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Cheryl's mum army: the friends and family who will help her with the baby

by Ainhoa Barcelona

Becoming a mum and adjusting to parenthood is no easy feat, but Cheryl will have an army of supporters who can help her each step of the way. As the singer prepares to welcome her first child, we take a look at the friends and family members who will be there to offer a helping hand, starting with her soulmate and father of her child, Liam Payne. The One Direction star, 23, recently said he's "the happiest" he's been in a while, but Liam will be smiling even broader when his little bundle of joy arrives.

Why Cheryl and Liam are the perfect match

The Steal My Girl singer has previously said he would love to be a dad, and we're betting that Liam, who is madly in love with Cheryl, will be the best, hands-on father to his firstborn. Liam may be taking advice from his bandmate Louis Tomlinson, who has a one-year-old son Freddie Reign, or getting help from his other bandmate Niall Horan, who is the proud uncle to adorable nephew Theo. Niall himself admitted that he was "looking forward" to meeting the next One Direction baby. Of the parents-to-be, Niall said: "He's great and she's lovely. It will be a lovely child."

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Liam Payne's One Direction bandmates Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are excited to meet the baby

Cheryl and Liam's thoughts on babies in their own words

Meanwhile, Cheryl will naturally turn to her best friends and former Girls Aloud bandmates, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh. The pop stars will be the perfect aunties to Cheryl's little one, in particular mum-of-two Kimberley, who can dish out parenting advice for the new mother. While Kimberley and Nicola have been keeping mum about Cheryl's pregnancy, Kimberley has said that she's ecstatic for her best friend. "I am really happy that she's happy," she told TV Life. "I don't really want to go into too much detail on that because feel it's something that she should speak about, but to know she's happy makes me happy."

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Cheryl can get parenting advice from Kimberley Walsh

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And who better to turn to advice than her own mum, Joan Callaghan? Cheryl's mother has been helping her daughter prepare for months. Back in September, Joan was spotted shopping at Mothercare, heightening rumours about the singer's pregnancy. She was pictured at the Newcastle branch of the chain, reportedly buying maternity pillows. Cheryl is incredibly close to her 'Mam' and last year spoke out in defence of her after Joan received some unfair comments about her involvement in her daughter's love life.

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Cheryl is incredibly close to her 'Mam'

With Cheryl's due date looming, the singer is no doubt more than prepared with her army of supporters. We can't wait for Cheryl and Liam to welcome their little one!