Baby birth is the most awaited moment in everybody’s life. You have endured the first two trimesters and are now nearing the due date.
However, there are lots of things that need to be taken care of before the baby arrives.
This can be as varied as creating a warm & cozy place for the baby, preparing yourself & essentials for the delivery and knowing the local birth registration process.
Preparing yourself is important because the post-delivery scenes back at home can be tiresome and lack of sleep could be challenging.
A better idea is to get yourself and the home ready for the baby beforehand. This will save you a lot of effort, ultimately bringing in comfort and time for your baby.
You know your surroundings better, but here are some of the things you should keep in mind before the baby arrives.
With your second trimester getting over, you need to get ready for the ultimate moment. This is the time when you should look beyond your routine 30-minute walk.
You need to check specific exercise and prenatal yoga that will help you lessen the labor pain and help deliver safely. Like the supported Matsyasana that can help you deliver normally.
Now it is time to turn all your dream nursery ideas into reality. This means you need to have comfortable, clean & safe areas where your baby could get right hygiene for healthy growth.
You may have worked a lot on the crib & rocking chair, but do not forget about getting bacteria-free walls as your baby will need quality air for a healthy life. We do not clean walls on a daily basis like we clean the floor, and bacteria can stick to walls that may cause infection to your kid. A simple solution is to get anti-bacterial paint that not only gives a great and luxurious finish to your walls but also provides protection against harmful bacteria.
Asian Paints Royale Health Shield kills 99%# of the infection-causing bacteria on walls. The Silver Ion Technology in the paint has been recommended* by the Indian Medical Association. Also, it has a wide range of colors to choose from.
Other things that the nursery needs to pay attention to, are waterproof mattress covers, pillows, blankets, bumpers, diapers, wipes, and linens, furniture with deep shelves, bins and baskets.
#3. Check With Your Doctor For The Birth Type
Depending on your and baby’s health, you need to check with your doctor for the birth type. The common birth options are:
A. Vaginal Birth
Vaginal birth is best when you have a low-risk pregnancy and your baby is in the head-down position. The birth option helps you avoid the risk of surgery
B. Natural Birth
Natural birth is where you rely on techniques such as relaxation and controlled breathing for pain.
C. Scheduled Cesarean
Scheduled Cesarean post 39 weeks helps you avoid birth dates that associates with grief (death anniversary of a loved one) or any other past traumatic event.
D. Unplanned Cesarean
Unplanned Cesarean delivery is for critical situations like fetal distress for lack of oxygen or when the baby is in a breech position (bottom first instead of head first).
E. Vaginal Birth after C-Section (VBAC)
Compared with having another C-section, the second time to be moms can choose VBAC.
The delivery method involves no surgery and a quicker return to normal daily activities.
F. Scheduled Induction
Labor induction is when your doctor gives you medicine or uses other methods, like breaking your water (amniotic sac), to make your labour start.
Scheduled induction is beneficial when your health or your baby’s health is at risk or if you’re two weeks or more past your due date.
It is always better to keep your hospital bag ready while you still have time in hand. You do not know when you have to rush.
Below is the list of essentials that gets you ready for labor, delivery and nursing.
Essentials for you:
- Dressing Gowns
- Nursing Tops
- Breastfeeding Accessories
- Nursing Pads
- Diaper Bag
- Maternity Lingerie
- Hot Water & Drinks
Essentials for the Baby:
- Newborn diapers
- Comfortable clothes
- Baby wipes
- Soft blanket & towels
- Cloth nappies
- Powders and oils
- Waterproof sheets
Check Your Insurance for Cover
Insurance cover, that too a cashless facility saves your time and effort for arranging cash and paying hospital bills.
Beforehand, check whether your health insurance covers pregnancy expenses or not. If the expenses are covered then you need to get pre-authorization to avail cashless facility.
The process includes filling up a cashless treatment form and submitting it with your insurance provider.
In case you are delivering naturally at home or if you do not have family support then knowing the registration process can be handy.
You need to check out with your local municipal authorities for the process and the documents required for getting the birth registration done and obtain a certificate.
An application for registration needs to be submitted with the parent’s identity proof and a supporting letter from the hospital. Things may seem easy but locating the municipal office and documentation can be a tedious process.
Baby arrival involves preparation on many fronts right from home, hospital and getting yourself ready. Knowing things beforehand helps you stay in control.
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*Fomite Infections (bacteria) can spread through infected walls among other indoor surfaces in homes and offices
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