When a woman finds out she is pregnant she often feels overwhelmed. After all, looking after a baby takes a considerable amount of time, energy and resources. However, those who start planning for their child in advance will be better prepared to deal with the ups and downs of parenthood.
Visit the Doctor
After a woman has had a positive pregnancy test, she should visit her doctor. The doctor will perform a blood test to confirm whether or not she is really pregnant. This is important as home pregnancy tests often give false positive results.
If the woman is indeed pregnant, the doctor will help her with the following issues throughout the pregnancy:
- Organizing scans to check on the baby’s health.
— Screening the mother and her unborn child for illnesses.
— Prescribing medication for the pregnancy. For instance, the doctor may give the mother something to help with morning sickness.
— Setting up birth arrangements.
— Recommending a birthing/new parent class.
Telling Friends and Family About the Pregnancy
Some women like to tell everybody they are pregnant immediately. Others wait until after three months when the risk of miscarriage is significantly reduced. The right time to tell people about the pregnancy will be based on the woman and her partner’s personal preference.
Preparing for Birth
The majority of pregnant women will give birth in a public hospital. However, some will opt for a private health facility. This will cost a lot more than a public hospital so consumers will need to have savings or comprehensive health insurance.
If a couple decide they want a midwife or a home birth, they should plan for unexpected emergencies. Midwives will take the pregnant woman to the hospital if there are complications during labor.
Bringing the Baby Home
Bring a new baby home will be a period of adjustment. New mothers will need to get used to missing out on sleep and keeping an eye on the baby at all times. If the woman’s partner is able to take time off work, this will be a great help.
In terms of decorating, many new mothers tend to go overboard with their baby’s room. It is important to remember that certain items are easy to get second hand. Some of these are dressers and cribs.
Even if women can afford to buy new items, she should keep in mind that the baby will grow out of it very quickly. This is also true with home décor. When a child turns 5 or so, he or she may not want to live in a baby pink or blue room.
Having a new child is a wonderful time in a person’s life. Although children can be expensive and difficult at times, they are worth the time and money.
The key to having an easy pregnancy and first few years with a new child is having enough support. Women who have family and friends to help them will find the adjustment period much easier than they expected.