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Tips to Get Ready for Pregnancy

A Few Things to Consider When Thinking About Motherhood

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It's common for first-time mothers to focus on their impending bundle of joy and less about the pregnancy itself or what happens after the birth. It's difficult to imagine anything besides how we'll decorate the nursery and what we will name our baby. But a lot will change when you get pregnant. And even more will change after the delivery. To lessen the shock of parenthood, we offer a few practical steps to physically, and mentally, prepare for baby.

Tips to Get Ready for Pregnancy

Observe Other Parents. If you know someone who has recently had a baby, spend time with her. This will give you a bird's-eye-view of what you can expect with your new baby. You can get some pointers on feedings, bathing, changing diapers, and dressing. Spending time with a friend or relative who is pregnant can also give you some perspective on what your own pregnancy may be like.

Plan Financially. Having a baby means you're going to have to get your finances in order. A lot of moms struggle with earning less money than before they were pregnant.

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And if you are like a lot of mothers, you may decide to not go back to work. You will have to take a close look at your budgets now that there may be just one income in your home.

Attend a Birthing Class. Birthing classes can help you prepare for baby. There’s a lot to know about labor and delivery, and these classes can walk you through the process as well as introduce you to other expecting parents. Your local hospital should be able to provide you with birthing classes and other useful resources to create your own birthing plan. 

Maternity Leave. Don't feel guilty. A lot of mothers return to their full-time jobs after having their baby. You need to have a frank conversation with someone in your human resources department to know exactly what your company offers as far as maternity leave. Have your partner discuss the same options with their employer, too. Many companies offer both maternity and paternity leave, though they are not legally obligated to pay you during that leave. Look up “Family Medical leave Act” to see what your rights are and how to use them.

Visit Area Daycare Facilities. If you are planning to go back to work, you will need someone to watch after your new baby. This is not an easy decision and should be one you choose wisely. Ask other moms which daycare providers they prefer because referrals are oftentimes the best options.

Flexible Work Schedule. There are some employers out there who will work with your schedule. They understand that you need to find a balance between work and being a new mom. Talk openly about your situation.

 
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