You’re pregnant – congratulations! Now comes the planning. It’s true that parenting is one of life’s true and greatest pleasures, but it doesn’t come without its fair share of stresses, worries, anxieties and pitfalls. However, on the other side of the coin, lies all the joy, love and happiness that result from bringing a little human being into the world. You may look at your due date with excitement or trepidation, but planning for the days around it are a crucial part of the pre-parenting process. Here are some quick tips for expectant mothers.
In the run-up to your due date you’ll likely be beginning your maternity leave, so you’ll not have to worry so much about drama in the office, but you’ll want your partner, the father, or even friends and family you trust to be able to take time off work for when the baby’s coming. Whoever you’re hoping to have present at the birth, or just afterwards, you should ensure that they are well-prepared, having talked with their employer about rushing off to the maternity ward at a moment’s notice, sometime in the next few weeks.
A Packed Bag
It’s nice to have a few creature comforts with you for when the baby comes, and so keeping one or two packed bags ready to grab right away can really help alleviate the stress of unexpected early labour and heading into the hospital. You’ll have to decide what you’d like in your bag, perhaps look online to see what other expectant mothers usually pack, but some comfy clothes, comfort items, replenishing food and drink and some little items for your new family member would be a good place to start.
Pre and post-natal depression have received a good deal of exposure in the past decade or two, and as such, much of the stigma around the two have been stripped away. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to come to terms with wildly fluctuating moods, or severe depression, especially given that you’ve just given birth to what you hoped would be a bundle of joy. Be prepared for these mood eventualities and plan accordingly, including getting your partner and close family up to speed with symptoms and treatments as and when they might be required.
Injury or Illness
Not to cause alarm, but sometimes in the birthing process not everything goes to plan, and injury is sustained to either the child or yourself. In these rare cases, parents are forced to go through additional turmoil that can be devastating for a family. In some cases, your child may sustain an injury while you give birth to the extent that you should contact birth injury solicitors in order to receive adequate compensation for your child’s distress and treatment. It’s a sensitive topic and one that occurs rarely, but being prepared to go down these avenues is the final tip for covering all bases in the birthing process.
Giving birth is certainly one of life’s great moments, and being prepared, with the help of these tips, will ensure you bringing a child into the world goes as smoothly and happily as possible.