Pre­par­ing prop­erly through your preg­nancy

For­tu­nately for most of us, fol­low­ing the con­fir­ma­tion of preg­nancy, we have a good many months to pre­pare.

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For those who al­ready have chil­dren, this prepa­ra­tion is fairly straight­for­ward. All the steps that need to be taken, such as or­gan­is­ing a mid­wife, doc­tors vis­its and ante-natal classes are sec­ond-na­ture and of­ten baby gear pur­chases can be kept to a min­i­mum de­pend­ing on the sex of your im­pend­ing bun­dle. How­ever, on the other hand if you are a brand new mother-to-be this time should be utilised wisely, par­tic­u­larly if you want to en­sure ev­ery­thing is ready and wait­ing for the big day, in­clud­ing your­self. The old adage that all a child needs is a lov­ing home is true to a cer­tain ex­tent, but in ad­di­tion they need the right nour­ish­ment, warm cloth­ing, con­stant care and reg­u­lar vis­its to Plun­ket and the doc­tor. It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that you are no longer only re­spon­si­ble for your­self, there is now an­other lit­tle per­son in your life who to­tally re­lies on you to keep them safe and healthy for now and many more years to come. To do this, there are cer­tain steps that need to be taken, right from the day, the lit­tle stick in­di­cates that you are in­deed preg­nant. A visit to the doc­tor to con­firm your preg­nancy, should be fol­lowed up with a prompt call to or­gan­ise a mid­wife. The mid­wife will en­sure the health of you and your baby through­out the preg­nancy, with reg­u­lar vis­its, scans, nec­es­sary tests and other spe­cial­ist vis­its, if and when re­quired. She will also talk you through the preg­nancy and birth, dis­cussing op­tions and what to ex­pect. The mid­wife is vir­tu­ally on-call through­out your preg­nancy for any hic­cups that oc­cur along the way or any wor­ries you may have. Ante-natal classes are also a good idea and give your part­ner a chance to learn more about the im­pend­ing birth and how they can help both be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter baby is born. As far as equip­ment and cloth­ing is con­cerned, most baby stores of­fer a list of ne­ces­si­ties or th­ese can be ac­cessed from the in­ter­net. It’s im­por­tant to shop around, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to cloth­ing. Re­mem­ber that your new baby will grow quickly so con­sider how much you spend on first sizes. It’s cer­tainly nice to have gor­geous la­bels and there is so many to choose from, but although baby will look cute, in no time at all it will be time to put them aside in prepa­ra­tion for the next size.

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