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Boring Early Labor

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Early labor can be a trying time, especially for first time moms.

It is at first very exciting because “It is time!” But then it seems to just kind of drag on and on and on…because it usually does go on and on for a long time.

 

So what to do during this time?

You certainly cannot, should not, time every contraction. You know that it is too early to head to the hospital. You have already packed and repacked your bag. Do you think you have washed the baby clothes enough times?                                                                  

 

What to do, what to do?

 

Well, here is my list of suggestions:

 

     If it is night time, try to sleep.

If you cannot sleep, write a letter to your baby…or to yourself.

Start a blog, if you haven’t already, that will chronicle your growing family.

Don’t tell family and friends yet, unless you really want them to keep checking in with you.

Eat protein and carbs.

Drink lots and lots and lots of water.

Go potty, often.

Get a manicure/pedicure.

Write holiday cards.

Get prenatal massage.

    Move, walk, use birth ball, go up/down stairs, squat, lunge, cat/cow, etc.            

    Drink some more water.

    Take a nap.

    Bake cookies and brownies to take to the nurses.

    Go outside and take a “curb walk” or walk in park.

    Take a warm shower.

    Address your birth announcements.

    Keep your care provider and doula informed.

    Organize some drawers, photos, or maybe recipes.

    Cook and freeze meals for when you come home.

    Go shopping and see how many people are startled    when you tell them that you are in labor.

   Mop every hard floor, on your hands and knees.

   Walk around the mall or a big box store and see how    many people you can get to touch your belly.

 

The point is…stay distracted and relaxed.

 

And trust me, eventually labor will become more active and there is not a chance you will miss it because you were asleep.

The Look of a Goddess

“If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor,

then someone isn’t treating her right.”

               ~ ina may gaskin

Labor and Birth in Animation

One of the best animations I have seen! Notice the position of the baby in relation to Mom’s body.

Well done Baby Center! Thank you!

And check out their other video’s, too!

http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-labor-and-birth_3658872.bc