5 Things To Do With Your Partner To Prepare For Your Baby

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The average pregnancy has a duration of about 280 days (or 40 weeks), leaving plenty of time for expecting parents to prepare for the arrival of their baby. Although a lot of lifestyle changes will be necessary for the mother, there are plenty of things to discuss and prepare for as a couple before the birth of your child.

Choose an Obstetrician

Choosing an obstetrician is an important decision not only because this individual will be monitoring your health and the health of your baby throughout your pregnancy, but your obstetrician will also be managing your labor and delivery as well. You will find your obstetrician to be one of your greatest resources for any questions and concerns you may have throughout your pregnancy.

Get Healthy

In order to maintain your health and the health of your baby throughout your pregnancy, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle. This is also true for your partner. It’s important to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and follow a well-balanced diet approved by your healthcare provider. Continuing to adhere to a healthy lifestyle after the birth of your child will create a health-conscious environment that promotes positive decisions regarding your own health.

Talk about Prenatal Testing

Obstetricians are offering women prenatal testing options such as non-invasive prenatal screening, which can be performed using a simple blood draw from the mother.  If you know or suspect that a chromosomal abnormality runs in your family, it’s recommended that you and your partner speak with a genetic counselor.

These tests are not mandatory and the decision to take them is yours. Your doctor and genetic counselor can help you analyze your family medical history as well as talk to you about your prenatal genetic testing options.

Learn About The Birthing Process

Consider taking birthing classes with your partner. The more you learn about the birthing process, the more likely you are to be involved in the process when the time comes. In these classes, you will learn how to identify labor as well as how to use breathing techniques to manage pain.

Another advantage of participating in a birthing class is that it gives you the opportunity to address your fears and relate to other women who may share your concerns. Here, you will gain the confidence you need when delivering your baby.

Make a Decision on Childcare or Extra Help For After the Birth

If demand for childcare is high in your area, it may be useful to start looking at your options months before your baby is born. If you would like to have help from one of your family members after the baby is born, now would be a good time to discuss your thoughts with them and to ask for their help.

Enjoy the Process

This is an exciting time for you and your partner. Enjoy the time together preparing for your baby, but also take time for yourselves to do the things you love.

Resources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-choose-an-obstetrician_1582.bc

http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-life/preparing-for-baby/before-baby-arrives/#page=7

http://www.babycenter.com/0_10-smart-ways-to-prepare-for-your-babys-birth_10328975.bc?page=3

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy/art-20044568

http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-11-936

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