Move around and Stay Upright during Labour

Moving around and keeping upright helps on so many levels during labour. What I mean by upright is basically staying out of bed! So walking, sitting on the birthing ball, kneeling on all fours; either on the bed or on pillows on the floor, kneeling and holding the back of the bed, standing beside the bed while using the bed to support your upper body and any other position you find comfortable. Allow your birth partner to support you. Swaying on or off the ball can feel good too. You can change position as often as you like; your body will let you know what's best!! Of course the gravity helps your baby move more easily through the birth canal, your pelvis will be more open and larger, and you will cope with labour contractions much better. Even if you are attached to the baby monitor, it is usually no problem to monitor the baby while in any of these positions. So be sure to ask your midwife if you can get out of the bed! I know that sounds a little silly but you wouldn't believe the number of Mums that have said to me "I never knew I was allowed out of bed when I went to the labour ward". (Epidural pain relief is the exception).  So get moving, you can do it!!