Prelude to Labor

June 26, 2017

Stage of Labor Mother’s Feelings Mother’s Activity Coach
Prelude to Labor
(You may experience one or more of the following:

  • Lightening
  • False Labor
  • Cervical changes (ripening of the cervix)
  • Bloody show
  • Rupture of membranes
  • Energy Spurt
  • Waiting is difficult!
  • “When will my baby come?”
  • “Will I always be pregnant?”
  • Anticipation and apprehension about labor and ability to mother
  • Pack suitcase for hospital
  • Simplify housekeeping
  • Mild activity and exercise
  • Conserve energy wit relaxation and naps
  • Put plastic sheet on bed in case membranes rupture
  • Call physician or nurse midwife if membranes rupture
  • Complete preparation for baby’s homecoming
  • Treat mother to an evening out at least once a week
  • Let mother know you love and understand her
  • Practice relaxation and breathing patterns wtih mother daily
  • Encourage mother to rest
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