If you have just discovered you are expecting a baby, this is obviously a cause for some celebration, and for the first time in your life, you will be directly responsible for bringing a new life into this world, which can seem a little daunting. Here are a few tips to help with the transition from woman to mother.
- Do some online research – The Internet is a wealth of information, and for expecting mums, there are many free resources, with tips of healthcare that will help you as you progress through your term. You can read about diet, exercise and other aspects of motherhood that will come into play, and when you meet the midwife for the first time, have a set of prepared questions to ask.
- Don’t forget keepsakes – Many years in the future, when your kids have grown up with families of their own, you should have a few customised pregnancy keepsakes, which can be found at the online baby gift store.
- Visit your family doctor – This is essential, and your GP will refer you to a midwife, while checking that all is well. If you have a local community centre, this would be where the midwife works, and your doctor will refer you. The doctor would also give you dietary advice, what not to consume and things you should eat, as well as arranging for scans at the local hospital. If you and your partner would like to know the gender of your baby, you can have inexpensive tests done, which will enable you to buy blue or pink baby clothing, plus these tests screen for Down Syndrome and other genetic disorders. If you are considering enjoying your time with your partner before the little one comes, here are some holiday ideas for the future.
- Official announcement – If you are person who follows tradition, you should inform family and friends, and with online suppliers, you can find great birth announcement cards that also double as great keepsakes. Online shopping is cheaper and with free delivery, the items are delivered to your door, which is ideal during the pandemic. If you are planning a baby shower, make sure to prepare everything in advance, to allow people to fit you into their busy schedule.
- Don’t forget exercise – Just because you are pregnant, that doesn’t mean you have to sit around all day, indeed, you need exercise now more than ever, to prepare your body for the transition that is shortly coming. A morning walk is always a good start to the day, and remember to stay hydrated, especially in the summer, and if you fancy a rest, you should sit down for a while, to take the weight off your feet. Being pregnant means you should keep abreast of the current Covid-19 situation in Australia, just to make sure you minimise the risk of infection.
This is an exciting time and with the help of family and friends, your pregnancy will be a great experience that ends with the birth of your first child and the start of happy family life.