All the excitement, fear (lets be real), and confusion is swirling in you, and making you double think everything you need to get done.
Aside from jumping for joy, there are a few things that you should probably do. The following helps you get some of those things scheduled.
1. Get In The Healthy Mindset
If you already have a healthy lifestyle, make sure you’re continuing your good habits, but don’t neglect a second look at your exercise and diet as you may be missing some key supplements such as folate or extra iron.
If you’re new to a healthy lifestyle, that’s okay too. It’s never too late to start making good choices. Some things you can do easily is reducing the amount of caffeine you drink, adding more water, eating extra protein, light exercise (see your midwife or obstetrician for advice), and even getting better (sometimes more) sleep.
You’re going to want to practice relaxation too, as a calm and centered you now, is a warrior when it’s time to push later.
2. Choose a Midwife or Obstetrician
Now; we are biased and do love the culture midwives bring to your birth, but there are many great obstetricians we know and love. Our advice; do your research!
You can start by calling your insurance company or visiting their “provider finder” site and making a list of the providers you’d like to interview. You can also check out Yelp and Google for the top midwife or obstetrician in your area.
3. Find A Doula!
Read these articles if you have questions such as;
In the meantime, here is a simple way to answer this. Every expecting mother should hire a Birth Doula if possible. Birth Doulas provide necessary support during your pregnancy, and labor, and sometimes postpartum. Your Birth Doula experience is one you won’t regret, and their services can sometimes be covered by your insurance, HAS, or FSA.
To Find A Childbirth Doula Click Here. You can also use Yelp and/or Google to find Doulas in your area. The best Doulas are the ones who you feel a great connection with and are willing to grow their relationship with you… Like A Bradley Method Doula!
4. Get Your Childbirth Education Classes Scheduled
You’re probably reading this because it’s your first go around in the baby making business. Don’t worry, there are plenty of caring people who make it their business to teach you anything and everything you need to know.
A well rounded class like The Bradley Method Of Husband Coached Childbirth will give you the best education on what to expect, healthy diet, labor practice, contraction timing, relaxation, mental and emotional preparedness, and partner (coach) involvement, and much, much more!
Consider booking early, as it gives you more time to practice the skills you’ll learn. If you’d like more information on Childbirth Classes, Click Here.
5. Prepare To Announce The News
Don’t forget to tell dad first! Ha!
Some moms like to tell their family and friends right away! Making a phone call, sending a text, or posting on social media are great ways to announce. But don’t forget, you only get to share the news for the first time, one time. So think about a cute way you’d like to do it too. You can hire a photographer to shoot some announcement photos, or create a clever card for mailing (Checkout Pinterest For More Ideas).
You can also wait to announce the news until later. There are many moms that like to wait until their second trimester, and that’s okay too. It’s you and your baby, do what’s right for you.
There are plenty of other things you should also do, but we like to keep things simple here. Some other things we won’t go into detail are, talking about finances, going to the dentist, abstaining from foods or drugs that can negatively affect your baby, buying a car seat, etc.. This article was meant to help you get some of the basic things on your to do list.