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Becoming a parent is a big change and it’s normal to have lots of different feelings during pregnancy and after the birth. You may feel:

  • Excited
  • Nervous
  • Happy
  • Worn-out
  • Special
  • Sad
  • Relieved

There will be big changes to your daily routine (including sleep), and your relationships with your partner, family and friends. Some changes will be good and some will be harder.

 

Take care of yourself

Being happy and healthy will help you to be the best mum you can be. Try to do one fun or relaxing thing a day, even if it’s small…

  • Try to find time to have a bath
  • Go for a walk to the park, local shops or the beach
  • Take photos or videos of your belly as it grows
  • Listen to the radio or your favourite song
  • Call a friend or go on Facebook
  • Watch a TV show or movie that you like
  • Read a magazine or book
  • Play a game with your baby
  • Try a dance class or a cooking class for fun

 

I always tried to take an hour a day of me time - I don’t always get it, but I try!”

 

If there is someone you trust to mind your baby then you could hang out with friends, go to a fun dance class, or just spend time with your boyfriend or partner.

 

You could also join a young parents’ group or play group, or chat to others mums at the park, shops or childcare.

 

It can also be good to stay in touch with friends from school or work, as long as they are fun to be around and make you feel good!