One of the biggest lifestyle changes we will face is when we welcome our first child into the world. Going from being a single adult, responsible only for yourself, to a parent is a huge step, and the more you prepare before your baby’s birth, the more you will be prepared for your baby! While parenting itself is a long journey that can be very hard and tiring, to be ready for this major change, having all the equipment, knowledge, and support that you need can make all the difference.
Know When You Are Due
When you first get your positive test result back, you will be full of emotion. Welcoming a new bundle of joy into your life is thrilling and frightening at the same time. What do you do? What are your next steps? How do you get from point A to point B? Unlike with many other things in your life, your baby will come no matter how prepared you are for it. That is why your next step after telling your partner and your closest friends and family is to use a due date calculator so that you can more accurately predict when to expect your baby.
Doing this will help you work out, not only when you should start painting the nursery, but also when you should start attending your birth class and more.
Going to Your Doctor
If you have been actively trying to conceive, you should have visited your doctor beforehand. By visiting your doctor, it can give you the time to get tested for common diseases and warning traits that could affect the baby. If you haven’t, that’s okay, but it’s time to visit your doctor now. He or she will advise you on the lifestyle changes you need to make, as well as schedule your future checkups to keep an eye on the health and development of both you and the baby.
Be as Healthy as Possible
Your health is vital for carrying the baby, but making and keeping healthy habits goes so much further than that. Being healthy after you give birth can give you the energy and ability to be the best parent you can. Being healthy now and keeping those habits can also improve your lifespan and your quality of life as you age. To start, talk with your doctor about what diet changes you should make. Pregnant women, in particular, should take Vitamin B9 in the form of folic acid, as this helps prevent serious congenital disabilities.
Preparing Your Home
Creating the nursery is one of the best parts about preparing for your new baby. You can choose the color, the crib, and so on. What you should never forget, however, is to also stock up on the supplies that you will need. Diapers, formula, blankets, wipes and so on are all an essential commodity, especially in the first few weeks after returning home.
The earlier you start saving for your baby’s college fund, the better! The only thing you need to make sure is that you can make consistent monthly deposits to the account. Other ways you will have to prepare financially include the day-to-day costs of raising another person. This will mean more food, clothes, activities, and supplies. Having savings now to help support this can be a great help, just remember to keep adding to it so that you always have a financial buffer.