6) The labour slow dance helps
Many women feel like they need to lie down once they’re in established labour, but, says Janet, that’s the worse thing you can do. ‘It may seem obvious, but you need to stay mobile and upright during labour for as long as possible as it helps your baby move down into the right position in the birth canal.’
If you’re feeling too tired to stand up, try leaning against your partner in a hugging position like you’re slow dancing
. ‘And if you do feel you need to lie down, rest on your left side
, rather than flat on your back, so that you’re not squashing blood vessels that lead to your placenta,’ says Janet.