Buy a gym ball
This is such an easy win - sit on it instead of slouching on the sofa, and you're improving your posture (which can help your baby into more optimal position) and staying eternally mobile - no stiffening up as you enter those last few months of pregnancy.
Circle your hips, rock from side to side, bounce around - whatever you fancy, because the more movement the better.
You're also rehearsing great birthing postures. Have you ever really thought about how weird it is to lay down to give birth?
There are all sorts of reasons we've ended up here, with this as our societal norm, but to sum up - upright labour and birth has umpteen benefits.
People always tell you there's no point in having a birth plan - they're wrong. It's not about having a cast iron outline to follow, it's that the process of planning is what gets you informed.
And if you don't know your options, you don't have any. I'm forever meeting second time mums who tell me, "I wish I'd known...".
It's important to engage your partner too- a birthing woman can't be faffing about with pieces of paper - you need to be joined up and clear about what's important to you. I actually tell my clients they need three plans - their dream birth, their "what if..." scenarios, and their c-section plan.
We know that a sense of bodily autonomy is key for a positive experience - this is how you get it. You make informed choices that you can live with, regardless of your circumstances.
Book a treat
You're growing a human, you need some nurturing. We challenge ourselves to carry on as normal, ignoring the physical and emotional strain. Cut yourself some slack gals.
A great pregnancy massage, or reflexology are my recommendations, and the benefits to you and baby are significant.
Treatments like this are obviously a total pleasure, but do you know why? Amongst other things, they raise your oxytocin. This hormone is key for a positive pregnancy and birth (and life, actually).
Your baby soaks up your hormones courtesy of the placenta - so it's for the baby, so it's fine, and you definitely should.
There are thousands of things you could do to make your birth better, commit to yourself that you'll do these three, and you'll be off to a great start.
Obviously, as with anything in pregnancy, please check with your midwife if you're unsure what's suitable for you.
Keri offers hypnobirthing classes in Essex as well as mindset mentoring to ensure you can birth the way you want to.