If you’re currently waiting for labour to start, chances are you’re content one minute and a ball of tears and frustration the next.
It can be a really challenging time, but remember, your body is doing all the good work of preparing for labour, so let it do its thing. And remember, you won’t be pregnant forever (I promise you that).
Was that something? Is this it? That felt different! Oh, I think that might have been a contraction...
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If you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy or you’ve gone past your estimated due date, chances are you’re thinking that every little twinge and symptom is a sure sign of imminent labour.
There is no definitive answer as to when early labour will commence nor is there a predictable timeline to follow which can be really frustrating, especially if you’re wary of a looming induction.
It’s for this reason that I really encourage you to surrender to the experience; early labour is as unpredictable as birth.
And 95 per cent of babies aren’t born on their estimated due date (around 85 per cent of first time mums go past their estimated due date) so holding out hope that labour will commence on that magic day that you’ve circled in your diary isn’t always a good idea.
The best thing you can do at this stage as you wait and wonder (and cry and stomp and growl) is embrace all the things that make you feel comfortable, happy and relaxed; doing so reduces stress and adrenaline, which gives oxytocin - the key driver of contractions - the opportunity to flow and kick start labour.
It’s also recommended that you turn off your phone because messages begging for news ("baby?") can be some of the most frustrating you’ll ever receive.
You really don’t need the added pressure from curious friends and family at this stage because let’s face it, no amount of texts are going to hurry up labour.