It might feel like your pregnancy is taking forever, but you will get the chance to meet your baby sooner than you would think. However, in the meantime, it is important to take advantage of this opportunity and take the necessary steps in preparing for childbirth. It is advisable to plan now and make the necessary changes for the newborn baby, as this will help you enjoy your pregnancy and relax as the due date grows closer.
Preparing for Childbirth
Below are some helpful tips to help you get ready for the arrival of your baby:
Learn More About the Process of Birth
Childbirth can be a daunting prospect, and you might be tempted not to think about it until it happens. Think about enrolling in a birth class and learn more about the various stages of child labor, breathing techniques, the numerous options for pain management and the medical equipment that might be used in the process of child labor. It’s also advisable to take a look at classes halfway through your pregnancy in order to make sure you find the one you would like to attend and have enough time to attend.
Look for a Doctor for Your Baby
You might want to begin looking for a family doctor or pediatrician for your newborn halfway through your pregnancy. This will give you ample time to prepare for childbirth. That might feel a bit too early, but it is advisable to give yourself enough time to look for a physician capable of providing quality services to your family, who accepts your insurance and takes new patients.
Help Your Partner Prepare for Childbirth
It is very important to discuss how your partner can help you during childbirth. Be sure to talk about what you will require from one another during the process and the time immediately thereafter. Different expectations can lead to huge conflicts, so it is important to try and work this out as early as possible.
Speak to Veteran Moms
You will not have the same experience during childbirth as some of your friends, but learning about some things early enough might help you decrease the shock factor. Ask some of your mom friends for advice and tips that will help you prepare for childbirth.
Prepare Pets and Older Siblings
Having a newborn baby might change the world of the older children more than it will change your world. Thankfully, your family will have several months to prepare and get used to the thought of a new family member.
Be Prepared for When the Labor Starts
Before the first contractions start, you will want to come up with a plan about whom to call first, which hospital to go to and when you expect to leave the hospital.
Get Extra Help After the Birth
During the first few weeks of postpartum, any extra help with the newborn baby will be essential. If you are lucky enough to have a relative who is willing and can assist you, it is advisable to discuss with him or her the specifics of helping take care of the newborn baby.
Make a Decision on Who Will Attend the Birth
This is a personal decision. Some mothers like a room full of their loved ones, their partner, one or more friends, a doula, their in-laws and their parents to witness the miracle of childbirth and offer support. At the same time, other mothers would like as few people as possible present while they are going through child labor.
Pack Your Bag
During labor, the last thing you want to worry about is whether you remembered to pack your toothbrush. It is advisable to pack your bag weeks before the due date. Make a list of the things you want to pack and prepare the bag that you or your partner can quickly grab on your way to the hospital.
Pack the Essentials
Don’t succumb to the pressure to have every baby product. It’s okay to wait and buy some baby items later and instead focus on the items that are essential right after childbirth.
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Most of us are familiar with bone marrow and blood donations. Cord blood donations are along the same lines as these when it comes to their use. The blood found in the umbilical cord and placenta shortly after childbirth contains stem cells that are useful for treating many diseases, as the cells are able to grow into healthy blood cells and immune system cells, among others.