March 20, 2012

Guest Post - Getting Ready for the Birth of a Baby

For any pregnant woman, it can seem like a lifetime of waiting before her baby will be born. Nine months is a long time, but the baby has a great deal of work to do during the mother's pregnancy. However, babies aren't the only ones who need this time to prepare; their mothers need it too. As the delivery day approaches, there are a number of things that a mom-to-be should start doing in order to prepare for her new baby. Below are some of the preparations to make in advance, as well as on the day of delivery.

When starting to prepare for a new baby, one of the first things that comes to mind for most expectant mothers is
the baby's nursery. Picking out a theme and furniture for the baby is the first real step in making a place for the new baby in the home. Having plenty of diapers and wipes purchased as well as many clean onesies and sleepers will make the room ready for baby to come home.

There is a due date given for every pregnancy. However, it is important that this date only be used as a guide, since a baby can usually be born anywhere between three weeks before and two weeks after his/her due date. This is the reason most women pack a hospital bag up to six weeks before the baby is due. It’s a lot easier to have the bag packed and ready to go, rather than wait until labor starts.

Making sure there is a proper infant car seat installed in the car is a vital part of bringing the baby home after delivery. A hospital will not discharge the newborn if there is no car seat for the ride home. If you’re unsure how to properly install the seat, visit a local fire or police station to have a qualified individual install the seat.  

There are a few more things that every expectant mother should think about prior to labor and delivery. Mom-to-be will want to decide if she is going to breastfeed or bottle feed, as the baby's first feeding will be shortly after birth. The decision whether to use
cord blood banking is something that also needs to be decided prior to the birth. Cord blood banking involves the collection of the baby’s umbilical cord blood immediately after delivery and storing it for potential future use; cord blood is rich in stem cells and can be used in medical treatments. Finally, it is a good idea for expectant mothers to research pediatricians and make sure new patients are being accepted ahead of time, since they usually like to visit the newborn during his/her hospital stay.

Even though a woman may feel like her pregnancy will never end, delivery day will come quickly. By keeping busy with the many preparations, especially towards the end pregnancy, not only will the weeks breeze by, but also everything will be in place when the time finally comes to bring the new baby home.

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."

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