Your labour survival essentials

Give birth as comfortably as possible with our labour saviour ideas.

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Your labour survival essentials

You’ve had your scans, met your midwife, and should be just about ready to go. When you actually get down to business you’ll want to feel as comfortable as possible.

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Here’s our essential checklist of what you’ll need to make your birth and time in hospital as relaxed and contented as possible.

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Your labour survival essentials

Dress For The part

You’ll need something practical and comfortable to give-birth in.

Hospitals are warm at the best of times so make sure you choose something strappy – during labour you’ll get hot!

These nighties are not only pretty but have easy drop down cups for breastfeeding afterwards.

Grey Sweet Dreams Nightie, £30, Bella Mama

Blue Printed nightie, £28, Mamas and papas

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Your labour saviour essentials

Be comfortable

You might prefer a hospital gown but not an over-sized, over-used one supplied by your hospital. Cut like a real hospital gown but jazzed up with stylish colourful fabric, Maternity Gowns from The Pretty Company will make delivery and recovery more comfortable.

Angelina Maternity Gown for Labour & Birth, £34.99,
The Pretty Company

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Your labour survival essentials

Keep Your Cool

You’ll be hot, bothered and bound to perspire so make sure you take the following to keep you as cool as possible:

Hair bands to keep your hair out of your face.

A soft flannel for your birthing partner to mop your brow in times of need.

Refreshing face spray to cool and calm you down.

Hair bands from a selection from asos.com and accessorize.co.uk

Eau Thermale Avene spring water spray, £5.50, Avene aval at boots.co.uk 

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Your labour survival essentials

Dont Dehydrate

Have plenty or water at hand.

A natural sponge is a good idea as you can then suck water from it which ever labour position you happen to be in.

Your lips will get dry during labour so a lip balm will also come in handy.

Boots original beauty formula lip salve, £5, Boots.com

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Honeycombe Natural Sea Sponge by The Natural Sea Sponge Company, £9, Beautiful Pure UK 

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