AC­TIVE PHASE

Pregnancy Life & Style - - LABOUR PAIN -

Get­ting into po­si­tion

Stand fac­ing your birth part­ner. Put your arms around his shoul­ders and neck, rest­ing your head on his chest. Your part­ner needs to place his arms around you and clasp his hands at your back. Sway your hips to­gether, just as if you were slow danc­ing.

How does it work?

Sway­ing your hips rhyth­mi­cally helps ease pain, speeds up the first stage of labour and en­cour­ages your baby to move deeper into your pelvis. “Grav­ity will help your baby move down and set­tle into the right po­si­tion for birth,” says mid­wife Megan Baker. “This po­si­tion also of­fers in­ti­macy with your part­ner and lets him sup­port your weight.”

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