A new baby’s arrival is a joyous time and you need to make sure your home is ready for the arrival! Make sure that pets are introduced to the idea of children long before baby’s arrival and that your home is clean and in has a space for baby! The following article will help you along the road to preparing for baby.
Stop smoking immediately if you have found out that you are pregnant or if are trying to become pregnant. Smoking, as we all know, is incredibly dangerous for us but it becomes even more important to quit when we are trying to take care of a new life. Talk with your doctor immediately if you are having trouble quitting.
Start tracking your monthly menstrual cycle. This way you will know when you ovulate. This can help you find when the best time is to try to conceive a baby. This will also help when you become pregnant because you will be better able to determine a due date for your baby.
Stress is not something that a pregnant woman should be dealing with. The stress has very adverse effects on the pregnant body, as well as possibly severe damage to the unborn child. Extreme stress, in certain situations, can cause a baby to be prematurely born.
Visit your chiropractor regularly. During pregnancy there is a lot of stress and weight put on your spine, hips and other joints. Do yourself a favor by having a regular adjustment. It will keep you feeling better, more limber and prevent those aches and pains of pregnancy.
Don’t be afraid of the weight gain. You are going to gain weight. It’s not only normal but necessary. Your body needs fat reserves for breast milk, energy for labor and delivery as well as lots of extra fluids. Embrace the added weight and know that it will come off afterwards.
As soon as you feel contractions, call your doctor or go to your hospital right away, even if you have had false labor pains before. You do not want to be in labor at home and give birth without having the proper medical care for you and your newborn child.
Pack your hospital bag well in advance of your due date. Delaying the process increases your risk of being caught unprepared. When you pack your bag be sure you pack your insurance cards, your copy of the birth plan as well as your camera and batteries.
Don’t drink alcohol while pregnant. Drinking any alcohol at all during pregnancy increases the risk of several birth defects and puts the baby at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause mental retardation, loss of motor skills, and other problems. Consider drinking milk or tea instead if you are used to having a drink with dinner.
When choosing items for your hospital bag, include some of your creature comforts to make your stay more pleasant. Items like your favorite lip balm or soft socks are good to have, and don’t forget to pack a few toiletries, snacks and a change of clothes for your partner if he or she will be staying with you.
Not smoking while you are pregnant is very important. The reason is simple: as you smoke, your baby is exposed to dangerous chemicals which can minimize your child’s oxygen flow. Oxygen is critical in order to help your baby grow healthy. Please don’t risk the healthy development of your baby just to smoke.
Preparing for a baby’s arrival into a home can take some time, yet once it is done you will not have to worry about it. Using the above advice and asking for help if you need it will take away the stress of wondering if you have everything in place.