Do you have a routine? For most of us, this is something that gets imposed upon us as a result of going to work. You have to be there at a certain time, so everything else gets arranged around this.
But once you are home on maternity leave all of this suddenly disappears and you have a lot more spare time on your hands. Before the baby is born this is great as it means you can do exactly what every mum to be should do at this stage of pregnancy, which is to relax and look after yourself.
When the baby is born, there is a need for a routine again and you will have to take time to work out the best one for you. Of course, some of it will be dictated by the baby’s needs for sleep, feeds, changing and entertaining, but you will be the person in control of the overall day.
If it feels daunting, remember that there is no right or wrong – how you organise your day is up to you. You can choose whatever time of day feels right to you for going out, shopping, housework and visiting friends and relatives. The important thing is to have a routine that you are happy with. It must ensure that your baby is being looked after and it must allow you to get everything done.