For some mums, entering motherhood can be a little daunting, especially if they haven't been around too many other parents.
If this sounds like you, then the following tips will help you feel more prepared and relaxed for the role ahead.
Attend antenatal classes
Make sure you attend all your antenatal classes. These aren’t just to prepare you for giving birth, they are also great at giving advice and tips on how to care for baby in the first few weeks or months. If you are feeling a little anxious, these classes provide a great opportunity to help you get more information and feel a little more relaxed.
Spend time with other children
If you aren’t used to babies or haven’t been around them too much, spend time with your friend’s baby which will help you relax.
Talk to family and friends who have kids
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for motherhood, especially mentally, is to talk to others who have had children. They will be able to give you a true insight into what you should expect and how to handle certain situations.
Do as much research as possible
Preparation and knowledge are key to ensuring you feel ready for your new responsibility. Look online, stock up on parenting books or talk to your midwife and build up as much information as possible.
Find time to exercise
Having a baby is exhausting, so it is important you are able to keep your stamina up. Gentle exercise throughout your pregnancy will help you maintain a healthy weight and moderate fitness level.
De-clutter your home
Babies have a lot of stuff, so spend a little time before their arrival de-cluttering your home. You will no doubt be too tired to spend your evenings cleaning and the less stuff you have to clean the better.
Practice using all baby equipment
Baby equipment can be a little tricky to use so try to spend a little time practicing using everything. Put the seat into the car and take it out again and put the buggy up and down and try to fit it into the boot.