A mother’s to-do list often seems never ending. “I feel like I chase my tail most days. Just when I think one list is taken care of, I realize I get to start all over the next day!” says Bridget Winters, Overland Park mom. When you add the list of what needs to be done to prepare for a new addition, it can be truly overwhelming. Have no fear: Your step-by-step guide on what to watch for and what to take care of is here for you!
Well, they don’t call it labor for nothing. Bringing Baby into the world is often considered one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, works of a woman’s life. Preparing for labor, then, may be one of the wisest uses of your time as you anticipate your little one’s pending arrival.
Moms usually know best, especially when it comes to food. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: “Eat your vegetables!” I never really understood the importance of eating my vegetables until I was well in adulthood and taking a health promotions class in graduate school. The truth is that fruits and vegetables can actually save your life. And what better life to save than your unborn child’s?
Most moms-to-be find themselves afraid of some element of pregnancy or childbirth, whether it be the unknown or a repeat of undesirable past outcomes. However, when fear takes the driver’s seat in a pregnancy, it can actually cause harm instead of preventing it.
Parents do many things to prepare for the arrival of a new baby: decorate the nursery, buy a car seat and stroller, select a name and so much more. No matter how much preparation you do, the unexpected can happen. For a variety of reasons, you could find yourself in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) sitting by your newborn baby.