10 simple ways to boost your wellbeing in early labour

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Here are some quick and easy ways to enhance your wellbeing in early labour. These things can be very much overlooked especially when experiencing a range of emotions but focusing on your basic needs can go a long way to boost both your physical and emotional health.

Simple steps for your wellbeing in early labour…

1. Fresh Air

If it feels appropriate, getting out for a walk is simple and easy way to boost your mood, your energy, your contractions and your baby’s position.

2. Water

Drinking plenty of water not only stops you from becoming dehydrated but it can also boost your energy and ease any discomfort.

3. Eat

Eat well and often with healthy meals and regular snacks throughout early labour to have energy when you need it later.

4. Use your breathing

Focus on using your breathing to stay calm, to relax your body and to ease any stress, anxiety or panic.
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5. Rest

Early labour can last for several hours, maybe even a few days. so it is important to rest as much as you can.

6. Talk

Talk through any worries or anxieties, share how you are feeling.

7. Wallow

Use the bath or shower to help you relax and to ease any aches.

8. Ask questions

Ask your questions for information, support and reassurance when you contact the maternity unit, your midwife or your doula.

9. Use your ball

Using a ball can really boost your comfort with your contractions, it can ease any back ache or pain and the movement can encourage your baby to move into a good position.

10. Music

Listening to music or podcasts can be a great distraction and it can help you to relax.

There isn’t a prescriptive list of what you should do to boost your wellbeing in early labour but just focusing on the basics, working with your body and on what you need that day can be really helpful.

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