When it comes to getting you through labour, there could be a rival for your birth partner – your iPod. Research suggests music can help ease anxiety and help you relax when you have your baby so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite tracks – some serious and research-based, while others based on experience! Tell us what was on your playlist on the comments board below.
Let’s Go, Calvin Harris
It always helps drag us through a gym session so it makes sense that this track could help you feel energised during labour. K-Mid was rumoured to have included some Calvin on her birth playlist – as well as Bruno Mars and Of Monsters and Men.
Push It, Salt-N-Pepa
C’mon, as if we wouldn’t include this? Definitely guaranteed to make you crack a smile… after that contraction’s passed perhaps.
I Want To Break Free, Queen
Overture to William Tell, Gioachino Rossini
Or anything classical really (we just love this one) – it’s a favourite musical choice with mums-to-be in labour, according to a recent poll.
Could You Be Loved, Bob Marley
Bob was one of the favourite artists in the same poll, along with Adele, Coldplay, Goo Goo Dolls and Michael Bublé. Definitely include something you love – a familiar song could help your surroundings feel more personal on the day.
Roar, Katy Perry
Another favourite track from the survey. Empowering sure, but we can imagine it becoming a bit much on repeat…
Albatross, Fleetwood Mac
This song has 60BPM (that’s beats per minute), which is optimum for helping you relax. It basically causes your brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm and calm you. Also try Weightless by Marconi Union – it was created with scientists using this 60BPM idea and has been called the most relaxing song ever.
We Belong Together, Mariah Carey
Apparently the singer listened to her own song (yes, really) when her twins Moroccan and Monroe were born.
Get Ready For This, 2 Unlimited
While this may just make us think about that spirit fingers scene in cheerleading movie masterpiece Bring It On, it’s actually a brilliant ‘power’ song according to recent research, which found it encouraged confidence to take risks. 50 Cent’s In Da Club is also a power song – can’t imagine it on the labour ward, though.
Timing your contractions can give you a better idea of what stage of labour you’re at – and let you know when it’s time to head to hospital. So download an app (or keep an eye on the clock) and get timing…