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Having a baby can be an exciting and daunting time in anyone’s life. If you are expecting your first child it can be particularly difficult as you have no experience from which to base what you should be doing or feeling.
Although you may be scared, you need to remember that having a baby is the most natural thing in the world and our bodies are perfectly designed to do this. Babies are born every minute of every day, and you will manage just fine.
Your mind will naturally be filled with so many thoughts from wondering who your baby will grow up to become, how becoming a parent will affect your life, through to worrying about how to deal with all of the problems, the money worries and, the crying babies.
Get Support Throughout Your Pregnancy
There is plenty of support out there for you, and if you reach out you will find numerous people willing and able to help you. This may come in the form of family members, doctors, midwives, social workers, and anti-natal classes. It is important that you go and visit your doctor when you first believe that you are pregnant and then once it is confirmed that you are expecting a baby, you will be signposted to all of the help that you need.
To Find Out The Gender Or Not
A major decision that you will need to make about having your baby is whether or not to find out their gender. Finding this information out will be useful if you want to start thinking ahead about potential baby names. You may also want to start buying clothes, and while it does not really matter about the colors of the items that you buy, many people will prefer to buy pink or blue accordingly.
But for many people, gender is either not important or as parents, they are happy to have a surprise when the baby is born. Have a think about what you want to do and make a decision that suits you and not other people.
Having A Birth Plan
You will need to know where you are going to have the baby and how you will get there once you go into labor. If someone will be driving you there, get them to do a dry run with you to get used to the route, as well as any alternative roads that you can take if there is congestion.
Preparing For Your New Arrival
There will be a lot that you will need to buy and do ahead of your baby being born. Create a list of everything that you will need, from a cot and pram, through to smaller items such as bottles, diapers, and clothes.
Buy things as you go, and wherever possible look for second-hand items that will save you lots of money. With many items only being used for a short period of time as a baby grows, it makes sense to make use of an item that has been previously loved by another family.