• Pregnancy 101: 4 Tips to Help Prepare Your for the Big Day

    by Dr. Sam Lederman
    on Jul 27th, 2016

(Originally Posted on Sep 21, 2015)

When you are pregnant, you have a lot on your mind. And let’s face it – your mind isn’t performing the same as usual, because it’s working to handle the changes your body is going through. That is why it is so important to have a plan for when the time finally arrives and you need to go to the hospital. Here are a few tips that will give you calmer experience during your countdown to pregnancy. 

#1: Do your research and take your classes

You may be reading all of the books out there on childbirth, but be sure you focus on a few of the most important areas. Knowing how to breastfeed is going to be important. While it may seem that it should be a natural occurrence, it just isn’t always the case. Be prepared to take the proper steps for this, so the process will be easier. Also, get involved in a childbirth class, so you can be well versed in breathing, relaxing, and pushing. The more you know when the big day comes, the better the experience will be for you. Make a playlist of songs that help you with your breathing patterns and practice with it. This can help you when you need something to focus on during labor.

#2: Get the nursery and birth announcements ready

When you are waiting to have a baby, then you can go ahead and get the nursery ready. Buy the crib and wash all of the sheets before putting them on. Get the baby changing station ready and put all supplies in a convenient to reach spot because you’ll be using them a lot! This is also a great time to get your birth announcements ready. Once the little one arrives, you may not have the time or energy to get them ready. Go ahead and put the addresses and stamps on the envelopes, and decide if you want to send a picture, magnet, or if you just want to send everything out online.

#3: Stock your freezer

You can either pre-make a lot of casseroles or buy them already made. Having a meal plan for those first few weeks will help you tremendously. One-pot meals that are ready to go will be a huge timesaver, and that means more catnaps for you! There are a lot of nutritious meals out there that can be made ahead of time and frozen. You can also scope out some local restaurants that you, or your spouse, pass by on a regular basis or that delivers. Gather all of there menus and websites, so you always have something to go to when you have a had a long day.

#4: Talk to your doctor

Let your doctor know everything that you have done to prepare for when you go into labor. They will be able to guide you in areas like what the best items are to pack in your hospital bag, and help with any concerns you have about what to expect when the time comes. If you live in the Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, or West Palm Beach area, then contact Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology today at 561-434-0111. Your health is our main concern and we always welcome you to reach out to us and schedule an appointment.

Author Dr. Sam Lederman

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