When women and birthing people give birth on TV or in films, they tend to spend their labour lying back on a hospital bed. But most women will move around a lot during labour and will change position as their labour progresses and the baby changes position.
Moving around, staying upright and changing position can:
There are lots of positions you can try. Do whatever feels right for you and remember that your midwife and birth partner are there to help and encourage you. You could try:
Try to walk around too, if you can. If you get tired or your contractions get stronger, you can try to keep moving by shifting your weight from one foot to the other, or by rocking your pelvis.
Some of these positions will make it easier for your birth partner to give you a massage or back rub. This will help release endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones, which can help with the pain. There are lots of other options for pain relief during labour too.
Remember to rest when you need to and don't worry about what you look like. The midwives have seen it all before, so do what feels good for you.