When you find out that you’re going to have your first baby, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next. It’s important to stay calm and properly prepare for your little bundle of joy if you want things to go as smoothly as possible in the future. The following guide provides a few tips you can use to make sure your pregnancy and the birth go well.

Go to the Doctor

Many women make the mistake of thinking that they shouldn’t go to the doctor until they have missed a few periods because they assume that there’s something that they changed in their diet or routine that has caused their cycle to change. This isn’t a good idea. A doctor needs to determine if your little one is growing properly, if there are any issues that need to be addressed and what steps you need to take to ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy.

Read, Read, Read

Educating yourself about pregnancy, childbirth and raising a child will give you peace of mind and make the entire process easier. Take the time to do research online at websites like Pregnancyhealth.net or in childcare books so that you can learn what to expect while you’re pregnant and once the baby comes. You’ll feel much more confident in your abilities as a parent if you’re able to properly prepare yourself during your pregnancy. Reading all the information that you can allows you to ask your doctor any questions that you have so that you can get the clinical answers you need rather than trusting the advice of friends and family.

Don’t Eat for Two

Many first-time moms make the mistake of eating for two when they are pregnant. They assume that they need to eat more in order to provide the baby with the nutrients that it needs. This isn’t true, though. You should eat the same amount of food that you would eat if you weren’t pregnant and the baby will get the same nutrients that it needs and you won’t gain a ton of weight. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal, but you don’t want to gain fifty, sixty or even 100 pounds during your pregnancy. Doing that can lead to complications during the pregnancy and when you give birth. You should only eat when you’re hungry. Eat as many fruits and vegetables that you can. Try to limit your ingestion of junk foods as much as you can to better your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Continue to Exercise

Another common mistake that first time mothers make is that they stop exercising. They think that it’s dangerous for them to exercise because the baby could get injured during their workout. It’s important to stay active during your pregnancy so that your body is as strong as it can be. This will reduce the pain that you have during your pregnancy and help you to be strong enough to push the baby out when the time comes.

You need to consult with your doctor before working out though. There are some women who reach a point in their pregnancy where they must limit their activity. This is to decrease the chances of them going into premature labor. If your doctor puts you on bed rest, you shouldn’t work out in any way.

Prep the Nursery Early

It’s important to get the nursery ready for your little one as soon as you can so that you don’t have to stress about it down the road. Many women assume that they’ll have plenty of time to decorate the nursery, only to have their child arrive early or be put on bedrest and unable to do it. Getting the nursery set up ahead of time allows you to focus on other things later in your pregnancy.

Go to Parenting Classes

It’s common for people to think that they know everything there’s to know about taking care of a baby because they were around children a lot growing up. It’s important to take parenting classes because you’re going to learn new things that could be useful to you in the future. There are many situations that arise with a baby that will be unfamiliar to you.  Going to the classes ensures you have the best chance of being exposed to every possible situation so you’re properly prepared.

Discuss All Birthing Options

There are many birthing options now available to mothers. You need to take the time to inform yourself about all of them so that you can make the best decision possible for your child. It’s important to know that just because you choose a specific birthing option doesn’t mean that’s the one, you’re going to be able to use when the day come. There are many women who have situations arise that require them to have a different birthing option than the one they originally chose.

Discuss Vaccines Ahead of Time

Before your baby is born, you need to decide if you want to have him or her vaccinated or not. It’s best to talk to your doctor and the father to decide if vaccinations are right for your child. You aren’t legally obligated to vaccinate your child, but it’s something that you need to take into consideration. Your doctor can let you know if there are any side effects associated with the vaccinations as well as the pros and cons of each vaccine suggested. This allows you to make an informed decision so you can rest assured you’ve done the best thing possible for your little one.

Having your first child will be one of the most momentous occasions in your entire life. Taking the time to prepare will make the experience less stressful and allow you to focus your attention on your little one rather than worrying about small things.

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Sara T. Loving

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