Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and challenging experiences in a woman’s life. And it can also be one of the busiest as well. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that certain important things are bound to fall through the cracks from time to time. Indeed, it’s just about impossible to prepare for everything you’ll need to know both during and after pregnancy. Fortunately, you can at least take steps to cover some typically overlooked ground. So if you’re expecting, make sure to consider these four oft-overlooked matters –– your future self will thank you!
Sometimes first-born children can sometimes have trouble adapting to a new family paradigm after the birth of a sibling. While there’s no way to predict exactly how your child will react to meeting their new baby brother or sister, you can help mitigate against any tensions that might arise. Be upfront and honest with your eldest child and know that there is plenty of creditable literature available to help you broach the subject.
New Costs and Expenses
Babies can be expensive, plain and simple. Unfortunately, some expecting parents underestimate the cost of certain child-related products or services. Make a list with three collumns and title the collumns Must Have, Really Want and Would Like. Make a list of things you must have, really want and would like, writing them under each heading, deciding what needs to be brand new (mattresses, for example) and what would be okay second hand (like slings or baby bouncers). Use this as your master list to manage the expenses as they come up.
The Physical Toll of Pregnancy
It’s understandable that most expecting and new mothers are entirely consumed with childcare. After all, it’s fairly difficult to focus on anything else both during pregnancy and in the months afterward. However, it’s vital that mothers look after themselves as well. Don’t ignore your own physical well-being if you suffer continual aches and pains in your joints, or if you feel you lack the mobility you once enjoyed. You may even want to consult with an orthopedic surgeon if need be. The bottom line is that you need to make your own health a priority, as difficult as that may seem.
Is your apartment or house ready to welcome a newborn into the fold? Is it big enough to allow for a young child to play safely? Do you have a yard? Have you baby-proofed those areas thatyou feel may need it? These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself about your current living situation. A great tip we were given when Ameli started to crawl was to crawl around the house ourselves. Changing perspective revealed that there were actually a lot of cables on the ground, the beautiful wooden floor could be quite splintery in parts, and there were a few nails sticking out on the thresholds of some of the doors and skirting boards – not a problem for us, but potentially dangerous for a hands & knees explorer!
Becoming a parent for the first or even the second time can be really overwhelming, but thinking about these things and planning ahead can help ease your mind and your worries as you ease into the next stage of your life.