Embarking on the journey of pregnancy is a blend of excitement and, let’s be honest, some exhaustion! To ensure you feel supported and thrilled about this new chapter, here are a handful of tips to guide you after that positive result.
Tip 1: Assemble Your Support Team
Choosing between a Midwife or an OB/GYN may not feel like a monumental decision, but it’s a step worth taking early in pregnancy. The sooner you have a care provider, the more you can dive into questions, enroll in classes, and relish the pregnancy experience. Don’t forget to consider adding a doula to your team, whether they provide in-person or virtual services. They excel at managing communication between you and your providers during birth, offering invaluable support during this exciting journey.
Tip 2: Embrace Curiosity and Seek Information
Pregnancy and childbirth can be understood without unnecessary fear. Your provider is your go-to resource for any question, big or small. Whether you’re curious about breastfeeding, crafting a birth plan, or finding a pediatrician nearing delivery, all inquiries are welcome. Be honest with your care team about your comfort levels and needs — they’re there to support you and safely bring your baby into the world.
Tip 3: Birth Preparation as a Shared Experience
Surprisingly, birth preparation can be a bonding activity with your partner or support person. Consider attending virtual classes together, even if it’s about something as specific as breastfeeding. The more knowledge they gain about parenting and how to lend a hand, the smoother the transition into parenthood will be. Strengthen your connection as you both anticipate the arrival of your little one.
Tip 4: Connect with Your Birthing Center
Once you’ve decided on the type of birth you prefer (consulting your provider is always a good idea!), reach out to your birthing facility. Given the changes brought about by COVID-19, especially in hospitals and birthing centers, inquire about their support person policy, virtual tour options, permitted items, parking details, nursery operations, and post-birth stay duration.
Tip 5: Prioritize Self-Care
Now is the time to load up on essential vitamins, establish self-care routines, and indulge in ample sleep. Communicate openly with your partner or support person about stress reduction strategies, and let them know how they can assist. Activities like self-massages, joining support groups, embracing a healthy diet, and leisurely walks can be both calming and beneficial. Remember, you’ve got this — enjoy every moment of this incredible journey!