Your baby will be pressing his head into the birth canal to start the dilation (opening) of the cervix.
1) Early labour
‘As you go into labour, your baby will be producing lots of the hormone oxytocin, which puts him in a content, calm mood,’ says midwife Amanda Gwynne.
Hopefully, he’ll remain that way. But if your waters break and are greenish in colour, it could be a sign your baby has released meconium (poo) as a result of distress, in which case you’ll be monitored closely. Your baby will continue to move during labour and will probably take the odd 40-minute nap.
How to help: If you’re feeling stressed and anxious, your baby could be feeling the same way as cortisol and adrenaline, the hormones produced by these emotions, can cross the placenta. Stay relaxed by closing your eyes and thinking of a place that makes you feel calm.