Be well rested when labor starts
This is something you CAN control! Labor is tough enough without starting out tired, so ask yourself: “would I be well rested if labor started right now?” If the answer is no, go take a nap!
If you’re having trouble sleeping:
1) Try to go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time in the morning (even during weekends!)
2) Make the last 30 minutes to an hour before bed conducive to sleep: meditate, read a book, keep the lights low, avoid screen-time, exercising and stimulating foods.
3) Keep a journal close to your bed where you can ‘dump’ all those thoughts that are keeping you awake
4) Exercise regularly. If possible indulge in a massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic adjustment (make sure you discuss these with your care provider before you do them).
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