Preparing for the birth of your baby comes with a lot of excitement and as well can be really overwhelming. There is so much to put in place and do from attending doctor’s appointments, organizing the house for the baby’s arrival and so much more once your time of delivery is near.
This is a stage where you and your partner have to come together to put things in place because you will need all the help you can get. So in other to help lessen your workload, we have put together 10 tips you should know when preparing for your delivery.
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Get your birth plan ready
This should be the first thing to do when preparing for your delivery, get yourself a birth plan. You can go online and watch videos on creating a birth plan for more information because most times mothers create a birth plan not knowing that their baby has a different plan on their own. Put everything in order, know when you have to go for appointments, know when to call your doctor, get advice from a health care provider who would give you a clear guide of what to expect and what to do when you get into labor. Having a birth plan ready will save a lot of stress.
Get the nursery prepared ahead of time
Have the baby’s nursery prepared before your delivery time, you can always ask help from your partner to make it fastest for you. Let everything be in place before you are 36 weeks pregnant, just in case the baby decides to arrive a bit early and leave you unprepared.
Take a childbirth class
It has been often said that women who take childbirth classes have a better experience than those who don’t. Taking a childbirth class will make you be aware of the process you will go through during delivery
Organize your home
Having a baby changes a lot of things, you might have to change the little things to suit the presence of a baby. It is always a good idea to have things in order before the baby arrives. Just don’t go through too many projects without getting some assistance from your partner.
Have the infant car seat installed
Your baby’s safety should be your priority, have the infant car seat installed so immediately you are ready to return home with your baby, you would have a safe place to put the baby in that won’t cause harm or injuries to him/her.
Pack your hospital bag
The last thing you’ll want to worry about when labor starts is whether you have a toothbrush and deodorant packed. Ease your mind by getting your bag packed and kept in place a few weeks before your due date.
Plan your birth announcement
If you are going to send birth announcements to people, go ahead and get ready ahead of time. Get a photographer ready if you need one, get every other thing necessary that will make the announcement easier. The choice is up to you, but we suggest deciding ahead of time.
Be prepared to breastfeed
Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, and getting help from a class or a visit with a lactation consultant can make a huge difference in helping you prepare. Be sure that you have all the items you’ll need for breastfeeding, including nursing bras and nursing pillows.
Keep all your prenatal appointments
At such appointments, you will be able to track your progress and ensure that you and your baby are healthy. These appointments let you know what to expect through each trimester while you get ready for delivery.
Buy all the essential baby gears
The last thing you need when caring for your new baby on little sleep is to run out of toilet paper or baby diapers. Before the baby comes, stock up all the essential baby items you will need.
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