Maternity tips by Dubai mums

Dubai mums share their top tips for preparing for a baby in the UAE

Leanne Henderson
Leanne Henderson
Sarah Clemence
Sarah Clemence
Neha Amit Goval
Neha Amit Goval
Louise Sleightholme
Louise Sleightholme
Jules Allen
Jules Allen

We asked a panel of mums to share their top tips for preparing for a baby in Dubai. Here’s what they had to say...

Sarah Clemence, Mum to Jack (4), Cooper (2), and Riley (9 months)
“Get out there and meet other mums-to-be. Look out for coffee mornings, join Facebook groups or online forums, and strike up conversation with pregnant ladies in your area. Sharing the experience with someone else going through exactly the same thing is the best possible support network when your baby arrives. Don’t be shy to attend meetings on your own – I found all the mums really friendly and welcoming, as everybody is there for the same reason.”

Leanne Henderson, Mum to Olivia (2) and Poppy (1)
“Think about your future family plans when buying a stroller. If you are likely to have a second child within a couple of years of the first, look at buying a travel system or stroller that can be adapted to seat both kids. This will save a lot of money in the future and I wish we had thought about it when pregnant with our first.”

Jules Allen, Mum to Magnus (2) and Ruby (3 months)
“Resist the urge to buy piles and piles of baby clothes. Not only will you get so many given to you as gifts when baby arrives, but you will soon realise just how quickly they grow and how many items are only worn a few times. For the items that you do buy, avoid anything that is too fiddly to put onto the baby, especially buttons on the back!”

Louise Sleightholme, Mum to Stanley (2) and Wilfred (8 months)
“My top tip would be to attend antenatal classes. I felt much better prepared to have my baby after attending towards the end of the second trimester. I also recommend going on a tour of your chosen Dubai hospital. I did this at around 30 weeks and felt much more confident about going into labour, knowing where I would be and the friendly faces that would meet me.”

Priya Bhawsar Fernando, Mum to Oscar (4) and Nathan (2)
“I hired a doula for the birth of my first and second child. It helped immensely with fear of the unknown, not being in my home country, pre and post care, and the lead up to the birth. Her advice and assistance on the day in hospital was amazing, with the doula making sure the right decisions in terms of intervention were made at the right time.”

Sophie McClean, Mum to Lilly (2) and Poppy (5 months)
Don’t bother reading the book ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and read ‘What to Expect In The First Year’ instead. The pregnancy is pretty much out of your control, so it’s far more useful to be prepared and know what to expect when the baby arrives. I spent all my time reading the weekly calendar of what was happening with my baby – and when baby arrived, I didn’t have time to read any books. I wish I had some idea what I was doing! I may have worried less!”

Neha Amit Goyal, Mum to Jhavi (3)
I am seven months pregnant with my second child and just took a short holiday with my husband and daughter. We spent the Eid weekend at a spa resort getting pampered and enjoying being a family of three. It was a holiday to make me and my daughter feel special before the new baby adds to the happiness in our lives. I feel it was ideal and important for my daughter to feel loved before her sibling arrives.”

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