How to Spend Early Labor

Relax and Spend Early Labor Meditating

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Spend early labor relaxing and preparing instead of panicking because if you feel anxious early on it may mean a longer and more painful labor. So just how do you spend that time?

Meditate During Early Labor

Deep breathing and meditation help induce a sense of calm and relaxation. If you're not familiar with a meditation technique, simply close your eyes and focus on your breath as you let all your thoughts float downstream like a fallen leaf.

Visualization is another form of meditation. Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Imagine your labor and birthing experience going exactly as you planned. If there is a particular part of childbirth you're anxious about, visualize the situation as you would like it to go. You can also visualize how happy you will be with your new baby in your arms.

Finish Packing Your Bag 

You've probably planned ahead and packed most of the things in your bag that you intend to use at the hospital or birth center. But now is the time to sit back and quietly look over your checklist and find any last-minute items that may need, including your personal care items.


Don't laugh, baking is a great way to spend early labor. This is a fun labor project that can help you relax and go about normal activities. I'd suggest baking some cookies or brownies to take with you to the hospital. Can you imagine how happy the nurses will be to see you with a plate of goodies? Some couples also choose to make a birthday cake to eat after the baby is born.

Watch a Movie During Early Labor

Some moms find watching a movie is a relaxing distraction. Peruse Netflix or Hulu to find something that suits your mood. It's nice to snuggle up with your family watch video entertainment.

Fold Your Baby's Clothes

Folding is a nice activity because it's rhythmic and doesn't require a lot of attention. It also helps you focus on the new little one about to be born. Not to mention it's a great way to get a quick chore done.

Fill out the Baby Book 

You can fill out the pregnancy information or the family tree in the baby book if you have one. Again, it is a nice focusing technique that can leave you able to stop for contractions and employ comfort measures as needed. If you don't have a baby book or this doesn't appeal to you, try writing your baby a letter.

Don't Go to the Hospital Too Early

Getting to the hospital or birth center too early will mean that you spend this uncomfortable time away from familiar surroundings and the things that make you happy. If you get there too early, they might even send you home.

Most women are much more comfortable if they stay in their own homes for as long as possible. That's why finding distracting things to do is your best bet to avoid going to the hospital too early.

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