• Keep eating well and aim to drink at least 64 ounces of fluid
• Taking extra vitamin C helps to strengthen tissues (especially
good for amniotic sac and perineum); having some vitamin E
on hand to take after the birth helps with healing.
• Baby positioning: check out spinningbabies.com; it is the best
resource for what you can do physically to help baby find
the optimal position for birth.
• Emotional preparation: find some time to think, write, or
talk about your fears. Fear can slow labor and increase pain
perception, so it's best to work out any fears before labor
• Try to reduce other life stresses before the birth so you can
focus on this huge transition.
• Choose an "early labor project." If labor gets off to a
seemingly slow start, it is helpful to have an easy craft to
focus on as long as possible.
• Set up your support network so you know who you can call if
you need help in the first few weeks after coming home with
• Pamper yourself!