But I've read other threads now that say you should rest to conserve your energy for the entire labor & birth. That makes sense too.
So which is it?
Or is it just that you want to keep active until you are certain you are in active labor - & ctrx are continuing regularly? THEN you rest? Is that it?
A few births ago, I was in early labor following a membrane sweep. By evening, contractions were like 7-9 minutes apart (I can't remember) but weren't getting any closer or worse, etc. I kept walking in circles around my kitchen in an effort to keep it going (this was at 9 pm). I was antsy about it and called the OB. His advice was to go to bed, because I might wake up in active labor in the morning. He was right on. I was in active labor by around 3 am, and I was really glad I had had at least some sleep.
So very long story short, had I just rested in the morning, labor probably would have started on it's own sweet time anyway. I think the real moral here is listen to your body. If it feels right to walk, walk. If it doesn't feel right to be active and doing so doesn't seem to be doing any good, don't.
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Once contractions can't be ignored any longer, then yes - lots of movement to get things going and keep the momentum strong. Although, since I used Bradley, I alternated walks and squats with nice restful side-lying relaxation.
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