Nine months pass surprisingly fast. It’s better to be prepared when the time comes for you to meet your baby, so here is some advice on how to start planning.

Know more about the birth process:

You probably don’t want to think about labor itself too much, but the more you know about it, the easier it will be to be an active participant and decide what is the best option for you. Why don’t you consider a birthing class? There you will learn about the different ways of giving birth, the stages of labor, options for pain management and breathing techniques. You can also bring your partner along! Alternatively, you can ask your gynecologist any questions you might have regarding giving birth.

Talk about the new baby with your partner or other children:

Now may be a good time to discuss expectations with your partner – both yours and his. The period around childbirth and the first months after may be a stressful period for both of you. Talk about how you will help each other or split chores. If you have older children, you may want to discuss the arrival of their sibling – assure them that they are both very important to you. You can discuss the ways your life will change when the baby arrives. If they’re a bit older, you can talk about how they can become involved with taking care of the newborn.

Talk to your friends who have already given birth:

If this is your first time giving birth, you may have a lot of questions that you don’t feel comfortable asking your doctor. For example, some new mothers experience post-partum depression. While this is a completely normal thing, sharing your worries with someone who will understand is very important. You will not have the same pregnancy as your friends or mother, but if you hear about their experience, you may feel more at ease with yours.

Prepare your bag for the hospital:

The last thing you want to think about when you’re in labor is what to put in your baggage for the hospital. Prepare it in advance and try not to overpack, but bring everything you might need – a toothbrush, shower gel and shampoo, comfortable slippers. If you’re not sure what you might be necessary, you can ask the nurses at the hospital.

Some essentials for when you come back home:

As for what you may need at home when you come back: diapers, wipes, clothing, a safe place for the baby to sleep. If you have decided to wear nursing bras, stock up on those. You really don’t need to own every baby product in the beginning, so don’t fret about it 🙂 Focus on getting used to the new situation and also help the baby adjust.

We would love to hear your thoughts on our list. Which is the most important part of the preparation for childbirth for you?