If you’re a new mom or dad to be, firstly congratulations for making it.
So, this might just be very new for you guys.
You might find it very difficult to cope up with the changes that are happening in your lives.
Pregnancy isn’t an easy phase. However, this is the most important phase in your life.
Nonetheless, there are things that you can do to make it easier for you both.
You want to give your baby everything that you can in this world. But that might be a little scary for you.
So, try to prepare for these things before your baby comes in this world. It will help you reduce a little bit of stress that might come up.
Think about child care:
It is important that as the parents you have thought through about the child care plans in the future.
Perhaps you haven’t figured out how to send them to college, but you should have the basic plans ready during your pregnancy.
Try to find out the insurance programs that are offered. Gather all the state provided facilities that you can for the child.
The child care provisions by each country is different. So, inquire and make sure that you are getting everything that you can.
At the same time you should also focus on the nursing of the baby for the early phases.
Have a trusted and regular doctor that knows everything about you and your baby.
This will help you maintain a very detailed record of both of your health.
Plan for a break from work:
Don’t wait for the last moment to decide for your break from work.
Plan ahead, in the early trimesters of your pregnancy or at least by the second.
Because it is really important that your employer knows your plan for the maternity leaves.
More importantly, you should know how much leave you need to take.
Make sure that the leave will let you take care of the baby for the early post-pregnancy months.
If you wait to decide for it after the baby comes out, it might all get messier.
This break isn’t just for the mothers, but also the dad’s need to make sure they get to spend time with the family.
Be prepared for a change in your body:
The changes in your body is unavoidable. Many women might feel not so good by the changes that they see in their body.
However, this is all natural. You might gain some weight in places you never thought you could.
While the changes are common, don’t take this as an excuse for eating whatever you want to.
Make sure you are exercising well while maintaining a good diet even after the baby.
Pregnancy will definitely change your body, but it doesn’t have to stay that way forever.
Feed yourself well:
Just because you might get fat, isn’t a good enough reason not to feed yourself.
Since while your pregnant and even some years after pregnancy, your body is also feeding someone else.
It is necessary that you eat nutritious food while pregnant and even post pregnancy.
This will help you both get the proper nutrients that you require to be healthy.
Similarly, if the doctor has advised you to stay away from some food, follow that. It’s only for your and the baby’s benefit.
Start reading books related to baby care during your pregnancy. Try to find books that properly advise you how to take care of your baby. The things that you need to buy before the baby comes out. At the same time find time out for yourself and your friends. Don’t focus on just the baby, take care of yourself as well. Make sure that you have designed your office as per your convenience. Give yourself some break and make sure that your schedule is organized.
You might rearrange your house as well:
Especially if this is your first pregnancy, you should be able to rearrange everything before the baby arrives.
There are companies that assure baby proofing. Make sure you contact them.
At the same time arrange furniture in a way that will be the easiest for you after you deliver the baby.
Mostly because you will not have time to do it later on.
Get the new furniture, mats and rugs that you might need afterwards.
Don’t wait for the last moment, do it as fast as you can.
It you do it early, you can also adjust to the new environment of the house beforehand.
THE CAR SEAT:
Get the CAR SEAT IN! This is a very important thing to do.
As soon as you deliver the baby, you will need the car seat.
It won’t be safe to travel anywhere without the baby seat in your cars.
So, make sure that you adjust it beforehand. Pregnancy isn’t easy, you need to make sacrifices.
Don’t forget to decide for names:
Okay! This might seem to obvious but some people don’t really think they need to decide it early on.
And most of the time this will make it difficult for them after the baby comes.
So, find a name, for both a boy and a girl.
This will also ensure that you really like the baby’s name and you are not going on an impulsive though.
After all the baby will carry the same name for years, you probably don’t want them to blame you for a bad name, do you?
Spend more time with your spouse during the last trimester:
While you make sure that all the things are assured, make sure you plan for dates with your spouse.
Most of the times, after the baby comes, you hardly can find time out for yourselves.
The baby will take most of your times. Give your partner some time before hand.
Make them understand what your expectations are.
It is important that when you are pregnant you make sure to do all the things you won’t ever be able to do afterwards.
Go shopping for yourself and the baby:
It might be tiring, but you need to find yourself and your baby some clothes.
Not just clothes but other items like diapers, towels, toiletries, cot, stroller.
This might seem obvious but if you don’t have at least one of these things, you might have a real stressful time.
So, spare yourself some frustrations and get these prior to your delivery.
Finally, these just might not suffice for some of you.
Everyone’s life is different and we all have different expectations.
However, if you do these, there is a lot of chance that you will have an easier time after the delivery.
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