The day you deliver your baby is one of the biggest days of your life. Through all the happiness and excitement there can still be some stress for expecting moms and dads. One of the best ways to help relieve some of the stress of the big day is by preparing ahead of time as much as possible. Take care of the small details that may turn into large headaches and you'll be able to concentrate on what's really important: meeting the newest member of your family.
Plan With Your Doctor
Many expecting parents know that the birthing process
can be one full of unexpected events. Still, many like to have a
birthing plan laid out with their doctor prior to delivery day. Things
to document in a birthing plan include the preference to have a medicine
free labor or not whether certain calming music should be played or the
entire experience recorded. , Developing your desired plan and sharing
it with your doctor ahead of time will help make sure everyone is on the
same page of how you’d like delivery day to go. It can be a huge stress
reliever, but remember to stay flexible should surprises arise, your
doctor’s priority is doing what’s best for the delivery of your baby.
Pack the Hospital Bag
Packing a hospital bag
with new baby and mom essentials is a smart plan to help the transition
of leaving the hospital and taking the new baby home go smoothly.
Packing the bag about a month away from your due date is a good
timeline. When packing the hospital bag, think comfort! Pack a going
home outfit for the new baby and mom, any important health information,
and any basic hygiene items, like a toothbrush or make-up, which will
help make your hospital stay more comfortable. Have a list handy of any
last minute things you’d like to grab on your way out the door, such as a
camera, cellphone chargers, etc.
Cord Blood Banking
you’ve made the decision to collect your baby’s cord blood, be sure to
have your cord blood collection kit packed with your hospital bag There
are a number of potential medical treatments using your baby’s cord
blood but cord blood
stem cells can only be collected right after the umbilical cord is cut.
There will be no time to go home and grab a forgotten kit if this is
the route your family has chosen.
Meals for the Family
addition of a new family member is an exciting, yet exhausting
experience. In the days following when a new baby comes home from the
hospital, many parents are busy handling bottle duty and don’t even want
to think about cooking for themselves. This often means fast food or
pizza delivery instead of your normal healthy meals. Don't fall into a
junk food trap just because you've got a new family member. Cook simple
soups, stews, and casseroles ahead of time and freeze them in
microwaveable containers. You'll have freshly made lasagna or beef stew
with biscuits in just a few moments while you relax and enjoy some
needed downtime before dinner.
these steps to prepare your family for a new member is a great way to
get everyone prepared for this wonderful, life-changing day when your
baby is born.
article was written by Alan Cassidy, an active writer within the
blogging community covering maternity and childbirth, and always
advocating for infant and children’s health. Connect with him on Twitter
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