The following is from a guest blog post I was asked to do for Sarah from Boutique Baby Photograhy.
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Congratulations – you’re pregnant! Now what?
Finding out you’re going to be welcoming a new little being into your life is an exciting time, but it
can also be a little overwhelming and you may find yourself wondering what to expect.
Your life is going to change in almost every way possible, and there really is no way to be 100%
prepared for how big an impact this little baby is going to have on every aspect of your being.
But there are some things you can do now to help make this transition a little smoother.
Here are my five suggestions to help you get off to the best possible start as a new parent.
- Empower yourself with knowledge. Research everything, from birth choices and
breastfeeding, to baby schedules or the latest ‘must have’ gadgets. This may seem like
information overload, but the key is to trust your instincts, and do what feels right for you.
YOU are the one who knows what’s best for your baby and your family. Have faith in
- Consider hiring a doula. A doula can provide invaluable informational, emotional and
physical support to you and your family through pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period.
Statistically, having the support of a doula can help you have a better birthing experience,
and may even reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression.
- For the Dad-to-be, obviously your main priority is to support your partner, but it’s wise to
seek support for yourself too. This is a big change for you also! Find someone you can talk
to, whether it’s your own father, your friends, or even head along to a ‘Beer n Bubs’
information session. Being a father is a big responsibility so it’s important you have a
support network too.
- Think beyond the birth. It’s a good idea to assemble a support team for after baby’s arrival.
There is no shame in seeking help while you adjust to life as new parents. This is a sacred
time for you to bond as a new family, so let others stack the dishwasher and fold laundry.
It’s also wise to learn about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, although natural, can be very
challenging! Go along to a local ABA meeting and network with other Mums while you’re at
it. Some of these women may even end up on your support team.
- My final tip is to simply enjoy and embrace it all. Celebrate this new life you are creating.
Take photos. Journal. Write letters to the baby. Pamper yourself. And spend time with your
partner marvelling at the changes that are taking place. This is certainly one heck of a ride
you’re in for, but I promise you, it’s absolutely worth it.
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