Miranda's top tips for a stress-free pregnancy
Looking at Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr cradling her baby with a blissed out expression, you wouldn't imagine that her labour just a few days previously had been "long, arduous and difficult".
The new mum said that her husband Orlando Bloom helped her through the process.
"He was with me the whole time supporting and guiding me through it," she revealed. "I could not have done it without him."
If like Miranda it's your first pregnancy, you can be forgiven for experiencing anxiety and even fear as your due date approaches.
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Amid the excitement of buying the crib, choosing a name, and ooh-ing and aah-ing over that darling first babygro you may be doubting how you'll get through the experience.
Will everything be all right? Will there be complications? Will the baby be healthy? Do I know how to spot a false alarm? What are the possible risks of anaesthesia or episiotomy? And, perhaps more than anything else, just how painful is the birth really going to be?
Magazines and books can be really helpful. Pre-natal classes that teach breathing techniques are also an excellent source of information and a chance to share doubts.
The classes should also help you feel better physically and emotionally, and keep you smiling even if you're not blessed with some of the advantages of Miranda's jet set life.
Relaxation is key to maintaining calm, especially when contractions start – usually the most painful part of the birth process – and before you're given your epidural or spinal anaesthesia, if that's what you've agreed with your doctor.
Try and keep stress at bay and control life's daily irritations: by keeping fit, healthy and calm, you'll be doing your best for yourself and your baby.