If you are with child, this is obviously a very exciting time for you and your partner, and there is much to learn and prepare, which is something your partner can be involved in. While it is perfectly natural to be apprehensive, Mother Nature has equipped you for every stage of the pregnancy, the birth and raising your child, and here are a few tips from the experts to help you be the best mum in the world.
- Baby Care Products – Of course, you will need an almost unlimited supply of baby soaps, skin creams and lotions, but before you start ordering, you should make it a rule that you only use baby care products that are organic and only contain natural ingredients. Only use products such as GAIA baby shampoo and their impressive catalogue of natural baby care products, all of which are guaranteed to be 100% natural.
- Diet – You must remember that you are now eating for two, and your GP would give you a list of do’s & don’ts regarding what you consume. Obviously, smoking and drinking alcohol are out, at least until after the birth, and make sure you eat your share of fresh fruit and vegetables, which will ensure you have the essential vitamins and minerals you need. It is OK to indulge your cravings, as long as they are suitable, and everything in moderation will ensure your good health. Click here for further reading on the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
- Preparing for the Birth – Your GP and midwife will assist you with the pre-birth preparations, and you should pack your hospital bag with everything you will need during your stay. Skin cream, shampoo, conditioner and some wipes are all must-pack items, along with a couple of nursing bras and lots of underwear.
- Attend Pre-Natal Classes – This will prepare you physically, and besides, you will meet other women who are going through their first pregnancy, which is a morale booster. You should encourage your partner to get involved in as many ways as possible, and if he likes the idea of attending the classes, that’s great!
- Preparing to Bring Baby Home – Of course, while you have been through the ordeal of labour and childbirth, your partner has been busy preparing the nursery at home, and all the essential baby items should be present. A crib, changing table, bath and lots of mats and towels would all be required, along with lots of baby clothes, and then there are the baby care products that you can find online. Here is some Australian government information on having a baby, which you and your partner should read.
- Support Each Other – Becoming parents for the first time means that both you and your partner are in unchartered territory, so to speak, and when things are stressful, you should be there for each other. Most men turn out to be great dad’s and there’s so much he can do during this time of transition.
Of course, there is a wealth of information online and with the help of Google, you can learn all about parenthood and be prepared for this very special time on your life.