Nearly there

Nearly there

What if labour slows down?

We just mentioned that it would be normal for birth to change a little in this phase. However, there are natural ways to help if you feel that this is taking some time. These things include making sure that you are drinking, preferably non-fizzy drinks to keep hydrated. You also need energy to help the muscles work, your birth partner could help by encouraging you to do these things. We will look at the muscles work in another section. Moving around can also help. Having a walk around or using a birthing ball. Your birth partner could also help by giving you a gentle foot massage to include the ankle area. If you are using essential oils for birth an expert in this area can advise you on oils to use to help in birth and how to use them. There are other things you can also do, including using some of the massage techniques you will learn at the end of the workshop.

Why may I look more anxious or quiet in this phase of birth?

There are some amazing changes taking place in your body when you are close to giving birth.

The picture shows your placenta and the cord. The placenta is on the wall of the womb (or uterus) and the cord is attached to your baby.

Some research tells us that when a baby animal starts the journey to being born, it releases a hormone called adrenaline.

This adrenaline signal travels from through the cord to the placenta, when it reaches the placenta it crosses the thin membrane, that your body picks up. We are mammals too.

In humans, we often see a change of behaviour just before we give birth. Like the changes we just listed. These changes in our behaviour are our bodies reaction to having an adrenaline release.

You may feel withdrawn or want to be quiet, or you may feel a little anxious or aware of feeling different.

We think that it is possible that as your baby starts to move down the birth canal (vagina), they could release adrenaline, as your baby is going through some changes now too! We will look at these in another video clip.

The adrenaline travels through the baby’s blood, to the cord and placenta, the placenta is attached to you.

The placenta is your growing baby’s liver, the chemical message can pass into your body, you may experience your own adrenaline release in response.

Your behaviour change is a response, it’s an ‘internal communication system’ with your baby. Your birth partner or the midwife is likely to see a change in your behaviour, this is a positive sign that your baby is getting ready to be born.