Not only are you on red alert for spotting the signs of labour, but there are the different stages of labour you've heard horror stories about too. But are there any ways to make labour any easier when it does arrive?
We've teamed up with midwife Anne Richley, who's here to share 20 ways to help you be as prepared as possible for labour.
1. Getting your baby readyFrom around 34 weeks, you can encourage your baby to get into the right position for birth. Try regularly kneeling on the floor over a birthing ball or if you don't have one, use a chair.
'My midwife said to avoid lying on my back and keep my knees lower than my bottom. This would help turn my baby into the correct position for birth,' says Camilla Hicks, 33, mum to Keith, nine weeks. 'I also went swimming once a week. I had no difficulties during labour, so it was definitely worth doing.'
2. Stay focused on copingOne of the best techniques to get through labour is to focus on the fact that you are coping with the situation. 'Pete kept leaving the delivery suite to try and find the doctor, which stressed me out and distracted me far more than the painful contractions,' says Emma Sabine, 29, mum to Danny, nine weeks. 'After I politely asked him to stay in one place, i.e. with me and just hold my hand, I found that I coped with labour much better.'
3. Stay fit and strongMums-to-be who are generally fit and healthy tend to have a more straightforward labour. Try and go for a short walk each day (without becoming short of breath), or ask your midwife about local yoga or aquanatal classes in your area.
4. Massage your perineumFrom around 34 weeks, start gently massaging your perineum (the area between the opening of your vagina and your anus) using wheatgerm oil or sweet almond oil, to help prevent tears.
'I was very nervous about tearing, so I massaged my perineum regularly and my husband helped too,' says Victoria Howes, 36, mum to Gaelle, eight weeks. 'During the birth, I felt more confident of my own body's ability to cope and was more relaxed when I pushed. The birth was hard, but luckily I didn't tear.'
5. Keep an eye on the monitoringContinual monitoring is not recommended in a 'low-risk' labour, as it means you're not able to move around. This can then cause anxiety, slow your labour down and make it more difficult to cope with each contraction.
6. Stay activeIf you walk around during labour, you should need less pain relief and are more likely to actually have a shorter labour. 'My husband told me the midwife said that they'd run out of bedpans, so I'd have to get off the bed and walk down the corridor to the loo,' says Lorna Kirk, 21, mum to Caitlin, five weeks. 'I'm not sure if it was true but it did make me walk around more rather than lying down!'
7. A home birth is possible and safeMums-to-be who have had a straightforward pregnancy and then opt for a home birth have far fewer interventions and are more likely to have a normal delivery.
8. Boost and maintain your energy levelsYou use up a lot of during labour, so it's important that you build up your stamina and feed your muscles throughout. Snacking regularly and drinking plenty can make a massive difference. 'I felt like a little squirrel before hibernation as I arrived at the labour ward with my bag filled with cereal bars!' says Karina Gibson, 36, mum to John, four months.
9. Trust and try hypnotherapyDuring hypnotherapy, you'll be taught relaxation, breathing and visualisation techniques. These can help get rid of the fear, tension and pain in labour.
10. UFOThis stands for Upright, Forward and Over - a great position for labour. If you're having a home birth, stand and lean forward over your kitchen worktop or, if you're in hospital, pile up the pillows on the bed and stand and lean forwards over them. The baby's head puts pressure on your cervix, which can in turn, make labour shorter and easier.
'I was able to stand for most of my labour, but whenever I got tired, I moved and knelt on the bed, burying my head in the pillows,' says Amie Richards, 28, mum to Tom, 3 weeks. 'As Tom was born, I was still on the bed in the kneeling position and the midwife passed him to me through my legs. It was a wonderful experience.'