Having a baby can be an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time for many soon-to-be-mothers. There is so much to do, so many things to learn, and only so much time. Here are a few things expectant mothers should remember, to avoid getting overly stressed out.
Don’t Try to Learn Everything
Baby books and online resources are a great way to introduce yourself to the world of motherhood before it’s time to jump in for real. However, there is a limit to how much you can learn this way. You’re likely already sleep-deprived and trying to keep up with all the rituals and dietary plans that will keep you and your baby healthy. There’s no need to put extra stress on yourself by trying to learn everything there is to know before the baby comes. If you have spare time and want to be as prepared as possible, reading can help calm your anxieties. Forbes recommends books like What No One Tells You and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. But don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to learn everything there is to know, because most of the important lessons you’ll have to learn on the job.
Remember to Make Time for Your Partner
When you’re expecting it can be easy to get tunnel vision and block out anything that doesn’t have to do with the baby. While you will certainly have to make sacrifices for your child, your relationship with your partner shouldn’t be one of those sacrifices. Your relationship will certainly change; however, you should not let that relationship suffer, otherwise, you and your baby will suffer also. Women who feel supported by their partner during and after pregnancy typically experience less stress and feel happier, which is good for both you and your baby. So, you should remember to make time for your partner in between stressing about formula and future schools and communicate your need for them to do the same.
Prepare for Anything
Childbirth can be a painful, yet ultimately rewarding process. To make that process a bit smoother, it’s important to keep an open mind and prepare for anything. The process typically lasts 12 to 24 hours however it can be longer and shorter depending on the circumstances and the health of the baby. Keep in mind that birth injuries can complicate labor. This refers to an injury that your child suffers during the birth process. Although not incredibly common, birth injuries do happen more than you would think, which is why it’s important to visit a reputable institution to handle your delivery. If your child does suffer a birth injury due to negligence on the part of your doctor or the healthcare facility, the Birth Injury Justice Center has resources that can help you seek justice.