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your early labour

Can you describe your early labour in 3 words?

3 words…Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so individual and I would like to collect as much feedback as possible – which can be shared anonymously – to normalise the differences to other expectant and new parents.

I have three children and each labour started spontaneously before I reached my due date. I am someone who has long early labours – I can niggle on for days before my baby and my body is ready for labour and birth. All of my babies have been back to back and my early labour has been about moving them into a better position. During each early labour it felt right to just wander and rest, even though I just wanted my body to just get on with it!

It is important to remember that there is no right length of labour – if it is long, it could be because your baby needs the time.

  1. Excited, unknown, frustrated
  2. Long, tired, impatient
  3. Longest, intermittent, breathe

What 3 words would you use to describe your early labour?


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Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

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your 1st trimester

3 words to describe your 1st trimester

3 words…Pregnancy, birth and parenting are so individual and I would like to collect as much feedback as possible – which can be shared anonymously – to normalise the differences to other expectant and new parents.

All three of my three pregnancies have been very different:

  1. Excited, nervous, tired
  2. Happy, calm, excited
  3. Anxious, complete, concerned


What 3 words would you use to describe your early pregnancy?


With a calm and knowledgeable approach, my aim is informed and confident parents.

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Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

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Do Birth On Purpose Challenge

This is for you as an expectant parent, to think about how you are planning for the birth of your baby, the information you might need and how to put yourself at the centre of your care.

This challenge is about encouraging you to have a more strategic and informed approach towards labour, birth and the early days with your baby. Being educated about birth is important so you know your options and so you can keep gathering the information you need to keep yourself at the centre of your care.

  • It’s about thinking about the birth you want – or need – and how you prepare for that.
  • What is helpful for labour and birth, for an induction, for a caesarean and what could be unhelpful.
  • Doing labour & birth on purpose can be about asking questions and being involved.

This challenge will be ongoing, to help create a positive habit of individual & informed birth preparation so you can plan effectively, so you can be involved with decisions and manage any challenges and changes with more confidence and knowledge.

Keep it simple

I will posing some questions and encouraging you to focus on what you need as part of your preparation for birth as well as for the first few hours and days with your new baby.

There will also be regular posts and prompts here on my website and on my social media to encourage you to think practically about your birth preparation.

My philosophy around labour, birth and early parenting is about gathering knowledge and asking questions so you can use that knowledge to know more about your options, so you can manage any challenges and so you have more realistic expectations. My aim is for you to have a foundation of knowledge with a practical mindset so you can do what works best for you.

Please do send me a quick message if you have any questions.

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mother cuppa challenge

Mother Cuppa Challenge

The Mother Cuppa Challenge is about you as a parent – reflecting on what is challenging and why, how you coped and could you have done anything differently. It’s also about focusing on the good stuff each day however small or perhaps seemingly insignificant.

However much we love our children, being a parent can be hard work, it can be relentless and exhausting and it requires a lot of giving. I want to challenge you to focus on what you are doing well, to develop strong coping strategies and to find the good in the day when you can pause for a minute and how you can focus on the positives.

This aims to give you a boost and to create a positive mindset about what can seem tedious or overwhelming. As a parent you will be overlooking so much of what you do with and for your children and it is easy to make it to bedtime without giving yourself a pat on the back. Or focusing on the tiredness or the frustration of the ay without thinking “but that was nice”.

Let’s focus on the details and see what difference it makes to you.

  • mother cuppa challenge wellbeing for parents

This challenge will be ongoing, to help create a positive habit so reflecting on what has gone well is part of your life, helping you to manage the demands of being a parent.

Keep it simple

Aim to spend just a few minutes on this, don’t overthink it. If you want to spend more time on it, then great, just find what works for you.

Just jotting down a few words and thoughts will be beneficial.

I will be uploading more posts on my website, as well as on Instagram and Facebook as a prompt.

And please do send me a quick message if you have any questions.

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Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

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Free Resources

There are several ways to access free resources about pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

Notes For Parents

Regular and brief emails, which won’t take up much of your precious time. They aim to be useful, giving you information, a boost, an idea, motivation and encouragement you to look after you.

Podcast

This will be launching soon.

Mother Cuppa Magazine

I am on a mission to provide a range of really good, practical knowledge so you can plan, do, adjust and look after you and the needs of your family. Mother Cuppa Magazine is about you.

Guides & Checklists

There are 5 free practical guides for labour & birth:

  • Essentials For Labour & Birth
  • Going Over Your Due Date
  • Tips For Labour & Birth
  • Your Birth Bag
  • Your Birth Plan

There are 4 checklists:

  • Pregnancy
  • Labour & Birth
  • New Baby
  • Pregnancy, Birth & Baby Again

Challenges

These challenges will feature on my social media, as well as with regular posts here on my website.

  • Relax & Breathe Challenge – for everyone to use, to focus on bringing simple and effective relaxation and breathing techniques into each day.
  • Do Birth On Purpose Challenge – for anyone who is pregnant, to think about about what might need for the birth.
  • Mother Cuppa Challenge – to focus on you as a parent, to think about what’s going well and where the challenges are and to look at how you can ease any stress and tiredness.

You can also sign up for Notes For Parents to be sent links to these challenges.

Social Media

You can also follow my social media accounts: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest for regular posts and stories.


With a calm and knowledgeable approach, my aim is informed and confident parents.

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Janine Smith | A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting

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