Preparing for your child’s birth is the most exciting time of your life, but it can also be the most stressful time of your life. If you’re a new mom about to have your first child, congratulations!
You may be nervous, excited, anxious, and seemingly every other emotion in the book. But we’re here to help you through it all. New moms: here is how to prepare for your child’s birth!
Communicate With Your Partner
As you approach the delivery date, one of the first things you should do to prepare for your baby is communicate with your partner. They may be just as scared as you, and it’s important to talk about your feelings.
Talk with them to create plans A, B, and C for when you go into labor. What if you go into labor during rush hour, and the highway is bumper to bumper? What if the car breaks down? It may seem neurotic or even pessimistic to plan for worst-case scenarios, but if there’s one thing you can count on once you go into labor, it’s unpredictability.
Talk With Your Doctor
Once you’ve formulated a plan with your partner, visit your doctor to ensure everything is on track and that you’re doing everything you can to ensure a healthy delivery.
Your doctor will give you tips and advice on having a smooth delivery that you can write down and take with you once you go into labor. Chances are, you won’t want to listen to anyone’s advice once you’ve experienced the beauty of labor pains.
Purchase What You Need
To make sure you’re well prepared to take your baby home, purchase anything else you may need that you didn’t receive from your baby shower if you had one.
Try imagining bringing your baby home: what will you need immediately? Do you have a mobile to help them fall asleep? Do you have extra bottles to feed them throughout the night? It’s essential to think of these things beforehand to have those items when you need them.
Set Up Your Go Bag
Like purchasing items for your home, be sure to pack a hospital bag to have a better delivery knowing you have your belongings with you.
For example, some mothers like to bring a Bluetooth speaker to play their favorite music during delivery to help calm and soothe them from the pain. You may also need a nursing bra, snacks, toiletries, or even slippers! Try brainstorming a few things you’ll need the day of.
Prepare Your Body for Delivery
Although it’s of the utmost importance to prepare yourself emotionally for your new chapter, it’s also crucial to prep yourself physically. If you complete specific stretches and understand the benefits of the Webster technique, your body will be able to return to its natural state more readily after birth.
Connect With Other Moms
Another way to prepare for your child’s birth is by talking with other moms and getting advice to help you on your journey. You’ll feel more supported and qualified when the time arrives.
Preparing for your child’s birth is a vital step in the last couple of months of pregnancy. Gather your support system and get ready to start this next beautiful chapter of your life.