If your water has broken before labour has begun, you need to decide how long you are willing to go with your water broken (the 24 hour “doctor limit”, or days..). If labour hasn’t begun within a few hours, you can try a warm bath, nipple stimulation (oxytocin), going for a walk, or do a few stretches to help spur on labour, or drop baby a bit lower into your pelvis.
If you go into labour naturally, starting with mild contractions, time them to see how long they last and how far apart they are. You could try sitting in a bath - just note that this could either ease them off or make them come on stronger. Try going for a long walk, climbing stairs, hip rotations on a birth ball, squatting, or dancing.
If you’ve been up for a while, or haven’t had much sleep, this would also be a great time to get as much rest as you can. Then, once you are well rested, you will feel much more prepared for the work ahead!
*Remember that natural oxytocin is the best hormone for labour, so anything to release oxytocin, can do your body (and mind) wonders; watching a funny movie, intercourse (**no intercourse if your water has broken**), pumping/nipple stimulation, dancing, etc.
What did you do in early labour? Share your thoughts below!