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