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10 Things You Must Know And Do Before Going Into Labor

8 min | Updated on 08-12-2021 by HappyPreggie

Whether you're expecting your first or fourth kid, giving birth may be an emotional roller coaster. It might be wonderful to have a new baby, but it can also be stressful and daunting. Due to a lack of time, energy, or both, you may find formerly regular duties challenging, especially during the newborn phase.

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To help you out prepare for your baby here are 10 things you must know and do before going into labor that will help you cherish those wonderful, fleeting infant moments.

#1 Take antenatal classes

It's the moment you've been planning for during your pregnancy, but childbirth is stressful and full of unknowns, so it's no surprise that expectant mothers are nervous about labor and delivery. But, as they say, knowledge is power, and childbirth courses may be an excellent opportunity to learn about the birthing process, ask questions, and reduce any anxiety.

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These antenatal classes may also cover newborn and infant care, as well as guide you in the direction of additional resources that will be helpful throughout your pregnancy journey. You could even meet other parents who are expecting you at the same time as you!

In HappyPreggie we have some amazing antenatal service providers who can help you to ease your new journey. So, what are you waiting for! Visit our website’s service section and choose the service best suited for you.

#2 Know the basics of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a learned skill that takes time to master. Many mothers worry about their newborn's feeding and nutrition, especially in the first few days. However, after you've learned it, you'll likely find it to be the most convenient and pleasant way to feed your baby. Don't expect the child to latch on and start feeding right away. It will be a learning process for both of you, and you’re newborn. Prevent difficulties as much as possible by knowing the fundamentals before giving birth. You can learn about different breastfeeding positions here!

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#3 Get a baby crib and arrange the nursery

Every infant requires a safe and secure sleeping environment. Before the baby arrives, purchase and thoroughly set up the crib or bassinet, and use this checklist to create a safe and functional nursery.

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#4 Take some time for you

The time you have before your baby arrives is crucial for more than just ticking items off a to-do list. It's critical to set aside time for yourself, both alone and with your spouse. You'll be completely devoted to your new kid, but you might crave having some alone time or a peaceful moment with your partner. Take advantage of the time before the baby arrives to do the activities you enjoy.

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Before their kids are born, some people take vacations, or "babymoons." If you have the financial resources, time, and energy to devote to this sort of trip, go for it! It'll probably be the final time you can get away without your kids for a long. Make sure you schedule it during a time of pregnancy when traveling is safe.

#5 Start packing your hospital bag

As your due date approaches, you should start thinking about how you'll spend your time at the hospital. Knowing the best routes to the hospital and packing bags to have on hand in case you need to leave quickly are both important considerations. Here is a list of items to consider packing in your hospital bag. Remember that little is more. The majority of your basic needs will be met at the hospital.

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#6 Plan birth announcements

Take some time while you're waiting for labor signs to appear to plan how you'll disclose your baby's arrival to the world. Design a picture card ahead of time, save it as a draft, and fill in the contact information for the people you'll be sending it to. Once the baby arrives, you can easily plug in the birth details and a photo, and the cards may be shipped out before you leave the hospital!

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#7 Make and freeze meals ahead of time

Consider pre-making and storing meals in the weeks preceding up to your due date so you aren't scampering for food or depending on less nutritious packaged and take-out alternatives. Friends and relatives may offer to bring food to meet the newborn, but this is not always the case.

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There are several recipes that are simple to prepare and maybe frozen and reheated. Doubling the recipe for something you're currently eating for supper is an easy way to fill your freezer. Half of it may be enjoyed that night and the other half can be frozen for later.

#8 Wash baby clothes and the essentials

Burp cloths, crib sheets, blankets, and any other materials that will come into touch with the baby's skin should all be washed before he or she uses them. Although you don't have to pre-wash everything in the wardrobe just yet, it's a good idea to prepare at least a week's worth of clothing so you can focus on healing after childbirth. Items should be washed separately with a mild, baby-safe detergent that is free of colors and fragrances.

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#9 Mount the car seat

You and your spouse will be too anxious to read step-by-step directions or think clearly enough to know the car seat is placed correctly when you go into labor. Do it ahead of time, and it'll be ready to go when the delivery day approaches.

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#10 Stock up on essentials for the home

When you're caring for a newborn in his sleep, the last thing you want is to run out of toilet roll. Stash toilet paper, paper towels, safe cleaning goods, and personal care essentials that you use on a daily basis, such as shampoo and soap, before the baby arrives. If shopping in bulk isn't your thing, make use of technology and use subscription services to automate as much as possible.

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Do you agree to our list of 10 things you must know and do before going into labor? Did you find the above-mentioned information helpful? We bet you did! As excited as you are awaiting the baby's arrival, there are some tasks you'll want to complete without the distraction of a wailing newborn. And if you're reading this, you're undoubtedly aware that the time is ticking!

HappyPreggie always tries to keep you updated with helpful information. And not just that, you will find many service providers in HappyPreggie who are ready to help you in this special journey of yours.

If you have found this article informative, you can also read- 10 Early Signs Of Pregnancy and Top Pregnancy Fears That Every New Moms Face.

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