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If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself the day before you gave birth?

What would you tell yourself the day before you gave birth?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If you had the power to travel back in time to the day before you gave birth, what would you tell yourself? Although (sadly) we’ve not discovered the secret to time-travel, and cannot make any of these come true, we asked our wonderful community of Mother and Baby mums to share their stories. Here’s what they wished for:

 

1. To have another nap, you’ll need it!

Unsurprisingly, the most common thing our mums wished they could have told themselves was to get those extra hours of kip before their little one arrived. In this instance, the housework and shopping can definitely wait.

 

2. It hurts, but it’s worth it

Whilst some of our mums confessed the pain wasn’t nearly as bad as they expected, they all agreed on one point – however bad it may be, it’s all worth it the second you hold your baby for the first time.

 

3. It’s alright, you’ve got this

Despite everything that might be going through your mind as your due date approaches, remember you’re stronger than you think. Take a deep breath and get ready to become a mummy – you’re going to be fantastic.

 

4. Chuck the birth plan in the bin

With every will in the world, your plan is just that – a plan. Relax and be ready to go with the flow. Nothing prepares you for what comes next, but you’re going to be great.

 

5. Ask him to be there for the tough bits

Whether it’s getting him to take the day off work so you’re not alone when the contractions start, or asking him to stay with you rather than going home to sleep; if you need him there, tell him.

 

6. Do things that will make you feel nice

Whether that’s shaving your legs, getting your other half to paint your toe nails, or washing your hair, a lot of our mums wished they’d got themselves ready. That said, labour is not a glamorous affair, so don’t stress too much!

 

7. Pack your hospital bag MUCH earlier than you think

You’ll soon learn, your new arrival won’t wait for your due date, follow your birth plan or sleep when you want him too. Pack that hospital bag early, you might need it sooner than you think.

 

8. Take more photos

At the time, it’s the last thing you’ll want, but this is a moment you’ll treasure forever, so capture it on camera if you can.

 

What do you wish you’d known the day before you gave birth? Let us know in the comments below! 

 
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