Four Things to Do Before Giving BirthMarch 9, 2018 / byHealthier Societies / Categories : Trends
It’s normal to be nervous when expecting a baby, especially for first-time parents. However, there are steps you can take to get things for you and your baby nice and ready. Prepare yourself for childbirth by accomplishing the following.
Study delivery options
There are different ways to give birth, and they may confuse you when it’s time to choose the right one for you. To determine, do some research and talk to your OB-GYN or midwife. Though traditional hospital birth is still the most popular, a midwife from Wasatch Midwifery and Wellness in Salt Lake City says that understanding the options will allow you to determine the safest way of giving birth.
Pack your labor bag
Start packing your labor bag on your second or third trimester. You never know when your baby will come, so it’s better to prepare as soon as possible. Your labor bag should contain the following:
- Nursing bras
- IDs and insurance card
- Socks and slippers
- Maternity clothes
- Something to read or watch
- A going home outfit
Prepare your home
A baby room isn’t necessary, especially if you have limited space at home. However, before giving birth, it is important to prepare your baby’s space. Determine where you will put the crib as well as your baby’s things. Create enough space and make sure to clean and sanitize your property.
Attend parenting classes
Parenting classes are very helpful for first-time parents. Attend one with your partner to prepare you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Parenting classes will also help you gain confidence as a mother and will connect you to important resources such as pediatricians, schools, and parent communities.
Read, ask, and create a support group that will help you and your partner during pregnancy. You need all the support you can get to boost your confidence before the big day. Be prepared and always keep a smile on your face.