I’d never felt superhuman before. Months of speculating and over thinking how a grapefruit could squeeze out of a pin hole and worse yet, how that would feel eventually gave way to acceptance. My body had already prepared itself for 8 months but with significant weight gain causing ankle and hip issues it wasn’t a graceful transition. Yet somehow in the delivery room, with no birth plan I felt like superwoman. Going in I thought I would need every drug available for mankind but I didn’t. It did take a little gas, Pethidine and my husband’s jokes to keep it light-hearted and afterwards I was high on adrenaline and joy.
If you’re nervous about D-Day like I was, I would like to share my top 5 tips that helped me get through labour.
- Slowly breathe in through the nose and breathe out through the mouth with each contraction. As you breathe out count 1,2,3…through the length of your contractions and relax your shoulders.
- These positions help with contractions. Alternate between them if you prefer or pick one you like:
- while standing you can rock your hips backwards and forwards or in a circle or sway your hips in a figure 8,
- kneel on all fours,
- sit on a fit ball and move in a figure 8 or a circle.
- Have hot showers during the birth, if permitted.
- Have your partner massage your back and ensure you get plenty of water.
- Play your favourite music.
Know that it will be hard but try to rest, relax and eat to ensure you have your strength as it will be a long day. The calmer you are the smoother the birth will be.