Pregnancy lasts a long time, but before you know it, the 40 weeks are up and you’ll more than likely feel a mixture of excited, scared, emotional and unprepared. You’ve read the books, been to the classes and seen the midwife countless times, but can you ever really feel completely prepared for your first child? Oakwood doors; the mother’s choice of door provider, have got you covered. Take a look at their steps for preparing for a baby and make sure there is nothing you’ve missed amongst the chaos!
1. Choose your hospital carefully. Have a look around to get a feel for the place, familiarise yourself with the route from your house and make sure you’d feel comfortable giving birth there. You’ll might also take your classes here or be referred to external options. Classes are super important as you can discuss pain options, the birthing process and breathing techniques, which leads on to the next step…
2. Learn about the birth process. Find out what it’s going to be like, take a few birth classes and squeeze some informative reading in if you can. Having a rough idea of what is going to go down and a few breathing techniques in the bank will go a long way. Know your options when it comes to giving birth, pain relief available and get to know your midwife. Ask friends and family members who have been through it what it’s going to be like, and prepare yourself mentally as well as physically.
3. Find a doctor for your newborn and try to register them. Having worries is completely natural, but if you don’t have a surgery in place your worries could turn to panic. Start looking just after halfway through your pregnancy. Ask your friends or midwife for recommendations, you’re going to want to know your baby is in safe hands.
4. Have a bag of all your essentials waiting in the car. In a perfect world, your waters would break, you’d be at home (in the kitchen), you’d get to the hospital in record time as there was no traffic, then you’d be sent home shortly after giving birth. In reality, you could be in a busy supermarket, at a relative’s or anywhere else, and you could be in hospital for a few days after giving birth. Having the bag in the car will ease your mind a little and mean you’ve got everything you need.
5. Prepare for both a plan A and a plan B birth scenario. You might want a water birth or not want to use any of the painkillers offered, but be prepared for things to change. The last thing you want to do is panic or feel any more unsettled than you already do. Giving birth is a wonderful experience, but it’s also painful and doesn’t always go to plan. Have a backup plan just incase.
6. Get yourself a support network. Speak to your family and friends and see who is forthcoming and wants to help, and don’t be afraid to use it. Having someone on speed dial who has done it all before is a great asset, even if it’s your own mother or a co-worker. You don’t have to do it alone, and the first few weeks can be a little daunting, especially if your partner goes back to work. Don’t burn yourself out, you’ve got plenty sleepless nights to come!
7. Know who is coming to the birth. This is a very personal decision, you might only want your partner there or perhaps your mother or a friend, but try to think about this well before your due date.
8. Have a designated spokesperson who is the main point of contact for all family and friends. Make sure they’ve got a good camera on their phone and they’re tech savvy as no doubt everyone will want photos. Make sure they let people know visiting times and other essential information so you don’t have to worry about it.
Hopefully you already had all of this covered, and if not you can start working your way through it now. Let us know if there is anything we’ve missed, any tips that have worked for you or anything you wish you’d have known before you gave birth, and good luck!
Until Next Time… Charlotte x