here's a little advice from my experience.
if the midwife tells you to lay on your side with your leg propped up and pant like a dog with your tongue out then do it! you might feel a bit daft but i delivered an 8 pound 13 girl with no need for stitches.
make sure when you need to push but its too early, if you have gas and air to start taking it at the very beginning of your contraction or you may struggle to breath through it.
lipbalm has been mentioned but its a must have IMO.
baths can make contractions less painful in the early stages and help you to relax.
you are sometimes likely to be given a strip wash by the midwife after delivering, i found this quite funny.
if you are kept in hospital afterwards and are put on the ward, dont expect a good nights sleep! there is always a baby crying during the night, either yours or another new mummy's. i struggled to sleep anyway as i was fixated on my beautiful newborn.
Do you actually poo when you give birth as well??? That's something I'm worried about!!!
Lol I was worried about this... So much so I kept shouting 'oh god, I'm not pooing am I?!' during labour
I DID however have to wee on a pad on the floor as I couldn't get to loo and it was that or a catheter... mortified every time I think about it, the funny thing was my husband had brand new shoes on and I was holding into him thinking 'god he'll kill me if I wee on those!' ( he wouldn't have cared two hootsin reality but still! Lol)
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