We celebrate many things. We celebrate getting high scores in an exam. We celebrate getting married. We celebrate birthdays. We celebrate getting a job promotion. We celebrate being single. Most of all, we celebrate babies. Every one of us, despite our country, our race, our beliefs, our gender and our religion, celebrate when one of ours is pregnant. It’s a happy occasion, having a baby, especially to the parents. They become overprotective. They start reading books about pregnancy and what to expect. They give up smoking and drinking. They let go of certain habits to ensure the baby is healthy, without complaining. They tell everyone they know about them expecting a baby. They browse the internet for articles that can help them be better prepared, like this one.
Be Prepared for the Labor
The most important thing when it comes to being prepared for the baby, is being prepare for the labor. You’re probably worried and stressed about it being painful, which it will be. But if you’re prepared for what is to come, you can stop worrying too much. Talk to your obstetrician and get to know what is exactly going to happen and ask him how you could prepare for it. Make sure you have all the important numbers saved, like your partner’s and your immediate family members’ and your doctor’s. Be mindful to prepare an emergency bag with all the things you need if you go into labor unexpectedly.
Choose a Hospital
Choose where you want to have the baby, as soon as possible. If you want to make sure you and the baby will get the best care possible, choose a private hospital. Talk to your doctor about it and get their advice. Make yourself familiar with all the ways you could reach the hospital. Choose the shortest way, with a less amount of traffic as your best choice. You can’t drive yourself to the hospital. It could be dangerous and risky. If your partner is unable to drive, ask your friends and families and choose a driver from them. Tell the one you choose to be on alert for a call from you at all times, and make sure you they’re very careful drivers.
Babyproof the House
Being prepared for a baby means you have to prepare your house for the baby too. Babyproof the house. Don’t wait until the last minute to do it. You won’t have any time to do it after the baby is born. Buy everything you need for the baby and prepare a nursey for him. Clean your house from the attic to the basement until there is no dust is in sight. Don’t try to do everything yourself however. Get help from your partner, your family and friends. If not, hire professional help.