Labour & Birth
You have probably heard a million times that having a baby is a life-changing experience, but nothing can prepare you for how big these changes really are! Everything about your lifestyle and even your way of thinking will alter – not only your priorities and attitudes but also practical, everyday things, such as sleeping, eating (both at home and at restaurants), your relationship with your partner and even your finances!
Working patterns, holidays and leisure activities will have to be planned now to accommodate the needs of your little one but it can be so much fun too, think about those childish pleasures that you can share with your baby, such as going to a playground to try the swings and have a spin on the merry-go-round.
It’s hard to predict how it is going to pan out as children develop differently and have individual needs, so it’s best to keep an open mind and go with the flow, especially in the first weeks when it’s tricky to establish a routine that sticks and you might feel overwhelmed by caring for a helpless infant.
Just remember that any change and even sacrifice will be well worth it as your life as a parent will be richer and more fulfilling. As your child grows you will be proud of any achievement (big or small), feel good about passing on your values, be involved in their education and become more active in your local community.