Just Got To Know You’re Pregnant
Just Got To Know You’re Pregnant? 8 Simple Ways To Think Ahead!
Congratulations! There is no greater joy than knowing that you will soon be bringing new life into this world. You feel love and excitement like never before because you know your life is going to change forever.
This can be quite overwhelming but there’s nothing to worry about. Before this huge change comes to your life, there are a few things you need to do.
1) Friendly and safe neighbourhood
We are shaped by our interaction with not just our family members, but also the community that surrounds us. So, you want to be at a place where you would feel comfortable raising a family. There should be easy access to safe open spaces, friendly neighbours, good education, and everything that would help shape your child to become a well-rounded human being.
2)Regular health check-ups
Your doctor may recommend a series of prenatal screenings and tests to ensure that both mother and child are in the best of health. As the pregnancy proceeds, it is important to have follow-ups regularly.
3) Pick out your paediatrician
Speak to your friends and relatives, research online and shortlist a couple of paediatricians. Schedule appointments and feel free to make a list of questions you would have. You would be seeing the doctor not just during the pregnancy but also during your child’s growing years. Therefore, it is okay to try out a few paediatricians before deciding upon one. It is important to be confident and comfortable with your choice.
4) Get everything ready
Once you know your new-born is on the way, you need to make a lot of preparations. As the time comes closer, you will need to prepare the house for the baby. This would include things like getting the cradle, baby-proofing the house, fixing your work schedule (if needed) etc.
5) Pick the right hospital
Of course, it is important to pick a hospital that your gynaecologist regularly operates out of. But it also needs to be a short driving distance from your house, needs to fit in your budget, have adequate facilities for any complications and provides the right care and comfort. So, check for the closest hospital with the best of facilities for a smooth ride for you, your spouse and the baby.
6) Get health insurance
Healthcare is expensive and inadequate insurance can put a lot of strain on your financial resources. Not to mention now that you are responsible for a child, it is important to secure your and your spouse’s health, along with the baby’s.
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7) Attend classes for expectant parents
Many hospitals and paediatricians arrange for sessions to better prepare for when the baby comes. How to bathe, swaddle and put the baby to sleep are simple care procedures so that the baby remains healthy. They would also be more than happy to answer any of your other concerns.
8) Keep your bags ready
You don’t exactly know when the baby is coming. Stay prepared by making a list of requirements and packing a spare bag for mommy, baby and daddy. When the time comes, you can pick everything up and get ready to welcome the newest member of your family.
Thinking ahead and planning helps a lot. So, prepare as much as you can and get the ball rolling. You will learn every day as a new parent. Keep a cool head, don't worry too much and enjoy these precious moments.