10 Things You Have to Do Before You Go Into Labor

First of all, congratulations on being a mom soon! Now, we all know that this is the day you’ve been waiting for ever since you’ve made the decision of bringing new life into the world, and we’re pretty sure that you know that this is more than a big deal.

So, let us provide you with a few tips to prepare your motherly mind and body before your bundle of joy arrives!

Clean Sheets and Clothes = Healthy Baby

By now, you have probably purchased the things that your baby’s going to need once it greets the world.

If not, then let us remind you that it’s best that you come prepared and have its clothes, bottles, and sheets ready for once the big day comes.

Now, you should know that even if baby’s stuff is brand new, making doubly sure that its bottles and such are free of any germs or microbes.

After all, newborns are fragile, so it’ll take some time before they get used to the conditions of the outside world. For best results, go and pick up a detergent that’s free of any harsh materials like dye.

Breastfeeding is more Important than You Know

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world, and it’s the first kind of bond you and your child will have.

Now, this may all appear like there’s nothing much to it, but remember that both you and baby need to at least get acquainted with one another first, even when it comes to breastfeeding. As such, it’s up to you to learn the fundamentals of feeding your baby.

Prep Your Meals

Childbirth, without looking at it through rose-colored glasses, is really a physically exhausting – not to mention painful – activity. Don’t get disheartened, though, we’re here to help you through it.

See, your body will need a few weeks to recuperate after that baby comes out of you, so one of the best ways to speed up the process is by having the right amount of nourishment once you get home.

For that, it is ideal that you stock up on some dishes even before the big day so that you’ll have a meal ready without all the hassles of cooking once you get back from the hospital.

Baby’s Home Base

Hey, this one’s a given, but we’re going ahead to remind you about it anyway: make sure that you have the crib and room ready for baby. Have fun decorating it!

Choose the Delivery Option that’s Best for You

Make sure that you and your OB-GYN are clear with the necessary details about how you want to bring your bundle of joy into the world.

Remember, there are many ways to deliver your baby, so you should take extra care in choosing which one you think you and your baby will be most comfortable with.

Childbirth Classes Help a Lot

Consulting your doctor with any questions about childbirth is great and all, but it’s more likely they can’t be there with you and your baby 24-7. That’s where the benefit of childbirth classes comes in handy. When you

When you enroll in one, you’ll learn proper breathing techniques and various ways to prepare yourself for the big day.

Prepare Your Announcement

Don’t wait for your water to break before you organize how you’re going to tell your loved ones about the newest member of your family. Make sure that you have your announcement plans ready even a couple of months before your due date. Hey, believe us when we say you won’t have a lot of time to prepare once the baby’s out there, so go ahead and make your plans as soon as you can!

Hey, believe us when we say you won’t have a lot of time to prepare once the baby’s out there, so go ahead and make your plans as soon as you can!

Don’t Forget the Baby Seat

Yes, yes, we know you’re more than excited for that little human to come out of you and become part of the world, but don’t overlook the finer details. For one, there’s the car seat, which may seem inconsequential but is actually one of the first things you’ll use once you get back from the hospital.

For one, there’s the car seat, which may seem inconsequential but is actually one of the first things you’ll use once you get back from the hospital.

Have a Pediatrician Ready

Once you’ve delivered your baby, you’ll be going less and less to the OB-GYN and more to your paediatrician. Now, of course, the baby’s health is the top priority, so it’s only right that you choose a paediatrician that can make sure of that.

Get Packing!

Ever see one of those movies where the couple is rushing to pack their things for the hospital? Yeah, don’t be those guys; make sure you have your things ready at least a week before your due date.

Evelyne F. Ford
 

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Besides writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!