Things to Do in Preparation for Baby's Birth

by Patricia Bennett - Date: 2008-07-10 - Word Count: 552 Share This!

        Finding out that you're pregnant can be very exciting, especially for those that have been trying for some time. You'll find yourself dreaming of the features that come through in your child. Who will they look more like? What is the gender of the child? How will you make him/her most comfortable and safe when you bring him/her home?  The arrival of your child opens a new page in the book of your life. All the excitement and emotions can get overwhelming at times. In order to help keep your emotions in check and give you one less thing to worry about, it's important to know how to prepare for you baby's arrival.


            Read up on everything while you can. Once your baby comes you will have precious few opportunities to sit down and read about parenting. Make that something you do ahead of time. There are a lot of books out there that focus on parenting from first time parents to parents in their later years. When you take the time to read about everything that is happening to your body as well as the reasoning for the tests that you'll be taking throughout your pregnancy, you won't be as worried every time something changes or you feel something different inside.


            Take it easy, but don't forget exercise. In your pregnancy you obviously won't want to run a marathon, but getting some exercise regularly will keep you healthy no matter how much weight you put on. Remember, you're not dieting. It's not good for baby to diet during the pregnancy due to the artificial sweeteners and low fat foods. Your baby needs the fat to grow. However, getting regular exercise will help you have easier labor and will keep your body in shape under the child growing.


            When registering for your baby shower ask others that already have children. There are lots of "things" out there for babies. If you talk to someone that's recently had a child of their own, they'll be able to tell you the items you won't want to be without and the ones that are not so great. Additionally, if you ask your guests to bring one package of diapers each and play a game with them such as the person with the heaviest package wins a prize or something along those lines, you may not have to buy diapers for quite some time.


            Prepare your child's bedroom and pack your bag. Many women will carry their baby to full term, go in to labor, and deliver their child with very few problems. But some women will go into labor suddenly or early. It'll be easier on your nerves as you come closer to the end of your pregnancy to know that when the time comes, all you have to do is go the hospital. Even if you don't know what you're having, if the bedroom is prepared, you know that everything will be ready when you come home from the hospital.


            These tips will help you prepare for the arrival of your baby. You'll be able to rest your mind as you come close to those last few weeks before delivery because everything will be done. Having a rested mind will help you through labor and delivery because you'll know you've done everything to prepare.

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