Factors including rest and relaxation can inhibit the progress of labour.
Tension and fatigue tend to increase labour pain. Try to switch off from the pain. In the weeks leading up to labour, try to rest as much as possible. You may choose to eat foods high in carbohydrates to build your energy stores. Continue to exercise gently to maintain your physical strength by walking, swimming or attending yoga.
Childbirth is always described as a most gruelling and physical event. Many women say they feel that they have just run a marathon once they have given birth. It is important to get as much quality rest as possible.