Ami Holt, 23, a mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant, lives in Kent with part­ner Sean. She is 40 weeks preg­nant.

Mother & Baby (UK) - - BUMP & BIRTH -

‘For a long time my part­ner Sean and I des­per­ately wanted a baby. When I got preg­nant at last, I was over the moon, but I didn’t want to tempt fate. So while I ticked ev­ery­thing off on my to-do list, I just couldn’t al­low my­self to get emo­tion­ally at­tached to the idea I was ac­tu­ally, fi­nally about to have a baby. A few days ago, that all changed. I hadn’t felt the baby move for a few hours so, just to be safe, I went to hos­pi­tal to get checked out. To my re­lief, the heart-rate mon­i­tor showed the baby was fine. ‘Are you feel­ing any tight­en­ings?” the mid­wife asked. Sud­denly, the crampy pe­riod-type pains I’d been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing on and off that morn­ing made sense. I’d as­sumed they were Brax­ton Hicks prac­tice con­trac­tions but I was in early labour! In that mo­ment, I re­alised it was ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing – soon, we were go­ing to meet our baby! I’m back home right now, wait­ing for labour to progress, but that ex­cite­ment hasn’t left me. I’m 100 per cent ready for this baby!’

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