If only preparing for a new baby was as easy as it looks in the movies, where the mother is on top of her responsibilities during and after childbirth. They say nothing will prepare you for what you are about to go through, but there’s no reason to let it become a worry. Here are our tips for how to prepare for a healthy pregnancy and the aftercare.

Learn about the birth process

Pregnant women who learn about birth way ahead of the actual event are more active participants in their own birth process, which ultimately leads to better outcomes for the health of the mother and baby. It’s important to build your knowledge of different labor outcomes and make a decision on how you see yourself dealing with the different possibilities. You can work with a birth plan sheet to explore your options for labor positions, which pain medications are appropriate for your body, as well as how your baby is looked after whilst hospital after delivery.

Find a doctor for your baby


It’s never too early to start looking for a pediatrician or family doctor for your baby but the most valuable point in time is halfway through your pregnancy. Any earlier and your doctor may not be able to provide any information about your condition that you can’t find out online. Friends and neighbours can offer recommendations for a trusted healthcare professional, if you need a second opinion. Once you are satisfied with your choice prepare a list of questions for the doctor, whether it be your delivery or maternity care.

Seek advice from other mums

There are topics that only the experienced parent can offer tips for that you won’t see on TV: leaking pee, baby blues, diminished sex drive are all issues that can arise after giving birth and you will need to know how to cope in case such situations make themselves known to you. Some pregnancies are without their complications, despite what you hear from other mothers’ but their advice may be valuable in the long run. Turn any negatives into positives to ensure  you and your baby can enjoy a healthy, happy time together.

Prepare older siblings

It’s common for an older child to acknowledge the birth of their new sibling by expressing themselves unconventionally by expressing behaviour that may be out of character. Accepting a new life into the family and sharing attention is a tough fact for some children to grasp. Fortunately, you have several months to prepare for any changes so make the most of this time by explaining to children the positives to take from your pregnancy and the roles they must play in your new child’s life.

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