Pregnancy is a precious time and lots of women have mixed feelings about the upcoming birth. It is perfectly natural to feel anxious or even a little bit frightened if you are experiencing it for the first time but here are some of our top tips for a positive labour.

1. Be prepared – If you are having a hospital birth, pack your bag a few weeks in advance so it is ready. It is a good idea to make a list of the things you will need during your stay. Don’t forget the key items for yourself to.

2. Surround yourself with someone you love and trust – Giving birth is a beautiful experience and having someone with you for support will make it easier for you to focus.  Everyone needs to feel loved and supported. Afterall, who doesn’t need someone to rub your back and hold your hand?

3. NCT classes – There are lots of classes available in your local area and they will prepare you for the upcoming birth and provide you with an opportunity to make new friends. The NCT classes also teach useful breathing exercises which will aid you during labour. Don’t be afraid to practice them in advance. Learning to focus and maintain clear breathing techniques will really help you breathe during contractions.

4. Go with the flow – There is so much reading material available that it can almost make labour more daunting than it need be. It is great to educate yourself on different pain reliefs that are available but it is a good idea to keep an open idea and take labour one step at a time. This way, you won’t be disappointed if anything changes and if it is your first time, you won’t know how you will react to the pain and may have a very quick labour.

5. Environment – create an environment that you will be happy to labour in. It might be taking extra pillows from home or a gym ball for you to move around on. Anything that helps you create a soothing and calm environment.

6. Focus – Unfortunately people do have a tendency to overshare when it comes to sharing birth stories. Nothing is ever as bad as it sounds or women would not keep having babies. Just because the lady up the road laboured for 72 hours, it doesn’t mean that you will. Every women, birth and baby is different.