We’ve talked about pregnancy, so now it’s onto the next stage; childbirth. It's one of the most powerful and life-changing events for many women, the topic of hours of chat in NCT classes and the focus of much energy and anxiety for mums-to-be. But what's it really like to give birth?
Every woman's experience during labour is different, so in July we're going to be hearing the very diverse birth stories from our TalkMum bloggers. We're also going to look at the types of pain relief available, talk about tips for recovering quickly from the birth and answer those all-important questions, such as; just what exactly should you wear when you're in labour?
This month will see the birth of the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge, due to be born to the royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton. It seems the whole world is on Royal womb-watch - and getting impatient, so Kate, if you're reading, you might want to keep this website to hand - Have you had that baby yet?
Our resident pregnancy blogger Kiran is also due imminently. Kiran blogs over at Mummy Says, and has been updating us on her pregnancy over the last few months. She's taken us through being 25 weeks pregnant, 28 weeks pregnant, 32 weeks pregnant and 36 weeks pregnant, talked all about her pregnancy highs and lows as well as complications such as pelvic girdle pain (PGP).
And now, she's weeks away from the birth of her second baby. To say we're excited is an understatement, but how's Kiran feeling? Instead of a question of the month, we’ve dedicated this post to finding out:
Hi Kiran, how are you feeling about giving birth?
I'm feeling really calm and relaxed about giving birth. With my first baby I had tried not to think about the act of 'having a baby' because I was terrified. This time though I've spent quite a lot of time trying to prepare myself through a little natal hypnotherapy, yoga breathing and also relaxation. I think it's really helped, and I can even say I'm feeling strangely calm. I'm 37 weeks now and also really excited - but I suppose more about the prospect of meeting my little girl than delivering her. It's not been an easy pregnancy and there is still a chance my consultant will recommend a c-section. If that happens, I've also made peace with that being the best outcome.
What’s your hospital bag must-have?
This probably sounds incredibly vain, but among my must-haves is my favourite lipgloss. It's an instant pick-me-up and I remember how it made me feel a million times better after the birth of my first baby. There will be lots of photos, I know this from last time, and I'll just feel a bit more comfortable with all of that if I've at least got my favourite beauty product on hand.
A merino swaddle for bubs is also up there. My son was also a summer baby and we found the merino swaddle invaluable. It soothed him instantly, and hopefully this baby will react in the same way!
What are you most looking forward to being able to do post-pregnancy?
I can't wait to have a very large glass of pinot noir. In fact, make that a bottle. I'm also looking forward to being a bit more mobile. I've been suffering from pelvic girdle pain in the third trimester and as well as it being excruciatingly painful, it's severely limited by ability to get around. That's been hard with a toddler! Apparently it usually eases after giving birth so I can't wait to do simple things again like taking my toddler to the park, or even just pushing his buggy and going for a walk.
And, finally...what are your predictions for the new Prince or Princess of Cambridge?
I've got a major case of Royal Baby Fever - and I"m picking a girl called Alexandra. I'm also wishing the whole family much love and happiness, particularly in those first few magical weeks of getting to know each other.
Thanks Kiran! Who else wants to make a prediction about the royal baby? You can also make a guess over on the Seraphine Maternity page and be in with a chance to win a £1000 maternity wardrobe.