Get prepared for baby and birth like Kate Middleton

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Make sure you're ready for the big day and beyond with our useful tips...

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If like the Duchess of Cambridge, your due date is looming ever closer, you've probably been trying to make sure you have everything ready for the big day and beyond.

Kate has been seen out and about lately with her mum Carole Middleton and together they've been preparing for the royal arrival.

Aside from lending a hand and helping Kate pick up the essentials required for the third in line to throne, Carole will also be welcoming Kate back into the family home once the baby is born so that she can help and support her.

Take a look at these helpful tips for the last few months of pregnancy and the first stages of motherhood...

During your final trimester...

1. Whilst it's important to be well informed about pregnancy, labour and newborns, try not to overwhelm yourself with too much information. Stick with one or two pregnancy and parenting books and refer to the information given to you by your midwife to avoid conflicting information.

2. Make sure you have all the essentials for your new baby. You can stock up on things like nappies and wipes throughout your last few months of pregnancy.

3. Work out your finances and come up with a budget. If you're taking maternity leave make sure you've informed your employer and researched any benefits that you may be entitled to. Doing this now means you have time to make arrangements and there's less to worry about once baby is born.

4. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Stay as active as you can by doing around 30 minutes of gentle exercise each day.

The first three months of motherhood...

5. Don't feel pressured into hosting visitors as soon as baby arrives. Having lots of people around can be overwhelming especially when you're trying to adjust. Don't be afraid to say no, family and friends will understand.

6. Speak about your feelings and ask for help if you need it. It's not unusual to feel a bit down in the weeks after giving birth but if the feelings persist don't be afraid to speak with your doctor or midwife.

7. With so much new responsibility it can be easy to forget about taking care of yourself. Try and set aside some time to relax when you can and if possible take small naps during the day when baby is sleeping. Include plenty of starchy high energy foods in your diet and try not to skip meals.

8. Don't be too hard on yourself. Motherhood is a big learning curve and no one's expecting you to be an expert straightaway.

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