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Your Step-by-Step Guide to The Stages of Labor

From the first contractions through transition and birth, we get the lowdown on labor stages from Lamaze.

What Helps During Early Labor

It can be hard to believe that this is it. Take time to settle down and work with the labor — change positions and go with what feels best. Once again, the best thing to do is to take care of yourself. Alternate rest and activity (for instance, take a nice walk followed by a relaxing shower), eat easily digested foods and drink plenty of fluids.

Many women find that the best place to be during this phase of childbirth is at home, where you can move about and do things for yourself. When contractions become so strong that you can no longer talk yourself through them, try using relaxation and breathing strategies. Your support people should be nearby, helping you to stay calm and confident. Keep the environment pleasant—perhaps listen to music, ask your partner for a shoulder massage or prepare the baby’s room.

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Author Bio: 

By Judith Lothian, RN, PhD, LCCE, FACCE. Images courtesy of Lamaze.

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