Early Labor: What should you do?

First, if you go into labor at night, continue resting. If you can not sleep through the contractions, try to sleep between them. If you are getting too antsy or uncomfortable, try to take a bath with dim lights and maybe even candles. If it is during the day other suggestions are:

  • Continue your normal activities but keep an idea of how many contractions you are having per hour.
  • Do pleasant distracting activities but not too strenuous.
  • Someone should remain with you
  • Bake
  • Watch a movie,
  • Go for a pic-nic,
  • Read,
  • Work on a project like, kniting, crocheting or scrap booking
  • Go shopping,
  • Play games
  • Prepare the baby’s clothes and/or room
  • Eat when you are hungry, preferably light simple carbs and a little protein.
  • Drink to thurst
  • When it is no longer possible to walk through the contractions, use labor coping techniques like slow breathing, rocking, self calming, attention-focusing, etc.
  • Try not to get too excited and know that your body will do it’s work with time. Take it slow and enjoy the first stage. You will probably always remember the things you did to prepare for your little baby’s arrival when you are in early first stage labor.

As your doula, I give you continued labor support through out your labor. Even on the phone when it is too early for me to be there. It really depends on what is going on when I make a suggestion.

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