If you or your partner is pregnant, then you will have been preparing yourself for birth and bringing your child home for a long time. While it is true that nothing can truly prepare you for what is about to come, there are a few tips that you can follow which should make this experience as smooth as possible. This is the start of an exciting new chapter in your life, and you will want it to start without any issues or problems. This will require careful preparation and planning. Read on for a few tips for managing the birth of your child.
Have A Game Plan
First, you need to know exactly what you are doing when the moment arrives. This will include having a pre-packed bag filled with everything that you need and a plan for how you will get to the hospital. If you are driving your pregnant partner to the hospital, it is a smart idea to have a few practices runs beforehand so that you can establish the best route to take, so that you know how long it will take and so that there is no chance of you getting lost on the way. Having a backup plan is also a good idea as labor could start when you least expect it.
Recognize Early Signs Of Labor
It is not always obvious when you are about to go into labor (unlike the films will tell you), and there is no certain set of events. There are a few early signs to be aware of, however, including the ability to breathe more easily, the need to urinate more, pink discharge, water breaking and contractions starting.
You will also need a support network to lean on during this exciting yet stressful time. This could involve having people at the hospital with you for emotional support or having friends/family that can look after everything outside of the hospital. This could include having somebody looking after your other child(ren), having somebody to feed the pets or informing everyone else that the time has arrived. This will allow you to focus on the birth and ensure that everything is as it should be when you return home with your bundle of joy.
Having a birth plan is a good idea but do not worry if this does not unfold exactly as you wish. You need to carefully listen to what the doctors and midwives say but remember that you do have a say in how to approach the delivery and you should not shy away from speaking up. If there are any pregnancy and/or birth injuries because of the negligence of the staff, you could make a claim and receive compensation with help from specialists like the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk.
Nine months of pregnancy leads up to this moment which can make it a terrifying prospect and your life will never be the same after. Although scary and stressful, you can reduce stress and make the experience as smooth as possible with the above advice so that you can then start this exciting new chapter in your life.