As you get ready for your new bundle of joy to arrive, chances are you have spent the last few months preparing for anything and everything baby related. From going to doctors’ appointments and changing your diet to buying baby clothes and supplies, it’s safe to say that you’re absolutely ready for the new family addition to arrive. But have you given any thought to labor, and how you as a new mother need to prepare for one of the toughest, but most beautiful times in your life?
Labor, while hard, is a wonderful thing, especially if you are adequately prepared and know what to expect. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you prepare for stress-free labor.
Protect yourself with insurance.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, it’s important that you invest in pregnancy insurance. This insurance option will cover the mother’s healthcare during the pregnancy, as well as any costs associated with labor. Depending on your plan, there may even be an option for your new child to be insured for the first few months of their life. While it can be especially expensive to give birth and to receive adequate prenatal care when pregnant, pregnancy insurance will help to give you peace of mind that you are taken care of.
Take a class.
There are plenty of prenatal and labor classes that will help you prepare for what to expect during labor. These classes are great for you to ask any question you may think of because when it comes to a safe pregnancy and delivery, no question is stupid! Plus taking a class is an awesome way to meet other expecting mothers and create a support group during this time.
Choose your birth setting.
Take this time to sit down with your partner and choose the right birth setting and birth team for your wishes. This could mean anything from home birth to using a doula for hospital delivery. While you can allow yourself time to explore all the options, it is a good idea to make these choices as soon as you can, just so you can adequately prepare and get your team of medical professionals in alignment.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Remember, what worked for other moms may not work for you. It can be hard not to compare yourself to other moms and consider what worked well for them and what didn’t. However, each woman is different, has different needs, and may require separate preparations than her peers. Just focus on what works well for you and your baby.
Treat yourself with some shopping.
A growing body requires a new wardrobe! Make sure to think of your comfort when pregnant, and choose pieces that can easily transition with your growing body. Items like petite maxi dresses and tunic tops can be easily worn throughout the pregnancy and after, which makes them great pieces to invest in. Don’t forget the mommy-and-me outfits, either!
Get and stay active.
Labor is physical activity, so you’ll want to amp up the physical activity during your pregnancy so you are adequately prepared for what’s to come. Simple cardio exercises, such as walking around the block can be helpful, as are some easy abdomen strength training. Or, if you are feeling a bit adventurous, take a pregnancy-focused exercise class for some extra motivation. Talk to your gynecologist or medical provider about what fitness options are best for you, and get to sweating!
When you follow these tips, you will be prepared for labor and to welcome your new bundle of joy into this world.