If you are having a child, then you will understand what a huge deal this can be to your family. You may feel as though there is just so much to prepare for and that you can’t hope to be ready in time. It doesn’t need to be this way and there are actually so many things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family.
Write a Birthing Plan
If you haven’t already, then you need to try and write a birthing plan. This should include some notes for your midwife as to which type of birth you would like, and even what pain relief you want. You also need to chat with them to see if you’d like to have skin to skin right after birth and to also see if you’d like to delay the cord clamping. Your birth plan does need to be somewhat flexible in case you need to change things up on the day, but ultimately, it will make you feel more at ease.
Chat with your Partner
You and your partner need to be on the same page before the baby comes. You should never assume that your partner knows what their role is during the birth and even the labour too. You also need to chat with them so that you can see how you are going to divide chores and even to find out if there is anything that they can do to support you.
It doesn’t matter whether you chat with your own mother, or whether you chat with friends who are mothers because it does help to talk someone to see if they can give you some tips. There is so much to learn from people who have been through the same experience.
Spend Time with your Kids
If you have a child already then you need to spend some more time with them if you can. You will soon have a newborn baby to keep you busy and they may feel as though they are no longer having the time that they need with you. They may even feel pushed out too, so it is always a good idea to sit with them to see if they have any fears or concerns about the new arrival.
The more equipment you can buy now to make your life easier in the future, the better. Think about investing in some breast pumps and supplies, or even a baby changing mat. Things like this will really come in handy and they are very affordable to buy as well. The last thing that you want is to be running around trying to find one at the last minute as this will give you and your partner additional stress that you just don’t need. By looking early, you might score a great deal and you might also be able to put your mind at ease as well.
There are many things that you can do to prepare for your bundle of joy, and by following the above tips, you can be sure to feel more comfortable with the whole process.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.