1. By the time you were 20 weeks pregnant you’d bought…
A) Absolutely nothing. Why would you? You’ve still got plenty of time.
B) Every item you could possibly need – from colic drops to baby clothes.
C) The basics: pushchair, cot and car seat.
Will you know what to do when your contractions start?
2. What do you reckon the term ‘afterbirth’ means?
A) The period of relief and celebration after you’ve had the baby.
B) The delivery of the placenta after your baby is born.
C) The cleaning up, weighing and measuring of your baby.
Could labour pains benefit bonding?
3. How many stages of labour are there?
A) It’s just one big event, isn’t it?
B) Three: dilation, pushing and childbirth; then delivery of the placenta.
C) Two: contractions and birth.
4. How many nappies have you bought already?
A) Nappies? That’s my partner’s department and doesn’t the hospital give you a bumper pack to take home with you?
B) You’ve got a cupboard full of them in different sizes, plus nappy sacks, bin and matching changing mat.
C) You’ve got a newborn pack but don’t want to go overboard.
Eating as soon as you wake up can ease morning sickness. A small snack before you even get out of bed helps if your nausea is especially bad.
5. To prepare for the tiredness you’ll face as a new mum, you:
A) Plan that you’ll just sleep when your baby does. Everyone says they sleep loads in the first few weeks anyway. Easy.
B) Organise a rota. Why wouldn’t your friends want to help out, so they can spend one-on-one time with your gorgeous little one while you snooze?
C) Start making portion-sizes of meals to pop in the freezer so you won’t need to think about cooking.
Now find out how you did…
Staying in touch with your work place when you’re on maternity leave is your choice, but it makes your return to work much easier.
Laid back mum-to-be
You’re completely relaxed about your pregnancy and expect your baby to be equally calm. This will have positive effects on you and your baby but to avoid surprises it may be wise to read up on birth. It’s also worth buying some nursery basics in case your baby decides to come early.
Talk to other mums or browse MFM to find out what mums couldn’t do without. Then plan a girlie day out shopping to get the essentials.
Understand what is written in your antenatal notes with the breakdown of terms used by midwives.
Ready for anything mum-to-be
You’re probably the most prepared mum in your antenatal class. You seem to have covered every eventuality and more. Being prepared is important, but don’t get stressed trying to be the perfect mum. Sometimes it’s best to just go with the flow.
Organise a night out with your non-mummy friends (or make a pact with your mummy friends to avoid baby talk). Have a relaxing evening being you, rather than thinking about becoming a mum.
At 14 weeks, any morning sickness has probably started to subside, and your bump could be starting to become noticeable. Time to shop for maternity fashion!
You have a realistic view of the first few weeks after birth and feel confidently prepared for motherhood without wanting to tear your hair out. Just remember to keep this up once the baby is here and don’t try too hard to please everyone.
Talk to your mum, extended family or your friends to find out who might be able to help out once you’ve given birth, so you can continue to keep everything on an even keel.