This is Emily. I work with Emily. She is absolutely terrified. Round and glowy and tired and excited and… absolutely terrified.
You see, she’s about to have a baby. Her first. And Emily can barely sleep for fear.
How can I help her? I thought, as I fretted over her furrowed brow. And then it struck me. You know what pregnant women never get enough of? ADVICE.
They really wish that more well-meaning strangers would come up and offer opinions about what they should do/shouldn’t do/what they did back in their day.
So, I invited Emily Purcell to come on to Mamamia’s parenting podcast to get a whole lot of reassuring advice from myself and Andrew Daddo.
Because, with five children between us and absolutely no medical qualifications whatsoever, clearly we are THE EXPERTS here.
Behold, our clearly terrible advice.
1. Close your ears to the haters.
That woman who wants to tell you about the bloody awfulness of her emergency C-section? Shut her out. Nod, smile and in your mind, play your favourite song over and over.
2. It’s one of the most ordinary things that anyone can do.
Almost everyone does it. It feels enormous to you, because it is, TO YOU. But you will be okay, because almost everyone does it.
3. Surround yourself with people you like.
Do you like your doctor? Your midwives? Find professionals you like, and trust them. They do this every day.
4. What you and your partner are about to share is going to bond you forever.
No-one tells you that. But if you are lucky enough to have a supportive other side by your side, this is the most intimate and important thing you will ever share. And you’ll be in a love bubble for, oh, DAYS until they annoy you again.