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The Five Best Ways To Manage Active Labor

The five best ways to manage active labor


Active labor is defined as the stage of labor that starts when you are 6 cm dilated, but most people identify it by how it feels. It is likely that you are in active labor when you are unable to move about or speak throughout your contractions.

If you wish to give birth in a hospital, it is ideal to wait until active labor has begun before being admitted, but most first-time parents visit the facility before active labor has even begun. It helps to have coping mechanisms ready no matter where you wind up during active labor (typically it's some at home and some at the hospital or birth center). Today I am going to give you 5 tested strategies that has helped me and my clients to manage the active phase of labor:

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1.Entrust everything to God, your will, your emotions, in His hands. Trust Him to empower you for this journey.

2.Get moving and active or not restrained to the bed.

3.How about getting in some warm water?

4.Find a relaxing repetitive moment.

5.Engage your partner,Doula, or loved one.

Here are 5 tried-and-true methods for overcoming surges during labor:

1.Entrust everything to God, your will, your emotions, in His hands. Trust Him to empower you for this journey.

A major game-changer for anyone going into labor is to give themselves over to God. God is the one who gave you that life inside you and He wants to be a part of everything you do. Proverbs 3:5,6 says "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In ALL your Ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." Say this scripture and prayer then believe God heard you Isaiah 41:10

fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Heavenly Father, 

I pray that you strengthen me. I pray, through my pregnancy, that I will continue to cling to you. I pray that you uphold me, with your righteous right hand. I thank you for being my strength. I pray that through my pregnancy, I will find my help in you. 


2.Get moving and active or not restrained to the bed.

Stand up and leave the chair, couch, or bed. Most people are compelled to stand up and walk around automatically as a result of the difficulty of the strong contractions that occur during active labor. The first thing you should do is get up if you notice that sitting or lying down makes it difficult for you to handle contractions.

Contrary to what you may have witnessed, lying in bed while in labor is typically the most unpleasant position to be in. I wanted to get up out of bed so bad, but the hospital where I laboured did not allow me to stand at all.

So I moved in bed like every thirty minutes -everyhour I changed bed positioning. This is good because you are still assisting gravity to help decend baby deeper into the birth canal.

If you have the opportunity to move please do at all costs. IT IS SO MUCH BETTER!

3.How about getting in some warm water?

Take a bath or a shower in water. People find that being near water is one of the most relaxing experiences, and this is especially true while giving birth.

During active labor, get in a warm tub or stand with your back or belly toward the shower stream for comfort and relaxation. If you enjoy being in warm water without being pregnant, you most certainly will enjoy that warmth when you are pregnant. I loved it very much.

4.Find a relaxing repetitive moment.

Look for a relaxing repeated motion. This coping mechanism frequently develops naturally. During a wave, women in labor may sway, rock, or rotate their hips. Both are calming and distracting, movements. 

5.Engage your partner,Doula, or loved one.

Engage your spouse, a doula, or a close friend. If you have the opportunity, carefully select the people who will actively and favorably help you physically, intellectually, and emotionally during labor. You'll need someone who knows how to support and encourage you when things go tough, as they will in active labor.

 Make sure you and your support are on the same page, knowing their roles. It is a good idea to have you all attend a birth class that includes comfort techniques session.


I hope you enjoyed this post. It can help you to manage your labor in the most effective ways. Active labor is not easy, but try the above skills to help you along. I hope you are confident and fearless about your upcoming day. I would love to help you overcome any concerns you may have in one of my Childbirth class. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me via email @ I wish you a wonderful, safe delivery.

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