9 Steps to Help You Prepare For Your First Childbirth

Young pregnant woman relaxing in the room Congratulations! You’re having your first child! Childbirth is an exciting time for every new mother. As the pregnancy journey turns into motherhood, being uneasy and uncertain about what to expect is natural, so we’ve developed a list of 9 steps to help you prepare for the arrival of your new child.

Get Educated

You don’t know what you don’t know, so dive into learning with books, childbirth education classes, and reliable online resources to help you make informed decisions about what’s to come. Stay away from sensationalized or fringe information on childbirth meant to drive clicks, not be helpful. Ask trustworthy female friends and family about specifics if you’re unclear on certain aspects of the process.

Create A Birth Plan

Once you understand your options, put together a birth plan to outline your labor and delivery preferences, such as pain management, labor positions, and who should be present with you during the process. You can discuss your plan with your healthcare provider, who can also help you understand the need for flexibility as the situation evolves. During this time, make sure you’re comfortable with your OB/GYN of choice, along with the birth setting.

Physical Healthcare Starts Now

You’re eating for 2 (or more), so you must eat a balanced, nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and get adequate rest. Add prenatal vitamins and supplements like folic acid as recommended by your healthcare provider.

Gather Your Support Team

The best way to mentally and emotionally prepare for childbirth is by building your support team of family and friends and integrating mindfulness into your routine, like meditation, deep breathing, and visualization techniques.

Pack Your Bags

Get your go-bag ready with everything you’ll need for your hospital stay. Don’t forget your new baby items, including clothes and, most importantly, a car seat.

Get Your Home Prepared

Get your baby’s essentials ready, including a crib, diapers, clothing, and formula if needed. And don’t forget about yourself. Preparing and freezing a few weeks worth of meals ahead of time can be a lifesaver during your first few weeks at home.

Stay Regular on Your Checkups

Regular checkups are essential to monitor your and your baby’s health.

Learn about Postpartum Recovery

Spend some time learning about the physical and emotional changes you can expect after childbirth so you can prepare. Make sure to cover postpartum care, breastfeeding, and adjusting to your new life as a mother.

Know When You’re in Labor

Make sure you know the signs of labor so you know when it’s time to head to the hospital.

Discover the Childbirth Plan That Aligns with Your Preferences

Are you ready to explore your childbirth planning options with the caring experts at Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn in Kettering, OH, or Englewood, OH? Call 917-771-5100, or contact us here for Kettering, or contact us here for Englewood to schedule an appointment to get started.

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