Three things I’d tell my friends

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

Stay ac­tive if you feel well enough dur­ing late preg­nancy. The day be­fore I went into labour I was go­ing down slides with the boys at soft play! I also went for walks ev­ery day. Any kind of move­ment is ben­e­fi­cial, and helps set you up for a more ef­fi­cient labour.

Trust your in­stincts. Lis­ten to the mid­wives – they have years of ex­pe­ri­ence – but lis­ten to your­self, too, be­cause no one knows you like you do. If you in­tu­itively feel some­thing, speak up.

If you’re plan­ning a home birth, you’ll still need to pack a hospi­tal bag just in case – but hide it some­where you can’t see it! You need to be­lieve that you’re ca­pa­ble of birthing your baby at home.

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