13. Provide small snacks if she wants them.
Although some hospitals still haven’t updated their policies to recommend eating and drinking in labor, staying hydrated and maintaining energy during labor can make it shorter and lower the risk of complications [read more].
Also, check out this list of 20 different foods and drinks for labor.
14. Kiss her and hug her.
Being romantic releases oxytocin, which in turn, can speed up labor. Holding her, hugging and kissing her not only supports her but can help the labor process too.
Just remember that sometimes, she may not want to be touched. This isn’t a reflection on you, but simply her way of handling the pain. For some women, touching can be overwhelming during labor.
15. Offer cold cloths or hot compresses.
Sweaty? Regularly wipe her face or tie up her hair. Experiencing back labor? Offer a hot compress or heatpack for her back. Heat and cold can both be useful for a range of things in labor, but her preference may change depending on where the pain is.
16. Let her use you for physical support.
Remember how hard it was for her to get up off the couch during the third trimester? During labor she’ll have the big bump, combined with contractions and less energy. Help her stand, move or even hold onto you and rock during contractions.
17. Be the DJ.
Has she brought her pregnancy music? Make sure your partner’s favorite playlist is ready for her and know which songs she’d like you to change to as labor progresses.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7