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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Activites to do in early labor

I wrote a post of early labor, but I wanted to add a few tips or activities on what you can do while your waiting for labor to really ramp up.

My first labor I watched Ann of Green Gables.  My husband and I still share fond memories of that movie because of that.  Movies, though, are a great way to use distraction to work through early labor.

After my first one, I realized I loved hot water during my labors.  Thus, for all my other children, the shower was the first place I would go when I realized that my labor was probably starting.

Other things I've done: take a nap, pack my bags, cook, put children to bed, meet with friends, take a walk.

Other things I could think of to do:  play a game, crochet, draw, read a book, journal your experience.

Things that I would do if I were to do it again:  dance with my husband, write a note to my new baby, sing a love song, say a prayer, plant a tree for my baby.

I would love to make it a time for me to focus on my connection to my husband and my new baby. 

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

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