Finding out you’re pregnant and are going to have a baby is a very exciting time in your life. That doesn’t mean you won’t have mixed emotions about it. Of course, you’ll have several questions running through your head right from the start. This is true whether its your first, second baby or fifth!
The unknown can be a bit scary and nerve-wracking, so know that you’re not alone if this is how you’re feeling. What’s important is that you take the time to know and better understand all that goes into preparing for a new baby and what to expect. Enjoy the process and your pregnancy, because it’s sure to go by fast…. Except those last couple weeks of course, which I swear are longer than any other in your life!!
There’s A Lot To Do & Learn
No matter who you are, preparing for a new baby is a tough job. There’s a lot to do and learn especially if you have no experience with kids. This was definitely the case for me!
The good news is that there are countless resources, tools and books both online and offline for you to read. This will give you some confidence in caring for a new born! It can be easy to get yourself overwhelmed and anxious because there is so much advice around. Take it easy on yourself and trust that you will do what’s right for you and your baby!
It Can Be Costly
The truth is that having kids isn’t cheap. You’re likely going to have to adjust your lifestyle a bit when you welcome a new child into your life. One idea is to open a credit card so you can put big purchases on this card and pay it off over time. Rest easy knowing that even if you have bad credit there are options for you out there that you can take advantage of. Take the time to go online and read more about this topic so you can move forward in confidence knowing you’ll be able to cover all the costs that come with welcoming a new baby into your home.
Remember that babies are big business for companies, so don’t feel forced into buying something you don’t think is necessary!
It Takes A Team
Although you may feel all alone at times, it takes a team of people to prepare for a new baby. It’s a wise idea to reach out to your spouse, parents and friends and let them know that you could use an extra hand preparing for your little one. Accept assistance when people offer it to you, people will genuinely be happy to help. All parents need support and encouragement every once in a while.
It’s Important to Take Care of Yourself
Being pregnant, trying to work, taking care of a household and planning for a new baby can be stressful. It’s very important that you commit to taking care of yourself throughout your pregnancy. This includes exercising, eating well and getting enough sleep each night. You’ll have much more energy when you put self-care at the top of your to-do list. After you have the baby, self care is perhaps even more important. So, learn best practices for doing so now while you have the time. Identify when you feel your stress building up and take action right away to reduce your anxieties the best you can before they get out of control.
Others Will Offer Advice
Even when you don’t ask for it, people are going to offer you advice. Be open to listening to them and hearing them out. But, know that it doesn’t mean you always have to take advantage of their suggestions. Mostly, people mean well and are just trying to help. It can definitely be a bit irritating and frustrating when others try to tell you what you should or shouldn’t be doing. Gather all the information you can and then come to your own conclusion. Be prepared that unsolicited advice will continue well after pregnancy and into parenthood!
Work Ahead as Much as Possible
Caring for a newborn is going to take up a lot of your time and energy. So, while resting during pregnancy is super important, being organised is going to help you out big time when the baby arrives. For instance, complete upcoming work tasks, go get your hair done, clean the house and cook and freeze meals. Frozen meals will be your new best friend when the baby arrives! Clearing your plate as much as you can will make things easier when the new baby comes. It will allow you to focus all of your energy on your family!
Your Life is about to Change
The one major piece of information you should know when preparing for a new baby is that your life is about to change drastically. While there will be challenges, there will also be a lot of love to share and go around. You’ll grow and mature as a person and your motherly instincts will kick in right away.
In addition, your relationship with your spouse or partner is going to change as well. Have conversations in advance about how you’ll work together to manage the household and make sure the baby is kept safe and sound. You may have to move schedules around a bit or take some time off of work, so plan in advance and prepare yourself for these modifications to your lifestyle and relationship.
These are a few details that you should be aware of and know about when it comes to preparing for a new baby. Be patient with yourself as you adjust to this new way of life and having a child around your house. Some of it will come easier to you than the rest so do your best and learn from your mistakes along the way. Most importantly, enjoy your precious time with your newborn and be kind to yourself throughout your journey.