • Deep baths, relaxing showers or moist sheets wrapped around your belly can all be tried. • Pace yourself through early labour by either sleeping a little longer, resting and reading or keeping busy with easy activities or gentle walking. • Explain to your partner that you might well need him to not touch you at all during labour. • Explain to your partner that anxiety and a tendency to shorter endurance levels might make you impatient, angry and scared in labour and that it would be very valuable for him to reassure you often and not take your comments personally. • Tell your partner and staff that you will ask if you need your hand to be held or your back massaged. • Keep your bladder empty in labour so that it does not impede baby’s downward movement. • You might feel a need to have less talking and touching once labour is intense - communicate this to your partner or caregiver so that they understand and respect your wishes. • During pushing contractions, remember to continue breathing. Take deep breaths and really push down hard in the vaginal area but then come up for a fresh breath! About 4-5 pushes per contraction are possible. • Most of all, remember that there is more time without than with the pain of contractions in labour! • Keep up liquid and snack intake throughout labour to ensure your energy does not lag at critical times. • Comfort objects, music and massage techniques are essential for well-being in labour. Congratulations!! It’s a ...


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