Pregnancy is an amazing experience, but something you really want to plan for. Take the time to do it now so you can enjoy more of the next nine months and every minute with your new baby thereafter.
Following Doctor’s Orders
Getting to your doctor immediately after you discover you are pregnant is the first step to a healthy pregnancy. Have a complete check up, and be sure to ask a million questions. You’ll also need to schedule a meeting with specialists who will monitor your pregnancy, and it’s better to get to know them early to make sure everything is compatible for you. Some women prefer female obstetricians while others don’t mind either way. Your doctors should all be conveniently located to you too.
Learning To Eat For Two
Food can be a very private thing for a woman as she goes through a pregnancy, because nobody else truly knows what she’s experiencing. Even other women who’ve had plenty of children will not have the same cravings as you do. The strong urges you will feel for certain foods may be based on your hormones or nutritional needs, but either way, you’ve often got to have whatever you’re so hungry for! This is quite an adjustment for most women, and you should learn to pace and control yourself and make frequent inquiries with your doctors.
Keeping Up With Exercise
Regular moderate exercise is often recommended during pregnancy. It will help to keep you healthy and in shape and also reduce the likelihood of gaining too much weight over the course of the next nine months. Since it relieves stress as well, exercise will also help to calm anxious nerves and clear your mind. Find a quiet, but not isolated path to walk everyday. While you do want to get a few laps in regularly, you don’t want to be completely by yourself due to the pregnancy. If you can find a friend to join you, all the better.
Preparing Your Home
Although nothing can really prepare you for what happens to your life once your baby is born, prepping the house is a good start. Make room and start taking mental notes of the changes you must make to the home in order to make it completely baby-proof. Think bright and cheerful colors as you decorate, because infants respond to the stimuli in their environment. Beautiful pictures or designs will keep your baby occupied as the brain begins to develop. Think of yourself too as you modify your house and how you can make life easier on you.
Lining Up Help Before Delivery
Start asking friends and family now who might be available for occasional sitting and helping you out. Taking care of a newborn is exhausting work that never seems to end. If your partner can take turns with midnight feedings, you’re halfway through the process. If not, make sure somebody can relieve you for an afternoon nap once in a while or more often as needed. Extra help with laundry and other household chores can be enormously helpful too. Start getting a feel for who will work out now, in case you need to look into hiring help before the need arises. Don’t expect to be able to do it all on your own, no matter how much of a superwoman you are!
Stocking Up On Necessities
Buying things like diapers, wipes and paper towels whenever they’re on sale won’t just save you money, it may save your afternoon if you get caught in a mess. The things you will never have enough of should be stockpiled now. Take advantage of every opportunity to fill your closets with mommy’s little necessities and you should never run out! Look for special things for you too, like a book you’ve been wanting to read or something else to fill the hours when you’re rocking your new baby to sleep.
The Basics And Breastfeeding
Speaking of books, have a great encyclopedia for new mothers on hand before delivery. It will be big and probably cost more than your average paperback, but it will be well worth it to have around. Ask your friends and family if they happen to have a copy you can borrow if you need to. Learn now about the basics of newborn care, including breastfeeding if that’s included in your plans. Find out what normal poop looks like and what to do when it looks funny. While that may sound silly now, it will prepare you for the little oddities that can strike panic later. Knowledge is so much power for a pregnant woman!
Planning won’t prepare you for everything with your pregnancy, delivery and newborn, but it can set your mind at ease in many ways. Get yourself situated now and have more time for all the joy that is about to come your way!