Every month we talk to a wonderful mummy that you might recognise, about her journey from girl-about-town to stylish mummy. This month I chatted to the lovely Emma, who is a mum of 5 (she knows a thing or two) and is the brains behind @Mothering _it. Her platform aims to empower modern mothers (a bit like mine) and share the good, the bad and the everything in between side other parenthood. Her grid is often very raw and honest, and she is currently covering her postpartum journey in a really beautiful and open way.
What would be your one tip to a pregnant first time mum?
Trust your instincts, listen to your emotions, your feelings, know that you know best for your body and baby.
How did you prepare for your baby’s birth? Is there anything you would do differently?
My first two births I did no preparation all I was used to hearing was other people’s horror stories from labour. I think buried my head in the sand and thought it was ok to just expect an awful and traumatic experience.
With my third, fourth and fifth babies I learnt from my first two that birth is the most empowering experience, that you can have choices and can have a positive experience- even if things don’t go as planned or envisioned. I found hypnobirthing and learning to listen to my body and researching how our bodies birth really helped me understand and to feel in control.
What is your must have hospital bag item?
Drink with a straw! Drinking water helps your cervix to dilate*(this isn't medically proven) and using a straw helps with your breathing.
Describe your birth experience in five words.
Empowering, beautiful, unique, exciting, healing