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Getting comfortable during labour

As we’re all different, there’s no real right or wrong position to give birth in, so do whatever feels comfortable.

Having said that, here are a couple of positions you might want to try that might help your feel more comfortable, and help your baby move into a position ready to be born.

Sitting up

If you’re lying down, sit slightly upright. Sitting up slightly can reduce pressure from your back, so you might feel a lot more comfortable.

Using a birthing ball

If that doesn’t take the pressure off your back, try a birthing ball.

If you don’t have birthing ball, try sitting on a chair, or the on the edge of a bed, and leaning forward. You can use a cushion for support.

All fours or supported squatting

Another position to try is on all fours on the floor or bed.

Supported squatting with help of a birthing partner or holding onto the edge of a bed can be comfortable, too.

Lying down

If you get tired and want to lie down, it’s best to lie on your left side or sit upright in bed so you’re not lying flat on your back.

Unsure about anything?

If you're unsure about anything here, please speak to your midwife at your next antenatal appointment or contact triage for advice.