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Chapter 5 – Labor Guide 45

Prelude to Labor

Mother’s Feelings And Reactions

• Combination of excitement and anxiety. • Burst of energy or the nesting instinct.

• Wants to make contact with friends and family.

Physical Changes In Mother

• More episodes of Braxton-Hicks contractions. • Increased vaginal discharge. • Loss of mucous plug.

• Increased pressure on pelvic floor. • 2 to 3 pound weight loss or gain. • Some nausea and diarrhea. • Premenstrual symptoms. • Baby’s activity level may change.

Comfort Measures Mother Can Utilize

• Continue with normal daily activities. • Focus on taking more naps – REST!

• Practice relaxation and breathing techniques learned in class with support person.

• Learn to work as a “team” with support person. • Finish last minute details and make necessary arrangements.

• Have your suitcase and goody bag packed and ready to go.

Role Of Support Person

• Help with last minute arrangements.

• Make sure she is getting the proper rest she needs. • Because opening the lines of communication is so important to both you and your laboring partner, talk about and share your feelings, fears and concerns. If you talk about your fears, they will not be so scary.

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