Three things I’d tell my friends
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.