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5 things to do before you become a First-Time Mum

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Written by Mums NI on Saturday, 13 May 2017 Posted in: Your Mental Health

5 things to do before you become a First-Time Mum

So your baby is about to arrive… fantastic! But don’t just sit and count the days.

This is probably the most exciting time of your life. You’ve heard lots from everyone about what you’re going to go through; some scare stories and some heartwarming ones too! Everyone with a mouth will have given you advice, but remember . . . the only thing that holds true is that becoming a Mother is an experience like no other.

We at Mums NI are all about Mums. So although baby will become the most important thing in your world in the next few months, we think it’s important to use these last child-free days to focus on you, the Mum-to-be.

Here’s our list of the top 5 things you should try to do before your life changes forever!

1. Get some alone time

Once you’re a Mum, your alone time boils down to the 30 minute to 2-hour naps your baby will take, and it becomes a very precious commodity. Spend some time alone now and you’ll remember it fondly in a few months when you feel like you can’t get a minute.

2. Sleep in

I’m sure this is the one you’ve been told over and over again; “once the baby comes, there are no more lie-ins!”... well it happens to be true. No need for alarms clocks, your baby will wake and they’ll let you know they’re awake! So enjoy that extra hour in bed now.

3. Be spontaneous

Ok, not all of us are naturally spontaneous. But even the most steady of us will begin to crave a break from the routine once the baby arrives. From militarily precise meal times to naps timed to within a millisecond, eventually, a bit of change will be appreciated. If you take spontaneity for granted now, it may well be a memory you will want to savour.  Book a relaxing night away with your significant other, you’ll thank me for that later.

4. Meet your friends

Try to stay in touch. Some stats show that as many as 90% of new Mums suffer loneliness after giving birth. (This is why sites like Mums NI even exist!) With all your attention being focused on your new bundle of joy, it can be easy to lose touch with your circle. Added to that, with paternity leave being as little as 2 weeks your significant other will soon be back to work and your home might start to seem empty. Baby talk is only stimulating to a point. We need to talk and we need to listen, so try to stay in touch.

5. Treat yourself!

I know it sounds pretty cliche but once your baby is born you will buy a shed load of items for them and neglect yourself because the baby needs X, Y & Z.  Trust me, it happens.  Take this time before baby arrives to treat yourself.  Get your hair done, buy yourself some lovely clothes for the remainder of your pregnancy, ones that are comfy and make you feel good, as well as buying yourself some practical clothes for after the birth, have a pregnancy massage, go out with your friends for afternoon tea - anything that is a treat for you!

 

Make memories of this part of your life, because things will never be the same. There’s no need to dress it up - things are going to be tough and no-one can prepare you for the challenge ahead. But in many ways, your life is about to be enriched beyond your wildest dreams. So take your great memories of pre-mumhood with you on your journey ahead.

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