Checklist to Get Ready For a Baby’s Arrival
When you and your partner realize you are pregnant, that means you have 9 months to get things ready for the highly awaited addition to your family.
But once you break the exciting news to your family and friends, it usually means that you will be swamped with suggestions and ideas and advice about what-to-do and what-not-to-do and what-they-used-to-do and what-you-ought-to-do – and things can often get a little overwhelming and confusing.
So to help make things a little easier for you, we put together a useful checklist that you may find useful for the next few months:
- Set up an appointment with your doctor and make sure you don’t miss any appointments and tests for the next few months especially
- Ask your doctor about what supplements you ought to be taking. Put a reminder on your phone to help you remember to take them on time and regularly
- Ask your doctor about any special pregnancy classes that you may want to attend
- If this is comfortable for you and your partner, start buying things that your baby will need
- If you are employed, find out about the maternity leave you are entitled to and make sure you give your boss sufficient notice about the same
- Eat healthy meals
- Ask your doctor about what physical activity is good for you
- If you smoke, ask for help to quit
- Refrain from alcohol
- If you crave certain foods, make sure they are healthy choices
- If you’d like, start noting down possible baby names
And as the day approaches,
- Keep your hospital bag ready
- Ask your doctor about the signs of labour
- Decide which hospital/maternity home you will give birth in
- NHS Choices. Your pregnancy to-do list. Stay organised throughout your pregnancy http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/to-do-list-pregnant.aspx.