When not properly planned for, having a baby can cause anxiety and stress, especially in first-time mothers, as opposed to relaxing and taking it easy during this time. There’s often so much to do with so little time and sometimes with a limited budget. All of a sudden, everyone has an opinion – water birth or no water birth; they leave you wondering whether your initial decision to go with a home-delivery was a wise one. Let’s not forget the all-important task of choosing a healthcare provider; because no law says you have to stick with your current provider. There are all these decisions to make and frankly, it can tire anyone out.
The objective of this post therefore, is to make the experience as worry-free as possible for you. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing; that feeling you get when you feel your baby kick for the first time is one that cannot be aptly described. Whispering sweet little nothings to your baby while still in the womb, seeing those ultrasound images of your baby, holding your baby for the first time…these are all precious moments that should not be ruined by the million and one decisions you have to make in anticipation of your baby’s arrival.
So if you are a first-time mom, you would probably find this simple guide from Dr. Thiara at MidAtlantic OBGYN on preparing for the arrival of your baby quite useful; and without further ado, here are some important decisions you want to make.
- In the first three months, you want to start taking your prenatal supplements. Prenatal supplements are vitamins and minerals that help your baby develop properly; they include calcium, folic acid, Vitamin D, and iron.
Prenatal vitamins also ensure that the mother is not lacking sufficient nutrients for her own body, as well as babies solely, rely on the nutrients they get from their mothers. This could leave the mother anemic in the case of insufficient iron.
- Decide on a health care provider – Scout around for a good OBGYN, talk to people about their experiences with their doctors, read reviews, consider the distance between your home and the clinic, find out what payment plans they offer and how much insurance coverage you get. This is one decision, you would need to make really fast as you want to be sure that the doctor is involved at the earliest time possible.
- As your pregnancy progresses, you should get tested for gestational diabetes, this is important because if you test positive, it could mean that the fetus could experience overgrowth which can lead to all sorts of complications down the line. This test usually takes place around the 26th week or earlier if you have a history of diabetes.
You also want to do the multiple marker screening, a test that screens for possible defects such as Spina Bifida and Down syndrome in the fetus.
- Don’t forget to enroll in educational classes for child birthing, while you set up a birthing plan alongside. A doctor should be able to provide you with the necessary information.
- Finally, make the necessary changes to your diet; cut down on the caffeine and say goodbye to raw meat and unpasteurized milk. To make things easier, here’s a great nutrition guide for pregnant women you should checkout; let us know what you think.
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