Becoming a mother is one of the biggest changes you will ever go through. As a mom-to-be, there are many things you can do to prepare for the arrival of your new baby and for your entry into motherhood.
Preparing for the Arrival of your Baby
Remember, though, a new baby doesn’t need much to begin with. A few sleepers, some diapers, a couple of blankets, a place for the baby to sleep (a bassinet or crib, for example), and a car seat (if you use a car) is all you really need right at the beginning. So, if your pregnancy is tiring you out, it is alwaysbetter to get your rest.
Another good idea for moms-to-be is to get familiar with the process of labor and birth. The best way to do this is to read, listen, and talk to other parents and moms-to-be. Your doctor or midwife or doula is always a good resource. You can also ask them about prenatal class offerings in your area.
Many moms-to-be also find it helpful to have a resource manual on-hand that provides good information about pregnancy, birth and early baby care. I personally found the books What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 4th Edition and What to Expect the First Year to be quite handy. I used them a lot when I was pregnant and also after I gave birth.
Preparing for Motherhood
The points I just mentioned are things you’ve probably already thought of. What many moms-to-be often haven’t thought about much — and don’t really know how to prepare for — is the actual
process of adjusting to motherhood.
Becoming a mother is a huge change, for your identity, for your day-to-day life, and for your family. Once the baby is born, you will need to go through a process of adapting and adjusting to the new responsibilities and realities of motherhood.
This can be a bumpy process, filled with lots of emotional ups and downs, and lots of unexpected issues and feelings.
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