|Preparing for childbirth is one of the most exciting times for a woman; however, it may also be a time of fear and anxiety for a mom-to-be. During this transitional period as a woman may start preparing for the special new addition to her family, she may also have to come to terms with the many adjustments that will have to be made. Staying organized, positive, relaxed and planning properly can help make the childbirth process easier.
Start preparing early
You should ideally start preparing for childbirth months in advance. Select a certified obstetrician/gynecologist, physician or midwife that you are comfortable with to assist you with the childbirth and delivery.
Ensure that early and regular prenatal care is put into place and that you are consulting with your physician and following the prescribed dietary and nutritional requirements. Maintain an emotional connection with your unborn child during the pregnancy period by massaging your belly, through meditation or music to strengthen the bond with you and your baby.
Educate yourself and keep yourself informed by reading books, watching DVDs or attending workshops on pregnancy, Childbirth, diet, baby and woman’s care. Consider joining a Childbirth preparation class with your husband or partner to learn more about childbirth, birthing choices, baby care and breastfeeding.
Choose a birth site – this is the location where you will give birth and this is usually the birth room of a hospital, a birthing center (a facility that provides a homely atmosphere but does not have the advanced facilities of a hospital) or your own home. Visit the birth site you have selected so that you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. A good idea is to start preparing your home for the new arrival. Stock up on baby diapers, baby care supplies, infant car seat, clothing, and toiletries.
You may also want to start preparing the nursery, choosing paint for the room, a crib, and night lamp. Explore childcare options if you intend going back to work as well as educational planning for the newborn. If you have other children, now is the time to help them prepare for a new sister or brother!