What is the thing to keep it ready for the day of Delivery?
Your delivery time is close and in a few days, your baby will be in your arms. It would be a lapse of judgment to think that babies are prepared for the world.One wrong decision can be harmful to them. As parents, you should prepare yourself for your little one’s arrival. Some of the activities that you should do, when you enter the third trimester that will help you with your delivery day:
- Be Familiar with your Hospital or Birth Center:
Being familiar with the hospital makes the labor and birth of the child, less intimidating. You can even pre-register in the weeks before your delivery so that you don’t have to sign a bunch of releases and permission forms when you are in labor.
Prepare Yourself for the Labour Pain:
Every woman’s experience, with pain and tolerance capacity, is different. You should decide whether you want pain medication during childbirth or natural birth.
Know the Stages of Labour:
It is observed that for first-time, moms labor takes an average of 3 to 12 hours depending on their capacity. For the women who have previously had a normal birth, labor takes an average of 2 to 8 hours.
Select a Doctor for your Baby:
Get the names of the best Pediatrician for the baby, as your baby will have his or her first doctor’s visit shortly after birth. You can get the list of pediatricians or family practitioners from family members, friends, neighbors or your co-workers.
Line up helpers:
Make a list of people who can offer help and divide the task accordingly.
Wash your baby’s clothes:
All the clothes that you have bought for your baby or received as gifts should be washed to remove any irritants in the fabric.
Keep track of your baby’s movements:
Have a track on baby’s movements and let your doctor know if there is any decrease in the movement. If there is less movement that means there is a problem and you need to visit the doctor to check your baby’s condition.
Create Room for your Baby:
Make arrangements for the new baby. Get a baby bed, a new cupboard or space in your present cupboard, exclusively for baby’s clothes, etc.
Do Some Exercise:
Stretching makes your body flexible and prevents your muscles from tightening. It makes you feel relaxed.
Baby’s Car Seat:
If you are planning to get the baby home in a car, then you should install a baby car seat.
Attend Classes:You can attend different classes like childbirth class, baby care class, breastfeeding and infant CPR. Many hospitals offer these classes. (If abroad)
Pack your Hospital Bag:
Imagine that you are just a week into your nine months and one day in the middle of the night you wake up to relieve yourself and your water bag breaks. Your partner calls an ambulance and rushes you to the hospital. But after some time you realize that you have come empty-handed to the hospital; you didn’t get your bag! You will realize the importance of a hospital bag when you need it.
You need to carry the following things in your delivery bag:
Necessary Documents: You need to fill up all the necessary documents like hospital forms, ID proof, and insurance card.
Apparel: Do not buy new dresses for your delivery day, use the old ones because the dress would get stained with blood and fluids during labor. Get dresses with front buttons so that they can be unbuttoned easily for breastfeeding the baby.
Footwear: Carry a pair of slippers that are comfortable to wear during the hospital stay.
Massage Oil: You should carry a massage oil that can be used to massage your back and legs during contraction pains.
Pillows: Carry a few pillows that will make you feel comfortable while relaxing between contractions and also for breastfeeding.
Accessories: Carry hair clips, bath towels, and moisturizers that you need every day.
Toiletries: Items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap that you need every day should be placed in an easily accessible box.
• A flask for warm water and a glass and a plate.
• A towel and a Napkin.
List of items that should be packed for the baby:
• A packet of diapers.
• Blanket to keep your little one warm.
• Muslin cloth to wipe, when the baby passes stools.
• Baby’s clothes and a pair of socks and a cap depending on the season.
Having things ready gives you a sense of relief. Keeping all necessary things will lessen your burden when you have to rush to the hospital. Moreover, your partner will be less worried and can stay by your side, when you need him the most, rather than running around to gather things. Be prepared as you can expect your angel at any time!