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Coping at the beginning of labour

If you have attended parenting and wellbeing classes, this is the time for you and your birthing partners to use all the good tips other couples and midwives have shared with you. Here is a little reminder of the main ones:

  • You can be up and moving about if you feel like it
  • You can drink fluids and may find isotonic drinks (sports drinks) help keep your energy levels up
  • You can also snack, although many women don’t feel very hungry and some feel sick
  • As the contractions get stronger and more painful, you can try relaxation and breathing exercises – your birth partner can help by doing them with you
  • Your birth partner can rub your back as it may help relieve the pain
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