When you first learn that you are pregnant or you experience that amazing feeling of just knowing, there is an abundance of feelings that rush in to greet you. You immediately begin to make plans. Checklists dance throughout your consciousness. Your dreams intertwine with thoughts of your baby. Keep reading for some recommendations on how to get ready for a wonderful addition to your family and life.
Prepare for the Unknown
No one goes into motherhood expecting the worst. However, it is important to know who to call if you need expert advice. In the case of a birth accident or injury, seek counsel from birth injury solicitors. Kind and empathetic staff members are available to guide you through difficult times. Their caring team knows how to handle the stressors in these situations so you do not have to shoulder the burden alone.
Part of preparing for what you cannot possibly know involves talking with trusted family and friends about how to handle emergency circumstances. Some of the most common scenarios include early labour or bed rest. Should either of these or similar instances occur, you must have a plan for the following situations.
- Find trusted individuals who can watch any other children you have for an extended period of time. Include care plans such as school and activity schedules, routine or previously scheduled appointments, food allergies, and a list of items to pick up from your home if they will not be staying with your children at your residence. Always write down and email the paediatrician and other important contact information to your caregiver.
- Secure a boarding facility or other trusted individual who will watch your pets. Leave a detailed note and email including feeding information, walking schedules, command words, veterinarian information, etc.
- Ensure your point of contact has a key to your home to help pick up mail and manage your affairs. This person may be your legal Power of Attorney.
Prepare for your Child
Even while planning for things that you hope will never come to fruition, you need to maintain the joy and exuberance you feel now and throughout your pregnancy. Take small and manageable steps to get ready for your baby so that you do not become overwhelmed.
If you do not have a room prepared for your newborn, begin setting it up. This is a fun experience where you get to select furniture and paint colours to match your vision of motherhood. Pick out crib sheets and mobiles to complement the space. A rocker is a helpful addition so you can sit comfortably when feeding the baby.
The early stages of pregnancy are a good time to find a paediatrician. Sometimes paediatricians are not accepting patients, so it is necessary to establish care once you find a compatible provider. Start by asking friends or family for referrals. Next, conduct research online to peruse the reviews. Contact the office to ensure they accept new patients. Finally, make an appointment to interview the paediatrician and establish care.
Prepare for the Hospital
Whether you deliver at home or in the hospital, it is still a good idea to pack a bag to bring to the hospital - just in case. Regardless of your choice, you will not need to worry about packing at the last minute. Here is a video with tips on what to pack in your hospital bag.
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Bringing a person into this world is a momentous event. Plan, prepare, and enjoy what your body creates.