Whether you’ve had a baby before or not, preparing to be the mother of a new child can be daunting and very exciting at the same time. You’ll hear lots of different things from lots of different people, and if you’ve had a baby before, you’ll have your own experiences and ideas to draw from too. However, you can never be too prepared for the arrival of a new baby, and if you didn’t particularly have a good experience the first time around, you might want to think about doing things differently this time in order to make it better for you and your new baby. Here are some top tips that you can think about if you’re pregnant and preparing to welcome the arrival of a new child.
- Look after yourself
You might be taken up with ordering new items for the baby, going shopping and making sure everything is in order, but don’t forget to look after yourself and your own health. Eat a good diet, avoid foods, which are not good for pregnant women and their babies, such as too much fish, and try out relaxing exercising such as yoga. You can attend classes, which are run specifically for pregnant women, and you can participate in yoga classes, which will help to improve your breathing and circulation during pregnancy and labour.
- Treat yourself
Don’t spend all your money on the new baby, even though it’s important to have everything prepared. While you’re sorting everything out, take some time out of the week to treat yourself to something nice, whether this is a new pair of shoes to wear after pregnancy or a comfortable pillow or chair that might really help you during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage is a great habit to get into, and you can go to regular sessions, which will improve your circulation, overall health and well-being and help to get rid of any stress you might be feeling too.
- Ask people for help
If you need help with something, don’t be afraid to ask people for help. When you’re pregnant, many people around you will be excited and only too happy to help with the preparation. Ask your best friend or a family member to help you throw a baby shower – this is a great way of spending time with friends as well as getting some cute little gifts for the new arrival!
- Don’t worry too much about your dates
Your due date will be given as a guide, but don’t be too worried if your baby doesn’t arrive on the exact day. Doctors and midwives recommend giving yourself a two-week window on either end of the due date, so make sure you have everything ready well in advance and don’t get too stressed if you’re waiting around for an extra few days.
It’s very easy to get stressed out over little things when you’re pregnant. Not only will your hormones be all over the place anyway, but you’ll be worrying about how certain things are going to be when the baby arrives, how your other children will respond and whether the health of the baby is well. Try not to worry too much, remember to breathe and trust that everything will be okay!