15 Things you need to do before going into labour-Your ultimate checklist.

Things you should consider doing before going into labour

The last month of pregnancy is for nesting. That’s when you suddenly have the urge to do stuff and get things done around the house. But what could be the things that you really need to tackle, and get out of your way before the baby comes, is the real question.

Go to the dentist

After your baby comes, getting out of the house will be an errand in itself. Let alone, booking an appointment with the dentist. That’s why it’s worth getting your teeth checked out before you give birth. That way you don’t have to worry about your teeth for at least the first few months after having a baby. When you’re trying to adjust to new routines. 

Get an eye test

That goes hand in hand with the dentist. Eye tests can take a big chunk of your time and having that sorted out before your baby comes is a huge deal. Trust me, you’ll appreciate that you got that out of the way. 

Precook and stock some food in the freezer

While it’s nice to have a nice freshly cooked meal right out of the oven, it cannot be the reality all the time. Especially for moms who don’t have someone else to cook for them after giving birth. I hear you, mama! I went through this myself in both my pregnancies. And in my first time giving birth, I was up cooking right after I came out of the hospital. And let me tell you, it sucks! I didn’t want to eat takeaway when all I needed was soups and homemade meals. But the second time around I filled my freezer with meals I love. And let me tell you, it was the best gift I ever gave to myself. 

Deep clean and declutter your house

If you want to soak in the first weeks with your newborn without unnecessary things to worry about, then you need to declutter and deep clean your house. You’ll thank yourself later. Sure, your house will get messy after having your baby. But having minimal stuff to work with and having a clean house can help immensely. Things like clearing up the kitchen cupboards, sorting out the laundry and getting rid of extra clothes and knick-knacks will minimize the time you spend cleaning up after having your baby. 

Prepare the changing station

The first few months with a baby are all about feeding and changing nappies. And having a good system set up can help make things easier for you. When you set up a changing station or multiple stations around your house, you’ll save yourself a lot of time trying to look for things around.

Learn to use your breast pump before your baby comes

Oh, man! I can’t stress this one enough. Breastfeeding is already a hard adjustment. Adding a breast pump to the equation will make it extra difficult. Believe me, it can be PAINFUL! Use your breast pump for at least a week prior to having your baby to give yourself the time to adjust to it and to see how you like it. You might end up hating the one you have and you may want to try another one. But most importantly, you’ll get used to it before you actually start producing milk which is a plus. 

Prepare your breasts for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally to all women. And even if it does, you’ll still experience cracked nipples and engorged breasts at some point. That’s why it’s very important for you to prepare your breasts long before you start your breastfeeding journey. You can use oils or nipple cream. Gently massage the area once or twice a day and try pulling your nipples out while doing your massage to prevent inverted nipples

If you have other young children, prepare some activities for them in advance

Having a newborn is not only a huge adjustment for the mom but it can be such a stressful time for your other kids. Especially if they’re still young and they’re used to depending on you for entertainment. That’s why it’s worth preparing and planning a month’s worth of activities for them to keep them busy and entertained. 

Read about baby blues and postpartum depression before your baby comes

Postpartum depression or baby blues are quite common among new moms. It’s such a lonely and difficult time to go through. And I feel like It’s not a topic that’s talked about enough with expecting mothers. Try and read as much as you can about it and prepare yourself mentally for it. You’ll get through it, but it’s worth reading and talking about it to your family and friends who have been through it too, or your midwife before having your baby. 

Do as much laundry as you can

Well, laundry isn’t actually a one-off task. There’s always something to put into the washing machine. You can do laundry every day and still have a pile of stuff waiting to be washed. But washing things like sheets and curtains and things that don’t regularly get washed can help minimize the amount of laundry you’ll have to deal with afterwards. 

Join some breastfeeding classes

You may think that breastfeeding is simple, you just put your baby on the boob and that’s it. But the reality is, this is not how it works. Yes, your baby knows that they need to suck on something, but this doesn’t make it easy for the mother. Because you’ll have to be familiar with holding a newborn and you’ll have to find a good position to breastfeed.

Especially if you’re a first-time mom. Things can also get complicated, like having a cracked nipple or your baby having a tongue tie or you’re still struggling to sit properly because of stitches down below. Taking a class will give you the basic knowledge of how to breastfeed and it’ll give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about breastfeeding. 

Prepare your body for birth

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Once you hit the 36 weeks mark, You’re due to have your baby anytime after that. That’s why it’s so important to prep your body for labour. Check this article to learn more about how you can prepare your body for a smooth and easy delivery

Educate your partner and get him involved in classes. Create a plan for him to follow after you give birth. 

We’ve been talking a lot about what YOU need to do to prepare for labour. But your partner needs to do some preparation too. It’s a team job after all, right? It’s quite beneficial for both you and your significant other to have a discussion about who needs to do what and who is responsible for what after the baby comes. The weeks following birth can be chaotic and stressful.

That’s why, your man should get on board and learn some basics like cleaning the house, changing the baby’s nappy, making basic meals and helping you with other chores. Your partner should also enrol in birth classes to learn about birth and breastfeeding and other things that are important to be aware of. Because after all, he’s your primary support and he should be present in every aspect of the whole birth experience. 

Prepare your birth plan and have your hospital bag ready

If you’re going to take anything from this article, it should be preparing your birth plan and getting your hospital bag ready. Because those two are the most important things that are going to make your labour experience a bit better. I can’t emphasize enough how important to have a birth plan, it’s your voice when you’re in labour. And your hospital bag is what will make your hospital stay much comfier. 

Make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and vitamins

A healthy mommy equals a healthy baby. During your whole pregnancy, you need to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and vitamins to help support your immune system and give you the strength to bear your baby. And towards the end of your pregnancy, this should be your top priority. Make sure you’re having your daily supplements and you’re eating a healthy varied diet full of proteins and vitamins. Doing so, will give you the energy to push during labour and give your body the ability to heal faster after giving birth. 

Pamper yourself

The last weeks of pregnancy should only be for resting and pampering yourself. Get your nails done, get a fresh haircut, go to a spa, get a massage or just chill at home and watch your favourite shows. That way, you’re preparing yourself mentally and relaxing your body for labour.

The takeaway

Bearing a baby is a huge blessing that not all women get to experience. It’s such a difficult time to go through. But in the end, it’s all worth it. Growing another human inside of you is a miracle and giving birth to your baby is another level of sacrifice.

Every inch of your body should be celebrated for being able to nurture and carry your baby. That’s why it’s important to take care of it as much as possible. Whether you have your baby vaginally or through a c-section, it doesn’t really matter. What matter is that both you and your baby come out of it safely.

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