1. Create a sanctuary suitable for your baby’s entrance into the world, choose your favourite music, have a relaxing bath, choose your favourite relaxing smells, light a candle… this is your baby’s birthday… get excited! You are now going to meet your baby who you have been waiting for for 9 months and see their little face, fingers, toes, eyes, nosefor the first time!
Having a bath in labour is a great way of staying relaxed and the lavender and geranium in our bath soak will help promote feelings of calm, whilst the aloe vera and calendula is soothing to the skin .
2. Breathe deeply and slowly to keep your body relaxed and open . When you practise deep breathing a magical cocktail of calming and pain relieving endorphins are released into the blood stream, including oxytocin, the love hormone which keeps contractions going.
Our Tummy Love oil can be used for massage during labour which also helps to release oxytocin into the bloodstream which in turn can keep contractions going and has pain relieving qualities. Massage also keeps the muscles relaxed and helps with pain relief .
3. See each contraction as a wave that your are riding and each one is bringing you one step closer to meeting your baby. Use the exhalation to help see you through any intense sensations.
Try using our Pregnancy Bliss Relaxation cd tohelp keep your mind focussed during labour and birth. It is audio only, this will allow the mind to stay relaxed aswell as the body.
4. Keep upright and moving as much as possible as gravity helps to bring babies faster into the world and to keep contractions going. Use a yoga ball or positions on all fours to conserve energy whilst still using gravity to help the process along.
Using a Yoga Ball can enable you to be comfortable and upright during the labour. This also enables gravity to help keep contractions going. The ball can help manage pain in labour and is great for turning back to back babies by opening up the pelvis keeping it supported and symmetrical. You can purchase a Yoga Ball here.