Three things I’d tell my friends

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

Write more than one birth plan, and an­tic­i­pate the pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios. I wrote green (home birth), am­ber (trip to hos­pi­tal) and red (c-sec­tion) plans. That way, if my labour changed, I’d feel calm and know what to ex­pect. And feel­ing in con­trol is the key to a pos­i­tive labour.

Stick­ing to an an­te­na­tal ex­er­cise plan can be tough, so make sure you pick an ac­tiv­ity you find fun. You’ll be far more likely to carry on if it doesn’t feel like a chore.

Preg­nancy back pain isn’t in­evitable and there’s loads you can do to sup­port your core mus­cles and pre­vent prob­lems. Pi­lates and yoga are great, as long as you choose a pro­gramme that’s specif­i­cally de­signed for preg­nancy.

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