How to Emotionally Prepare for the Arrival of Your Baby

Welcoming your son or daughter into the world will be a life-changing event. It is perfectly natural to feel a mix of emotions both during pregnancy and after childbirth, which can range from excitement and joy to fear and ambivalence.

While it is almost impossible to know exactly how you will feel once your child arrives in the world, here are some helpful tips on how to emotionally prepare for the arrival of your baby.

Have a Plan in Place
Becoming a parent is like making a huge leap into the unknown. It is impossible to predict the many ways your life will change throughout the years, which is why you must have a plan in place to prevent increased feelings of stress or anxiety.

For example, you should aim to pay off your debts to avoid a financial burden hanging over your family, and you should set aside a minimum of three to six months’ salary to improve your financial security during maternity.

It might also be possible to discuss a flexible working schedule with your employer to maintain a greater work/life balance, so you can easily adjust to parent life.

Know Your Options
While no parent would like to think about their child entering the world with a medical complaint, it’s important you are aware of the different treatments and options available, if this is the case.

While the likelihood is you will welcome a perfectly healthy, happy baby into the world, there are some instances when a child might experience a medical complaint you’ll need to watch out for, such as developing new-born jaundice after two or three weeks or Erb's Palsy following a difficult labour.

Care for Your Mind and Body During Pregnancy
Pregnancy will almost definitely take its toll on your mind and body, especially as you enter your third trimester. Not only might you experience intense physical fatigue, but it is possible you will suffer from troublesome aches and pains, a lack of sleep, and emotional worry ahead of becoming a parent.

It is imperative to take care of yourself throughout every trimester. Doing so can create a healthy, happy body for both you and the baby, and you might be more mentally and physically prepared for parent life. To care for your health:

* Go for a walk in the outdoors
* Enjoy a quick nap
* Treat yourself to an early night
* Try yoga 
* Meditate

Cut Yourself Some Slack
Many new parents worry if they will be able to perfectly care for their baby. It is, however, important to realise that there is no such thing as the perfect parent, and you are going to make mistakes from time to time.

This doesn’t mean you are a bad parent. It just means you’re human and are adjusting to your new normal. If you’re committed to caring for your child, you’re doing a good job, so understand you’ll need to cut yourself some slack when stress starts to rise.

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