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Preparing for labour can be a tricky balance between rest and exercise. You need to be fit for labour but not worn out! Still at work? We give you a checklist of things to do before your maternity leave.
The more you know about how your baby will be born, the calmer you are likely to feel about the whole event. It’s well worth doing antenatal classes. These usually cover what happens in labour, and teach you some breathing and relaxation. Practise the skills you learn at classes and make relaxation a part of your everyday life. Use breathing techniques to help you cope with difficult situations – at home, work, or at the clinic.
Relax and breathe out when the LMC checks the position of the baby. It will make it easier for her to feel the baby and you get the chance to practise staying relaxed.
Try to become aware of where the tension in your body accumulates. The neck, shoulders, forehead, and hands are common places leading to aches, pains and stiffness. Check your tension points regularly during the day. If you’re tensing up, take a deep breath and relax the muscles as you breathe out.
If you sit down for most of the day, at work or at home:
Have you done all you need to do before you leave work? Have you:
Twins often arrive a little bit early, so plan well ahead if you are expecting two bundles of joy. Make sure you have plenty of help at home, too, if you can organise it. Just changing and feeding two babies is hard work, so extra pairs of hands are useful.
Try to rest as much as possible during the last few weeks of pregnancy. But don’t give up on exercise – it helps you to feel properly tired when you go to bed and therefore, you’re more likely to sleep well.
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