7 must-do things before you go into labour

Still clueless about what to do before baby arrives? Here’s your ready-for-birth guide…


By the time you go into labour, you’d want to be relaxed and excited about your new life as a mum. Make sure everything is ready in good time. Don’t forget that your baby could come early so make sure you aren’t working when you’re close to your due date, otherwise, going into labour early could throw you for a loop. 

Here are steps to take before the first contraction.

1. Practise pelvic exercises

Exercising your pelvic floor muscles is vital in pregnancy. The muscles are underneath your pelvis and support your vagina, urethra and anus, and keeping them in shape can help prevent bladder problems after birth. A toned pelvic also shortens first-stage labour and the pushing time, according to medical experts.

To work your pelvic floor, squeeze your muscles as if you’re trying to stop yourself peeing mid-flow (but don’t do this when you’re on the toilet). Hold for 10 seconds, and then repeat eight times.

2. Do a trial run

To minimise the last-minute frenzy, it’s important to do a trial run, as you’re unlikely to think rationally about car parks or shortcuts to the hospital in the middle of contractions. Make sure your petrol tank is full in the final weeks of pregnancy, your IU card is topped up and spend some time getting familiar with the infant car seat.

3. Get baby essentials ready

Focus on newborn essentials rather than gear you’ll need later on, like a high chair and play gym. Along with stocking your freezer and shopping for baby gear, ensure your home is organised — cleaning or finishing DIY jobs that there won’t be time for with a baby. Think about what you will need, not just your baby. A comfy tank or nursing top and shorts, and a radio on your bedside table is a good start, plus some luxuries such as a favourite hand cream and magazines.

4. Organise your birth plan

Chances are, you probably won’t stick to your birth plan during labour, but the process of writing it is useful as it can help you consolidate your feelings about birth. Keep your birth plan close to one A4 page and consider laminating it, so it’s less likely to be torn or lost.

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