Things to Consider
Personal Info: Last period | Due date | Blood group
You'll be asked for this info many many times so know it by heart!
Exercise / Antenatal Classes
Yoga can be very beneficial for pregnant women — it helps you breathe and relax, which in turn can help you adjust to the physical demands of pregnancy, labor, birth, and motherhood. It calms both mind and body, providing the physical and emotional stress relief your body needs throughout the experience of pregnancy.
Regular walks or a light swim are also a good idea.
Prenatal massage performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Reflexology treatments during your pregnancy proved to be very beneficial.
Spend some quality time with your partner before the little one arrives! This will be a final romantic fling as a couple before venturing into parenthood.
Consider. Discuss with partner. Have fun!
Get pampered and showered with gifts before THE day. Also a fun way to catch up with your girlfriends. Usually done towards the end of the pregnancy but no rules apply - just have fun with it!
Inform yourself and decide weather you want this as an option.
Epidural - yay / nay?
Baby vaccines - what they give at the hospital and whats to follow.
Any tests before checking in?
Doctor / Spouse presence
It may be a good idea to get a midwife for daily visits after homecoming with your newborn, to show you some practical basics, as well as bellybutton care for a few weeks until you're a pro at everything :)
Find your paediatrician beforehand and schedule in the first month visit soon after you give birth.
You may think it's early to look for a babysitter, but once with child you wont have the time to look for a reliable person. So start looking, unless you plan to use grandmas.
Your six - week postnatal check
You should have your postnatal check about six weeks after your baby's birth to make sure that you feel well and are recovering properly.
Weeks: 1 - 12
First trimester planners have dishes that are rich in folate, which is good for your baby's developing nervous system. It also has foods that contain vitamin B6, which can help to ease nausea. In planner four you'll find iron-rich meals. You need iron to keep you well, as your blood volume increases.
Weeks 13 - 27
Second trimester planners highlight dishes that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, which you need to help your baby grow strong bones and teeth. You'll also find dishes containing omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for your baby's brain development.
Weekes: 28 - 40
Third trimester planners highlight dishes that give you real energy boost, just when you need it.
There are also foods that contain vitamin K, which helps your blood to clot. Vitamin K is an important vitamin for birth and breastfeeding.
- The Gentle Birth Method, Dr. Gowri Motha
- What to Expect When You're Expecting, Heidi Murkof
- The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp
- Gentle First Year, Dr. Gowri Motha
- Parenting Frm the Inside Out, Daniel J. Siegel
- What to Expect the 1st Year, Heidi Murkoff
- The Joy of Fatherhood, Marcus Jacob Goldman
- Easiest Way to Grow, Mabel Katz
- Bringing up Bebe, Pamela Druckerman
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