Becoming a mum for the first time is both exciting and terrifying! Pregnancy itself can be a nervous time, especially for first-time mums. I meet lots of new mums in my studio in Chorley, Lancashire who bring their babies to me for newborn portraits. I get lots of opportunities to chat with them and they share tons of tips and advice with me. I thought it would be a nice idea to write an article bringing together all of their tips and advice to help you prepare for the arrival of your first baby.
Labour & Delivery
This can be the most nerve-wracking part of thinking about meeting your new baby – knowing that you have to go through labour and delivery first. Sometimes, just understanding more about what happens during labour can be enough to put you more at ease. We have some fabulous resources in Chorley for women preparing for their first baby – take a look at https://www.thehub-buckshaw.co.uk/events-activities/hypno-birthing/ for some natural ways to cope with labour. Your midwife will also be able to signpost you to services as well as helping you to write your birth plan. From speaking to mums in my photography studio I’d say the main thing is to not get too hung up on your plan – your baby didn’t get the plan so might have a different plan in mind! You can find out more about writing your birth plan here but always take the advice of your midwife or consultant. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/how-to-make-birth-plan/
Nesting tends to happen in the last few weeks of your pregnancy – it describes the strong urge a pregnant woman has to prepare her house (or nest) for a baby arriving. Although it’s totally natural to want to prepare your home, try not to overdo any physical work. You might prefer to get a local cleaning company in for a one-off clean so you can supervise rather than be moving furniture to give the living room a good vacuum! Take a look at https://www.brightandbeautifulhome.com/ or https://www.diamonddomesticservices.com/ who both offer a variety of cleaning services locally. Avoid using any harsh chemicals yourself – we know it’s tempting to tackle the oven, but at this stage in your pregnancy, it’s much safer to leave it to the professionals.
Once your baby arrives and you are discharged from the hospital, your local midwife will visit you at home. Once your community midwife is happy that you and your baby are happy and healthy, you’ll be discharged into the care of our local health visiting team. Your assigned health visitor will come and see you and your baby at home and my clients sing the praises of the service. Your health visitor can signpost you to other services and activities for you and your new baby as well as giving you health advice and solutions. You can find out more about the Chorley health visiting team here https://lancsyoungpeoplefamilyservice.co.uk/
I really hope you found this article useful in preparing for your first baby. Pop over to my newborn gallery now and get a little glimpse into the beautiful experience that awaits you very soon. [link to newborn gallery]