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What you need to know about preparing for motherhood

In Features, Motherhood, Pregnancy + Birth, Stories by Nicole Fuge

Preparing for motherhood can be both exciting and challenging. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you navigate this journey.

By Charlotte Cruz

1. Educate yourself

Read books, attend workshops, and join online forums to learn about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. The more knowledge you have, the more confident and prepared you will feel. But just remember that no two journeys are the same – so trust your instinct along the way, it will not fail you.

2. Seek support

Connect with other expecting mamas, join support groups, or speak with friends and family members who kiddies. Sharing experiences and advice can be incredibly helpful.

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3. Develop a birth plan

Consider your preferences for labor, delivery, and postpartum care. Discuss these with your partner, healthcare provider, or a doula, if you choose to have one. A birth plan can help you feel more in control during the childbirth process.

4. Prepare your home

Make sure your living space is equipped for a newborn. You may want to include a safe sleep area, play area, and changing station with nappies, wipes and clothes [for when there’s a changing emergency].

Baby-proofing your home is also a good idea so that you’re prepared ahead of time and have a safe environment for when your baby starts to crawl and explore.

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5. Focus on self-care

Pregnancy and motherhood can be physically and emotionally demanding. Prioritise your own wellbeing by practicing self-care. This might include moving your body, eating nourishing food, prioritising quality sleep, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

6. Prepare for postpartum changes

Your body and emotions are going to continue changing after giving birth. So go easy on yourself. Be kind. Motherhood is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

Also know that postpartum depression and anxiety are common, so don’t hesitate to seek professional help if you just don’t feel yourself.

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7. Strengthen your relationships

Having open communication with your partner is so important as you navigate the changes that come with parenthood. Work together to maintain a strong and supportive relationship, and be prepared to divide responsibilities as you care for your newborn. You are a TEAM!

8. Plan for childcare

If you plan to return to work or need help with childcare, start exploring your options early. This could include researching daycare facilities, interviewing nannies, or discussing arrangements with family members who may be able to help.

Tap into the village that is around you.

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9. Create a financial plan

Raising a child can be expensive, so it’s important to have a financial plan in place. Budget for prenatal care, delivery, baby supplies, and future expenses such as education and extracurricular activities.

10. Enjoy the journey

Becoming a mum is a life-changing experience. Embrace the process, cherish the small moments, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that it’s okay to ask for help and lean on others for support.