Pregnancy can be a very exciting time but it's easy for both new mothers and existing mothers to find it hard to remember everything that needs to be done before your baby arrives.
We've put together a list of top tips that we hope will help.
In the early stages:
- Do as much reading as you can to learn more about your pregnancy, the labour process and life with your new baby
- Remember to bring your pregnancy notes with you each time you attend an appointment and keep them close to hand at home in case you need to get in touch with any questions
- Book in for antenatal classes, including parentcraft and breastfeeding, so that you know what to expect at each stage of your pregnancy and once your baby arrives – you can book these at the antenatal clinic reception once you are 20 weeks into your pregnancy
At 36 weeks:
- Ask your midwife to talk to you about your options for giving birth
At 40 weeks:
- Ask your midwife about complementary therapy options during labour
Finally, don't forget to let us know if you move house during your pregnancy so that we can register your new address. Every mother who has a baby at our maternity unit will receive a visit from a community midwife the day after she returns home – so we need to know where to go!