Early labor is an exciting time. This is the “I got this” stage of labor. You feel great, contractions are easy peasy, you wonder why anyone would ever want an epidural, and now you are ready to post on Facebook and announce it to the world.
Grandma is headed over to keep you company, you’re starting a crock-pot meal from Pinterest, and your husband is headed home from work so he doesn’t miss the birth.
In most cases, early labor starts out like that and all of that is totally okay if that’s the way you’ll be able to relax and get some rest before the marathon you’re about to run.
We strongly advise every one of our clients to keep those early labor waves a secret. It’s a special secret that only your baby shares with you. You can piddle around the kitchen, take a shower, get dressed, and lay out in the sunshine. Whisper blissful words to your baby, share in the waves together knowing that each wave is bringing you closer to meeting the baby you’ve grown. Use this time to rest and cuddle with your partner in a dim room to boost the Love Hormone (Oxytocin) and allow for some time alone before baby is born. Take a nap, eat a light lunch, read a book, play a video game.. do whatever you want to do.
Often times, we are so excited that things are beginning that we end up exhausting ourselves before it’s time to push. You aren’t expected to entertain anyone during labor, you don’t need to cook a big dinner; that’s why we have pizza delivery drivers. Spend this time focusing on yourself and the little person you are about to welcome. It really is the best way to prepare for this marathon.
Let us know what kept you occupied and distracted during the early stages of labor!