6) Swing those hips
Many women instinctively move around in labour, and with good reason – being upright and mobile can shorten it by up to an hour.
Indeed, your midwife will also encourage you to stay active
because gravity helps your baby’s head descend and get into the right position for birth. Plus the weight of your baby on your cervix could also strengthen your contractions.
‘When a contraction begins, breathe out, drop your shoulders to release tension, and move your lower body rhythmically as if you’re belly dancing, holding onto your partner for support,’ suggests Barbara.