Preparing for Labour: A Guide

In the run-up to giving birth, you can start to feel nervous and worried about what to expect during labour. While you are probably aware that it is going to be painful, you may have heard horror stories from your female friends and family. Therefore, it is important that you take some time to do your own research before giving birth so that you know what to expect and can prepare yourself. No two births are the same, so while you can’t be sure exactly what your labour is going to be like, you can prepare yourself. To make this easier for you, we have put together this helpful guide on how you can get ready for labour and what steps you can take. 

Prepare Yourself 

It is important that you take some time to think about what is to come, both with labour and the days that follow giving birth. While labour is a difficult experience to go through, it is going to be worth it once you have your beautiful new bundle of joy in your arms. If you do want to hear stories from other women’s experience, then you should try to focus on the positives, as dwelling on the negative stories and experiences will only make you worry more. Giving birth can be an empowering, beautiful, and joyful experience that is one of the most natural things for your body to go through. 

Practice Relaxation Techniques 

If you have been attending ante-natal classes while pregnant, then it is likely that you have already had some practice at relaxation techniques, but you could develop these skills from home. Many women find them very useful during labour, and it can help them manage the pain they are experiencing. Try to practice your breathing and if you start to learn these techniques early on in your pregnancy, then by your due date you will be a professional. Similarly, you could join pregnancy yoga classes that can help you clear your mind and practice breathing techniques. 

Develop a Birth Plan 

Many women have a specific plan in mind of how they want their labour experience to go, so they develop a birthing plan. This is a great way to communicate your wishes to your partner and medical professionals and a way to be honest about your worries and concerns. 

Expect the Unexpected 

It doesn’t matter how organised and planned out your birthing plan is, you can never be sure how your labour will be, so you should expect things to not go as you had planned. It is normal for the unexpected to happen as bringing a new life into the world is not a straightforward procedure. However, it is important to remember that if you feel you haven’t received the appropriate care from healthcare professionals and your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy or similar, you can get support at

Giving birth is an amazing experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, so by being prepared for what to expect, it may make labour less anxiety-provoking for you.